OKHA’s latest interior project, Clifton 301, is a seasonal two-bedroom apartment in a sophisticated
contemporary complex designed by SAOTA. Flanked on either side by Table Mountain’s legendary
Twelve Apostles, it looks out over breath-taking panoramic views of the Cape Atlantic Ocean and is in equal parts luxurious getaway, relaxed coastal retreat and entertainer’s dream.
The architects designed the complex with deliberately pared-down, monochromatic interior shells.
Not only was OKHA responsible for the interior decoration, but also designed key items of bespoke handmade furniture throughout the apartment.
“Our first objective was to individualise the space by modulating the internal colour palette,” says
OKHA director Adam Court. He and the OKHA team set about customizing the apartment’s interiors to create a cool and restful space in contrast to the bright, sunlit exterior. “The panoramic exterior allows you to feel as though you are hovering right above the water’s surface.” – Adam Court
The client, a New York based businessman who gave OKHA complete carte blanche says, “Cape
Town is the perfect mix of stunning nature, great outdoor activities, a world-renowned design and art scene, top tier restaurants and winelands, providing an unrivalled value for money when compared to other global destinations. Cape Town attracts diverse, talented, creative and professional people to its shores, the foundation of what makes Cape Town so attractive to live in.”
The palette is intentionally and carefully controlled and restrained to embrace the
everchanging colours of the sunrise and sunset, which are the real centerpiece and art
show.” - Adam Court
“Our first objective was to individualize the space …with a quiet opulence.” - Adam Court, OKHA
“We used subtle shades of green with delicate natural tonalities that reference the local landscape,” says Court. Table Mountain’s famous granite, fynbos and dappled woods are evoked throughout the apartment in a rich, raw palette of natural timbers, stones and metals, which are contrasted with plush velvets and linens on the walls, floors and furniture coverings, resulting in what Court refers to as a contemporary “quiet opulence”.
“These shades are repeated in the furniture with a strong emphasis on textures and materials,” he adds. When it came to designing the custom furniture pieces, Court says, “The designs are pared-back and lean focusing on strong forms and shapes that communicate simply and directly.”
“Thought leaders and globally respected in their field, their intimate knowledge of both
local and global materials, artisans, and design trends always leads to a perfect blend.”
- The Client, on OKHA
“All the artwork accessories and objects are from Cape based artisans and add an essential level of layering and local character,” he adds.
The signature Tofu dining chairs accompany the Bison dining table behind which are a bespoke serverin Carbon stained Ash timber, Port mirror and accessories, all by OKHA.
Dream Emperor Marble and Absolute Black Granite tabletops are paired with steel bases in
the side, coffee and balcony tables. The dining table, barstools and server are hewn from carbon-stained wire brushed Ash timber, also used in the frame of signature OKHA “Port” mirror, which, with its copper framed recessed mirror carries a nautical tone of a ship’s circular windows.
The Bison dining table is topped with Lab series candle holders in brass and surrounded by Tofu dining chairs. On the balcony, a custom granite topped table looks out over a panoramic stretch of Atlantic Ocean.
The GT timber armchair is a classic and softens the mood in the study which is outfitted with custom desk, She standing lamp and accessories, all by OKHA.
The master bedroom has a Sculpt mirror in copper, Icuuci table lamp by OKHA and custom bench bed all by OKHA.
the second bedroom has a custom bed and Frame Flat table lamp both by OKHA.
“The panoramic exterior allows you to feel as though you are hovering right above the water’s surface.”