Contemporary Design in Johannesburg, South Africa by Antoni Associates

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“This contemporary architectural residence located in Houghton, Johannesburg, is unique in its detail and quality of finish,” say the designers of Antoni Associates, “and reflects a living environment that is seductive and elegant.” Elegance is indeed a watchword here, in the use of space, texture, and hue: skilled use of color delineates areas and defines them. Blue and white, for example, is used in the plump cushions of a seating area next to the pool, while open interior spaces flow easily with a palette largely black and white with bright accents. A shining glass “chandelier” highlights a table and twelve white chairs set on an abstract-print rug in red, white, and blue; black leather chairs and earth-toned sofas rest on a rug shot with yellow and orange — sun against earth — while cool white bed foundations and side tables pair with butter-soft bedding and a textured wall in dove gray.

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The designers go on to say, “Geometric forms add drama to the interior spaces.” This is abundantly clear: hanging light fixtures are sparkling globes; bathroom vanities are rectangles atop rectangles, down to long rectangular rugs on the floors. Squared horizontal blinds draw the eye side-to-side on wide windows, a triangular “cube” serves as a living room side table, and lampshades are ovals of deep charcoal. Throw pillows are squares of blue, ottomans circles of the same color. And hanging screens, large semi-open dividers that offer privacy without barriers, are a series of rectangular shapes intersected in white. The geometry balances the dwelling with — as the designers intended — seductive simplicity and achieves a sleek, modern feel that is at once sophisticated and welcoming.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).