Ultra-Contemporary Home with Minimalist Décor in Knysna, South Africa

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This contemporary home is a study in light and dark: shadows by night on lofty wood ceilings, contrasting with sleek white furniture, pale native stone floors, and indirect light from above — a house that is part of the Cove development at the Pezula Estate outside Knysna, South Africa. This design by Antoni Associates is also a study in spare décor and in interiors that accommodate an unfettered lifestyle. As the designers say, “The interiors … reflect the easy living requirements of the clients. Spaces are sparse and have been furnished minimalistically, which emphasizes the strong architectural lines and volume of the architecture.” While its architectural lines are, indeed, strong — an uncompromising rectangle of wood and stone — the house still also manages to blend into its environs with little fuss.

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And, while the furnishings may be called “minimalist,” they’re far from inadequate: lavish couches and chairs face the deck, inviting a nice quiet gossip — and entertaining is easy, with a dining table that seats 12 at the ready and an open floor plan in which the kitchen and cooking areas are mere steps from the outdoors. Staircases, one a curve, one a straight line, bring you to upper-level bedrooms and private living areas while still seeming to float on air. And always, there is the view. Floor-to-ceiling windows give occupants a picture of the ocean in all its moods; a dip in the spa or pool can make you feel as if you can swim right off its edges into the sea beyond. The mood is serene, restful, and casual, while at the same time elegant enough for company — welcoming family and friends alike with style.

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