Katherina Kolb. home design. February 03rd , 2017.
The design is both innately beautiful and functional; a concept that Shelly and Avi Osadon, the husband and wife duo behind SEE Materials and SEE Construction, flawlessly choreographed. Upon arrival, the first of a series of show-stopping moments is its impressive scale with an attention to detail that is never compromised. The grand pivot door sweeps open to reveal a 36-foot high ceiling and gleaming chandelier comprised of 25 custom, glass-blown globes. This enormous entry space offers a view through the home to the backyard in one continual gaze.
The parents loved the original design approach implemented by AA Interiors for their two sons’ projects and so their need was to create a new home where the whole family could gather and where the brief to the design team was to capture a modern farmhouse which incorporated glamorous elements with an emphasis on barefoot luxury and the use of natural materials.
The villa is integrated with a park landscape through large glass curtains that allow spatial orientation and transparency, inviting the users to constant interaction with the nature. The landscape design provides a constant variety of visual attractiveness and sensational volatility through the seasons. Materials used in the external and interior design are traditional, natural, of predominantly warm brown tones, with minimal final treatment, ensuring a feeling of warmth and connection with the nature for the owner and all other users.
The main level living area flows to the outdoor living area, without one step or change in elevation. Engineered marble slabs measuring 5 x 10 feet are Italian-imported and create exquisitely seamless floors throughout. With years of dedicated experience facilitating the production and selection of customized materials for clients, Shelly and Avi have traveled to far corners of the world to bring rare, stunning, and oftentimes unexpected elements to this property. Nothing in the home exists for a singular purpose, but rather to evoke an emotional and lasting connection. Guests are sure to stop in their tracks when they experience the living room powder with its angled mirror and floating sink design. The metallic black pearl wallpaper lining the master bathroom creates a mesmerizing, kaleidoscope effect, while the 150 feet of custom floating planters outside present privacy in a captivating way.
The owners of this home love to entertain and wanted the house to reflect their lifestyle. Key features of this include the bespoke wine cellar. Here the design team created a spectacular glass wine wall. The oak timber cabinetry encases frameless glass shelving which can house more than 400 bottles which are perfectly temperature controlled with concealed refrigeration. The wine wall also functions as a visual screen between the formal and informal family spaces. A dramatic double volume stone clad fireplace in the formal lounge is mirrored by a built-in braai in the informal lounge. These areas of the house flow out onto the outdoor entertainment deck and infinity pool. Linked to the terrace is a sunken outdoor boma a typical South African outdoor enclosure. Here casual seating is arranged around an open fire.