A celebration of art, design and ownership
A few years ago, while on a short break in Cape Town, I introduced Richard Hardie, Knight Frank's CEO, to Sue Bond. I had asked Richard to show me some impressive properties in Cape Town, one of which was owned by Sue.
Sue is an interior designer, runs her own design company and is an avid art collector. I had been researching South African art for a few years, but Sue opened my eyes to some of the most incredible artists. Over the years, Sue and I have traveled to Dubai, Paris and London looking at art and design and having a lot of discussion about it too!
I think it was a dinner after my trip to India, where I suggested, "Why don't we have a little party at your house in Cape Town to celebrate your art collection, but more importantly show how you live with all your art"?. Some of you who know me will know that I don't really do things in moderation, not even Sue. So this little party became the EVENT to be in Cape Town at the beginning of their summer season. Maybe the season started? I would like to think about it.
One of the unique elements about design Sues is the integration of art and design. Layer upon layer of art in all types of media. Picasso stands above a contemporary South African artist by accident in the kitchen. There is art over the kitchen, art on the coffee tables, shelves, in the elevator, in the bathrooms and of course, the walls are strategically covered in art.
Sue was clearly inspired by the great old houses in England that cover their walls with art, but this approach is fresh. Art does not overwhelm, it pulls you into its home, invites you to try out its real work, DESIGN!
You only have to look Sets instagram to see that comfort is the key to her work. Seeing the host house 100 people for Art House was exciting. He did the house, opened his hands and welcomed everyone.
Our guests were a combination of artists, collectors, real estate investors, auctions, art galleries, businessmen and designers. Our goal was to bring together the worlds of art, design and property and to help people understand that these 3 classes are not as unique as you might imagine.
I hosted a discussion with Hunter's home style hat about art, design and property investing with Sue Bond, Richard Hardie (Knight Frank CEO) and Mica Curitz (who runs an art consultancy based in Cape Town).
It was a wonderful night, 20 of South Africa's top artists. One of which, Elize Bezuidenhout, would win one of South Africa's most coveted art awards next week.
Having all these artists at the event was a real pleasure and something I will not forget for a long time. It was just a perfect night in a perfect house surrounded by South African inspired and important art.
Can't wait to do it again!