Text Robyn Alexander Styling Sven Alberding Photographs Greg Cox
This restored, renovated and much-loved family home in Cape Town’s City Bowl is proof that beautiful materials and great design can stand the test of time.
‘We’ve owned this house forever,’ says Marianna Furman as she walks through her cleverly updated Victorian cottage towards the glass doors that lead onto the pool deck. ‘In other words, since the early 1990s,’ she adds, laughing. Around that time, Marianna’s husband Jarome was keeping himself very busy: not only had he recently met Marianna, he’d also bought this house – he was especially attracted to the mature trees on the one side of the property – and was newly responsible for running his family’s business, Klooftique.
An icon of the Cape Town furniture-design scene, Klooftique was started by Jarome’s father; since Jarome took over the business, Marianna has also become involved, especially on the design side. Klooftique has had the same store premises in Kloof Street for more than 40 years and is renowned all over South Africa for its clean-lined, locally designed, handmade furnishings.
No surprise, then, that craftsmanship is important to the Furman’s – and that their dedication to making carefully crafted items in their business is immediately evident in their home as well.
Natural textures and materials are used everywhere here: the polished slate floors in the living spaces, for example, have the kind of patina that comes only from many years of use – and special care. Leather couches and beanbags beckon invitingly and wooden tables, shelving and counter tops gleam in the soft light.
As architect Tamem Richa very aptly puts it, ‘I love how the character of the family shines through in the house – they are warm and colourful people, and this is evident from the minute you step inside. This is a real “home” in every sense of the word.’