Entrepreneur Metse Phiyega’s stylish Blue Hills family home is a meeting of natural textures and modish pieces.

When Metse Phiyega started building his home in the Midrand suburb of Blue Hills over two years ago, he was drawn to the peaceful, almost village-like surroundings.

The entertainment lounge and cigar room upstairs has a more masculine feel, with Egg Designs’ butterscotch leather smoking chairs paired with the antelope cocktail trolley.

‘I’ve always liked this part of the city. I call it “the suburb with the horses”,’ he says. The house, which is situated in an estate-like enclave, was designed by South African architect Ané Gouws and the brief was to design a home that would make Phiyega feel as if he’s on holiday every time he’s inside it. An enthusiastic traveller, he was inspired by some of the homes he came across in the one city to which he always returns – Paris.

He describes himself as having an affinity for ‘sophisticated clutter’ and African modernism. The home’s filled with light, and nature comes into the interiors through rock, wooden and woven textures. The bedroom floors and staircase are made of parquet wood that was reclaimed from an old building in Johannesburg’s CBD. ‘I wanted this space to be timeless. The only thing I want to change in the next several years is the furniture,’ says Phiyega.

The formal lounge was designed around Egg Designs’ Primal sofa, ostrich-leg coffee table and rosette server.
Brass and copper accents highlight the glamour of the interior spaces.

He remembers seeing the iconic rosette server inside the Egg Designs showroom at an early stage of his visualisation for the interior of the home. The server, which now occupies pride of place in his living room, spurred him to request Egg Designs’ owner, Roché Dry, to help him realize his vision of his dream residence. ‘Our work references a unique type of African glamour. We explore layers of textures and materials in our work in order to ensure that we always deliver a unique home to our clients,’ says Dry of the highly crafted interior installation project, which took around a year to complete.

Owner and designer worked well together in striking a balance of ideas for the space. ‘Most of the furniture was made and commissioned by Egg Designs and some was sourced from outside. Metse was instrumental in selecting most of it; each room is anchored by a signature piece, which dictates the style of the space and makes it unique. There are areas of high glamour offset against more pared-back areas,’ says Dry. ‘Metse has incredible personal style and charisma, and we wanted his home to reflect that.’
One of the non-negotiables for Phiyega was ensuring that the house had built-in automotive security systems, allowing him to check on it, especially when he’s away on one of his frequent trips.
His exquisite taste in and support of local art is also reflected throughout the home. A black-and-white William Kentridge piece hangs authoritatively on the staircase landing, alongside an arresting work by rising star Setlamorago Mashile, whom Phiyega describes as ‘the next Jean-Michel Basquiat’. Pieces by Colbert Mashile and Zwelethu Machepa hang in the other rooms. Works by his personal friend, Anton Smit, are among his most treasured items, and collectibles by sculptor Angus Taylor can also be found inside and outside the home. The effect is unmistakably stylish. eggdesigns.co.za

Text: Ntombenhle Shezi; Photographs: Elsa Young; Production and styling: Sanri Pienaar