In our Spring Issue currently on shelf, we take you inside the compact Cape Town loft of Rupert Smith, co-owner of VM Central & Olive Studio. The space is both dramatic and nurturing, streamlined and layered. This is how you can recreate the look in your own home….

ELLE Deco SA - Industrial Cape Town loft
1) Swatches from left: Magic Noire (B5-E1-1) paint, Plascon imported white sheepskin from R741/hide, Woodheads Blanco Katerina marble R1 106/m. Natural Stone Warehouse 2) Calathea pot plant R199.99, Woolworth 3) Cow skull plate with horns R1 795, Weylandts 4) Side plate R299 (set of 4) Superbalist 5) Smoked glass vase R720, Cecile & Boyd 6) Dining table in distressed elm R9 495, Trade Secret 7) Saarinen chair by Knoll Studio R22 800, Limeline

The dramatic black feature walls in no way shrink the space, nor do they add any sense of confinement

ELLE Deco SA - Industrial Cape Town loft
1) Z table lamp R499 2) Drama cushion R349 3) Soft velvet cushion R299, all Superbalist 4) Distressed block mirror R8 995, Weylandts 5) James Swivel chair R6 995, Block & Chisel 6) Bistro table, R3595, SHF

DECO home feature photography by Greg Cox | Styling by Shelley Street/All | Text by Laura Twiggs

Shop the Look compiled by Sanri Pienaar for the Spring Issue


You may also enjoy reading DECO Palette: Sheer Beauty and DECO LAB : Keep It Clean

The Spring Issue is all about looking forward and recharging. Revitalise yourself, take stock, and get your home and lifestyle in tip-top condition. We explore progressive gardening ideas, show you how to turn your bathroom into a rejuvenation haven, and take you on a tour of homes that capture the essence of the season. Pick up your copy today and tell us what you think on Twitter @Elle_Deco using #SpringIssue.