Earthly Matters

Minimal, earthy interior style inspired by the desert

Wideopen spaces and bonedry landscapes have their own appeal. Recreate a sense of endless possibility with a minimal, earthy interior style inspired by the desert.  1.  Casa Pask is scenic designer Scott Pask’s getaway home in Arizona. Renovated by architect Graydon Yearick, the house combines features of adobe-style buildings with a pared-back sensibility that makes it
a perfect desert retreat. To recreate its interior look, combine textured white walls with natural finishes and accents in black and brick-red – and to see more of the house, check out Living In The Desert (Phaidon).

2.  Every desert retreat needs an artwork to inspire contemplation and a connection with the natural world. This exquisite terracotta clay piece by ceramicist Andile Dyalvane does just that.

Intshatshoba, POA |

3.  Blending sleek lines with a textured woven seat and back, the Edison lounge chair will add an element of casual chic to any space.

R7  995 |

4.  Add a few Open Weave baskets for simple storage of firewood, throws, blankets or swimming towels.

From R595 each |

5.  Packed with inspiration and featuring the sort of breathtaking visuals we expect from design and art publishers Phaidon, Living In The Desert is the ideal coffee-table book to pore over while hunkered down in your very own desert hideaway.

R945 |

6.  Made from kooboo cane and leather – and large enough to sneak an afternoon snooze in – this new sleeping pod/cosy nest by Cape Town designer Porky Hefer is the perfect addition to a holiday home.

Mud Dauber Sleeping Pod I by Porky Hefer (edition of two), POA |

7. In a desert-inspired space, rugs create a luxurious feel underfoot while adding subtle elements of colour and texture.

Typhoon rug in Tunder, R12  000 |

8. Combine scatter cushions with graphic patterns to create accents.

Turk cover by Sixth Floor, R359 |

Twill appliqué scatter, R895 |

9.  These mid-century classic chairs were conceived by Danish designer Børge Mogensen, and combine natural materials with thoughtful detailing. They’re still in production today at Danish manufacturer Fredericia Furniture – and you can find designs with a similar feel in South Africa at Weylandts and Homewood.

10.  Texture and colour combine to evocative effect in this asymmetrical pure new wool Canevas Geo rug by Charlotte Lancelot for Spanish manufacturers GAN.

R39  500 |