Mid-century Modern for the Win

Consider some of the biggest names in modern architecture and product design and you’re bound to include some of the greats of the mid-century modern period. The likes of Ray Eames, Charles Eames, Arne Jacobson, Hans Wegner, and Mies van der Rohe all left their...

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The Four Plascon Personality Principles

Executive apartment and corporate interior designer Mullerie Rabe-Taljaard put the four plascon personality principles to the test at this apartment in the Melrose Arch apartment development in Johannesburg. Captain Adventure’s Chill-Out Zone is the ideas space for techno savvy bachelors who love the outdoors but who live in the city. The Plascon Humbled palette is perfect for this kind of interior design. The colours and layout inspires coming back down to earth after a long day. The Water Baby’s Ocean of Cool reminds many urbanites of their desire to be close to water.

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The courage and creativity behind Melrose Arch

Ten years ago, it took guts to buy up a 400 000 square meters with a vision for a multi- use development. Plot by plot the land was cleared and redeveloped and is now the first ‘third wave’ concept that combines work, live and play in one space. The success of Protea Melrose Arch Hotel with its undeniably slick design and decor draws some of the hottest A-list names in the country. Mullerie Rabe-Taljaard who worked closely with the architects specialises in hotel decor and influenced the design thereof.

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The ‘third space’ – Melrose Arch apartments

The ‘third space’, neither work or living space, but ‘play’ space, is defined as a neutral place where people can meet and connect with like minded people; a social structure that is limited at home or work. Melrose Arch aims to be this ‘third space’. The multi-use space precinct typifies global trends towards a high street style of ‘new urbanism’. The precinct aims to provide public space open to all in the area and while it is a gated-community and highly secured, there is uninhabited yet controlled access to the spaces.

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New York Style Lofts in Jo’burg

Mullerie Rabe-Taljaard, interior designer of corporate office space, executive apartments, hotel interiors & upmarket lofts speaks to SA Interior Designers and shares her ideas about interior design. Mullerie travelled the world and found the urban loft attitude so inspirational that she invests in urban sustainability and recycling old buildings into Manhattan-style lofts – just as her own 4-level loft home attests. Calming neutral tones and rounded shapes in windows and lamp fittings creates a geometric feel to some of the floors.

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