JOHN JACOB TASTEFULLY RENOVATES AN IMMACULATE SEA POINT APARTMENT

John Jacob has added a harmonious touch to a fully renovated Sea Point apartment which highlights the fundamentals of his design philosophy.

Nestled below the rocky cliff’s of Lion’s Head in Camps Bay, Sea Point has enjoyed a modern renaissance among property buyers, renovators, and city slickers over the past few years – providing a smorgasbord of opportunity for committed designers, architects, and property professionals. Now, John Jacob – a talented designer working under his self-named marque, John Jacob Interiors – has turned his hand to his latest project in this coastal oasis.

Built on the premise of showing his distinctive flair in a challenging setting, Jacob remarks that of great interest to him is the challenge to create exciting environments. Today, the space glistens and gleams with modern touches and tastefully laid out furnishings and fittings – but this wasn’t always the case.

“It’s very different to what it was before – the before was really awful, and those are my favourite projects!” says Jacob. “What we did with this space was completely rework the layout – we wanted fewer spaces that were larger.”

Speaking broadly on his proverbial design canvas, Jacob reimagined the space available in this coastal suite by challenging orthodox thinking. By reimagining existing layout of rooms and furnishings, Jacob was able to incorporate ambient moods across a variety of rooms by contrasting space, colour, light, and flow.

“That’s something to think about when you create new interiors, is to double-up on spacing – the kitchen doesn’t necessarily have to be a kitchen, it can also be an entrance hall”, says Jacob. Speaking to the opportunities presented by linking spaces together, Jacob adds the example that “entrance spaces need to have a sense of intensity – and how we’ve done that in this instance is by using very dark colour.”

Colour is a key part of Jacob strategy – complimenting darker hues with open spaces that are light and airy, and complemented with plants.

“One of the things that people underestimate is colour – and this can make a massive difference to your life… [Also], the use of fittings and consistency can create a sense of openness. A sense of peace and harmony is very important to me”, says Jacob.

Speaking broadly on his work, Jacob outlines that “I consider myself someone who is completely obsessed with understanding what I do, and how to do it better – and in my little way, I’ve spent a long time developing my own path.”

One of the fundamentals of what I do is that a sense of peace and harmony is very important to me. Peace of mind for me is when everything is the right size and in the right place…. Design is about creating environments that are harmonious and thought-through.

Under Jacob’s direction, the premises now boasts a world-class design that highlights his design philosophies and tastefully blends design and style, and is a masterful execution of how well-thought-out practices, industry insight, and clever adaptations can weave together a magnificent design experience.

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