Martine Jackson designed her home shelf by shelf. Presented with a blank canvas when she moved into a new penthouse apartment on Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard, she was faced with a peculiar challenge – how to display her ever-growing collection of ceramics without cluttering the space. The challenge proved to be the making of the apartment, as Martine designed a series of perfectly coordinated recesses to accommodate carefully selected pieces.
She opted to keep the alcoves black, with imbedded lighting so that the artworks each had their own mini gallery-like space. Industrial track lighting was also cleverly adopted to run the length and breadth of the ceiling, giving Martine the flexibility to shift the focus onto the works as the light, or her mood, changed. Mirroring the wall nooks, Martine opted to create two small areas off the main living space, dining area and entrance hall – a TV lounge and a study – providing functional and space-saving areas without restricting the flow of the first level. The children’s rooms, and main en-suite, bookmark the apartment, and Martine and her husband’s living area delivers more dramatic mountain views. The freestanding bath, which she cleverly fitted into granite to expose the curves, is embraced by windows on the mountainside, with scatterings of collectibles softening the stony surfaces.
‘I prefer dark to light shades; they have a grounding effect’ – Martine Jackson
The couch in Martine Jackson’s Cape Town apartment is self-designed and the silk and bamboo rug is from Gonsenhausers Fine Rugs. Martine designed recesses in the wall to accommodate specific ceramic pieces she wanted to display, without making the space feel cluttered