Having watched the exterior of the old Grain Silo complex in Cape Town gradually take shape to become the landmark building it is now, what a thrilling experience to be invited to see inside Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa ahead of its official opening later in September. Make no mistake, British architect Thomas Heatherwick has created a building of astonishing magnitude, befitting the collection of artworks and visiting exhibitions it will host. It was inspiring to hear all about it from the man himself and to meet the rest of the team responsible for bringing the project to life. Ahead of the museum opening its doors, we’re delighted in the meantime to share an overview of Heatherwick Studio’s extraordinary body of work in A Beautiful Mind on page 84.
There’s a softer mood to our September issue in keeping with the welcome change of season and the lightness of spirit that always seems to accompany it. You’ll see it in the pages compiled by our talented decor team, Juliette Arrighi de Casanova and Jen Gough, who share spring’s fresh colour trends and best buys in Tropical Punch (page 27) and Easy Does It (page 37).
It’s also evident in the issue’s more easy-going house edit, with each space revealing the joy that comes from surrounding yourself with beloved things – books, artworks, market finds – and pets. British garden designer Butter Wakefield’s Victorian home (Garden State, page 66) is exactly what you might imagine of someone obsessed with botanicals, but the surprise is that it’s a city rather than rustic country residence. A Jo’burg home renovated by Minky Lidchi (The Fabric of Life, page 72) goes similarly large on colour, mixing tangerine and hot pink with paisley and a touch of leopard spot.
In Balancing Act (page 57), gardens editor Heidi Bertish offers advice for planting a water-wise garden using a local case study designed around ‘plants that revel in sunshine and drought’.
As seasons change so people come and go, and this issue also marks my last at Condé Nast House & Garden. It’s been a real honour to work with the creative and always dedicated team, as much as it has been to get to know you, our readers. What a privilege, too, to edit this prestigious title. On that note, a warm welcome back to Liz Morris, who returns as Editor in Chief. Onwards and upwards!