Pattern, colour, culture and a high-low mix of furniture all come together in the contemporary family home of The Urbanative designer Mpho Vackier, whose designs include strong narratives of Afrofuturism and cross-culturalism.
The house she renovated for her family was completely changed: this involved installing new vinyl flooring, adding windows, building an upstairs studio for her business, replacing the ceilings, and refitting the kitchens and bathrooms. Vackier’s interior style is eclectic, blending antiques and vintage finds with accessible pieces from local homeware stores and retailers. The abode is also a vessel for the ever-popular Afro mid-century modern furniture she designs. Her latest furniture collection, The African Crowns, was inspired by sculpted tribal hairstyles, with Vackier mirroring those elements in the detailing of her woven and fringed chairs, tables and lights. All over their family home, Vackier’s designs bring life. Pops of color and geometry vibrate against a base color palette of greys.
In the lounge, an antique marble-topped coffee table is teamed with a light grey, deep-buttoned sofa, emerald scatter cushions and her Thulani loveseat, with its open metal framework and pink velvet seat. A wooden server extends the interplay of patterns, textures and colours. The walls are where Vackier has been most playful: a series of geometric wallpapers from Builders Warehouse shakes things up in the bedrooms, patterned tiles and painted stripes invigorate the bathrooms and a commanding Vladimir Tretchikoff print brings saturated colour to a small guest toilet.
Her home office/studio was a vital move, allowing her flexible working hours and accessibility to the couple’s son. It’s an enviably cool, pared-back space with ample room to store samples and prototypes. Here she painted an entire wall in pink, black and gold motifs that nod to traditional Ndebele design, while a mixture of contemporary and vintage pieces rub shoulders. Get more of this unique home below!