Main image: Respected local architect, Theo Bothma, new Decorex architectural curator
Respected local architect, Theo Bothma, has guided the building sections at the recent Decorex Exhibitions in Cape Town and Johannesburg. He joins fellow Decorex Africa curator, Bielle Bellingham.
Adding valuable experience to the team
An active architect and interior designer, Bothma established Theo Bothma Architects and Design (TBAD) in 2017 and continued there as both founder and the firm’s director. He has captured the idea of a luxury design on both a national and international scale; and his experience has helped create a design service that emphasises client consideration, as each design is personalised and unique.
What this extensive hands-on experience means for Decorex Africa, its exhibitors and trade guests, is that Bothma intimately understands the industry and what it needs – both now and in the future. “The future of the built environment is driven by collaboration. The connection between the built environment and technology will see an increase in more self-sufficient and sustainable designs. The influence of automated and digital architecture and design will change the way in which design is experienced,” he says.
Working on substantial and modern homes
TBAD is based in Johannesburg and has worked on several commissions, including substantial private homes in South Africa and Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Nigeria. Two of Bothma’s favourite personal projects include Villa Meyersdal and Villa Morningside.
For Villa Meyersdal, the design of this contemporary family home in Johannesburg takes advantage of the temperate climate to allow a seamless flow between spacious living spaces and beautiful landscaping on the exterior. With framed views of the Johannesburg skyline and abundant natural light, this home encourages a sense of welcome relaxation for the family.
In Villa Morningside, interior design meets art. This project was a combination of interior design, lifestyle creation and art. TBAD complimented the bold and bright artworks by using neutral textures and materials. The artworks were further enhanced using lighting design, where both natural and artificial lighting was incorporated.