If genius is 1% inspiration and 99% coffee, Cape Town’s Haas Collective might be onto something spectacular. All may not be apparent upon walking in, but their interior design does drop a pretty big hint.
Old World Interior Design and Décor
When Haas co-owners Glynn Venter, Francois de Villiers and Francois Irvine stumbled on the Buitenkant-street building that was up for auction, little did they know the gem of architecture that lie hidden beneath years of dry wall and plaster. The trio worked closely with the Cape Town Heritage Council to carefully restore the original aesthetics of the building, which included cement walls and wooden rafters in the ceiling. Luckily, they had designer Francois Irvine at their disposal to assist in the renovation process.
Haas’ interior décor is full of charm, feature antique armchairs, sofas, and coffee tables with oriental carpets and wooden floors adding to the warmth. We love the industrial, Edison-style lighting that dangles from the ceiling.
A Haas into a Home
Located in a heritage building in the East City Design Precinct, this concept store brings a magical-ness to Buitenkant Street. This is thanks to the unique treasures the eye uncovers while one sips on a cuppa – completely unawares that just above them lies an advertising agency. An extremely clever use of the 500m2 space that is now home to two (no, three) businesses – the treasures (artwork, jewellery, sculptures and more) are on sale, too.
The Haas Collective
Each co-owner brings something special to the Haas party. Like Francois Irvine adding his design prowess to the skills pool, so do Glynn Venter and Francois de Villiers. Glynn is the creative director of the advertising side of the business, while Francois DV is the artist (his pieces can be seen on the walls of the coffee shop).
Fancy a spot of brekkie or lunch and a cuppa? We promise it’ll all taste better in a beautiful setting. Head over to Haas…