Many South African creatives are flocking back into the city to luxury apartments and penthouses in the heart of Johannesburg. The list of these creatives includes high fashion designer Laduma Ngxokolo of Maxhosa, veteran fashion designer David Tlale, contemporary artist Nelson Makamo amongst many, and now, Grammy award-winning artist and upcoming designer Nkosinathi Maphumulo known better as DJ Black Coffee.
The award-winning producer and DJ recently took us into his new passion, interior design on Twitter when he shared his latest design work in his own penthouse nestled in downtown Johannesburg’s Hallmark House Hotel in New Doornfontein. In this luxury project, the producer revealed that he had collaborated with international interior architect Tristan du Plessis.
South African-born Tristan du Plessis is an interior architect who has won international awards. As a specialist in hospitality and luxury residential projects, his company, consisting of seven full-time designers, offers a turnkey, all-inclusive service, from design to completion. His work has been highly acclaimed locally and internationally, making him one of the most successful designers in the country. Some of his completed projects are among the most talked about in both the local and global hospitality industry.
Although rarely ever in the city due to his global gig guide which usually takes him from Ibiza, to Mykonos, Tulum and then back to Johannesburg all in a week’s schedule, the artist designed a space suitable for his needs and his nomadic and artistic lifestyle and aesthetic.
According to the posting on the Hallmark House website, the residential units including Coffee’s penthouse have one bedroom, a bathroom with a spacious shower, a small kitchenette with room for a washing machine or dishwasher, a living area that opens to a terrace balcony, and an open-plan living area. The star’s penthouse is different from many in the building though, it is adorned, almost everywhere with burnt marble from the walls to the kitchenette with a hidden set of CDJ’s, bar stools over the kitchen counter and a noticeable view of the city from the terrace.
Black Coffee shared excitedly with Twitter, “Proud moment. My 1st work in this space……Interior design collab with an award-winning Tristan du Plessis and Tdps in the heart of Jhb city. The sky’s not the limit, it’s just a view.”
Soft lighting and a dark color scheme are prevalent throughout the entire space. Additionally, the suite features a noticeable marble aesthetic in the kitchen and some parts of the bedroom and bathroom. A variety of art pieces are seen throughout Black Coffee’s living area and bedroom, from the rug to the planerite to the wall pieces and his friend Maxhosa’s accessories. Fans and supporters online complimented the DJ’s design skills and overall penthouse and echoes the “sky is not the limit just the view” quote by Black Coffee.