&Beyond Phinda Homestead is currently being rebuilt following a fire in December 2016. Charged with the brief of recreating the previously existing lodge, interior designers Fox Browne Creative will be decorating the new lodge as a contemporary bush home, modern and tactile. Raw materials will combine with quirky accents and local flavours that harken back to the reserve’s past as a pineapple farm, as well as traditional motifs of Nguni hides, Zulu craftwork and wildlife. Shades of burnt clay and aloe will serve as accent colours, while Zulu basketwork and weaving will feature throughout the villa, with the signature woven latticework appearing in unexpected places. Featuring furniture that brings in subtle hints of 1980s retro design, the inviting interior design will be that of a private home.
Minimalist yet elegant bedrooms will encourage the use of the villa’s shared guest spaces, while spacious bathrooms will feature marble basins shaped like traditional Zulu pots. The villa’s gym and massage room will be enlivened with quirky accessories in the signature colours, while the library will make use of pineapple motifs to tell the story of the reserve’s past. The spacious deck outside will boast an island bar to encourage family gatherings, while a decorative herb garden will be situated outside the kitchen.
&Beyond Phinda Homestead will reopen on 01 September 2018.