As a sculptor and an interior curator respectively, it was inevitable that Rodan Kane Hart and Maybe Corpaci would treat their home as something of an experimental space. It is a constantly evolving creative outlet for their ideas and collections of art and design as much as it is a home, studio, and refuge.
It’s at the very top of a 1930s building in Cape Town’s CBD, originally built for a shipping company. Its polished granite plinth, ornate turret, and richly decorated cornice speak of an era of opulence and prosperity. Arched doorways and parquet floors characterise Kane Hart and Corpaci’s apartment. They were attracted as much by the grandeur of the spaces and volumes, which would allow Kane Hart enough space to have his studio at home, as they were by the period detailing. Before moving here, he’d always relied on industrial buildings to provide the space he needed to work as a sculptor, creating the architectural steel forms for which he’s known.
Kane Hart began collecting furniture when he was in his 20s. “I’d sell a few artworks and buy furniture,” he says. Corpaci adds that the apartment left them with “a lot of space to [fill]” when they moved in.
“Then we started collecting together in seriousness,” says Kane Hart.
Corpaci points out that, perhaps as a result of the fact that they found themselves searching for particular pieces and designs, and the collection accumulated over time, their apartment grew around the furniture rather than from an interior-design concept or preconceived idea. Their creative energies have been devoted to figuring out how to combine and recombine individual pieces, rather than adhering to a “top-down” approach, as Kane Hart puts it.