Design maverick Dylan Thomaz’s stylishly curated studio on Buitengracht Street in the Cape Town CBD has locals’ tongues wagging. Thomaz’s unique  taste in residential  and retail design matches seamlessly with his personal life and some of his favourite things.

Dylan Thomaz
Dylan Thomaz
Image: Karl Rogers

The one indulgence I’ll never forgo is… My first cup of coffee in the morning.

The grooming staples I am never without are… My Eight Hour cream by Elizabeth Arden. My all-time favourite gadget is… A portable Harman Kardon speaker.

The single object I would never part with is… Um, my Persol sunglasses. 

My favourite drink… is a Rocking Chair from Clarks in Bree Street.

The restaurant I frequent most often is… The Woodlands Eatery. Their lamb pizza will change your life!

Your personal style signifier? My watches.

The last thing you bought and loved? Kurt Pio, Black on White, abstract limited-edition scatter from Studio Dylan Thomaz, where his exhibition was held in May.

Your favourite timepiece and why? I have 14 timepieces, so I can’t have a favourite. It would be wrong.

An unforgettable place you’ve travelled to in the past year? Chicago. It truly feels like you’re on a movie set; it felt picture perfect.

The book on your bedside table? Nate Berkus: The Things that Matter.

The last meal that truly impressed you? The cousins pasta from Cousins Restaurant in Harrington Street.

The last music you downloaded? Jasmine Thompson – Another Bundle of Tantrums.

The thing you are eyeing next? A watch… St Andrews by Daniel  Wellington.

The one thing you will always find  in your fridge? Cheese – more like a box of different types of cheeses.

The best gift you’ve given recently? I bought my dearest friend a custom-made Famke necklace. And the best one you’ve received? A mid-grey leather Chapel workbag with graphic zip detail, from the most amazing friends. The place that inspires you and why? ABC Carpet & Home in New York City. It offers endless inspiration, creativity and individuality. It is a sensory overload. A recent special “find/discovery”? Honest Chocolates bunny chow. It’s the best indulgence. The last item you added to your wardrobe? My Traveller bag from Sivart. Favourite city and why? Cape Town. I have been to many other cities in the world – nothing compares to Cape Town.

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