Zimkita Sidumo.
Zimkita Sidumo.
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Favourite perfume? Fan Your Flames by Nishane. It’s my deal-closing scent!

The building everyone should visit before they die? Uluwatu Temple in Bali. It’s less about the aesthetic of the temple and more about your experience there; it’s about where the temple places you in relation to nature. I saw the most majestic sunset high up on the cliff of the temple. Being there felt as though I was only then starting to live.

What do you love most about Johannesburg? I love its fierce energy! But beware, you have to know what your story is otherwise it’ll gobble you up and spit you out dizzy.

All-time favourite place to eat out? Wimpy! Of course the likes of La Boqueria, Gemelli, and Bottega are fantastic, but warm nostalgia lives in my heart for Wimpy and the familiarity of the taste of their food. It reminds me of family road trips to the Eastern Cape, after-school lunch treats with my mama and sisters, and a love that I also share with my professional BFF [my business partner].

Your design inspiration? Architecture, art, travel, how we interact with our spaces and nature. So many, if not all, design elements start with nature.

Reading? Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant.

Architecture inspired by nature: 2016 Serpentine Pavilion, London.
Architecture inspired by nature: 2016 Serpentine Pavilion, London.
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Listening to? Little Dragon, Frank Ocean and emawk. I love me a melancholy playlist. And for the past few days my shower music has been a shuffle of Kanye West albums (excluding that dark-sided one with all the weird sounds).

Artist you’ve got your eye on? My eyes go giddy over Lionel Smit’s work!

Best way to spend a Sunday morning? A looong bubbly brunch date or an excursion in the sunshine with bubbles in tow.

Lionel Smit, Manipulated State.
Lionel Smit, Manipulated State.
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Book, album, and luxury item to take to a desert island? The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell, The North Borders by Bonobo, and black Prada sunglasses.

Little luxury you miss most in lockdown? Eating out *sobs* and bottomless drinks with my friemily (friends who are family).

Are you a collector of anything? I’m besotted with candles but I don’t think it’d be fair to say that I collect them because I burn them all. And I keep my perfume bottles. I still haven’t decided what the point of this is, but I know for sure those scents will teleport me back to a different place in my life.

What makes you happiest? The growth of my business; it’s a validation of my dreams. After working in financial services for 11 years I resigned from my corporate job to focus on my interior-design and décor company full-time. It has been the toughest and most fulfilling experience of my life to date.

Dream dinner-party guests? Erykah Badu, Kanye West, Mary Jackson, Shonda Rhimes, Philippe Starck, Rihanna, Madonna, and Kid Cudi.

Madonna.
Madonna.
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Next on your list of must-have items? Besides an AMG G-Wagon? A black floral sleepshirt-and-shorts pyjama set from Superbalist.

One indulgence you would never forgo? A pedicure. It might be basic to some but it’s such a treat for me.

 From the June issue of Wanted 2020.

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