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Spotlight: Behind The Scenes with Design Space

Today we are stepping into the world of Jonathan Rabe from Design Space – and embarking on a journey where passion for interior design ignites a creative process to transform environments into captivating spaces.

What inspires you and helps you create such beautiful interiors?

Inspiration is found in many places, Human interaction and fashion and textiles and patterns, nature and travel are two major sources for me. The colors, textures, and patterns found in the natural world often find their way into my designs. Additionally, exploring different cultures and experiencing their unique aesthetics broadens my creative perspective.

You are known for your classical contemporary spaces – what draws you to create this look with such pizzaz and confidence?

Being Blessed with a Creative eye and the eclectic ability to fuse any style is a great talent I have received , I believe that classical design elements have a timeless quality that can bring a sense of elegance and sophistication to any space. By infusing contemporary touches and unexpected details, I aim to create a harmonious blend of traditional and modern aesthetics. This combination allows me to express my creativity with a touch of excitement and confidence.

What interior has left you with a lasting impact?

One particular project that left a lasting impact on me was a renovation of a historic building into a boutique hotel. The transformation was challenging but immensely rewarding. Preserving the building’s architectural integrity while introducing modern amenities was a delicate balance. Seeing the final result and witnessing the positive reactions from guests made it a truly memorable experience.

Which interior designers have influenced your interior style?

I’ve drawn inspiration from various interior designers throughout my career. Some notable influences include Architect Zaha Hadid, Karim Rashid, Jacques Grange, Kelly Wearstler, and Axel Vervoordt. Their ability to create unique, sophisticated spaces with a strong sense of personal style has greatly influenced my own approach to design.

What is your personal style preference?

Personally, I lean towards a fusion of classical and contemporary styles. I appreciate the timeless elegance of classical design, but I also enjoy incorporating modern elements and unexpected details. Creating a balance between the two allows me to bring a fresh perspective to my interiors.

What have been your career highlights?

There have been many highlights throughout my career, but a few that stand out include being commissioned to design a luxury penthouse in a renowned skyscraper, collaborating with a prestigious fashion brand on a boutique store, and receiving recognition for my work through various design awards and publications. Each milestone has been a testament to the dedication and passion I have for creating beautiful spaces always incorporating elements form my clients travels.

What do you define as ultimate luxury?

To me, ultimate luxury goes beyond lavish materials or extravagant features. It’s about creating a space that truly reflects the individual’s desires and aspirations. It’s the feeling of being surrounded by beauty, comfort, and a sense of exclusivity. It’s the seamless integration of craftsmanship, attention to detail, and personalized touches that make a space truly luxurious.

Tell us more about the latest interiors project that you have recently completed?

The latest project I completed, “The SA DÉCOR & DESIGN STAND,” was an exciting opportunity to design an Exhibition Stand for such an Established Brand. The brief was to create a space that would showcase various art forms and the SA Décor & Design Buyer’s Guide Anniversary Issue while offering visitors an immersive and engaging experience. I incorporated clean lines, minimalistic elements, and an emphasis on lighting techniques to provide a neutral backdrop for the Book and Furniture elements to shine. The use of innovative lighting techniques and interactive installations added an extra layer of dynamism to the space.

The Concept for the Exhibition Stand was derived from Integration and collaboration. The entire stand is designed around the focal points on the stand the Design Directory displayed on a finned Bookcase brining contemporary and classical with the use of the Egger Halifax Oak Finish, a more vintage element used in a contemporary setting and the Occulus wall creating the illusion that you are looking through a looking glass at the forecasted SA Décor & Design Anniversary Issue displayed on the illuminated Black Powdercoated and glass display shelves creating a residential library look or even a retail display for the Anniversary Issue.

The Okha Couch and the Chandelier from Willowlamp forms an integral part of the design of the stand , The concept encapsulates the use of negative space around the centrally placed Features and the great Infinity Bulkhead with the contemporary lighting by Lights by Linea Strip lighting and downlighters l illuminating the Bookcase and The bulkhead feature creates rhythm and flow within the repetitive lines, shapes and textures and high- end laminate finishes from Egger and Novodecor The concept is thus Creating Infinite Possibilities Sa Décor & Design the leading Design Directory offering clients infinite possibilities for their space.

Quick Questions with Jonathan:

My favourite thing to buy for my home is… unique art pieces that evoke emotions and add personality to the space.

The easiest effective design technique is… the strategic use of lighting to enhance the mood and ambiance of a room and highlight elements and a unique piece in a room.

One thing I never do in an interior is… compromise on quality. It’s essential to invest in durable materials and craftsmanship to ensure the longevity and integrity of the design.

My biggest design mistakes are… rushing the decision-making process and not fully considering the functionality and lifestyle needs of the clients. It’s important to take the time to understand their preferences and requirements to create a space that truly suits them.

My design motto is… “Harmony in Every Detail.” I believe that every element in a space should work together harmoniously, from the overall layout down to the smallest accessory. Attention to detail and a cohesive vision are key to creating a successful and impactful design.

Check out some Jonathan’s incredible work at Design Space and bring your own interior visions to life!


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