Stephen Falcke shares his inspiration for interior decorating @decorexSA


Stephen Falcke has never been afraid of colour, and he always gets it right. From the bold magenta armchair that takes pride of place in actress and philanthropist Carolyn Steyn’s home, to the rainbow lounge suite he created for architect Johan Slee’s famous “black house” in Boggomsbaai, the clever use of colour has always been one of those unmistakable Stephen Falcke signatures.

We say “one” because there’s little that interior designer Stephen Falcke hasn’t made his own, in his career thus far. One Johannesburg client recently requested an all-white interior and Stephen skillfully succeeded in creating the perfectly layered, non-sterile, all-white look. Who could forget that it was when he conceptualised the all-beige, African-inspired interiors for Johannesburg’s Saxon Hotel that Stephen hit the headlines and soon after that he was awarded the Andrew Martin International Interior Designer of the Year award in 1999. Stephen’s love for colour reaches new heights this year, when he showcases the vibrant South Beach collection from Clarke and Clarke – available exclusively from Home Fabrics in South Africa.

Inspired by the Art Deco vibrancy of Miami’s South Beach neighbourhood, plus a distinct South American influence, this flamboyant collection of embroidered linens and jacquards makes a bold fashion statement. Stephen will be working with bright corals, pinks and shades of aqua to set the stage for a colourful summer.

“We’ll be putting together what I call a great room – that generous space which is comfortable, warm and where spaces are created within spaces to give a cozy feeling,” he said.

Marc Shotland, Marketing and Group PR Executive of Home Fabrics, says there has been an unprecedented revival in the use of colour in interior fabrics and that a number of fabric houses were coming out with colour-filled collections this year. Botanical, tropical and floral influences were also set to take centre stage. Marc says that Home Fabrics has enjoyed a 30-year working relationship with Stephen Falcke: “Stephen truly is one of South Africa’s interior design geniuses and Decorex Joburg visitors are so lucky always to be treated to seeing his work.”

Stephen says the current movement in interiors is very focused on individual style.

“Interior designers have to take care not to overdo things and owners simply have to put their own personality into a room,” he explained.
Stephen’s dictum is never to underestimate the value of using at least one piece of furniture of exceptional quality in a room: “There is actually very little difference in price between original pieces and the reproductions – and antiques are often cheaper than their modern copies. Antiques will give a space a sense of history and make it personal – they are also the pieces you’ll pass on to your children.”

Stephen explained the interior world’s love affair with colour, saying it “makes you smile”.

“You are seeing colour everywhere right now: In fashion, décor – even in food.”

Image courtesy of www.stephenfalcke.co.za.

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