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Peponi House Modern African Interior Design Style

African accessories for the home - Studio [D] Tale, Peponi House Terrace - Sam Churchill Photography
A kiSwahili word meaning paradise, ideal or idyllic place or state, ‘Peponi’ is the name given to a thoughtfully styled home, whose Kenyan owner’s wanted their living space to reflect this sentiment by creating a sanctuary from the bustling city. A three-story Victorian conversion, located in London’s Notting Hill, Peponi House pays homage to contemporary African interior design style and culture, drawing on the owner’s layered cultural background, travels and memories. Completed in February 2015, Peponi House was designed by Studio [D] Tale, who were commissioned to create a ‘home from home’ experience. Founded by Safia Qureshi and Maxwell Mutanda, Studio [D] Tale, is a multidisciplinary design and architectural studio with bases in London, Cape Town and Harare.
[Main image credits: Studio [D] Tale, Peponi House Terrace – Sam Churchill Photography]

[Image credits: Studio [D] Tale, Peponi House Living Room – Sam Churchill Photography]
The studio set about reconfiguring the interior layout, opening up the space to allow for ample natural light. This included inserting large skylights into the existing butterfly ceiling to direct natural day light into the top floor open plan living and kitchen space. Creating an indoor-outdoor bathing experience, a skylight was also installed above a rain shower in the wet room, located at the highest point of the house. Sustainability was an important issue for the owner, resulting in ethically sourced natural stone being used to save on carbon footprint, and natural wool used to insulate floors and walls, ideal for generating warmth on colder days. Water harvesting was introduced for irrigating tropical plants housed in a restful garden terrace, which features a mosaic of colourful hand made cement pigment tiles from North Africa.
[Image credits: Studio [D] Tale, Peponi House Kitchen and Wet Room – Sam Churchill Photography]

For the interiors design Studio [D] Tale drew on stylish African home decor and accessories, sourcing products from a handful of designers renowned for producing the highest quality of design and craftsmanship such as Moroso, Alvin T, Soane and Hay. Also, included in the list were several designers leading in the way contemporary African inspired interior design products and furnishings such as Eva Sonaike, House of Arike and Yinka Ilori amongst others, whom Studio [D] Tale worked closely with to create complementary products.

Exuding modern African interior design style Peponi House is a stylish haven that reflects the personal journey of an inspired life.

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