Oana and Morne Fourie
For this South African and Romanian couple, architecture and design is not only a profession but also a passion.
Design tactics that some may shy away from, they have fully embraced. This vision and confidence is clearly demonstrated in a massive black and white canvas that covers one entire wall of their lounge. “On one of our many trips to Romania’s Transylvanian mountains we discovered a fabulous old photograph with a high resolution depicting a street scene in Bucharest back in the 1930s. We brought it home and had it enlarged to make an enormous wall graphic – it’s unmissable,” says Oana.
Several other walls in the house are completely reserved for fitted shelves stacked from floor to ceiling with over 2,000 much-loved books.
As architects, they are visually creative, and Oana’s husband, Morne, has his work on display throughout the house. His latest piece of artwork is a beautiful light box made up of discarded mosaics from a construction site. “This is now a strong feature at the entrance to the house and the ‘eyes’ look very mysterious when lit up at night,” says Oana.
But their creativity is not reserved for the interior. In April this year their garden won Emaar’s Best Landscaped Small Garden Award. “It is like another room for us – we spend so much time out in the garden,” she says.