IN PICS | Everything you need to know about Martine Jackson's striking space
An apartment, perched between mountain and sea, playing with geometry, light and textures. This striking space is where Cape Town ceramicist Martine Jackson lives and works.
As a ceramicist, Martine Jackson is no stranger to teasing beauty out of muted clay.
So, when she and her husband acquired an unfinished apartment on Cape Town’s Atlantic seaboard, she was undaunted by the task of shaping a family home out of a stark concrete form and geometrically fragmented interior.
Installing swathes of bespoke oak cabinetry was the starting point in making the new residential-complex unit a layered and exciting space to accommodate and celebrate her work.
Bright, soft furnishings, a striking floating kitchen island and a succulent laden deck give it a quirky yet laid-back charm.
Designed by architect Roberto Forte of ForteArchitetti, the apartment is one of five units built on a challenging rhomboid-shaped parcel of land.
Forte’s task was to work with the shapes and angles with which he was presented and embrace views of the mountain and the Atlantic Ocean.
Thanks to this vision, the heart of the home is an open-plan kitchen, dining and living area that spills onto a generous balcony.
Floor-to-ceiling terrace doors invite in both views and light. Jackson says the most challenging, and exciting, aspect of the space is the unusual shapes and footprints in rooms, delivered by the offbeat architecture.
For example, she says that multi-angular walls and graphic seams in the concrete ceiling and floor left little room for symmetry.
Interior designer Andrea Graff solved this by softening the sharpness in the main living area with a warm, oak-lined signature wall.
A medley of eye-catching cabinetry displays items made by both Jackson and her mother, celebrated ceramicist Barbara Jackson.