A version of this piece appeared in Elle Decoration South Africa, January 2011.
Art director Wayne Smith spends his days working in moving pictures, but prefers stills. "I'm driven by an image," he explains. "I'm passionate about a single beautiful thing." And he curates his home that way.
His philosophy of open-plan living meets his magpie sensibility and love of collecting in his Greenside home.
Wayne's ideal is to live a Zen-like existence but can’t resist the lure of individually striking pieces. "I love the idea of myself with just a bowl and a spoon, but I can't choose between 50 different bowls and 50 different spoons," he says.
His tenacious eye is attracted to unusual shapes and clean lines, but above all, Wayne loves objects with a story.
"I look for pieces with character, with soul," Wayne says. This is reinventing for the sake of reinvention: finding new uses for old objects, discovering the gallery potential of a seemingly ordinary piece.
Wayne comes across pieces in his everyday life: from a rusty geyser lid he might find on a roadside - now mounted on a dining room wall - to a prop blowglass vase, rescued from one of his film sets.
There's an inherent contradiction of philosophies and aesthetics which adds soul and personality to every corner of what Wayne describes as his “refuge from the world.”
The minimalist colour palette is clean without losing warmth. Each single treasured object sits within what Wayne self-deprecatingly describes as "a mess of different, interesting things." Mid-century modern pieces salvaged and lovingly restored sit next to Shaker-style simplicity, sleek modernity and calm lines. Wayne's penchant for matte surfaces, organic wood and stone textures contrasts with glass and metallic accents.
Wayne says it’s all a part of being creative and searching for what feels right. "I'm constantly moving things around. Nothing makes it into a position that it stays in for very long."
It is a simple space, but filled with quirkiness, warmth and love - a place for huskies Kung Fu and Sinjin to nap under a sideboard, for Wayne and his partner Frans to nibble on hot cross buns and ripened brie on a rainy morning.