Meet Vicky and Pieter Swanpoel’s home ! And the residence of the Ambassador of South Africa to Romania !
The fact that Vicky is an Art History graduate and almost grew into a life in different parts of the world is quite visible in their home- a penthouse in the top two floors of a building in Bucharest with beautiful views of Herastrau Park. The flat is kind of long rather than wide, has pillars- made perhaps as room dividers and could have been difficult to manage but for Vicky’s skills. Paintings- small and large- dot the walls in interesting groups- sculpture and craft collected from all over are arranged cleverly. I found myself walking to many little corners and exploring the pieces.That is what an ideal home or garden( or human nature !) should be- a place with many interesting little corners to discover..
I do this often , and, at the risk of being seen as overly inquisitive, have many questions (and admiration!) for the owners !
Their posting to Mexico left a very strong impression on them. Vicky says they arrived in Mexico City ‘without any of our daughters(they were in boarding school), feeling very sad and depressed. But then we were face to face with the chaos that is Mexico City . It was love at first sight; everything about Mexico I loved- the people, the food,the history, the music, the art, the craft, the sights, the sounds, the wonderful riot that is Mexico.’
And this impression is visible in Vicky’s home- in the pieces of sculpture, alebrijes-which, as I learnt and all you non-Mexicans can, too- are wood sculptures of mythical creatures, and pottery from Mexico . And, I almost missed it- food ! She always has something fabulous and Mexican on her table !
A piece I loved was the clay sculpture below. It is a copy of a work of a well known Mexican sculptor, Zuniga, made by a talented gardener in a small Mexican town and bought by Pieter at a fraction of the original price !
In transit to Romania, parts of the sculpture broke into small pieces -it IS clay,after all- but Vicky could not bear to throw it. She decided, instead, in a determined and wise move, to restore it with Plaster of Paris and paint. There was nothing to lose, was there?! and viola ! Great success !
Below is the sculpture with beige sofas and bold black and white patterned dining chairs in the dining area visible at the back. Amazing, don’t you think, how well the beige and black and white pattern go together ? !
Don’t you just love this grouping ?
And this ?
And this ..
Hope you have enjoyed seeing this post as much as I have putting it together .
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