The Reserve – interior & style

17 Apr

THE RESERVE: The interior & style of one of Cape Town’s most trendy nightclubs

The Reserve is a nightclub in Cape Town – located in the 150 year old ABC building in Adderley Street. The Reserve was once a bank and has ceilings that are almost twelve meters high.

The Reserve boasts an interior & style that is both uniquely historic and highly sophisticated. The interior walls are clad in marble and the building still has all its original brass fittings and spectacular antique chandeliers. The interior of The Reserve was extensively revamped in 2011 by interior designer Manuela Candido.

The Reserve – interior & style

The Reserve Interior

The Reserve interior

As you enter The Reserve you are met by a flamboyant and stylish room, which constitutes the bar area. The interior walls of the first bar are painted in both flat colors in various shades of green with palm tree murals and parrot monkeys as accents. Other interior accents include leopard skin and floral fabrics, palm tree cocktail tables, pink duco tables and other vivid pops of colour.

The style of the bar is pure fantasy, with its proudly kitsch 1950’s Palm Springs look, while the lounge is reminiscent of a Munich-style 1930’s burlesque room. This called for wall décor that would add to the glamour of the interior rather than fade into obscurity – and look shimmery and sparkly at night.

THE STORM WALL OF THE RESERVE

The witty and wild style & interior of The Reserve called for an idea that would be an appropriate backdrop to the palm trees, parrots and pink tables. The manipulated look of the Earthcote Storm Wall treatment creates the perfect mood. This ‘agitated’, spontaneous, hurricane-like style occurred when diluted acrylic wall paint was applied over Earthcote Worn Leather. The lime from the Worn Leather base coat kept burning through, bringing intense movement to the surface.

Click here for a ‘how to’ guide to creating the Storm Wall Hurricane effect

The interior & style of The Reserve restaurant

The Reserve Restaurant

The Reserve Restaurant

THE CHAMPAGNE-LOOK FROST WALL OF THE RESERVE

This sparkly champagne-like effect was achieved using a base coat of ‘Oyster White’ Dorado – Earthcote’s shimmery, metallic textured paint, with a layer of Earthcote Frost applied on top. Frost can be applied over any colour and it looks quite literally like snowfall on a wall – opaque and twinkly. An insider tip: mix glitter into the Frost to ramp up the sparkle. The ‘Methode Champenoise’ glitter Frost was used on the plaster mouldings next to the solid old marble inlays in the club.

THE HURRICANE AT THE RESERVE

The 150-year old space inside The Reserve is absolutely incredible. Andrea Graaf, Interior designer to The Reserve, describes the club as “a fantasy of creating two different areas that patrons can explore and enjoy, while always admiring the different visual and sensual elements.”

Apart from the specialised palm tree murals, there are lots of leopard skin and floral fabrics with palm tree cocktail tables and just color, color and more color. It offers a real kitsch, 1950’s Palm Springs vibe while the actual lounge offers luxurious banquette seating surrounded by dance floor podiums.

The Reserve Decor

The Reserve Decor

The birdcage is the ‘piece de resistance’ – made out of mild steel and finished in gold leaf. It is totally over-scaled and is definitely one of the ‘wow’ factors in the room. In fact the whole style is totally eclectic which can be seen from the bright duco’ed pink coffee tables to the ‘Rietveltesque’ mild steel cocktail tables.

The Reserve hosts carefully thought-out and executed themed nights on a weekly basis to crowds of 30 plus. Themed parties are held every weekend but you have to be on the guest list by contacting The Reserve to receive access to these exclusive parties.

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3 Responses to “The Reserve – interior & style”

  1. Hutton Wilkinson April 18, 2012 at 2:53 am #

    Please post pictures of the Tony Duqette inspired interiors… I would love to see them… you mention leopard skin and murals with palm trees and monkeys etc… where are they in the photographs you posted… All I see are photographs of very square rooms which are attractive… but not inspired by Tony Duquette…

    Thank You…

    Hutton Wilkinson, President
    Tony Duquette Inc.
    Los Angeles

  2. Galen Schultz April 20, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    Hi Hutton, thank you for your comment.

    In response to your pick-up regarding the reference to Tony Duquette style interiors: The reference to Tony Duquette came to us from the club’s press release to our communications team. (We’d be happy to email this to you if you like)? We’ll post some more photos of the club soon – and in the mean time, we have decided to delete the reference to ‘Tony Duquette style’, as we’re aware that the creative interpretation of a stylistic approach or influence is subjective. We agree, the visuals shown above suggest an interior that might seem quite conservative – although the club itself is quite different. Thank you for pointing the disconnect.

  3. Ryann Vios Rico August 9, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

    Thank you!! I see these paintings in some but never knew the techniques. Its amazing what you do. I am teaching myself right now so hopefully they come out ok. You’ve been an inspiration.. thanks!! I looked some websites like Painters in Hamilton to see if they could come up the ideas like yours. But then still want to hear something from you

    Thanks.

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