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Tiziana Giardini & the Cape Grace hotel

26 Mar

DESIGN: Cape Grace and the art of Tiziana Giardini’s walls

MIDAS Earthcote was proud to have been chosen as a coatings supplier in the refashioning of Cape Town’s grandest five star hotel at the edge of the ocean – the Cape Grace hotel.

The Cape Grace combines modern luxury with traditional Cape culture. Every room was custom-designed using eclectic, handcrafted décor to reflect the tradition and elegance of the Cape.

The refashioning project, led by interior design company Weixelbaumer Design, represents an amalgamation of the best artisan talent in the Cape. Extreme care was invested in creating beautiful, tactile finishes, from the Giardini coloured walls to the hand-painted silk window dressings and soft furnishings to artisan-made leather and glass items.

Tiziana Giardini and the Cape Grace Hotel

Cape Grace Hotel

For the exterior of the Cape Grace Hotel, Tiziana Giardini custom mixed a warm, earthy shade of ochre in Midas Fresco. This statement colour gives real personality to the classic architecture and it somehow also harks back to the flamboyance of the Huguenots.

The Cape Grace Challenge

Kathi Weixelbaumer is known for her skill in juxtaposing the modern with the period and the rare with the humble – tying it all together with spontaneity.

The challenge was to provide finishes that added to the layering of texture, in a look that is both contemporary and reminiscent of the elegance and history of the Cape. All wall finishes needed to be low maintenance and, from an aesthetic perspective, needed to “pull the elements together.”

The exterior required a finish that would wear well next to the ocean, offer weather resistance and, like the interior, deliver an aesthetic that straddles the historic and the contemporary.

The Art of Tiziana Giardini’s Walls

For the interior, Weixelbaumer Design commissioned paint artist and colourist Tiziana Giardini to recommend a restful, unobtrusive palette of textured colour.

“Kathi Weixelbaumer has a great eye for colour and it was a privilege to work alongside her, providing interpretations to her interior approach”, said Tiziana Giardini. “It was an organic creative process. I was given fabrics and other interior pieces as inspiration and from those I developed a customised paint colour palette for each room.”

“Nothing came straight out of a tin. I used special pigments and made up my own recipes, using Midas 240 acrylics as a base, and my own special tinted ageing scumble glaze to take the edge off. This gave the walls a broken, lived-in look that is subtle and visually restful, as it has a lot of movement”
– Tiziana Giardini.

Cape Grace Hotel Interior

Cape Grace Hotel interior.

The use of a washable ageing glaze over Midas 240 acrylic delivers durability. The slightly worn, broken look creates a seamlessness between the walls and other interior elements, like washed timber and hand-painted fabrics.

For the exterior, Tiziana custom mixed a warm, earthy shade of ochre in Midas Fresco. This statement colour gives real personality to the classic architecture and it somehow also harks back to the flamboyance of the Huguenots.

“We used Midas Fresco for practical and aesthetic reasons,” said Giardini. “Fresco is a robust, gritty coating that very efficiently conceals hairline cracks and will last well in all-weather conditions at the coast. The ultra-matt graded texture adds a softness to the look, which gives the building elegance.”

The work of Kathi Weixelbaumer and Tiziana Giardini on the Cape Grace hotel is still representative of modern luxury mixed with traditional Cape culture.

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Midas Fresco Old World Style

12 Mar

MIDAS FRESCO: When New World technology meets Old World style

THE Chateau de L’ermitage, on the slopes of the Franschhoek Pass, is a classic Provençe-inspired boutique hotel set in the grounds of the prestigious Fransche Hoek Estate. The setting of this elegant five-star hotel, sandwiched between Chamonix and Haute Cabriere, was important in deciding the final finish.

Developer Dawie du Preez led the colour co-ordinations – calling on Midas Earthcote for products with an earthy, European look and feel.

The challenge of this special project was that the hotel needed to reflect the European influence in the Franschhoek valley while simultaneously offering contemporary functionality and durability.

Midas Fresco: Old World Style

Chateau de L’ermitage

The prestigious five-star Chateau de L’ermitage boutique hotel on the Fransche Hoek Estate.

The solution was Midas Fresco – the acrylic, suede-textured coating. Fresco was used extensively on the exterior. This coating provides a gritty, graded look with subtle colour variances and nuances, similar to Earthcote’s traditional cement paint. However, unlike cement paint, Fresco will not streak or mottle and is an ideal solution for concealing hairline cracks.

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The historic Domaine Des Anges farmhouse

7 Mar

Lovely old farmhouses never die. Given the right treatment, they just get more and more beautiful…

Domaine Des Anges

The oldest farmhouse on Domaine Des Anges.

“The property is the oldest home on the Domaine Des Anges estate” says Paul Silberman of Midas Earthcote, Franschhoek. “The owner wished to retain many of the original features, but with a contemporary look and practicality. In certain areas, a sleek, open, very modern approach was called for by the interior designer, Conrad, of John Jacob Interiors. This was an exciting and interesting creative challenge, as the coating solutions were integral to the design feel.”

Paul Silberman was asked to come up with a coatings plan to help this historic 1913 Domaine Des Anges farmhouse step proudly into the 21st Century. His solution was awarded the Midas Award of Excellence in November 2008.

“The exterior lent itself to a softly graded textured look to complement the vernacular style of architecture and the painterly rural winelands setting with its oaks and olive trees. We used Midas Fresco – a gravely textured paint that has the subtle nuances of a cement based paint but which doesn’t streak or mottle. Being very robust, it has excellent water-resistance and holds up well in the face of weather. Because it’s a thick coating, it masks imperfections beautifully.”

Silberman explains how he and his team wanted to insinuate the style of old beesmis farmhouse floors, but with a look that is a lot sleeker and more current. To achieve this, they used Earthcote Floorcote in certain areas as a practical hard-wearing surface. “Our ultra matt, rustic Earthcote Sand Paint, essentially an outdoor paint which is not washable, was used extensively on the interior
walls. We also used classic, traditional Earthcote Stucco. A hand-packed application method helped to create a more current feel,” says Silberman.

The final result of the historic Domaine Des Anges farmhouse project is rustic, but maintains real historical integrity. This was thanks to both a well conceived product solution and to an expert team of world class applicators.

“Our top crew of experienced, old-hand applicators was put onto this renovation” said Simon Fraser, Marketing Director for Midas Earthcote. “They are incredibly versatile and well versed in all styles of coating techniques. They went straight in on this very complex renovation project after having just returned from Amsterdam where they had been doing demos for the biggest Decorex show in Europe.”

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Midamite and Fresco textured paint

22 Feb

MIDAS PAINTS: Midamite and Fresco

MIDAS Earthcote brings you colour with texture. We have already had a look at the Midas 300 product range and now we want to introduce you to two more textured Midas products – both of which have their own special and unique appeal. Each of the following products are for both interior and exterior use.

Fresco

Fresco

Introducing Midamite – the durable, textured emulsion. Midamite is available in fine, medium and coarse varieties. Then there’s Fresco – an acrylic, suede-textured coating, which is the gentler of the two. This unique textured paint offers subtle, graded colour nuances.

Application of Midamite and Fresco is slightly different. What is important for each however, is that all surfaces are thoroughly prepared beforehand, that all manufacturer’s instructions are strictly followed, and that you allow the correct drying times between coats.

Midamite

Midamite

Fresco Application: Apply one coat of the recommended primer followed by two finishing coats of Fresco.

Midamite Application: Apply one coat of the recommended primer followed by two finishing coats of Midamite. Note: Midamite Medium and Coarse must be over-coated with a pure acrylic.