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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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Storm Wall Hurricane Effect

19 Dec

STORM WALL: Creating a hurricane effect with manipulated Worn Leather

THE Reserve in Adderley Street, Cape Town was recently taken by storm and hit by a hurricane. Fortunately this was not your conventional wet and wild hurricane type, but rather an Earthcote Worn Leather style that has become fondly know as Storm Wall.

The manipulated hurricane-like treatment left quite an impression on the walls of The Reserve – creating an emotional and unruly effect with a unique ‘scratchy’ look. This effect is achieved when painting diluted acrylic wall paint over Earthcote Worn Leather. The lime from the Worn Leather base coat ‘burns’ through – bringing all the aesthetic mayhem to the surface. Check out the effect in the following photograph – kindly supplied by revamp artist, Jenny Mason.

Storm Wall and the hurricane effect

Storm Wall

Earthcote Worn Leather Storm Wall at The Reserve in Adderley Street, Cape Town

  • Jenny has thoughtfully offered a simple step-by-step guide to creating the Storm Wall for yourself on her blog, Koekalooks.

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Creating Storm Wall

28 Nov

Earthcote Summer Promo Feature Wall #1

Earthcote Summer Promo Feature Wall #1* Click image to enlarge *

MATERIALS NEEDED:

CREATING STORM WALL:

  1. Start with 2 coats of Earthcote Worn Leather, applied by brush.
  2. To accentuate the uneven ‘burn’ in the look, overcoat the Worn Leather wall (once dry) with a coat of Envirolite 220 in the same or similar grey – diluted 50/50 with water. (We use Envirolite ‘Femme Fatale’).
  3. Apply with a sponge roller.
  4. When you’re happy with how the look has developed, finish with one or two layers of Earthcote Wall Wax. Polish either by hand or with an orbital buffer, as you would a floor.

COST: Under R450 for 8m2 feature wall (includes allowance for special materials – excludes labour).

  • All the products and equipment needed to achieve this Storm Wall can be picked up at your nearest Paint&Place. Visit the Paint&Place Store Locator to find one nearest to you.

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