This secluded retreat in the Namib Desert is the first new build house by South African designer Porky Hefer, who took cues from his ‘Nest’ furniture series, upscaling and extrapolating architecturally. Conceived for conservationist Swen Bachran, the house is thatched with reeds collected from along the Zambezi River, providing natural insulation, while the bricks and steel frame were handmade on site. Inside, a sunken lounge with leather banquette pays homage to the organic style of the late American architect Bruce Go.
Key features: A secluded African desert retreat featuring a thatched roof, African hardwoods, organic forms and handmade bricks
Designer’s previous work: ‘Nest’ furniture series; ‘Endangered’ seating collection; ‘Lite’ lights