andBeyond Phinda Homestead – Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Raw materials are combined with quirky accents and local flavours that harken back to the reserve’s past as a pineapple farm.
andBeyond Phinda Homestead is intended to be the guest’s private home away from home. The sole-use nature and the fact that all guests who stay here will be travelling together informed a more homely and integrated design.
The natural landscape informs the level of luxury. We chose 100% natural materials wherever possible, balancing aesthetics with longevity and practicality. Raw materials are combined with quirky accents and local flavours that harken back to the reserve’s past as a pineapple farm. Traditional motifs of Nguni hides, Zulu Craftwork and South African Art feature throughout. We worked with suppliers based in the Kwazulu-Natal Midlands who provided, pottery, carpets and textiles from regional co-ops and community projects.The talent of local Zulu craftsmen and women is often underrated. We chose to partner with the best in the region, we scoured markets and commissioned the best weavers to work with us.
We believe we have managed to showcase the Zulu craft in a simple and unpretentious manner and give guests an authentic Zululand experience that is contemporary yet soulful.