Koko House, by Art In Voyage
Koko House, by Art In Voyage


Franschhoek, Western Cape (South Africa)

Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man blends art and mathematics, the exquisite balance of proportion and form. Imagine this then, in an interior in which you immediately sense the subtle algorithm of symmetry in architecture, interior spaces and the art placed in it. KoKo House is genius in its design concept and unsurprisingly, the work of owners who are two veteran London designers.

In this space, rooms are designed around firstly some extraordinary pieces of furniture that anchor them, including a six-meter sideboard from a school circa 1930 (which dictated the room’s proportions), a sideboard in reclaimed 19th-century yellowwood, a gazelle-legged dining table by James Mudge, and a hall table by metal artist Gregor Jenkin.

But no sooner has your eye settled on the grand presence of these pieces, it is off on an aesthetic meander to the walls and floor areas to discover the homes’ permanent “residents”: David Ballam’s striking photograph entitled Himba Boy, portraits by John Murray or Leonard Matsoso’s oil on pastel The Struggle. And quirkiness. Two life-size ink-black sheep strays from a collection of 13 by Sanell Aggenbach, “guard” the one living room and the home’s own angel – look for Uwe Pfaff’s delicate interpretation of a divine being.

You stand, tour, return, gaze, and then are captured once again by the owner’s collection of masks from decades of traveling in Africa, Otto du Plessis’ delicate bronze Zebra; Eduard Louis Laden’s ’51 bronze that looks rather like a miniature silhouette of Alfred Hitchcock and Anton Smith’s stone sculpture that surveys the garden. And while we are here, the symmetry and order continue in a wonderful external expanse of greenery and herringbone-brick pathways with the Dassenberg range as a distant background – often tipped in the snow in winter. In summer a lap pool, swing seat, and lounges will tempt you out into that golden Franschhoek light.


  • Wifi
  • Wood fireplace
  • Underflloor heating
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Satellite TV
  • Nespresso machine
  • Washing machine (and dryer)
  • Lap pool
  • Fireplace
  • Wine Cellar
  • Pool House
  • Ice machine
  • BBQ

Floor Plan & Bedrooms

- 2 king bedrooms (ensuite)
- 1 double room/Study
- Lounge, Living room, kitchen

- 1 king bedroom (ensuite)
- 1 twin (2 double beds) bedroom (ensuite)


Located off Franschhoek main street, the property is within walking distance from restaurants, banks, shops, and art galleries.
It is just a few minutes away from some of the best wineries in the area.
1-hour from Cape Town


Koko House, by Art In Voyage

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