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Design Diaries Tristan Du Plessis


The Design Diaries
Tristan  du Plessis

Design Diaries

Words Vidula KotianDate 30 July 2019

In the second installment of our series, we present the rising South African interior designer Tristan du Plessis, who is making waves around the world for his sultry masculine hospitality spaces.

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“I want to be part of the movement that brings South African design to the rest of the world.”

Tristan du Plessis

Design Stats

Highly-acclaimed bar and restaurant projects as well as boutique hotels and residential projects

Signature Style

Industrial glamour meets a knack for dramatic color, graphic lines, and natural materials.

Design Motto

Extremely well thought-out materiality, soul, flow, and purposeful design all present in a space that’s infused with layers of detail and a touch of restraint—a recipe for an exceptional space.

Design Hotels Members

Chapter Roma and Gorgeous George.


A tour of his edgy home.

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Member's only Mesh Club in Johannesburg

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Mesh Club's custom pink chairs reference local Pierneef's painting

Who or what are your biggest influences?

My biggest influence is travel; being inspired by various cultures and aesthetics every time I step out of a plane.

Have you ever changed your mind about anything aesthetics-wise?

Constantly! Design and aesthetics and our reactions to them should always change and evolve.

Describe your dream project, real or fantasy.

A luxury beachside resort, with a youthful twist.

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Wood or concrete?

Beach or mountain?

Modern or classic?

Morning or evening?

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Now You See Me eyewear store in Norwood

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Fyn restaurant in Cape Town

What’s the last thing you read that made you feel something?

Not so much of a read but flipping through the pages of Joseph Dirand: Interior, published by Rizolli made me feel something.

What are you currently working on?

I’m working on three new luxury dining concepts in the UAE, a private country estate in Normandy, and I’ve just recently completed the Gorgeous George hotel in Cape Town (the first Design Hotels member in the city) as well as the subversive Chapter Roma in the Italian capital.

Is there a building or product that strikes you as particularly well-designed or innovative?

I think that all the lighting ranges coming out of Apparatus Studio are beautifully designed and considered.

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City or country?

Jazz or classical?

Drama or comedy?

Dancing or hiking?

Featured Hotels


Chapter Roma

Rome, Italy
T Gorgeous George Cape Town South Africa

Gorgeous George

Cape Town, South Africa

Featured Hotels


Chapter Roma

Italy, Rome
T Gorgeous George Cape Town South Africa

Gorgeous George

South Africa, Cape Town
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