The Design Diaries
— Tristan du Plessis

Interview by

Vidula Kotian

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.

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.
Quote of the day: “I want to be part of the movement that brings South African design to the rest of the world”
watch: Interview with Top Billing
DEsign hotels members: Chapter Roma and Gorgeous George

Q: 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.

Q: Have you ever changed your mind about anything aesthetics-wise?
Constantly! Design and aesthetics and our reactions to them should always change and evolve.

Q: Describe your dream project, real or fantasy.
A luxury beachside resort, with a youthful twist.

Q: 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.

Q: Without thinking too hard, which do you choose:
Wood or concrete? Concrete
Beach or mountain? Beach
Modern or classic? Modern
Morning or evening? Evening
City or country? City
Jazz or classical? Jazz
Drama or comedy? Comedy
Dancing or hiking? Dancing

Q: 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.

Q: 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

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019