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Extra-high shelves and a giant print of an Olaf Hajek piece from the Black Antoinette series work perfectly in the living room with its high ceiling. When the Hoffman family was on holiday in Gansbaai decades ago, Pieter fell in love with the green sofa and matching chair in Dit & Dat Trading. “The sofa was red at the bottom with a grey giraffe design at the top; Ouma Kitty bought it for me for R250.” He recently had it reupholstered. Pendant and shelves custom made by Carnarvon Building Contractors
Extra-high shelves and a giant print of an Olaf Hajek piece from the Black Antoinette series work perfectly in the living room with its high ceiling. When the Hoffman family was on holiday in Gansbaai decades ago, Pieter fell in love with the green sofa and matching chair in Dit & Dat Trading. “The sofa was red at the bottom with a grey giraffe design at the top; Ouma Kitty bought it for me for R250.” He recently had it reupholstered. Pendant and shelves custom made by Carnarvon Building Contractors

Photographs Greg Cox

Pieter Hoffman believes that here under the hot Karoo sun you have to create your own magic with whatever you can lay your hands on. For him, it all started one day in his post-matric year while sitting on Twist Niet farm’s stoep in that blissful silence so synonymous with the platteland. In solitude. No dogs at his feet, but a supply of wors and salted rib drying in the air-drying cabinet on the stoep. It was the year 2000, and Pieter had come to the realisation that he had no clue where his life was headed.

Twist Niet, the farm his dad Stephen bought before he retired, is situated about 30km from Vanwyksvlei and 110km from Carnarvon, the kind of small towns where the local kids gather round when a city car stops in front of the co-op.

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