Source is passionate about the evolution of African design, and given the continent’s cultural wealth, unique narratives and incredible natural beauty, it’s no surprise that its fast becoming the new design frontier.
Singita Sweni – the most intimate of the Singita lodges – is an example of refined African design at its best. The lodge is a tranquil sanctuary nestled in a riverine forest that unfurls onto the banks of the Sweni river. Its location in an exclusive concession in the south-eastern part of the Kruger National Park, is an area well known for its high concentration of the Big Five and four notable prides of lion.
In keeping an authentic sensibility, the immediate environment continues to be an important source of inspiration for African design. Outwardly unassuming, Singita Sweni is inspired by the structures of lairs and dens found in the region. Notes from nature are carried into the interiors and enhanced through an effortless blend of light, warm colours, textures and contemporary design features, like their polished timber floors and chrome balustrades.
Built on stilts, each of the six suites and shared public spaces have been fitted with floor-to-ceiling glass panels and expansive decks, creating a seamless flow between the natural surrounds and interiors. Eucalyptus poles line the walls and ceilings, lending a dappled light effect that preserves the feeling of outdoor living. Each space is dressed in shades of brown, ochre and taupe – echoing the hues of the natural landscape, while leafy greens, teal and canary yellow have been added to refresh the earthy colour palette.