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Thursday, December 22

The Satyagraha House


The Satyagraha House, Mahatma Gandhi's house in Johannesburg, SA, has recently been restored and renovated by the  French company Voyageurs du Monde. It is is now open to receive visitors at it's museum and guests for stay. Heritage architect Rocco Bosman, and interior designers Amit Zadok and Christine Pulch, took utmost care to maintain the existing character and sanctity of the site and recreated the interiors keeping Gandhi's philosophy and austerity as their guiding principle.





Khadi and linen fabrics, jute floor coverings, memorabilia from the days Gandhi and the house's architect Hermann Kallenbach stayed here, period wood furniture, old photographs, simple and functional carefully selected decor pieces, all put together create an aesthetic, minimalistic and sustainable heritage home.


Mahatma Gandhi's original attic bedroom, recreated with the help of images from the Gandhi Museum in India









Watch this short video for the story of renovation of The Satyagraha House. Not only am I impressed by the thought behind this project, I also really admire the style guideline and design aesthetics used to revive this house. There is a sense of calm, comfort, and, organization, that permeates through the house and can be felt through these images.  

Satyagraha: Satya means truth, and (A)graha means request/insistence. Read more about the Satyagraha movement here.


[Images copyright: The Satyagraha House]


10 comments:

notyet100 said...

Thanks for the pictorial,.. :)

The Mo's said...

Love your blog, so I was especially pleased to see a post related to South Africa, particularly Gandhi's stay and influence there. Great photo story.

I'm a South African living in India, so it's interesting seeing it "from the other side".

http://themosindiadventure.blogspot.com/

E. said...

How neat to stay in a historical residence! I lived briefly in India, and got to visit other sights associated with Gandhi, but would love to visit South Africa and follow his journey there as well! Thanks for the post :)
www.voyage-on.blogspot.com

Yoli said...

This is breathtaking. What a respectful restoration.

Miss Frangipani said...

What a gorgeous space. I love the black accents used throughout. It really grounds the rooms and makes it all come together beautifully.

TrüSka said...

I absolutely love this blog : D Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas and kisses from Portugal : ***

GB said...

Lovely post!

The magnolias have me longing for spring already!

Andrea said...

Thankyou for this post - what a fabulous house!! I like it a lot!

Papyrus & Cloth said...

What beauty! The restoration/renovation captures the tranquil, loving & inspiring spirit of Gandhiji. Spending time in this space would surely be good for the mind, body & soul!
http://papyrusandcloth.blogspot.com/

stellacharlie said...

Unbelievable. I could live in complete peace in that house.
Beautiful, just so beautiful

xo Sam
www.charliestella.blogspot.com

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