(All photos courtesy of andBeyond)Here's a fun exercise: imagine that you're sitting at your desk, mouse in hand, whiling away the hours until end of day. Not unusual, right? Now imagine that your desk is actually a teak chaise positioned at the edge of a sleek swimming pool in the African savannah, and when you look over—instead of noticing your cubicle-mate or some humdrum event (how is the printer always out of toner?!)—you witness a thirsty warthog approaching at a leisurely pace. At andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp, sights like those aren't just reveries; they're daily occurrences, making the stylish safari lodge a perfect candidate for this week's Monday Design Daydream.
Recently redesigned by an all-star team of architects and interiors experts—including London-based architecture firm Michaelis Boyd Associates and South Africa's Nicholas Plewman Architects and Fox Browne Creative—the lodge and its 28 new tents were made almost entirely with locally sourced materials, from the flagstone floors to the cypress wood walls. In the guest encampments, classic safari decor reigns: the lantern-lit interiors feature updated campaign-style furniture, crisp white linens, and bronze task lamps.
The public spaces, however, have a decidedly more modern feel. The sleekness of a steel bar is offset with a collection of plush upholstered sofas, rustic wooden cocktail tables, and encased lighting fixtures that recall Maasai huts. One element the main tents and guest quarters continue to share, a holdover from the lodge's original layout: expansive, ever-present views of the Great Rift Valley. Because, you know, why mess with a good thing?