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Real luxury is never superficial, but thoughtfully considered and graceful delivered. It feels engaging, exhilarating, and deeply personal. Welcome to the Lexus Designer Pods, featuring 4 of the top interior designers who were invited to participate in this exclusive showcase at Decorex Cape Town. Each designer got to test drive the latest Lexus models (RX 450h+ and RX 500h), and drew inspiration from their experience to interpret their vision for a unique space, filled with expression, texture, personality and a space that reflects their chosen Lexus pillar – expressing the Lexus core values.

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Let’s show those rare, intimate moments where human and machine connect at the personal level —with each vignette connecting to one of the 5 Making Luxury Personal pillars (Authentic, Refined, Omotenashi, Engaging and Imaginative) By making luxury personal, Lexus authentically creates happiness in motion.

In collaboration with:

  • LVT Flooring
  • Lund Rug Gallery
  • Indigenus
  • Artlab
  • Studio Adele Grace
  • Raw Manufacturing

Conceptual Narrative: Refined

Floating on an elegant and magical carpet ride! Wrap yourself in safe luxury, where the underlying complexity in superior technology meets simplicity in this exceptional driving experience, truly “…a sense of knowing that all you’ll ever need is at your fingertips”. We were fortunate to experience the Lexus RX 450h+, with its slick yet bold exterior design and stylish interior. Gentle and quiet on the road, with its adaptive cruise control and bespoke navigation system to name but a few of the incredible features, made this one of our most enjoyable driving experiences!

JH Interior Design and Décor is privileged to align our Decorex interior with Lexus’ value “Refined”. We suitably selected ingeniously curated textures, earthy colour tones and bespoke statement pieces that enhances the feeling of contemporary living, complementing the understated stylishness and attention to detail. We source our distinctive furnishings from South African manufacturers and artists, with an occasional touch of eccentric international flavours

Our vision is to design interiors to elicit an emotional connection in every single space that we create for our clients. It's a personalised journey with you that will entail an initial briefing and subsequently a proposal that will address your requirements and budget, taking the selection of colour tones, fabrics, textures and designs into consideration. Our team will take care of the procurement and keep you informed of the timelines throughout the interior installation process. Discover our luxurious spaces - each inspired by international trends and designers that have thoughtfully been considered to suit every client’s unique individuality, and trust us to transform your abode into your refined dream home. Suitably alluded to by Lexus – making luxury personal!

In collaboration with:

  •  African Creations - All Joinery 
  • CL Tilers & Painter - Tile and painting 
  • Andy de Klerk Cabinetworks  - Shoji screen/door
  • Art Lab - Wallpaper and fabric printing 
  • Dr Boomslang - Indoor garden 
  • Ceramica - supply tiles 
  • Globel Granite CC - Fabricators 
  • Stone Alliance - stone suppliers 
  • SofaSushi - Artis/Illustrator of wall art and fabric design
  • Loomcraft - Fabric supplier 
  • Ticktin Timbers - Oak supplier for cladded wall and furniture 
  • Plaza boards - supply of wood for structure (garden walls and curve)
  •  Wireworld - Lighting pendants +  wall lights 
  • Gonsenhausers Fine Rugs - Rug supplier 

Conceptual Narrative: Omotenashi

Omotenashi – the philosophy of Japanese hospitality culture.

The Japanese culture is deeply rooted in  their tea ceremony called “sado”,

The tea ceremony embodies the meaning of the word Omotenashi which means to be hospitable, mindful and anticipate what your guests want. Wholeheartedly looking after guests without pretence or hidden agendas. Omotenashi is also about attention to detail using the senses.  Preparation for a single tea ceremony can take up to a year, involving the meticulous selection of flowers, tea sets, hanging scrolls, and confections tailored to the season and guests' preferences.

I chose this pillar for my space as it resonated with me completely. I have grown my business for 16 years using the same principle, understanding clients needs and creating beautiful environments for them. My stand design incorporates the values I have learnt from Omotenashi, creating a space that reflects the Lexus RX 500h that I test drove for inspiration.

I found the drive to be very smooth, the car is so quiet. The Lexus is a beautifully designed car and I can see how the manufacturer used Omotenashi in the car design, from everything you need, from the latest technology to the incredible craftsmanship and detailing. The cars comes in various colours and I have chosen the “Nori Green” colour in the stand and will bring in greens with natural tones, with Japanese inspired ideas. The focus will be on the attention to detail aspects that I found the Lexus to have and bring it into my stand. The tea inspired ceremony, lighting and key furniture pieces will bring the stand to life whilst embodying the  principles of Omotenashi.

In collaboration with:

  • Stephen Pikus Design
  • Philip Pikus Design

Conceptual Narrative: Authentic 

Quiet Confidence. In a world where the lines between technology and nature, the past and the future, strength and serenity are increasingly blurred, there exists a space where these elements converge in harmony. This is the essence of the Artep Studio pod, a sanctuary of innovation and traditional, designed to resonate with the Lexus ethos of crafting authentic luxury through quiet confidence.

The essence of the Artep Studio pod, is a sanctuary of innovation and tradition, designed to resonate with the Lexus ethos of crafting authentic luxury through quiet confidence. The pod itself, a marvel of metal and stone, stands as a testament to the enduring eauty of materials forged by earth and shaped by human hands.

Our journey begins at the gateway, where visitors are invited to leave the external world behind and enter a realm where luxury and artistry blend seamlessly.

Reach the Heart of Silence, the central exhibition space where the spirit of Lexus comes alive through art.

In collaboration with:

  • Lighting: Stephen Pikus 
  • Wallpaper & Fabrics: Romo Fabrics 
  • Furniture: Moorgas & Sons
  • Back Lit Mirrors: Architectural Glass Design 
  • Floors: Lalegno Flooring 
  • Art Work: Abe Opperman Gallery 
  • Rug: Mae Rugs 
  • Wallpaper Installation: NG Lifestyle 
  • Architrave Panel Detail: Innovation Projects 

Conceptual Narrative: Engaging

The Lexus RX 500h F SPORT offers an engaging blend of smoothness, luxury, contemporary style, and sportiness. Its form, silver metallic color, defined lines, and texture create a luxurious and seamless drive. The interior's spaciousness, elegant leather upholstery, and precise lines embody luxury in motion. My design goal was a timeless, luxurious, yet futuristic feel, highlighting the hybrid nature of the Lexus to emphasize both luxury and environmental responsibility.

Color Scheme and Materials

The exterior features metallics (symbolizing liquidity, flow, movement, and the future), while the interior boasts a neutral black base (representing sophistication and strength) accented with white (for purity and new beginnings). The materials used include natural textures, metals, velvets, vinyl, glass, and mirrors, creating a luxurious and environmentally conscious space.

Furniture Design

Furniture designs reflect Lexus' forms and lines. Sofas mimic the logo, and occasional chairs resemble the driver's seat. Coffee tables feature mineral and metallic themes with glass tops, and servers emphasize sophistication and elegance.

Overall Pod Space

The pod space is designed for experiencing, touching, feeling, indulging, relaxing, and engaging—a harmonious blend of luxury, sustainability, and style inspired by the Lexus experience.