a minute modern Maboneng studio

Fancy an apartment only 30m² in the Johannesburg CBD?
How about one that’s right next door to a brothel?

Take a tour of this small but super stylish loft apartment in the vibey district of Maboneng, a privately developed urban neighbourhood on the east side of the Johannesburg CBD. Meaning ‘Place of Light’, Maboneng lives up to its Sotho name. The pulsating precinct is fast becoming a creative hub of energy for Johannesburg’s urban artists. With a blend of art galleries, retail and studio space on offer, Maboneng is a crowd pleaser of both the inner-city public as well as the sophisticated northern suburban types.


Director of MOAD – the Museum of African Design – Aaron Kohn is an ex-New Yorker who values the square meterage of his bachelor pad after his much cosier NYC space. With cultural ties to the African continent and a love for design via the co-founding of African Lookbook, Aaron’s attitude is, “I’m happy here. I can be here a lot of the time and never have to step into a mall. And besides, everyone knows that design and art are going to reshape this city and country.”  Africa meets America in inner-city style.

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images & quote via Visi | photography by Dook 

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