It all began 23 years ago, when our founder, Sarah Watermeyer, designed the offices of the South African below-the-line film company, Blue Moon. Her work on this space was published, and Sarah Watermeyer Design was born.
Having studied theatre design at the University of Cape Town, Sarah has imbibed in our company a keen understanding of how interior spaces work for the people who navigate themselves through them. Sarah’s work is inspired by her love for architecture, but she is passionate about creating interior spaces. Here at Sarah Watermeyer Design, we design stunning spaces that showcase the beauty in interior architecture.
Sarah Watermeyer Design is not passionate only about creating new homes, but also about keeping existing homes and repurposing them for today’s lifestyle and our clients’ needs. We have done both local and international work over the past 23 years, in locations such as Cape Town, Johannesburg, The Bahamas, Shropshire (UK), Stutterheim, Plettenberg Bay, Leopard Creek, Gowrie, Mbona (Midlands), and Leshiba (Limpopo).
We an extensive portfolio of residential work, and in recent years have entered the commercial design industry, working with hospitality professionals to create beautiful guest farms that truly reflect the African Spirit.
"Sarah has worked with me over many years on five of my properties - both residential and holiday homes. The properties are all very different and Sarah was able to show her versatility and flexibility in creating very different, but alway beautiful spaces, for each environment."
"When my husband and I had the opportunity to build a house on this island in the Bahamas, Sarah seemed like the obvious choice. A designer from Miami might have seemed the wiser decision given the distance, but Sarah and her firm understood us. Her personality, flexibility, and her ability to find a solution when we thought we had exhausted them all, never fail her."
"We have used Sarah Watermeyer Design for the design of our Johannesburg family house, as well as our holiday farmhouse in the Eastern Cape. SWD’s services have proven to be invaluable in making additional enhancements to our properties, and we love the enthusiasm and drive of Sarah and her team. They are excellent at interpreting requirements, incorporating South African designs and creating space and functionality that really works."
"Sarah wore all manner of hats in our project that were never anticipated. All in all, we had 12 containers, packed and loaded with everything from countertops, toilets, art, laundry baskets, plumbing fixtures, doors, windows: a whole house sent from South Africa to the Bahamas and the miracle of it all was that Sarah knew exactly where everything was to go."
MEET THE TEAM
Founder and Director
Head Interior and Product Designer
Decor Project Manager
ALEX VAN EEDEN
Marketing and Communications