A Cape Renaissance It’s not every day that someone commissions the reworking of a chapel. When Mr. Chandler was asked to recreate this little bethel from bespoke, hand-painted ceramic tiles, it almost inspired a religious epiphany – almost. The owners of this chapel are a special pair of people who, after falling in love with Cape Town, bought a glorious home in Noordhoek. The house had an existing chapel attached to one of its exterior walls. The new homeowners decided that the property & garden required a renaissance of sorts; a revamp with a fresh, sophisticated eye. They considered demolishing the chapel, but out of respect to the powers that may be, it was decided that the chapel should be rebirthed as a new, reinvigorated, sacred space. Growing up in an Eastern Cape Methodist Christian family, Mr. Chandler once flirted with the concept of being a re-born Christian before denouncing his belief in a monotheistic power & entering an extended period of Agnosticism where he still dwells today. Regardless, Mr. Chandler is a big believer in the ubiquitous power of nature, the ‘Mystery of Life’ & all things in between. The final design held a space for the mother Madonna & her Child figure to rest that was partly architectural & part ethereal whimsy. To channel some esoteric mysticism, Mr. Chandler borrowed Classical columns from the Tarot Card ‘The High Priestess.’ The awe of nature was called to with a backdrop of mountains that the Noordhoek home itself, is surrounded by.