• 2 student architects to keep an eye on

    May’s First Thursdays in Cape Town was packed with product launches, new spaces, rising artists and contemporary galleries. But what caught our eye the most was the UCT Honours architectural students’ showcase at The Architect pop-up gallery on Hout Street.
    The entire exhibition was a result of five group projects: each group was given a site to study between Signal Hill and Vredehoek and conceptualise a design that captures some of the ‘withdrawn’ qualities.
    This idea o
  • 5 must-visit restaurants designed by El Equipo Creativo

    Barcelona-based interior design studio El Equipo Creativo has been featured numerous times for its creative, playful and innovative restaurant designs. From fairytale escapes to chic, conservatory-style spaces, we’ve chosen 5 of our favourite restaurant interiors by this forward-thinking team.
    OneOcean ClubWith a brief to create a restaurant that’s both relaxed and sophisticated, El Equipo Creativo chose to inject a Mediterranean atmosphere into OneOcean Club. The
  • warm up this winter at these cosy restaurants

    South Africa, winter is on our doorstep, and all we’ve got on our minds is tucking into a steaming hot, hearty meal in front of a crackling fire. To this end we’ve collected some of the cosiest – and most delicious – eateries across Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg that are sure to keep you happy during the cooler months to come. Also keep an eye out for our round-up of the top winter menus, coming soon!
    Cape Town
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  • judging a book by its spine

    Polpo by Russell Norman | Apartamento | Monocole | Wallpaper* | Patterns by Peter Koepke | Penguin Little Black Classics | Michou bowl with platinum R4 252, Stable | Tile 89/7028 wallpaper from the Frontier collection by Cole & Son. 
    The terms ‘pattern and print’ are often casually thrown around and misused. Print is a design – it could be an illustration, an abstract drawing, florals or even an assortment of random colours or shapes. It is less organised than a p
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  • stylish solutions to living with pets

    We don’t automatically factor in pets when designing or decorating our homes, but much like children, they come with their own requirements. Thankfully, designers around the world are developing clever products to make living with pets easier – and more stylish than ever before. Never mind those old plastic dog kennels you scramble to hide when guests come over; spoil your furry companions with one of these adorable options instead.
    Thinking DesignT
  • this kwazulu-natal home is an everyday escape

    The owners of this house on KwaZulu-Natal’s North Coast are avid cooks and entertainers so the kitchen, installed by Blue Olive Design, includes seating at the island to encourage guests to linger while meals are prepared. Framed botanical prints by Clinton Friedman hang above sturdy counters with white marble tops from Afrigran, and wooden drawer fronts highlight the beautiful herringbone parquet.
    The first step in building this house on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast was unconventional: p
  • 5 bookshelves you need this winter

    Winter is for curling up with a good book and settling down for a few hours of comfort and warmth. But if you’re going to be adding new titles to your collection, you’ll also need a place to store them – which is why we’ve rounded up 5 inventive and interesting ideas to try at home.
    making wavesThe undulating contours of this bookshelf are contemporary and soothing on the eye, and its clever design means it can accommodate books of varying widths and heights. A
  • inside we are cape town at decorex

    Tiled panel by Lucie de Moyencourt and Michael Chandler.
    One always has a keen sense of anticipation when walking towards a show put together by 100% Design South Africa curator Cathy O’Clery. And at Decorex Cape Town this past weekend, arriving at the actual We are Cape Town show transformed that eager anticipation into pure pleasure – We are Cape Town, the 100% Design South Africa offering here, was simply superb.
    O’Clery had asked a variety of Cape Town-based designers
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  • this new local magazine is exploring culture through food

    As long-time fans of the eccentric, culinary-minded experiential design of Studio H, we were delighted to discover their latest passion project. Chips! is a quarterly magazine published by Studio H, designed by Kinsmen and edited by Alix-Rose Cowie that examines culture through the lens of food.
    Issue #1: Hol(e)y
    Issue #1, Hol(e)y, is themed around food and religion and takes its cue from the interesting, often humorous relationship between the two. In one
  • a guide to abu dhabi, the land of luxury

    With its rich culture, majestic landscape, Michelin-star restaurants and plethora of shopping opportunities, Abu Dhabi has what it takes to be a world-class holiday destination – but thanks to its extravagant neighbour Dubai, the thriving metropolis has long been overlooked.
    This isn’t at all surprising considering it’s only been 50 years since the city emerged out of a largely empty desert, fuelled by the discovery of oil in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 1958 and the inco
  • a good green

    All the tiles in our inspiration board are from Douglas Jones. The paint swatches are from Dulux and the textiles from Home Fabrics.
    House and Leisure art director Ian Martin loves to exclaim ‘Ooh, now that’s a good green!’. But what is a ‘good green’?
    London-based interior designer Sophie Ashby of Studio Ashby is arguably the queen of good greens. Whether it’s upholstery, a statement carpet, wall panelling, scatter cushions or even a few well-placed obje
  • Jaime Hayón’s spectacular interiors for the Barceló Torre de Madrid hotel

    Spain’s new Barceló Torre de Madrid hotel has been given a luxe redesign by Jaime Hayón. As a native of the capital city, this project held great personal significance for him, and he rose to the occasion by creating interiors that are sleek, intimate and maintain a strong sense of history.After being named by Wallpaper magazine as one of top 100 most influential creators from the last decade – and with good reason – Jaime’s work just ke
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  • embrace life in a glass with angles+earth

    Building on his passion for plants, landscapes and geometrics, Denny Mo launched his own company, Angles+Earth, which showcases the designer’s extraordinary take on terrariums. As Denny’s concept as grown in popularity, his online store has evolved into a real-life space at 142 Buitengracht Street in Cape Town, where you can peruse amazing living landscapes in striking glass containers.
    Eye-catching, modern and fresh, these macro-environments are able to inject beauty
  • 7 artworks from this year’s winter sculpture fair

    Even though Johannesburg was hit with a cold front over the past weekend, that didn’t stop lovers of fine food, wine and art from coming out in full force to the Winter Sculpture Fair. Held at the beautiful Nirox Sculpture Park, the 2017 exhibit presented the works of 50 artists under 35 years old, all alumni of 6 of South Africa’s major universities. Here’s a small snippet of what we saw.
    ‘Inhabit’ by Lelani Nicolaisen (canvas, PVA and acrylic)
  • 10 products to fulfil your millennial pink obsession

    As Millennial Pink continues to feature prominently in architecture, food, fashion and design, we’ve selected 10 of our favourite products that are sure to satisfy your current colour obsession.
    Read why Millennial Pink is taking over the colour waves, here.
    Connect Sofa by Anderssen & Voll for Créma Design.
    Rosso Server from Tonic Design.
    Ambit Suspension Lamp from Créma Design.
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  • printed matters: the textile art of siwa mgoboza

    Siwa Mgoboza in front of his work ‘The Night is Young and Full of Hope, How I Dream For Africadia to be the Cope’.
    Supporters of the rise of home-brewed South African design in the early 2000s may experience a flashback when they encounter Siwa Mgoboza’s art. This is largely due to his extensive use of shweshwe in his collages, a printed cotton that was the go-to fabric during the Afro chic movement, when Western designers were intent on aligning their fashion with African aest
  • donald nxumalo designs again for hertex

    Featuring intricate patterns and earthy tones, the Terra Nova collection of fabrics is the second range to be created by rising design star Donald Nxumalo for Hertex. The new range follows the success of Nxumalo’s first collaboration with Hertex, a collection called The A-List, and is inspired by African tones and textures, as well as the work of renowned 20th-century Malian photographer Malick Sidibé (1936-2016).Terra Nova features detailed prints and woven textiles that clash and
  • illumina launches an online lighting store

    In the past, one of the quickest and cheapest ways to update a space was to change the wall colour… but now, it’s probably even easier to transform just about any room in your home by changing the light fittings.
    With a huge selection of more than 500 products on the Illumina website – all of which can be delivered to your door – doing so has never been simpler. The easiest and most cost-effective update of all? Swap out tired bedside or sidetable lamps with something f
  • a top-floor illovo apartment with impeccable design

    Tyrone Arendse in the renovated kitchen of his apartment in Illovo, Joburg. A Sputnik chandelier was refurbished with the help of interior designer Yaniv Chen of Master Studio.
    Set back from the hum of traffic and overlooking a canopy of treetops, Tyrone Arendse’s spacious top-floor apartment in Illovo, Joburg, is a medley of understated style, uncomplicated design and functionality. Carefully considered interior decisions ensure that his impressive collection of Mid-Century Modern furnit
  • bar keeper is no ordinary liquor store

    A liquor store isn’t usually the first place you’d look for inspiring interior design, but the newly-opened Bar Keeper in Cape Town begs to differ. The stylish space is located in one of the CBD’s previously neglected heritage gems. Once the head office of the oldest wholesaler of wines and brandies in the Cape, Van Ryn Wine and Spirit Company Limited, the building was outfitted for selling liquor and so the basic structure was left as is, while the restored exterior and
  • what to expect at the 2017 good food and wine show

    The world’s first celebrity chef, Marco Pierre White, will be turning up the heat with South Africa’s first Michelin-starred chef, Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, as the international headliners at South Africa’s largest culinary event. The Good Food and Wine Show kicks off in Cape Town on 2-4 June at the CTICC, while the Joburg edition follows at the Ticketpro Dome on 28-30 July, and finally, Durban has its turn on 27-29 October at the Durban Exhibition Ce
  • the museum of ice cream pops up in los angeles

    Enjoying an ice-cold treat while swimming in a pool of rainbow sprinkles sounds like a dream, but at the new Museum of Ice Cream (MOIC) in Los Angeles, it’s entirely possible – provided you manage to snag a ticket before they sell out, that is, or don’t stay halfway across the world like we do. Even so, this playful pop-up is almost as fun to appreciate from afar. Co-founded and creative-directed by Maryellis Bunn, the museum is nothing short of a
  • haldane martin launches a functional furniture line at design joburg

    The first pieces in a brand-new furniture line by Haldane Martin will launch at Design Joburg this weekend. Inspired by evolutionist Charles Darwin, the collection is titled Endless Forms Most Beautiful and is a refreshingly playful departure from the designer’s signature limited-edition pieces.
    ‘It’s all about taking existing furniture and manufacturing techniques and evolving them to create well-considered, balanced pieces that ar
  • A sunny bungalow in Berea

    Sara Colley discovered this bungalow in 2006, tucked down a little panhandle off Musgrave Road on Durban’s Berea: ‘It just had a certain feel. I knew it was right,’ she says. She’d wanted a compact and manageable house, and for her, working in a fast-paced creative industry and having previously re-invented spaces, the challenge and opportunities presented by this renovation excited her.
    Her immovable wish list included sufficient outdoor space for Denzel the cat, an unt
  • meet the 30th corobrik architectural student of the year

    A high level of technical skill, a good grasp of sustainability issues and the ability to engage in creative problem-solving are a few of the characteristics that led to Jean-Pierre Desvaux De Marigny being named the overall winner at the Corobrik Architectural Awards this year. Having studied at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, his thesis entry titled ‘Design for [bio] diversity’ explored ‘the potential of architecture for ecological conservation, pro
  • elie saab’s range of rugs with the rug company

    Renowned couturier Elie Saab creates exquisite red-carpet gowns – and when it came to producing a collection of elegant rugs for The Rug Company, he drew on his personal passion for architecture and interiors to develop designs inspired by the signature elements of his style: a fusion of femininity, luxury and modernity.
    The Rug Company regularly collaborates with fashion designers to create rugs that allow their individual aesthetic to shine through, and the Elie Saab range t
  • station drive is our new favourite durban hangout

    Johannesburg and Cape Town have had their fair share of inner-city development, and now it’s Durban’s turn. Although more relaxed in atmosphere than Joburg and perhaps even Cape Town, Durban tends to err on the conservative side. However, a growing and dynamic group of creatives are experimenting and challenging the norm.
    Over the past two years, Durban’s Station Drive has transformed from being a virtually no-go area to a buzzing hive of local creativity frequented by th
  • 3 designers taking 3D desserts to the next level

    A merging of technology and the creative arts has given way to alternative methods of cooking and baking from chefs and designers alike. From cakes disguised as polished stone to a collection of tessellated chocolates, desserts are taking on exciting new forms – and they’re almost too pretty to eat.
    Dinara KaskoUkrainian patisserie chef Dinara Kasko draws on her background as an architect, designer and 3D visualiser to come up with beautifully unconventional&
  • the good life

    When visiting the V&A Waterfront, it can be easy to forget that you’re in the middle of a working harbour. Whether you’re window-shopping in the mall or negotiating groups of tourists, glimpses of the boats that throng the water’s edge can be few and far between. Happily, this is not the case at the new Life Grand Cafe, which occupies one of the oldest buildings in the harbour and, from its pier-side location, also enjoys panoramic views.
    Life Group of Companies founder Ma
  • A theatrical garden filled with hidden treasures

    There’s something of a Napa Valley vibe happening on the slopes of Joburg’s long-standing suburb Orange Grove, and this is largely due to the alluring, verdant wonder that is Shepstone Gardens. Owners Chris and Lorna Rayner moved to this stretch of Hope Road 36 years ago, which over a century ago was all about fruit farming, and they gradually bought several neighbouring properties before expanding into the wedding-venue business in 2006.
    ‘It was a massive undertaking,’
  • millennial pink is taking over the colour waves

    Image credit: Instagram captures from left to right by @blueetbleu, @andrea_sopranzi and @lolaboutique.
    Although colour trends come and go, Millennial Pink is here to stay. If you’ve scrolled through your Instagram feed recently there’s a good chance you’ve spotted it being used in fashion, design and even architecture.
    As New York magazine’s The Cut points out, it’s not a new colour – it’s been popping up since as far back as 1767 when Jean-Honoré
  • a glamorous home for all seasons

    The pool area’s geometric forms contrast with the organic shapes present in the surrounding foliage and view of Cape Town’s City Bowl.
    ‘What have I missed?’ asks Mogens Tholstrup, bursting in from a morning run, sweatband on his forehead and a bag of chocolate croissants in hand. An international businessman of Danish extraction with a long stint behind him as one of London’s society restaurateurs, Mogens is eager to catch up with the conversation between us and his
  • enjoy a fine day out at the winter sculpture fair

    An annual favourite on Johannesburg’s art calendar, the Winter Sculpture Fair returns to Nirox Foundation Sculpture Park on the weekend of 13 and 14 May. Following last year’s international collaboration with Yorkshire Sculpture Park from the UK, this year’s fair presents an exciting shift to an all-local focus.
    The 2017 exhibition, Open Laboratory, sees 12 dynamic curators, appointed by six of South Africa’s top universities, appropriate the park. Together
  • design joburg presents the conservatory

    Azuma Makoto for Dries Van Noten.
    Life is frenetic and if we’re not deliberate about it, we often forget to seek out those necessary moments of contemplation. Design Joburg’s creative directors Andrea Kleinloog and Megan Hesse – of Anatomy Design and HK Studio – know this better than most. With this idea in mind, they found inspiration in the stirring creativity of Japanese flower artist Makoto Azuma and his recent installations for renowned fashion de
  • experience it all at the grey hotel

    A relatively new addition to the hip De Waterkant village, The Grey hotel’s slick exterior contrasts beautifully with its cosy rooms, making it the perfect vantage point from which to explore the Mother City. Whether you’re new to Cape Town or a local looking for a fun escape, ‘The Grey Experience’ has something for everyone.
    The Grey hotel
     With 13 double suites – two of which look out onto the iconic Table Mountain – The Grey h
  • introducing ceramic design duo vorster & braye

    Flake-rim vase, U-planter and Facet vases
    Martin Vorster and Colin Braye didn’t start off in the world of ceramics. In fact, Martin began his working career as chartered accountant while Colin co-founded a product development company and worked as an engineer. Finding themselves drawn to more creative pursuits, they took up pottery classes as an artistic outlet. After a year of perfecting their craft, Vorster & Braye was born.
    Lantern vase and Giorgio bottles
  • gareth pearson: co-organiser of first thursdays

    I was born in Port Elizabeth and raised in Cape Town. My earliest memory of Cape Town is the view from Sir Lowry’s Pass when driving from PE. I found out about First Thursdays in London on the internet. Here, it’s a free cultural experience in Cape Town and Joburg in which art galleries and other cultural attractions stay open late on the first Thursday of every month. The biggest difference between the UK’s one and ours is that it stands out more here. Exploring the city
  • Morten & Jonas’ Me lamp gets a dramatic update

    Image credit: Calle HuthAlready available in white, grey and petrol blue, the iconic Me lamp is now also available in matt black – a colour that’s synonymous with contemporary interior design. The sophisticated finish highlights the lamp’s silhouette, giving it a subtle lustre that shows off its cutting-edge character.Created by Norwegian designers Morten Skjærpe Knarrum (below, left) and Jonas Norheim (below, right), known eponymously as Morten & Jonas, the Me l
  • bespoke luxury kitchen designs from bulthaup

    ‘Form following function’ is one of bulthaup‘s key mottos, and it is this practical approach that inspires their beautifully modern, minimal and meticulous kitchen systems. From matte aluminium to ancient timber, the use of authentic materials gives their kitchens a unique appeal. At the same time, bulthaup understands the importance of having a space where people can come together to connect, relax and feel at home, and this informs all of their design choices.
  • masters of their craft: craig walker

    From a young age, Craig Walker has had an affinity for woodwork, passed down from his father who now works by his side as he heads up CSL Manufacturing. It was a spontaneous trip to England that set Craig’s dream in motion, and resulted in him staying in the UK for 10 years while honing his skills running a successful sash window business. The arrival of his now 7-year-old twins brought him back home – and he hasn’t looked back since. Currently employing 11
  • talking trends with lisa white of wgsn

    Trend forecaster Lisa White spends her days working out what we’ll all be loving in a few years from now. Whether that means a move towards buying less or simply an obsession with rosé wine, she’s got her finger on the pulse of the planet when it comes to interiors and lifestyle. We chatted to her recently after she had spent some time in Cape Town, attending this year’s Design Indaba conference.
    How does one learn to predict the future?
    I learned by doing –
  • a new house with an old soul

    The open-plan kitchen of this Marylebone townhouse in London reflects its owner’s two great loves: ceramics and cooking.
    Despite her pint-sized frame, there’s nothing diminutive about the way in which the owner of this London home lives her life. A curious nature and irreverent attitude have stood her in good stead against the vagaries of the fashion industry for more than a quarter of a century.
    It’s a sensibility that is evident in the 1820s Regency townhouse in Marylebone th
  • @home launches an online store

    Homeware retail company @home has a new store – one that anyone can access from anywhere. Providing a clever and convenient shopping experience, the new online portal allows you to customise your furniture purchases – with 10 different styles and 96 different permutations on the Oxford couch alone.
    Because the furniture you order online comes directly from an @home warehouse, if the website says there’s stock available then you can buy it on the spot. Afterwards it c
  • @home adds furniture to its online store

    Homeware retail company @home has a new store – one that anyone can access from anywhere. Providing a clever and convenient shopping experience, the new online portal allows you to customise your furniture purchases – with 10 different styles and 96 different permutations on the Oxford couch alone.
    Because the furniture you order online comes directly from an @home warehouse, if the website says there’s stock available then you can buy it on the spot. Afterwards it c
  • exploring 2017’s kitchen trends with neolith

    Almost indestructible and scratch- and fire-resistant – you can flambé right on the worktop without risking damage – Neolith surfaces are used by professional chefs in their kitchens and restaurants around the world. Constructed out of a special brand of Sintered Stone designed and manufactured by TheSize, Neolith surfaces are 100% natural and have near-zero porosity, making them hygienic, stain-resistant and easy to clean. We sat down with Mar Esteve, marketing dire
  • celebrate mother’s day with le creuset

    It can be hard to find the perfect gift to give Mom, especially one that shows just how much you appreciate her. But if the kitchen is her happy place, you can’t go wrong with a present from Le Creuset. Whether you opt for a cast-iron casserole dish or a whistling kettle in a soft colour palette of pastels and neutrals, you’re bound to find something she will love.
    Enter to win a Le Creuset 31cm Signature Oval Casserole, Silicone Spatulas and a Silicone Basting Brush,
  • getting to know kossi aguessy

    Image credit: Bart Heller
    We chat to established Togolese artist Kossi Aguessy about the inspiration behind his Koreo sidetable and ‘I.Doll. II. The Sun Bronze’ – as well as what he’s got planned for the future.
    Why did you choose to use metal for the Koreo sidetable and ‘I.Doll. II. The Sun Bronze’?In order to bring a touch of accessibility to my art game, I turned the original aluminium ‘I.Doll. II. The Sun’ into twelve bronze editions. I love an
  • introducing the charles marais 2013

    Plaisir de Merle in Simondium.
    After 400 years of winemaking, Plaisir de Merle has launched what they are calling the pinnacle of blends. The limited edition 2013 Charles Marais is a heady blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, and winemaker Niel Bester says it’s the finest wine released in his 25 years as cellar master.
    ‘Over time, Plaisir de Merle has become synonymous with blends, but the estate has never produced anything quite as extraordinary as t
  • a life extraordinary by moooi

    Showcased at Salone del Mobile in Milan, Moooi’s latest collection is colourful, swish and diverse Aptly named A Life Extraordinary, the presentation consisted of different areas that each had their own functional appearance, reflecting Moooi’s ideas around interior settings from hotels and restaurants to offices and homes. Designed to showcase the creative luxury of a well-curated life, the collection is innovative and provocative while still having poetic appeal.A Life Extrao
  • sweet dreams with granny goose

    When it comes to goosedown duvets, high quality linens and soft cotton robes, Granny Goose reigns supreme. And it’s all thanks to its founder, Gaynor Walkey, whose impeccable taste, attention to detail and appreciation for the finer things in life underpin the family-run company’s aesthetic.
    It all began 20 years ago, when Gaynor recognised the need for an alternative to the microfibre and synthetic pillows that were popular at the time. So she put an advert in the local newspaper o

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