• Louis Vuitton unveils a new collaboration with Jeff Koons

    Whatever your opinion on his particular brand of kitsch, few can argue that Jeff Koons is one of the most influential contemporary artists working today, with at least one record auction price for a work by a living artist. It’s fitting that, for his second collection for Louis Vuitton, he turns his attention to iconic works by the masters. The next chapter in the Louis Vuitton Masters series will be available worldwide on 27 October, 2017.
    The new set of paintings for 
  • Sip in style at SA Cocktail Week

    Now in its second year, SA Cocktail Week (SACW) is set to uncork in the same effervescent fashion as before. A street-style festival, the event has partnered with local bars and international brands to create a magical setting in Cape Town’s De Waterkant.
    The week-long festival will begin on 4 November with its grand opening; an occasion that will include pop-up bars, interactive cocktail activities, food stalls and live music. Visitors can experience condensed versions of popul
  • Pichulik teams up with Weylandts for a capsule collection

    Having collaborated with the likes of Maison Mara, AKJP and Jackie Burger, Pichulik‘s latest partnership is with countrywide furniture retailer Weylandts. ‘When approached, we looked to Weylandts’ design DNA and their use of metallics, contemporary African lines and textures that are evocative of the Southern African landscape, and incorporated these elements into our designs through the use of bold silhouettes and beadwork accents,’ says Pichulik founder
  • An art historian’s characterful home in Kensington

    Federico draws attention to the beautiful craftsmanship and proportions of the arch over the front door, applauding the way that the columns have been clustered in the tradition of English architect Sir Herbert Baker. ‘I think I will always live in an older house,’ he says. ‘There’s something about the patina of age that I find compelling.’
    When art historian and Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Johannesburg Federico Fres
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  • Brian Temba is the face of SHF for October

    Singer, song-writer and actor Brian Temba is the face of leading furniture brand SHF this October. ‘So many things influence our creativity – our families, surroundings and loved ones’, says Brian who, in 2010, won the best R&B album at the South African Music Awards (SAMAs). The prolific talent was also the first South African to play Simba in the West End musical The Lion King.
    Do you think you’ve got what it takes to follow in Brian’s footsteps and beco
  • An innovative street-food spot in Copenhagen draws the crowds

    Heightened interest in street food is a burgeoning worldwide phenomenon, with young chefs everywhere exploring, enhancing and perfecting foods that were previously thought of as ordinary and everyday. From tacos to takoyakis and burgers to bougatsas, these are foods that locals adore – and that, these days, foodie travellers look forward to sampling wherever they go. Viewed as culturally authentic and frequently made with skill and dedication, street food now tops many people’s list
  • Dusty pink takes centre stage in a new collection from Rebel Walls

    Mixed Memories
    Pink has been trending for a while now, and this surprisingly versatile shade is still going strong. Its latest incarnation is as the focus for Swedish wallpaper company Rebel Walls‘ new Daydreamer collection. Gone are the days when pink was associated only with feminininity or romance – depending on how it’s used, it can brighten up an already friendly space, add drama or even help create a calming retreat.
    A well-balanced shade with a hint o
  • Get ready for the annual Season of Sauvignon

    Visit some of the Cape’s top wineries during the Season of Sauvignon festival on the weekend of 28 and 29 October. This year’s lineup features 13 renowned wine farms in the Durbanville Wine Valley, nestled in the Tygerberg Hills a mere 20 minute drive from the Cape Town city centre.
    As the Season of Sauvignon festival’s name implies, the event involves individual wine-makers situated along this route coming together to show off their best Sau
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  • Venison-filled jaffle with chèvre

    The humble jaffle can invoke many a happy childhood memory of weekends spent camping: the anticipation while waiting for the bread to brown, the impatience at having to wait a little longer for the filling to cool and finally, the pain-pleasure felt at the first deliciously scalding bite.
    The appeal of the jaffle lies in the combination of treats that it recalls – sandwich meets pie. A crisp outer shell that contains a wealth of saucy goodness at its centre, the jaffle is the ultimat
  • Cape Town honours Archbishop Tutu with a boundary-breaking public design

    Challenging and thought-provoking, subtle and striking, memorable and sensitive – a tribute commission is nothing if not intimidating for any designer behind the scenes. In the case of the recently unveiled ‘Arch for Arch’, a wooden framework dedicated to Nobel Peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town, it was about more than paying homage to a hero: it was also about creating a functional public space that signifies human rights and freedom.
    ‘It’s so imp
  • Sculptural lighting solutions to spruce up your home

    More than merely functional, lighting design has evolved to create innovative pieces that make sculptural statements in any space. Read on for our top solutions that will add a strong design element to your home.
    Skinny Love‘The beauty of floor lamps is that they can highlight pockets of space without putting your whole interior on display,’ comments Sumari Krige, founder of La Grange Interiors. With these versatile floor lamps, you can have your light and direct it too. Go for
  • Reuben Riffel opens a restaurant in his home town of Franschhoek

    Few chefs in South Africa today have had a career quite as phenomenal as that of Reuben Riffel. This September he launched his own restaurant, Reuben’s, in Franschhoek in the Western Cape. It’s the first time he’s opened an establishment without any business partners, so it’s only fitting that every part of the new space reflects his personality.
    The restaurant is bathed in light, thanks to its many large windows, which add to the welcoming atmosphere
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  • Make Gibson’s your go-to spot for burgers and shakes

    With 44 gourmet burgers and over 100 moreish milkshakes to choose from, Gibson’s Gourmet Burgers & Ribs is just the spot to visit for a fun ’50s-style meal in Cape Town. Part of the Slick Restaurant Group that also owns Belthazar and Balducci, Gibson’s was named by Eat Out as the Best Burger Eatery in the Western Cape last year. We paid a visit to the V&A Waterfront-based restaurant to discover why.
    If you prefer a world where more really is more, y
  • Book review: Design Directory 2017-2018 by The Craft and Design Institute

    Design Directory 2017-2018 by The Craft and Design Institute (Africa Press, R290)
    South Africa is rich with creative talent, so it’s only fitting that The Craft and Design Institute (CDI) has collaborated with Africa Press to bring you an A-Z listing of over 200 craft and design producers in the country. Cataloguing a wide range of South African products, Design Directory is a quick and easy reference for buyers, collectors, trend analysts and consumers.
    Formerly The Cape Craft and De
  • Willowlamp launches a collection for small spaces

    Moroccan Vases
    Willowlamp‘s enormous 9-ton chandelier for the Crown Perth Hotel in Australia made headlines earlier this year, but now, the South African lighting design company has moved in quite the opposite direction with a new range created especially for compact urban spaces. As such, the Small Space collection applies Willowlamp’s intricate, imaginative approach to a series of designs that make a statement without crowding your home.
    The new p
  • Evolve Architects shares three of its top projects

    South African architecture firm Evolve Architects is led by Kevin Els and Nick Brits, who share a desire to innovate through design and technology. For this duo, the most important aspect of architecture is making a meaningful difference in the lives of their clients, the communities they touch and the environment within which they operate. ‘By designing functional, practical spaces that are beautiful to look at, architecture can enhance the lives of those who behold and experience i
  • Sting’s massive Central Park West duplex apartment sold for $50M

    Sting and his wife, producer Trudie Styler, have sold their duplex apartment at the landmark 15 Central Park West for $50 million (about R670 million) to a mystery buyer after purchasing the property for just under $27 million (about R362 million) nine years ago. Lee F. Mindel of Shelton, Mindel & Associates was brought on board to unify the formerly separate apartments. Occupying the 16th and 17th floor of the building, the penthouse features a custom-made freestanding
  • Africa’s leading architects revealed at the Africa Architecture Awards

    The Territory In-between, Cape Verde, by Guinea’s Aissata Balde
    Appropriately held on the rooftop of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, the most talked-about building in Cape Town at the moment, the gala awards ceremony for the Africa Architecture Awards was a glittering affair. The ceremony hosted more than 130 guests, including the Consul General of France in Cape Town, Mr Laurent Amar, the Chairman of the French South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Philip
  • Studio Ashby designs eclectic apartments in London

    Influenced by London’s historic past, the newest project by Studio Ashby focuses on nine exclusive apartments at London’s new landmark destination, One Crown Place. The interiors evoke a strong sense of place and personality, combining modern luxury with handcrafted tradition.
    For this project, Studio Ashby joins three key sensibilities – curating, collecting and commissioning – in an aesthetic inspired by the imagined homeowner, an individual interested in the
  • Fast flavourful fare at Fuego Tacqueria

    Cape Town’s latest taco spot Fuego Taqueria recently opened on Regent Road in Sea Point and looks set to attract those in search of authentic South American flavour. Featuring fare in the form of tacos, ceviche, empanadas and salads, it also caters to the after-dark set by shaking up some of the best margaritas in the city.
    Fuego was started in January of this year by New York native-turned-Capetonian Jennifer Fernandez, and embodies her passion for the cooking of Lati
  • High five for the big five: self-drive tours

    As South Africans, we are very lucky to have the luxury of being able to jet off for mini-breaks to the bush. There is nothing like unwinding and recharging one’s batteries while viewing our plethora of spectacular wildlife against the backdrop of the breathtaking natural beauty of our country. There is also no better holiday experience to offer your overseas guests than a trip into the wild.
    One very important consideration when planning a trip to a local game reserve or a rugged, unspoi
  • Michelin-starred restaurant Jan opens a luxurious new dining room in Nice, France

    At the entrance of Maria, a chest is kept full of fruit for anyone to take.
    The first South African chef to reach Michelin-star status, Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, has opened a new private dining room to complement his existing restaurant, Jan, in the French city of Nice. Perfect for group bookings, Maria is named after his mother and grandmother, as well as the wife of Jan van Riebeeck – the pioneering Dutch commander of the colony at the Cape of Goo
  • An urban eyrie in Rosebank

    Standing sentinel on the rooftop of Everard Read gallery, next door to Christine and Mark Read’s Rosebank abode in Johannesburg, is a sculpture by Deborah Bell. The top of CIRCA gallery is visible in the background.
    ‘One gathers knowledge, intuition and creative spirit as one goes. If I could go back, I definitely would have become a landscape architect, because that’s where my real energetic passion sits,’ says Christine Read about designing and building her home.
  • An urban eyrie above Rosebank’s Everard Read gallery

    Standing sentinel on the rooftop of Everard Read gallery, next door to Christine and Mark Read’s Rosebank abode in Johannesburg, is a sculpture by Deborah Bell. The top of CIRCA gallery is visible in the background.
    ‘One gathers knowledge, intuition and creative spirit as one goes. If I could go back, I definitely would have become a landscape architect, because that’s where my real energetic passion sits,’ says Christine Read about designing and building her home.
  • The Rug Company launches its 20th Anniversary collection

    Chiaroscuro by Alexander McQueen.
    It’s difficult to believe that The Rug Company has already been around for 20 years – it seems like only yesterday that this innovative brand, which collaborates with leading fashion and product designers, was the new kid on the block.
    Appropriately, to celebrate this landmark anniversary, the company has launched a special collection of rugs by leading fashion designers Paul Smith, Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood, iconic interior designer Ke
  • Le Creuset opens a boutique store in Stellenbosch

    As one of the top food and wine destinations in South Africa, Stellenbosch is the perfect place for Le Creuset‘s latest boutique store. Synonymous with cooking excellence, the French brand has been in the industry for almost a century, amassing a respected following of foodies both for the quality of its products and for its range of signature hues, which is constantly growing to include new, unusual colours.
    The opening of Le Creuset’s store in Stellenbosch was celeb
  • Atang Tshikare completes his design trilogy with Okha

    Design and interiors company Okha specialises in contemporary, elegant furniture born out of a deep respect for traditional craftsmanship. The most recent in a series of ongoing collaborations with leading South African artisans, Okha presents a trilogy of works from self-developed, multidisciplinary artist Atang Tshikare. Tshikare’s visual language is broad and expressive, and his otherworldly works often contain dreamlike narratives. In this collaboration, his f
  • Druk My Niet Stud: where agriculture meets epicure

    A mere two hours’ drive from Cape Town – hours that are something of a treat as springtime’s golden fields of canola roll by – you reach a working farm that offers utter relaxation without compromising on quality. Druk My Niet Stud in Tulbagh is the perfect getaway for a group of friends looking to take time out in the countryside.
    Set on a working stud farm and partner to the Druk My Niet wine estate in Paarl, the guesthouse’s remote setting an
  • Bosa’s playful ceramics are a welcome addition to Créma Design

    Kandti from Elena Salmistraro’s Primate range.
    When encountering the ceramic world of Bosa for the first time, it’s immediately clear that its creations are something special. Established back in 1976 by Italo Bosa, Bosa remains one of the most interesting ceramic brands operating today.
    Inspired by the enchanting countryside of Borso del Grappa in Venice, Italy, Bosa began producing whimsical ceramics with a distinctly cosmopolitan edge. He would later
  • Meet the winners of the 12 Izitulo Design Challenge

    12 Izitulo Design Challenge winners Kriska Liebenberg (first place) Brigitte Bielovich (second place) and Lezandi Fourie (third place). 
    In an effort to discover and encourage emerging design talent, Leon at CCXIX and St Leger & Viney launched the 12 Izitulo Design Challenge at the beginning of 2017. The competition called for unique chair designs, the winner receiving a 12-month design contract with Leon at CCXIX, a share of the sales from their own design and a R10 000 fabri
  • How to celebrate Garden Day in South Africa

    According to recent research into gardening habits, most people lack opportunities to spend time in their gardens relaxing and enjoying the fruits of their labour. That’s why, on Sunday 15 October, a nationwide celebration is taking place. Garden Day invites South Africans from all walks of life to celebrate their gardens no matter the size, shape or form – from flower gardens and greenhouses to waterwise patio planters and community veggie patches. The aim of Garden
  • Chatting to Food24’s Next Gen winner Meanda Mills

    Meanda Mills’ winning hot cross cruffins with white chocolate sauce and tiramisu eggnog.
    While Food24’s Next Gen winner Meanda Mills didn’t have any ‘lightbulb moments’ where she suddenly realised she should be a chef, she’s always been most comfortable in the kitchen – a place where she feels she can truly express herself. ‘I love the joy that you can bring to people with a single meal. It’s a love that you cannot explain to anybody who
  • What to consider when tiling your bathroom

    This year, WOMAG celebrates 25 years as a leading South African supplier of premium-quality natural stone tiles and surfaces, quartz-based tops, porcelain tiles, and design-led sanitary ware and taps. To commemorate this milestone, WOMAG paired up with House and Leisure to give one lucky reader a Cinderella dream bathroom makeover worth R75 000.
    The lucky winner was Robyn Galiem, who will now receive the bathroom of her dreams. With extensive interior design experience, including consulting, me
  • Find House and Leisure’s display box at The Zone @ Rosebank

    5 cent biscuit tins from Big Blue; Mandela Tea, clutch and Lion Matches bowl all from Sowearto.A popular shopping, eating and entertainment hub, The Zone @ Rosebank is the place to be this spring. The shopping centre has long been considered a predominantly foodie destination, thanks in large part to its 2 000m² indoor food emporium that plays host to some of South Africa’s favourite fast-food vendors and sit-down restaurants, from Simply Asia and Panarottis to Häagen-Dazs.
  • A day in the life of Banele Khoza

    Banele Khoza.
    Google Banele Khoza and almost every digital piece written about this young Pretoria-based artist will say that he’s someone to watch – and we couldn’t agree more. His emotionally-charged paintings that engage with the disorienting experience of coming of age in the 21st century are not only beautiful to look at, they also get to the heart of what it means to be human. For Khoza, art and life are one and the same, and his paintings read like pages from his journal
  • Three spectacular living buildings around the world

    Plant-covered buildings do far more than fit in with this year’s leafy green trend; they contribute to environmental health and make urban citizens feel good. According to a report from global engineering firm Arup, living building facades can reduce air pollution by up to 20%. They also play a role in making streetscapes noticeably quieter, as living materials absorb more sound than most urban materials. Another advantage of plants in a city setting is the re
  • The Yard opens its doors in the Mother City

    Cape Town’s burgeoning Silo District at the V&A Waterfront has received major international and local attention since the opening of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) last month, and the creative hub isn’t done impressing. Offering a range of carefully selected options and services to visitors as well as surrounding businesses, The Yard is the Silo District’s new concept store and eatery, scheduled to open on 6 October.
    This innovative, open-plan sp
  • 11 events to attend this October

    We’re in the final quarter of the year, which means summertime in South Africa and a resurgence of events to attend. From the cultural and musical to art exhibitions and food and drinks-related happenings, we’ve rounded up the best things to see and do this month.
    muizenberg festival
    Image via J Daniel Hunger
    WHEN: Sunday, 1 October to Sunday, 15 October 2017
    WHERE: Throughout Muizenberg, Cape Town
    WHAT: A collection of smaller events make up the Muizenberg Festival, w
  • Frozen grape and fennel frappé with sparkling wine

    If you’re looking for a refreshing spring aperitif, this frozen grape and fennel frappé with sparkling wine by chef Jacques Erasmus of Hemelhuijs is the perfect accompaniment to the new season.
    frozen grape and fennel frappé with sparkling wineIngredients
    500g fresh green seedless grapes, stems removed1/2 fennel bulb, thinly shaved750ml dry sparkling wine, chilled
    Freeze the grapes and half the shaved fennel. Once frozen, blend into an iced paste and spoon into serving
  • Exploring Niki de Saint Phalle’s remarkable Tarot Garden

    The Tarot Garden near Capalbio, Tuscany, was created by artist Niki de Saint Phalle and features 22 sculptural forms representing the major arcana of tarot divination. A joint sculpture of the first two arcana – The High Priestess and The Magician – overlooks The Wheel of Fortune, a self-propelled mechanical piece made by De Saint Phalle’s husband Jean Tinguely, who was also an artist.Niki de Saint Phalle spent much of her early life trying to escape the conventions of her mone
  • Discover the story behind the iconic Bridge House

    Conceptualised by Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects, the forested home was designed to have as little impact on the environment as possible.
    As you make your way from Cape Town’s buzzing CBD up into the leafy vales of Higgovale on the slopes of Table Mountain, a forest canopy of trees helps create a magical ambience, where the sound of the city is dimmed. It’s this restful otherworldliness, just five minutes from the city centre, that encouraged international furniture superstar Jan
  • Neil Roake shares his top design tips

    The energy of ad man, chef, author, retailer and hotelier Neil Roake knows no bounds. In the creative arena, there is very little that he doesn’t tackle and in which he doesn’t wildly succeed. Take, for instance, The Space, a retail store that was the first to support local designers 20 years ago, which is still going strong today. Or The Concierge Boutique Bungalows, his award-winning design-driven hotel in Durban. Consider a new retail offering called Now Showing about to launch i
  • Book review: Recipes From Our Organic Garden by Antonia De Luca

    Leafy Greens Café – Recipes From Our Organic Garden by Antonia De Luca (God-Idea Productions, R350).
    Brought up on Rocky Ridge organic farm in Muldersdrift, Gauteng, in a vegetarian home where meals were made from the seasonal produce growing outside, Antonia De Luca has always had a love of good, wholesome food. She spent her younger years helping out in the family restaurant, Casalinga Ristorante Italiano, where her passion for feeding people surfaced, so it was only natural for h
  • Miele’s new Dialog oven is a game-changer

    The Dialog oven from Miele makes preparing demanding meals faster and simpler than any other cooking method – with perfect results. Even the seemingly impossible is made possible –like cooking a fish in a block of ice without the ice melting. Miele’s Mercia de Jager answers a few of the most common questions about this advanced and revolutionary new cooking technology.
    What happens inside a Dialog oven from a technical point of view?
    This new product uses electromagn
  • The Anvil opens its doors in Wyoming

    Come winter months, Wyoming is turned into a snowy wonderland. The Anvil hotel is situated near many popular skiing spots. 
    Wyoming in north-western USA is a state of breathtaking natural beauty, with a record of inspiring creative minds such as author Annie Proulx, who lived there for 20 years. The small gateway town of Jackson (sometimes referred to as ‘Jackson Hole’, the valley in which it’s located) is a fitting home for a beautiful revamped hotel:
  • Five minutes with photographer Rudi Geyser

    Rudi Geyser’s graphic architectural images became the inspiration for the shopping pages in the October issue of House and Leisure. With these as a starting point, we sourced products with a modern edge – take a look on page 22 of our new magazine. In this online exclusive, we discover more about the Cape Town-based photographer: his journey, style and aspirations.
    How did you get into photography?Straight after finishing school in Cape Town, I decided to travel and work abroad, and
  • These graphic printed beach towels feel like summer

    Summer is well on its way and we’re ready for long, lazy days spent poolside or on the beach. Thanks to these unique towels by Clinton Friedman, we can all kit ourselves out in style. With botanicals as the main inspiration, each print is created by Clinton himself, and is laid out in bold, minimalist arrangements.
    Clinton’s love for a mod-tropical aesthetic began as far back as 1997 while he was studying visual art in Durban. He looked to the
  • Joshin Raghubar’s home truths

    Savvy use of space and a clever retreat from the street have transformed a Cape Town bungalow on a narrow plot in Sea Point into a spacious, contemporary three-bedroom home belonging to digital business marketer Joshin Raghubar. See the story in full on page 60 of House and Leisure‘s October issue and, in the meantime, get to know Joshin a little better, here.
    I love the central location of this home, which lies between the city and the Atlantic Seaboard, because I am minutes aw
  • Five pet-friendly indoor plants

    The last thing you need is for your lovely new vegetation to make your precious pet sick… so if you have dogs or cats, start your collection with one of these non-toxic options.
    spider plantsThis resilient variety will thrive in spite of the hapless gardener – they’re low-maintenance and double as air purifiers, efficiently tackling toxins in the air. They even generate progeny neatly in long offshoots that can be transplanted easily. Spider plants grow in conditions ranging f
  • Luncheon gets luxurious at Lou Lou’s

    There’s a sophisticated new fixture on the Cape Town dining scene in the form of Lou Lou’s, the latest offering from restaurateur Sergio Zurini. Already known as the man behind Churchills Bar in Melrose Arch Johannesburg, Sergio has incorporated his distinctive style into his new Cape Quarter eatery.
    With the desire to create an environment that was of an international standard in mind, the menu offers a contemporary take on traditional tapas – think spicy seared tuna with a c

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