• Squeeze the last few indulgent days out of winter

    Despite our wishing and foot tapping, winter is not quite over yet and tucking into delicious comfort food is still very much acceptable, if not encouraged. The Zone @ Rosebank extends a warm invitation to come and treat yourself while the chilly season lasts. You can expect some amazing deals on selected food and entertainment until October 2017 –  it’s the perfect excuse (not that you need one, really) to squeeze the last few indulgent days out of winter at The Zone @ Roseban
  • Pablo Escobar’s former mansion is now an art-filled luxury resort

    Fans of the Netflix series Narcos will be excited to learn that it’s now possible to stay at famed drug cartel kingpin Pablo Escobar’s former mansion, which has been turned into an art-filled boutique hotel. Located in the Mexican beach resort of Tulum in the Gulf of Mexico, Casa Malca has been renovated by New York-based art dealer Lio Malca and, though we didn’t think it possible, it’s more luxurious than ever.With 42 rooms, Escobar’s home-turned-c
  • Stay Evil Kids is exploring duality in design

    From the Dirty Mirrors series by Stay Evil Kids.
    Ever since seeing the unusual work of conceptual art and product design studio Stay Evil Kids at 100% Design South Africa this month, we’ve been besotted. Co-founders Wendy Dixon and Jennifer Bradley have launched with nine unique designs, each combining a freestanding solid timber base and a mirror in grey, bronze or silver glass or with a tinted gradient. With the strangely beautiful appearance of a portal to anoth
  • Where to go for the best brunch in South Africa

    What better way to spend some weekend-morning downtime than over a shared brunch with friends? In celebration of this far-ranging and widely loved meal, we’ve rounded up our top five brunch spots in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.
    Cape Town
    Founded by Amy Lilley and her partner Danel Maree, The Raptor Room uses home-grown produce to serve American-style diner food.
    1. The Pot Luck Club
    Perhaps it goes without saying, but any restaurant with the name of Luke Dale-Roberts tied to it isn&
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  • Marrs Green is revealed as the world’s favourite colour for 2017

    Marrs Green, the World’s Favourite Colour. Image via Dezeen.
    There’s a new colour about to explode on the decor and design scene. Marrs Green, a friendly teal-like shade, has been announced as the ‘World’s Favourite Colour’ following a study conducted by paper company G.F Smith. The online survey invited more than 30 000 people across 100 countries to select their favourite hue out of the rainbow of shades and tones presented to th
  • Classic Euro chic meets progressive South African design

    The interiors of this double-storey house in Atholl, Joburg, draw inspiration from French architect Joseph Dirand and feature an array of South African design and art. Interiors expert Fanie van Zyl and the owner selected the pieces on display and formulated the colour palette and textural finishes. In the sitting room, patterned chairs by Anatomy Design for Southern Guild echo the use of marble elsewhere in the home, such as in the fireplace mantel.
    My dream was always to live in Paris in an 18
  • Travel the orient with these four wallcoverings

    luxe oriental
    ʻNever wallpaper all the walls in a room,ʼ says Megan Smith of Cloth and Print. ʻIt confuses the eye and overcomplicates a space.ʼ For a regal mix of vintage and contemporary, contrast plush velvet and old-gold elements with graphic prints in black, white and grey. Try this Terra Promessa wallpaper in VP 854 01 from the Talamone collection by Élitis. Available at St Leger & Viney for R4 863/roll.modern oriental
    ʻWhen revamping a room, first
  • into the orient

    luxe oriental
    ʻNever wallpaper all the walls in a room,ʼ says Megan Smith of Cloth and Print. ʻIt confuses the eye and overcomplicates a space.ʼ For a regal mix of vintage and contemporary, contrast plush velvet and old-gold elements with graphic prints in black, white and grey. Try this Terra Promessa wallpaper in VP 854 01 from the Talamone collection by Élitis. Available at St Leger & Viney for R4 863/roll.modern oriental
    ʻWhen revamping a room, first
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  • An 18th-century hotel in Edinburgh gets a tropical makeover

    Although we think of beautiful Scotland as being typically grey and wet, New York studio Grzywinski+Pons has ventured in a polar-opposite direction with their minimal-tropical makeover of Edinburgh’s Eden Locke hotel.
    What started out as an austere, 18th-century Georgian mansion was completely stripped down and reimagined in Grzywinski+Pons’ signature style. Pastel-coloured walls, ample greenery, wicker furniture and large windows contrast with the ancient stone
  • Explore the legendary Round House

    The Round House in Pretoria is built on a steep slope that overlooks the Magaliesberg range. 
    Firmly positioned on a koppie looking out towards the Magaliesberg range is an iconic residence in Arcadia, Pretoria, that is also the home of prominent South African artist Margaret Nel. The Round House, as it is known, was designed by German architect May von Langenau in ‘Pretoria Modernist’ style. It was built in 1961 and has become as much a part of the city’s architectural id
  • Business of Design 2017 early bird special

    The Spati furniture range by Weylandts. The founder and CEO of Weylandts, Chris Weylandt, is one of the scheduled speakers at Business of Design 2017.
    Now in its fourth year, the highly successful Business of Design conference will be taking place in October in both Johannesburg and Cape Town. Featuring presentations by some of the country’s top business experts and design professionals, the conference is inspirational while also offering practical tools for immediate growth.
    Business of D
  • Five highlights from Jerusalem Design Week 2017

    An installation at Azza Bar and Restaurant by Daniel Nahmias and Noa Kelner. Image via Frame Web.
    In a world where creatives are coming up with their own take on the new UK passport in response to Brexit, life vests are reimagined as backpacks to help tackle the Syrian refugee crisis, and art in all forms is being created to comment on the current US president, sociopolitics and design inevitably become intertwined. Over eight days this year, Jerusalem Design Week showed that thes
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  • Le Creuset’s new line of cookware is its coolest yet

    Ask any serious foodie about their ideal kitchen and chances are that Le Creuset will feature somewhere. The brand has become synonymous with elegant cooking, designing products that are as much statement pieces as they are kitchen essentials. Now, they’re branching out with a new range that’s considerably different from their previous offerings to date.
    With metropolitan living serving as inspiration, Le Creuset’s latest collection of cookware and accessories, Taste
  • Feastfox: bringing spontaneity back to dining out

    Culture Club Cheese at 215 Bree Street, Cape Town.Deciding to go out for dinner at the last minute often leaves you with limited options. If you haven’t booked a table at one of your favourite restaurants the standard 48 hours in advance, there’s a good chance you’ll be calling the local delivery guy for your go-to takeout instead. However, things might be changing for those of us who prefer to live in the now. Feastfox is a brand-new, free mobile app that’s launched in&n
  • Body of Work: David Bellamy

    With our monthly Body of Work feature we profile our favourite local creatives by unpacking the ‘anatomy’ of their brains to discover what makes them tick. Cape Town-based printmaker David Bellamy, the founder of Bbellamy & Bbellamy, has mastered the art of textile design.
    Feet: It’s flip-flops in the summer and boots or brogues in the winter for me. I also like trainers, but they seem to wear out quickly. As I work en plein air when doing preliminary sketches to rese
  • Spend a winter weekend in Camps Bay

    Camps Bay in Cape Town is generally what summer dreams are made of: cruising down the drive with open windows, hair catching the ocean air, sipping cocktails as the sun sets languidly on the horizon and, of course, spending many lazy hours relaxing on the beach. But we recently discovered that this coastal strip is just as enjoyable during colder weather.
    Raising the bar at South Beach hotelLate on a wintry Friday afternoon, we packed our bags and headed down to an (unsurprisingly) empty Camps
  • an experimental new local jewellery line

    Lorne founder Gillian Lawrence.
    The first time we came across Lorne Jewellery on Instagram, we instantly picked up on a style that we hadn’t seen before. With much jewellery design in South Africa heading in a sophisticated and edgy direction, it was exciting to discover a line that’s bold while maintaining a certain playful innocence.
    Based in Cape Town, Lorne founder Gillian Lawrence’s signature look stems from her practical view of adornments. After her sentim
  • Our top 10 picks from 100% Design South Africa 2017

    This year’s 100% Design South Africa showcase ran from 9 to 13 August at Joburg’s Gallagher Convention Centre, where design lovers gathered to discover creative collaborations and the best new products from established industry names as well as exciting newcomers.
    For us, a few special projects stood out. Winning Best Stand Design for 2017, the Afrotel by Source Interior Brand Architects (Source IBA) with support from House and Leisure was of partic
  • The Asian-Latin fusion restaurant we can’t get enough of

    Sushi burritos combine Asian- and Latin-inspired flavours to create a fresh and creative culinary experience.
    Sushi and burritos may be two of the last words you’d ever expect to hear together in one sentence. Considering their respective cultural origins, these dishes are pretty much polar opposites – and yet, sushi burritos have become huge hits across the globe. Now, for the first time in South Africa, you can enjoy this Asian-Latin fusion food at the newly opened Sushi Burri
  • Design Icons: a champion of Swedish Modernism

    With its slender stand and a dominant lampshade, the Gräshoppa floor lamp by Greta Magnusson-Grossman is a true classic that was reissued in 2011 by Danish design company Gubi.
    Greta Magnusson-Grossman, image via gubi.com.
    While the mid-20th-century architectural scene was largely dominated by men, architect, furniture- and interior designer Greta Magnusson-Grossman rose to prominence all the same, paving the way for many more women to enter the industry and ma
  • Expanding frontiers with Francois Knoetze

    Production still of ‘Cape Mongo – VHS’.
    Growing up in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, Francois Knoetze was first introduced to the world of theatre, art and music through the annual National Arts Festival (NAF). Throughout university, he developed his own artistic practice in a multidisciplinary direction, working fluidly between sculpture, video, performance and digital art. His interest in the relationship between material and social histories has led to work that explores t
  • A retro renovation brings a classic Texas motel right up to date

    Austin, Texas, might be a fairly small city by American (not to mention Texan) standards, but it punches way above its weight. Not only is the city home to the state legislature, which meets at the remarkable Capitol building, but it’s also where the prestigious University of Texas at Austin is situated, and it plays host to the famous annual South by Southwest (SXSW) festival. Austin is well known for its wealth of live-music venues (there are said to be more than 200 of these) and its i
  • zaha hadid design collaborates with perrin paris

    Just when we thought we couldn’t be more obsessed with the work of Zaha Hadid, the design firm’s collaboration with Perrin Paris brings an architectural eye to accessories design.
    Before her passing, when Zaha Hadid was asked what was her favourite present received in 2015, she answered ‘a Perrin Paris glove clutch’. Upon hearing this, the brand’s founder and creative director Sally Perrin proposed a collaboration with the architectural star. Th
  • Shop Heather Moore’s playful new range at MRP Home

    Championing great design has always been very important to MRP Home, which is why they’ve embarked on a journey to show their customers what excites them about the creative expertise in South Africa. By collaborating with local artists and designers, MRP Home will regularly launch unique ranges of homeware and decor that bring local talent into a commercial retail space at affordable prices. Not only does it give consumers access to bespoke homeware and decor at an acc
  • Porky Hefer returns to South Africa for a solo exhibition

    After becoming a well-loved fixture on the global design circuit, artist and designer Porky Hefer is returning to his homeland for a solo exhibition at Southern Guild‘s gallery in the Trumpet building in Johannesburg. Along with new works, Porky’s playful and immersive nest environments will be showcased for all to see from 6 September 2017. With recurring themes such as the loss of instinct and the lessons implicit in the natural world, Hefer encourages audiences to
  • Pieter-Ernst Mare’s ever-evolving home in Sandton

    In his Sandton home in Johannesburg, architect Pieter-Ernst Mare’s black-and-white colour scheme makes it easy to layer and edit art, furnishings and objets. Around the table in the dining area are Masters chairs by Philippe Starck and Eugeni Quitllet for Kartell and a pair of French Bistro armchairs. The pendant light is from Con Amore.
    Architect Pieter-Ernst Mare’s Johannesburg apartment might be in the heart of Sandton’s CBD, surrounded by the massive reflective glass
  • Tumelo Mosaka on the local art scene

    Tumelo Mosaka
    For five years, one of the Cape Town Art Fair’s missions has been to showcase emerging art in Africa and its diaspora while developing a healthy South African art market. Under the direction of new chief curator Tumelo Mosaka, the vision has become more focused – to make Cape Town a global, singular destination to showcase cutting-edge contemporary African art.
    Mosaka began his curatorship at this year’s fair by presenting Unframed, an innovative section dedicated
  • the ultimate guide to black plants

    Queen of Night tulips
    As the little black dress is to fashion, so dark plants add a sense of depth and intrigue to the outdoors. The very antithesis of all things cottagey, they are viewed as sombre by some – the moody Goth cousin to the more colourful country aesthetic.
    Near-black plants, though, are remarkably beautiful, and all the more so for their relative rarity in nature. Whether you’re into meadow-style landscapes à la influential Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf or b
  • 5 out-of-the-ordinary flooring solutions

    Just because it’s underfoot doesn’t mean that flooring should take second place. From rugs to tiles, we’ve found our favourite flooring ideas from our Pinterest board to inspire your next renovation.
    pattern playCement tiles are massively on trend at the moment. Versatile, stylish and practical, they make a brilliant point of focus and add depth to an interior. If a timeless look is what you’re after, keep it simple, or go all-out eccentric by pairing
  • Mia Mélange shares a lovely new lookbook

    Cape Town decor label Mia Mélange has updated its look with a minimal logo and Scandi-inspired photographs. Known for its homely, handmade items that combine French silhouettes with earthy, locally sourced textiles, the brand wanted to show its versatility when it comes to other design styles. In teaming up with Marize and Jacques Albertyn of She is Visual/He is Visual, lead designer Mia Danieli has successfully brought to life the extensive uses of Mia Mé
  • Meet the woman behind South Africa’s craft gin revolution

    Inverroche founder Lorna Scott.
    In 2012, when Lorna Scott launched Inverroche Gin together with her son Rohan and daughter Lauren in Still Bay (or Stilbaai), in the Western Cape, she had never worked at a distillery before, let alone gained any experience in the liquor industry. But this only served to ignite Lorna’s curiosity to learn more about the craft.
    ‘My background includes marketing and sustainable development, the latter in my capacity as Deputy Mayor of the Hessequa Municip
  • the finishing touch

    Tiles, Douglas Jones; fabric samples, Home Fabrics.
    Using black for the finishing touches in your home is a bold yet sophisticated way to go. From the slender noir metal legs of a chic armchair to a pitch-black sidetable or inky marble walls, there are many ways to achieve this effect. We’ve listed a few lovely items on the darker side of the spectrum to help you create the look.
    For more monochrome inspiration, see how this 160-year-old Victorian home has been given a luxurious updat
  • The cream of the crop at Salone del Mobile Milano

    Salone del Mobile Milano is the world’s biggest design and furniture fair, capturing the attention of thousands of visitors from all over the world for a solid six days every year. We asked three South African design heavyweights to share their highlights.
    Philippe van der Merwe: Tonic Design cofounderPhilippe van der Merwe of Tonic Design.
    Vincenzo De Cotiis
    Trained as an architect, Vincenzo De Cotiis creates interiors and furniture, too. He often chooses unexpected materials – thin
  • A bowling alley unlike any other

    If you’ve never thought of bowling in the context of luxury, that’s about to change. While it’s usually an activity generally reserved for an eighth birthday party – or a fun throwback later in life – bowling in Melbourne, Australia, can now be a lavish affair, thanks to Australian design studio Tonic‘s revamp of the Kingpin Crown Casino.
    With the brief of ‘transforming the venue into an entertainment experience that moves beyond bowling’, To
  • Next Gen Flashback: Khanya Mzongwana

    ‘If you wait for the perfect conditions to just magically appear, you’ll wait your whole life,’ says Khanya Mzongwana, who started her cooking career at just nine years old. She now has her fingers in as many pies as possible (strictly figuratively speaking because she ‘abhors’ baking) – expertly juggling food shoots, reimagining recipes for restaurants, speaking about her entrepreneurial journey, working on her first book, tempting adoring social media fans
  • the 2017 africa architecture awards are open for voting

    2017 African Architecture Awards entry: Otunba Offices in Lagos, Nigeria.
    Saint-Gobain’s 2017 Africa Architecture Awards is the first Pan-African architecture competition to showcase the immense architectural talent emerging from our continent, and culminates with one overall winner who will receive a $10 000 grand prize. The competition aims to acknowledge any projects that have been conceived or built in Africa, and anyone can enter provided their project relates to the continent. &
  • design icons: a minor miracle of balance

    A design so iconic that it’s considered on par with London’s Routemaster bus and Underground map, as well as the very first Mini Cooper, the Anglepoise lamp is a favourite of Sir Kenneth Grange, who describes it as ‘a minor miracle of balance’. Grange is the mind behind famous designs like the Kenwood food mixer and the Kodak Instamatic camera and has been the design director of Anglepoise since 2003.
    British designer George Carwardine created the first iteratio
  • get the inside scoop on le creuset’s new sorbet collection

    The new Le Creuset Sorbet homeware collection – launching in October 2017 – beckons us to step into a bygone era with its sugar-sweet palette and retro style. A direct nod to the summertime pastel trend, the hues are evocative of delicate sorbets, soft candyfloss and irresistible ice creams. Bestselling Le Creuset colour favourites Cool Mint, Coastal Blue and Chiffon Pink all make an appearance, and a brand-new buttery matte yellow finish, Mimosa, has its debut.
  • A bold new vision for an African hotel

    For 100% Design South Africa 2017, Source Interior Brand Architects (Source IBA) has set out to envision a contemporary African hotel in partnership with House and Leisure. The 100% Hotel installation will explore the typologies, textures and material technologies that typify our continent, distilling a unique concept that Source IBA calls the Afrotel.
    Repeated geometric patterns, bold shapes and layered textures are some of the quintessential African elements that
  • 8 ideas for your home office

    Working from home has always been popular with freelancers and small business owners, but more recently, corporate environments are starting to take note too, with many employees being granted more flexibility and the option of working remotely. While it can be difficult to maintain a separation between your professional and personal life in this way, having a designated office area works wonders. Besides, working from a beautiful, clean space is far more inspiring than spending
  • Getting to know Kholisa Thomas

    ‘Art in South Africa is growing, especially among communities and individuals who are conventionally assumed to have no historical association with it,’ says Kholisa Thomas, a marketing manager-turned-art advisor who is passionate about bridging the gap between artists and art lovers. ‘The art establishment can be a strange and intimidating place, so I started The Art Talks to connect people with art in an accessible, fun and educational way.’
    Her budding platform brings
  • What to look forward to at 100% Design South Africa 2017

    Ceramic Drop Leaf Table collection in American walnut, steel and glazed tiles by Wiid Design X Ceramic Matters.
    After launching in 2014, 100% Design South Africa is now one of Africa’s premier platforms for high-end contemporary design, and this year’s event is set to impress. The exhibition, which is happening alongside Decorex Joburg on 9-13 August 2017, will feature big hitters such as Dokter and Misses, Gregor Jenkin, David Krynauw and James Mudge, with major brands such as
  • Fornasetti presents a theatrical new furniture collection

    ‘Try to imagine a world without music. It’s the same thing you would experience in a world without decoration,’ says Barnaba Fornasetti. It’s this thinking that inspired a new series of furniture items from Italian decorative arts company Fornasetti. Titled Don Giovanni, the range was conceived as part of a broader creative project aimed at promoting familiarity with opera and bringing it to the attention of the public. The first stage of the project
  • A 160-year-old Victorian home gets a luxurious update

    Dr Michael Lan and Anina Malherbe-Lan’s home in Oranjezicht, Cape Town, combines heritage features such as the fireplace (which Anina painted black) with modern pieces, such as a Molecular chandelier from ADA Lighting spray-painted gold, and a gilded raw-granite coffee table from Pezula Interiors.
    When a South African with French heritage and her husband, a doctor and healthcare expert of Chinese descent, decided to renovate, it’s no surprise that the result would be unusual. Anina M
  • Next Gen Flashback: Storm Ross

    Image credit: Antonia Steyn
    The stuff of only the sweetest childhood dreams, Storm Ross’s formative years saw her ‘running wild and naked with willow wreaths in my hair, herb tussie mussies by my bed and birthday chairs adorned with flowers either foraged from the garden or nicked from some derelict plot nearby’.
    Storm grew up immersed in the natural world, a life infused with the scents of lemon verbena, bay and rue, but it wasn’t until she was 25, when her friends reque
  • Warm up this winter with hot chocolate cocktails

    Why venture outdoors this winter when you can curl up and indulge in a hot drinking chocolate and fine brandy cocktail? To ensure that you survive the worst of winter in style, Distell commissioned renowned cocktail specialist Owen O’ Reilly to create three hot chocolate cocktails or, as he likes to call them, hot choctails.
    Fine potstill brandy and quality dark chocolate always make a great pairing. Using the award-winning Van Ryn’s Vintage 10 Year Old and Distillers Reserve 12
  • a powerful palette

    Morrocotto ceramic brick tile in Rose from the Market Mosaics collection by Douglas Jones, all fabric swatches from Romo South Africa.
    I’ve been obsessing over the recent collaboration between London-based print and fashion studio Eley Kishimoto and British interiors brand Kirkby Design and its amazing palette. On seeing the range, I immediately felt as though everything in my house needed recovering in teals, pale pinks, greys and dark mustard yellows. I
  • Wild at ease: Gondwana Game Reserve’s Ulubisi House

    Ulubisi House, an exclusive luxury lodge at Gondwana Game Reserve near Mossel Bay in the Western Cape, is the ideal safari venue for quality time with friends and family. It is named after the endangered black harrier frequently seen hunting in the surrounding grasslands.
    Field guide Eugene Jansen van Rensburg crouches down and hands my daughter Charlotte (who is four) a perfect ball of poo. She promptly puts it in her pocket as ‘treasure’, then about five seconds later, it’s b
  • Frond & Filigree: flowers and fantastic finds at 11 Alice Lane

    Nestled below the majestic glass towers of the new Sanlam and Santam buildings in Sandton is an adorable find: Frond & Filigree. Reminiscent of the kind of boutique store you might chance upon in Paris, this beautifully designed and brand-new botanically inspired gift store and boutique florist is a welcoming, tranquil space amid the hustle and bustle of Sandton corporate life.
    A black-and-white checked floor, botanical-print wallpaper and high, curved glass windows set the scene for fresh
  • the art of laylaa jacobs explores faith and identity

    Fulla for the Nirox Winter Sculture Fair 2017
    One of the 10 creative women identified as House and Leisure’s Next Generation of talent for 2017, Laylaa Jacobs is a dynamic 22-year-old artist living and working in Cape Town. ‘The moment I picked up a pencil, I was fully drawn to every feeling I experienced when creating something,’ she says. Jacobs completed her Bachelor of Fine Art at Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art last year, and since then has gone on to exhibi

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