• Inside Cape Town Art Week 2018

    It’s an infectious and inspiring time of year for creatives, artists, design lovers and curators, as people flock to Cape Town to revel in the city’s annual celebration of art and design. While Design Indaba draws creatives and intellects from far and wide with its conference and festival, the Investec Cape Town Art Fair (ICTAF) rallies up more than 80 exhibiting galleries, talks, screenings and more to ensure it’s the curatorial highlight of the year.
    This year marks the sixth
  • The Accidentally Wes Anderson Instagram Account Is Interior Inspiration Deluxe

    A Wes Anderson movie is a fully realised world, in large part due to the locations and set decoration that begin as meticulous notes in the margins of his scripts. Now an Instagram account called Accidentally Wes Anderson is sharing real-world locations that could easily be the backdrops to this film director’s quirky characters’ adventures.
    The Accidentally Wes Anderson Instagram account is interior inspiration deluxe_________________________ Central Fire Station | Marfa, Texas | c.
  • DIY Goes High Fashion with Hermès Hardware

    Parisian luxury brand Hermès has a long-held commitment to quality, which means that products that aren’t up to their usual impeccable standard don’t make it to shelf. In 2010 it launched Petit h (Little h). Headed up by artistic director Pascale Mussard, any leftovers are reworked into charming collections of imaginative homeware objects and leather accessories such as tablet covers, coin purses and paperweights. Now, DIY is going high fashion with Hermès Hardware.
  • The Official Presidential Portraits of the Obamas are Striking and Significant

    ‘How about that? That’s pretty sharp.’ This was the immediate reaction from former US president Barack Obama on Monday during the unveiling of the Official Presidential Portraits of the Obamas, a ceremony at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.
    The official presidential portraits of the Obamas are striking and significant
    Barack Obama by Kehinde Wiley
    The portrait was painted by the New York-based artist Kehinde Wiley celebrated in the contem
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  • Aspire Art Auctions’ first house-contents sale raises almost R15 million

    On Sunday 11 February at Deodar House in Johannesburg, Aspire Art Auctions hosted a highly successful sale of the entire contents of the house, including over 100 lots of impeccably chosen fine artworks, decorative items, antique and modern furniture, luxury jewellery, watches and wine.
    Aspire Art Auctions’ first house-contents sale raises almost R15 millionA post shared by Aspire Art Auctions (@aspireartauctions) on Feb 8, 2018 at 9:53pm PSTHouse and Leisure was among the guests at this i
  • Bryce Henderson is the face of SHF for February

    SHF has become a household name, synonymous with creative flair and an innate passion for design. The newest #shfdefineyourself ambassador, Cape Town architect Bryce Henderson, shares his enthusiasm for these principles. Bryce is the face of SHF for February 2018.Bryce Henderson is the face of SHF for February
    Friends, family, strangers, other artists and his everyday surroundings inspire Bryce the most, without him consciously realising it.
    You could be the next face of SHF
    You could be next to
  • The Botanical Bar in Cape Town focuses on locally made spirits

    The Botanical Bar is a coming together of two ideas. First, it’s a unique showcase for South African craft liquor. Second, it’s a space to experiment with local botanicals and flavours. Started by Anthony Gird, Michael de Klerk, Jeanne Marais and Dennis Williams (the team behind the secret Gin Bar and the ultra-cool Marrow), The Botanical Bar is set to be the next hip spot for innovative cocktails and delicious healthy nibbles.The Botanical Bar in Cape Town focuses on locally made sp
  • Hedvig Astrom is an art director who creates Pantone smoothies

    Hedvig Astrom is an art director who creates Pantone smoothies
    American company Pantone introduced its colour-matching system in the 1960s as a way to standardise colours in the graphic design and printing industries by giving each shade a code. Hedvig Astrom is an art director who creates Pantone smoothies, and we want to taste them all.
    A delicious idea: Hedvig Astrom is an art director who makes Pantone smoothies
    Since the ’60s, the Pantone brand has become widely popular in broader cul
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  • Noreen Dunzo introduces Something Sweet to Outrage of Modesty

    There’s no sign outside Cape Town’s coolest cocktail bar, and inside only 28 people are seated at a time. Behind the bar is Noreen Dunzo, the head bartender who brings her signature cocktails to Outrage of Modesty all the way from Singapore. ‘They call me the storyteller,’ she says. ‘To me no cocktail comes out of nowhere: there is always a story behind it.’Noreen Dunzo Introduces Something Sweet to Outrage of Modesty
    Noreen Dunzo’s own story began as a
  • Janse & Co: a curated taste

    Having steered The Kitchen at Maison in Franschhoek to top-tier status, Chef Arno Janse van Rensburg has now moved on to open his namesake eatery, Janse & Co, on Cape Town’s Kloof Street.
    Janse & Co: a curated taste
    All images: Georgia East
    Janse & Co has brought Chef Arno’s signature style of fine dining to the city, and is centrally located in a large, open space that was once occupied by YUZU Kitchen & Bar. Boasting meticulous attention to detail, each dish encapsu
  • Khokho Bags Are Putting Luxury African Craftmanship On The World Stage

    The new luxury is sustainable and socially responsible – two defining characteristics of Khokho, the luxury handbag brand that is handcrafted in Swaziland. Khokho bags began as a collaboration between its three founders: handbag designer Sapna Shah, master weaver and production director Zinhle Vilakati and creative director Philippa Thorn. It was born of their shared vision to elevate hand-craftsmanship through specialised design to advance the development of local artisans, while preservi
  • A Joburg Tour Guide’s Insider Tips for the city

    Did you know that Joburg has a Little Ethiopia district and that Mars is, in fact, a prolific local graffiti artist? If not, we’d like to introduce you to Jo Buitendach. A registered tour guide, Jo’s company, Past Experiences facilitates tours through Joburg’s gritty, hip inner-city and if you’ve yet to join one, you’ve been missing out. Jo is young, dynamic and a passionate ambassador for Joburg, and her tours range from exploring downtown
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  • Bringing the New – a Q&A with SMITH gallery’s Jana Terblanche

    Housed in a 230-year-old heritage building in Cape Town’s Church Street, SMITH gallery is home to some of the country’s most exciting emerging contemporary artists. In SMITH’s words, the gallery gives space to artists producing ‘brave, joyous and timeless work that values and contributes to the discourse of contemporary art in South Africa.’
    Artist: Banele Khoza
    Bringing the New – a Q&A with SMITH gallery’s Jana Terblanche
    Gallery manager/curator at
  • UCOOK x Hokey Poke is bringing DIY poke bowls to your kitchen

    UCOOK, the meal service that delivers portioned, ready-to-cook ingredients and recipes to your door countrywide, has unveiled a collaboration with one of Cape Town’s best poke bars. Hokey Poke takes its inspiration from the shores of Hawaii, boasting an extensive menu of delicious dishes incorporating raw fish and other fresh flavours and textures. Now, UCOOK x Hokey Poke is bringing DIY poke bowls to your kitchen.
    The Tuna Queen Poke Bowl
    Ready-to-cook meal service UCOOK has teamed up wit
  • willowlamp has big (and small) plans for 2018

    Since 2005, the sculptural lighting designs of Willowlamp have found pride of place in homes and luxury hotels in South Africa and abroad. Its chandeliers, lamps and bespoke creations are often the breathtaking statement piece in a space. To date, the company’s most ambitious project has been the installation of a series of three-ton chandeliers at the Crown Towers Hotel in Perth in 2016. Willowlamp’s 2018 collection, however, heralds something new for the brand: a collection focused
  • Alexis Christodoulou Designs Spaces You Wish Existed

    Alexis Christodoulou stretches the possibilities of architecture in 3D renderings of dreamy buildings. The artworks he creates sit on the verge between fantasy and reality. At first glance, they could be photographs of existing spaces, maybe in Hong Kong, perhaps in Miami, but their perfection gives them away. A disclaimer of ‘No photographs. Just renders.’ is written in his Instagram bio in case you need to be sure.
    Alexis Christodoulou Designs Spaces You Wish Existed
    All images: Al
  • Review: Candice Breitz’s ‘Love Story’

    South African artist Candice Breitz’s Love Story video installation piece opened at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg on Saturday, 3 February 2018. The exhibition will allow local viewers the opportunity to see the much-talked-about work that represented South Africa (along with Mohau Modisakeng’s video piece Passage) at last year’s Venice Biennale.
    Review: Candice Breitz’s Love StoryLove Story, 2016 [TRAILER] by Candice Breitz on Vimeo, featuring actress Julianne Moore
  • Follow the story of an Instagram home renovation

    Follow the story of an Instagram home renovationLifestyle blogger Vicki Sleet and her husband Justin Spreckley documented their four-month renovation on Instagram to reveal how they transformed a facebrick horror into an airy family-friendly home in Cape Town‘When people ask me, “So what do you think of living in the ’burbs?”, I can’t answer more enthusiastically,’ says homeowner Vicki Sleet of the location of her new home. ‘I dreamed of an open-plan hom
  • The Home Studio Offers Tailored Interior Design By The Hour

    Imagine an interior design company that doesn’t require a full overhaul or gut renovation to make a project worth their time. The Home Studio offers tailored interior design by the hour, giving you access to a talented network of interior designers across South Africa. Their team can assist you with any design project, tailoring their offering according to your style and budget.
    All images: The Home Studio
    The Home Studio Offers Tailored Interior Design By The Hour
    Founded by interior desi
  • Book review: Houses That We Dreamt Of: The Interiors of Delphine & Reed Krakoff

    Book review: Houses That We Dreamt Of: The Interiors of Delphine & Reed Krakoff
    Husband and wife Reed and Delphine Krakoff are synonymous with great design. Reed, the former executive creative director of Coach, and Delphine, the principal of Pamplemousse Design, often join forces to create impressive interiors. Their collaborative work has been featured in magazines and online, and for the first time, the pair has released a beautiful coffee-table book – Houses That We Dreamt Of: The
  • Sustainable fashion brand EDUN opens a pop-up store in Cape Town

    We’re long-time admirers of EDUN, the ready-to-wear sustainable fashion and accessories brand with an ethically centered mission. With a focus on sourcing production and encouraging trade in Africa, EDUN mixes its modern designer vision with the richness and positivity of the fast-growing African continent.
    Sustainable fashion brand EDUN opens a pop-up store in Cape TownEDUN builds long-term, sustainable growth opportunities by partnering with artisans, manufacturers and community-bas
  • Terrence Caviar’s Towers Series

    Columbus-based stylist Michelle Maguire and San Francisco-based photographer Kelsey McClellan are the duo that make up Terrence Caviar. The pair work together as often as possible, flying between their two cities six to eight times a year to collaborate on compelling visuals that tell a story.
    Terrence Caviar’s Towers Series
    Michelle Maguire’s grandfather’s balancing act was the inspiration behind Terrence Caviar’s Towers series.
    Their highly creative personal photo
  • On the hop for South African National Beer Day

    It’s all foamy fun as bars, breweries and restaurants celebrate South African beer in a series of events, pairings, promotions and festivities surrounding one of the nation’s most-loved drinks. We go on the hop for South African National Beer Day.On the hop for South African National Beer Day
    South African National Beer Day is a countrywide initiative taking place on Saturday 3 February 2018. It will be covering everything beer-related, and anyone can join in. Keep updated by followi
  • The Carnation zine celebrates flowers and travel

    For far too long, carnations have been relegated to the bargain bin, often considered a cheap or tacky choice for a bouquet. But thanks to a new wave of floral artists and now, The Carnation zine, the bloom is having its biggest revival since the ’80s and is enjoying its rightful place in the sun.The Carnation zine celebrates flowers and travel
    Locally, the flower has inspired the name of a zine self-published by Cape Town creatives Jade Paton and Cynthia Fan. Inspired equally by flowers a
  • Darwin’s Hunch: Science, Race and the Search for Human Origins by Christa Kuljian

    For Christmas, I received a copy of Darwin’s Hunch: Science, Race and the Search for Human Origins by Christa Kuljian, and boy, did it keep me riveted – for days. It’s the story of the hunt for our human ancestors over the past 100 years or so. While it contains all the necessary science-y stuff about the fossil specimens that define our evolution as a species, it’s also a swashbuckling tale of the politics, back-stabbing and, erm, skullduggery involved in the discov
  • Auctions are the way forward in 2018

    Auctions are the way forward in 2018
    I am a bit of a collector, so auctions revert me to a childlike state. Like a kid in a candy store, I’m faced with two scenarios: exert some self-control or end up broke with diabetes. If you are even vaguely interested in art, antiques or furniture then auctions are for you. They’re particularly great for buying pieces that you might not even come across in shops, at really good prices. In fact, I believe that auctions are the way forward in
  • exploring the constantia wine valley

    For those of you who think that the Cape’s greatest wine estates are all off the beaten track in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, think again. Located just 20 minutes from Cape Town’s city centre on the southern slopes of the Table Mountain range, The Constantia Wine Valley is a scenic spot where centuries-old wine farms and new boutique wineries meet. We spent some time exploring the Constantia Wine Valley to bring you a few must-visit highlights.Exploring the Constantia Wine Valley
    Co
  • 5 Fresh Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

    We’re hitting refresh on the usual Valentine’s Day kitsch with five gift ideas that celebrate love and support local artisans at the same time. Here are five fresh ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
    5 Fresh Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day
    1 Houseplants instead of roses
     Arguably, long-stemmed red roses on Valentine’s Day are a tad overplayed. While (other) fresh flowers are always welcome as a sweet-smelling token of love and appreciation, in a week or so the
  • Mobelli Furniture + Living opens an indoor furniture showroom

    Mobelli Furniture + Living opens an indoor furniture showroomWe have long been admirers of Mobelli Furniture + Living’s outdoor furniture, and so the news that it was to open a showroom dedicated to indoor items was most welcome. The new space is curated in collaboration with well-known South African interior decorator Sam Lurie of Sprout Design and features some of 2018’s top interior-decor trends – including juxtaposing modern and retro furniture, and eclectic mixes of materi
  • Travel Japan three ways with this guide

    Where do you begin as a first-timer in Japan? Tokyo, naturally. The iconic capital is a jumble of soaring skyscrapers and hidden alleyways, with a palpable energy that can be overwhelming at times. But mostly, it feels terrific. And then there’s Kyoto. A slow-paced, temple-tiered city that feels a world apart from those bustling Tokyo streets. Here, ancient temples stand tall, forests replace concrete jungles and venerable traditions trump all. Further north on Japan’s Hokkaido
  • Cape Town’s Sorbetiere will make a sorbet lover out of you 

    You’ll find Sorbetiere just a stone’s throw from the Mother City in the ever-trendy Woodstock. Headed by Chef Béran, Sorbetiere’s selections of sorbets and ice creams reflect the seasons. And they make the most of natural and locally sourced ingredients. With fine craftsmanship and a dash of fearless experimentation, this little gem of a shop will undoubtedly make a sorbet lover out of you.
    Flavours abound at Sorbetiere
    Although there is a wide range of options that
  • Top tips from 2 pro renovators

    Top tips from 2 pro renovators
    In the ultimate guide to home renovations, we consult two industry experts, gallerist and interior designer Dylan Thomaz and stylist Charlotte Collins, for their insider advice and handy tips. Discover all you need to know about renovations in our #HLRenoIssue – on shelves now!
    Dylan Thomaz’s Renovation TipsWhat are your top 3 tips for renovating a space?
    1. Always apply the 80/20 rule when looking at what needs to be done versus the nice-to-haves.2. Co
  • Inside the bedroom of interior designer Liam Mooney

    Ever wondered how SA’s most stylish sleep? We go inside the bedrooms of some of our favourite local creatives for ideas on how to transform your own into a sleep sanctuary with loads of personality. Previously we hopped into bed with Amanda Dilima, retail leasing consultant at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, and Tessa Holding, co-owner of textile and homeware store Mungo. Today, we explore the bedroom of interior designer Liam Mooney.
    Inside the bedroom of Liam MooneyWhat’s your
  • Make the best of Barcelona with our two-day travel guide

    A two-day travel guide to Barcelona
    It’s easy to see why Barcelona has so much appeal. Whether you’re admiring works of art and design, swimming in the warm Mediterranean or tasting delectable flavours on a tapas walk, this seaside city pulses both day and night. It gets under your skin in the best way imaginable. Here’s our two-day guide to making the most of this metro-beach destination.
    Day one
    Gaudí GazingThe Sagrada Família Basilica – famous Catalan arc
  • Inside the bedroom of Tessa Holding

    Ever wondered how SA’s most stylish sleep? We go inside the bedrooms of some of our favourite local creatives for ideas on how to transform your own into a sleep sanctuary with loads of personality. Last week we hopped into bed with Amanda Dilima, retail leasing consultant at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. Today, we explore the bedroom of photographer and co-owner of textile and homeware store Mungo, Tessa Holding.
    Inside the bedroom of Tessa HoldingWhat’s your most cherished i
  • Aspire Art Auctions unveils a truly unique house content sale

    Looking to develop your art collection? Specialist fine art auctioneers Aspire Art Auctions have been tasked with a unique sale as their first assignment of 2018 – selling the contents of the exquisite Deodar House in Illovo, Johannesburg.
    Deodar House
    This inaugural sale will be realised through a hugely eclectic and stylish range of fine art, furniture, decorative arts, watches, jewellery and wine, with the entire proceeds of the auction being donated to seed a dedicated South African Le
  • Walk among giants in Claremont’s Arderne Gardens

    Walk among giants in Claremont’s Arderne Gardens in Cape Town
    The Arderne Gardens in Cape Town’s ‘wedding tree’, a Moreton Bay fig (Ficus macrophylla).
    We were warned about Cape Town’s Arderne Gardens at school in the ’80s. ‘Stay away from the fence,’ our teachers said of the adjoining property, ‘and no shortcuts through the gardens, girls.’ Occasionally we were taken on outings into that shadowy, mysterious place, to play hide-and
  • The new Gucci Garden in Florence showcases Gucci’s decor line

    The new Gucci Garden in Florence showcases Gucci’s decor lineDecor gets a Gucci makeover
    When Gucci released its first homeware collection midway through last year, we thought we couldn’t love the Italian fashion house more – but Gucci has surprised us once again. The reopening of the newly curated Gucci Museo in Florence’s historic Palazzo della Mercanzia introduced the world’s most covetable gift shop. ‘I wanted to buy something walking through it just now,
  • Inside the bedroom of Amanda Dilima

    Ever wondered how SA’s most stylish sleep? We go inside the bedrooms of some of our favourite local creatives for ideas on how to transform your own into a sleep sanctuary with loads of personality. Today, we explore the bedroom of Amanda Dilima, a retail leasing consultant for the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. You may recognise her from the coverage of her wedding in Vogue.
    Inside the bedroom of Amanda DilimaWhat’s your most cherished item in your bedroom?
    My mirror above my vani
  • The ultimate black book for renovations

    The ultimate black book for renovationsIf you’re renovating, refer to the experts who helped our readers with their own projects, with our ultimate #HLRenoIssue black book.
    aluminium doors & windows
    Eurostyle (CT), Andre Morgenrood, 021-552-8092, eurostyle.co.za
    architects
    Architectonique (CT), Steve Mellet, 021-979-3946, stevemellet@gmail.comGASS Architecture Studios (JHB), Lizelle McLean, 082-495-9551, lm@gass.co.za, gass.co.zaGrobler Architects (CT), Clinton and Diana Grobler, 021-9
  • Joburg’s new Handles Inc store is a must-see for home-decor lovers

    Joburg’s new Handles Inc store is a must-see for home-decor loversBright and bold but tastefully modern, Johannesburg’s new Handles Inc store is officially open for business. The new store features a wide variety of handles and accessories and is home to exclusive brands that range from the slick and stylish to a selection of ultra-modern pieces that’ll pique the interest of interior designers and decor enthusiasts alike.
    Located in the heart of Kramerville’s home-decor d
  • 5 Ways You Can Incorporate The Vegan Dessert Food Trend In Your Kitchen

    5 ways to Incorporate the vegan dessert food trend in your kitchen
    Milk, cream, butter and eggs. They sound like the makings of a perfect dessert, and have done for many years. But as predictions for 2018’s food trends start appearing, it’s clear that the wave of veganism sweeping the culinary world is here to stay. And it’s set to turn the world of patisserie (and all things sweet) completely upside down, with a wave of vegan dessert foods.
    With a bigger global push towar
  • This KwaZulu-Natal home is in complete equilibrium

    The contemporary design of this two-storey residence in Umdloti, KwaZulu-Natal, was developed around the view of the Indian Ocean, with a protected courtyard built on the inland side for the swimming pool. ‘Neutral finishes in both hard and soft furnishings and a base palette of black and ivory combined with timber, industrial cement and charcoal powder-coated steelwork create a harmonious scheme that links indoor and outdoor spaces,’ says Ruth Duke of Ruth Duke Interior Design, who
  • Coco Safar offers an all-encompassing coffee experience in Sea Point

    Coco Safar offers an all-encompassing coffee experience in Sea PointIn 2018, coffee is no longer just a drink to wake you up in the morning. It is a sophisticated experience and a growing culture. Coco Safar has realised this trend. Combining a sophisticated espresso bar with a coffee and rooibos brewery, the company is reimagining the concept of coffee. Add to that a luxury cafe environment and Coco Safar is set to be the hottest coffee joint in Cape Town – and it has only just opened. We
  • 5 reasons to get your hands on our 2018 Before&After collector’s renovation issue

    Renovation inspiration
    Our 2018 Before&After Collector’s Issue is packed with adventurous families who did more than just dream about a new space. The homeowners whose renovation projects are featured in this special Before&After collector’s edition all transformed their lives by building new spaces that demand new narratives.
    The idea that we are able to curate our lives based on our whims and lifestyle trends is an exciting one. There is something really magical about plott
  • 4 recipes for the ultimate at-home poke

    The poke bowl trend has been sweeping the globe since late 2016 and it’s still growing. Pronounced ‘poh-keh’, the Hawaiian dish is typically made from raw fish, rice and vegetables. It’s basically sushi in a salad. Not only is it super Instagrammable, it is also healthy and delicious. And the best part? There are poke restaurants popping up all over South Africa, each adding their own innovative twist. Peruse our list of top poke spots in Joburg, Durban and Cape Town to s
  • Nederburg’s Heritage Heroes collection honours its founders

    Find something different to sip this summer with Nederburg’s Heritage Heroes collection of individually named, hand-made gourmet wines. Each wine comes with a story that honours some of the personalities who have shaped Nederburg and its history as one of South Africa’s most awarded wineries.
    The Heritage Heroes
    The AnchormanThe Anchorman is named for Nederburg’s founder, Philippus Wolvaart. He bought the farm in 1791 and planted Chenin blanc, amongst other varietals. The Ancho
  • The Ned is London’s most luxurious new venue

    A luxurious new venue
    What happens when you combine an iconic heritage building with the hospitality nous and design brilliance of Nick Jones, the man who founded Soho House? A luxurious new venue that houses nine restaurants, six private events spaces, a spa, a gym, a members’ club and 252 hotel rooms. And did we mention that it’s located slap bang in the middle of London’s most prestigious business district? Welcome to The Ned.A careful renovation
    It all began in 2012, when
  • Where to satisfy your poke cravings in SA

    The poke bowl trend has been sweeping the globe since late 2016 and it’s still growing. Pronounced ‘poh-keh’, the Hawaiian dish is typically made from raw fish, rice and vegetables. It’s basically sushi in a salad. Not only is it super Instagrammable, it is also healthy and delicious. And, the best part? There are poke restaurants popping up all over South Africa, each adding their own innovative twist. Peruse our list of top poke spots in Joburg, Durban and Cape Town to
  • 7 of the most unusual homes around the world

    7 of the most unusual homes around the world
    There’s more to building a structure than bricks and mortar. From a house made from mirrors to one squeezed in between two buildings, we explore a few of the most unusual homes around the world.
    Transparent House, Tokyo, JapanThis completely see-through house in Tokyo is made entirely from glass. Inspired by our ancient predecessors who lived in trees, Sou Fujimoto Architects chose to replicate life in the forest through connectedness and a comp

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