• a matter of perspective

    Christiaan van Aswegen and Alexander Geh.
    Sitting on the foothills of Table Mountain, Disa Park’s imposing trio of towers are famous for their unique cylindrical design. For architects Christiaan van Aswegen and Alexander Geh – both keen buffs in the history of architecture and its movements –  the building’s brutalist nature and tube-like shape posed an alluring design challenge, which saw them swapping ‘rooms’ for ‘wedges’ and manipulating a
  • #hldiscovery: champagne pairings, pasta and ice tea

    It’s all about gustatory pleasures this week on our #HLDiscovery list, which focuses on food and drinks news. From novel products to new experiences with old favourites, this list has a little something to satisfy all the foodies.
    1. tjing tjing momijiFor the past seven years, Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar and Tjing Tjing Torii have become firm favourites in Cape Town, thanks to their modern take on Japanese cuisine and subtle touches that showcase Japan in its design. Now they’re ex
  • celebrating women in creativity: fatuma abdullah

    ‘When my daughter started crèche, she came home one day and said, ‘Mama, I want my hair to be straight’, and I looked at her and said ‘No, our hair is not straight; our hair is curly.’ She responded that she wanted her hair to look like so-and-so and I thought to myself, ‘I need to do something about this,’ recalls Fatuma Abdullah, author and believer in positive self-worth.
    Born out of a quest to empower her daughter and other African girls, Fat
  • stevenson gallery: 15 years in the making

    ‘Both, and’.
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    Installation view.
    The evergrowing contemporary art market in South Africa has changed dramatically over the last 15–20 years and, in part, pivotal to this growth is Stevenson: a contemporary art force that cements its local offering with two galleries; one in Johannesburg and the other in Cape Town.
    Stevenson has always been about art history and public discourse – but at the same time a commercial gallery. What better way to celebrate its 15th ann
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  • what chefs eat

    Dave Schneider; Chefs Warehouse Maison. Photo: Claire Gunn.
    What do the country’s best chefs eat when they’re not cooking the fantastic food we’ve come to know them for? We caught up with a few Western Cape-based favourites to find out what they stock their pantries with, what their post-service nourishment is and what their guiltiest pleasures are.
    Cynthia Rivera & Cornel Mostert, Mulberry & Prince
    Photo: Romain Costa.
    It’s late, you’re coming off a long se
  • pantry raid: what chefs eat

    Dave Schneider; Chefs Warehouse Maison. Photo: Claire Gunn.
    What do the country’s best chefs eat when they’re not cooking the fantastic food we’ve come to know them for? We caught up with a few Western Cape-based favourites to find out what they stock their pantries with, what their post-service nourishment is and what their guiltiest pleasures are.
    Cynthia Rivera and Cornel Mostert, Mulberry & Prince
    Photo: Romain Costa.
    It’s late, you’re coming off a long serv
  • then and now: ‘ruins decorated’ by yinka shonibare

    ‘Fake Death Picture’ (modelled on Manet’s ‘Le Suicidé’) is one of Shonibare’s historical photographic reenactments.
    Celebrated the world over for his colourful and subversive explorations of colonialism and its legacy, South Africa now gets its turn to explore British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare’s work as he prepares to open his first solo exhibition in the country on 1 September.
    We spoke with Shonibare in his studio in east London, wher
  • we chat to the CEO of ultra-innovative Dutch design company Moooi

    Earlier this year, Weylandts became the official exclusive South African retailer of Dutch brand Moooi. On show at five Weylandts stores and available via its website, the offering includes never-seen-before lighting, furniture and carpets that are all about drama and luxury.
    ‘Moooi is an urban brand designing for a new world, delivering the coolest things together with a sense of surprise and expectation,’ says Moooi’s art director, the renowned Dutch designer 
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  • celebrating women in creativity: meraki jeweller megan keyser

    Meraki [may-rah-kee] (adjective). A word that modern Greeks often use to describe doing something with soul, creativity, or love — when you put ‘something of yourself’ into what you’re doing.
    Cape Town design studio Meraki Jewellery Design has launched its Margaux Collection, a new range of contemporary statement earrings now available at select retailers and online stores. Founder and head designer Megan Keyser creates one-of-a-kind handcrafted pieces from her
  • hl diary 13/8: what to do in ct, jhb and dbn this week

    We may be back to a full week, but there are plenty of exciting events in the HL Diary to keep you in the holiday mood. Here is what’s happening in your city this week.
    DurbanJoburgCape Town
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    Riaad Moosa – Life BeginsDoes life really begin at 40? Riaad Moosa tries to figure this out with his hilarious one-man show, Life Begins, a snapshot into his life as a 40 year old, father of three kids, husband, comedian, actor – with all the current cultural and political issu
  • visiting seoul: a must for design lovers

    Seoul Myeongdong shopping street at sunset with sunlight piercing through the advertising signs.
    The capital of South Korea, Seoul, is locally known as the New York of Asia – and make no mistake – this city is overwhelmingly rich in its diverse offerings. From highly decorated temples and intimate hanok (traditional houses) to contemporary skyscrapers and a new wave of pop culture, Seoul has something for every traveller.
    ALSO READ: Seoul searching in Ikseon-dong, a local’
  • seoul searching

    Seoul Myeongdong shopping street at sunset with sunlight piercing through the advertising signs.
    The capital of South Korea, Seoul, is locally known as the New York of Asia – and make no mistake – this city is overwhelmingly rich in its diverse offerings. From highly decorated temples and intimate hanok (traditional houses) to contemporary skyscrapers and a new wave of pop culture, Seoul has something for every traveller.eat & drink
    Food and drinks are the main platform for
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  • a kind of magic: tour a morningside santuary

    ‘I don’t like online shopping,’ says Dr Relebogile (Lebo) Shakoane-Nkuna. Preferring to wander around and shop at vintage stores, markets and auction houses, Lebo loves to feel fabric and furniture rather than scroll through catalogues and websites online, so her home is filled with the energy, colour and warmth of preloved decor pieces, many of which have added a distinctly modern style and elegant, olde-worlde charm to the Morningside sanctuary in Johannesburg that she share
  • a kind of magic: tour a morningside sanctuary

    ‘I don’t like online shopping,’ says Dr Relebogile (Lebo) Shakoane-Nkuna. Preferring to wander around and shop at vintage stores, markets and auction houses, Lebo loves to feel fabric and furniture rather than scroll through catalogues and websites online, so her home is filled with the energy, colour and warmth of preloved decor pieces, many of which have added a distinctly modern style and elegant, olde-worlde charm to the Morningside sanctuary in Johannesburg that she share
  • celebrating women in creativity: award-winning winemaker carla pauw

    Run by one of South Africa’s few independent female winemakers, Saltare in Stellenbosch has become synonymous with quality. At its helm, Carla Pauw creates elegant Methode Cap Classique and wines, carefully fermented using natural methods from five different grape parcels across the Western Cape. As each vineyard tells a story, so too does each of Carla’s vintages.
    Searching for direction and a field that didn’t designate a regular nine-to-five structure, Carla 
  • Go Inside Local Studio’s Epic ‘Hustles’

    Pioneering Johannesburg architecture firm Local Studio will release Hustles next week — a chronicle of the firm’s first 12 built projects, and five years of practice in the City of Gold. Co-authored by Thomas Chapman, who founded Local Studio (and is one of the 2018 House and Leisure Next Level’ers), photographer David Southwood and illustrator Michael Tymbios, it reveals the work of Local Studio in snapshots, diagrams, essays and interviews. We will be launching ‘Hu
  • Go Inside Local Studio’s Epic Hustle

    Pioneering Johannesburg architecture firm Local Studio will release Hustle next week — a chronicle of the firm’s first 12 built projects, and five years of practice in the City of Gold. Co-authored by Thomas Chapman, who founded Local Studio (and is one of the 2018 House and Leisure Next Level’ers), photographer David Southwood and illustrator Michael Tymbios, it reveals the work of Local Studio in snapshots, diagrams, essays and interviews. We will be launching ‘Hus
  • MoMa Celebrates Bodys Isek Kingelez’s Dreamy African Cities

    New York’s Museum of Modern Art has just opened City Dreams — a retrospective of the futuristic architectural imaginings of the late Congolese artist Bodys Isek Kingelez, and it looks incredible. At the exhibition, Kingelez’ ‘extreme maquettes’ of entire African cities are celebrated as sculptures, and investigated for their intense study of how an African city of the future could work, and look.Kingelez uses everyday materials and found objects, such as tin ca
  • international flair and flavours at the 41

    You haven’t truly experienced all that the Mother City has to offer if you haven’t enjoyed a meal or drink on the bustling Camps Bay strip. Considered by most to be one of the best beaches in the world, Camps Bay provides an incredible setting to soak in the natural beauty of Cape Town. One of the best spots to do this in is The 41, an eatery that offers great sea views, a diverse menu and delicious cocktails.
    the atmosphere
    You can’t miss the black and glass building in at th
  • #hldiscovery: online groceries, turkish towels and furniture

    This week, out #HLDiscovery lists focuses on family. From feeding them to furnishing the children’s rooms here are items and experiences that can help add to your home.
    turkish towelsWith the long weekend coming up, you may be heading out for a small break with the family. If you are, towels from The Cotton Company is a great item to pack in your bag. Made with Turkish Cotton, these towels are as versatile as they are stunning. They are light-weight and fast drying, making them great
  • sustainable character: an eco-conscious house in joburg

    When Kevin and Lucille Davie shopped around for a property in 2007, they took the road less travelled and chose to buy a derelict, run-down plot of land in Richmond, Johannesburg. When they bought it, the bare-boned ‘shell of a house’ was home to vagrants and piles of rubble. ‘The previous owners had begun an ambitious building project but hadn’t finished, and what wasn’t nailed down had been stolen,’ explains Kevin. The couple set out to create a green home
  • recipe: chef mynhardt joubert’s kudu burger

    Make your own delicious kudu burger with this tasty recipe from celebrity chef, Mynhardt Joubert, perfect when paired with Roodeberg Red.
    ALSO READ: #hldiscovery: wine and art
    Prep time: 30 mins / Cook time: 15 mins / Serves: 8 – 10 burgers 
    Ingredients
    Burger Patties:1 kg Kudu or beef mince500g Pork mince2 Larger red or white onions, chopped60g Chopped parsley100g Tomato paste1 Carrot, grated1 Cup breadcrumbs2 Extra large eggs1 Tbsp NOMU African rub1 Tsp scorched corianderSalt
  • recipe: chef mynardt joubert’s kudu burger

    Make your own delicious kudu burgers with this recipe from celebrity chef, Mynardt Joubert. This recipe was made to pair with Roodeberg Red wine to make for a perfect winter meal.
    ALSO READ: #hldiscovery: wine and art
    Prep time: 30 mins / Cook time: 15 mins / Serves: 8 – 10 burgers 
    Ingredients
    Burger Patties:1 kg Kudu or beef mince500g Pork mince2 Larger red or white onions, chopped60g Chopped parsley100g Tomato paste1 Carrot, grated1 Cup breadcrumbs2 Extra large eggs1 Tbsp NOM
  • q&a with chef mynhardt joubert

    From learning in the kitchens of the Cape to showcasing his talent on kykNET’s reality cooking competition Kokkedoor (and winning the show), Chef Mynhardt Joubert has firmly established himself as one the countries culinary greats. We chatted to chef to find out more about his food journey, memories and what his ideal last meal would be.
    Did you always want to be a chef? If not, what did you want to be when you were growing up?
    I really stumbled upon the food and wine scene in Cape Town a
  • bright now: a boutique-style home bursting with colour

    The conventional Victorian facade of this three-bedroom cottage in Gardens, Cape Town, completely belies the colourful creativity within. From the street, the house blends in easily with similar properties surrounding it, but once you set foot in the entrance, you’re immediately transported somewhere else. Once a simple family home, it is now a boutique-style space bursting with colour. Owned by a London-based restaurateur, the abode was recently brought to life by interior designer Etien
  • hlengiwe shakung is the face of shf for august

    After a year of celebrating the taste and style of inspirational young South Africans, it is time to meet the last face of the new SHF generation: Hlengiwe Shakung. Hlengiwe is a chic and enthusiastic eSwatini-girl who now calls The City of Gold, home. Family and joyful interpersonal connection take centre stage in her life.
    When it comes to enriching her community, there’s no stopping Hlengiwe. Knowing that she has the power to love and to help is a strong driver of the way she radi
  • 5 reasons to diarise 100% Design 2018

    Rooms on View. Image: La Grange Interiors.
    The Women’s Day long weekend (24–26 May 2018) comes alive again with the return of 100% Design in Joburg. Here is our preview of the top five things to see and experience this year. 
    Win double tickets to this year’s show by keeping an eye on our Facebook page. 1. Wooden WondersCenturies-old woodworking techniques will be on display this year as part of Designing in Wood, a feature curated by design influencer and activist Ca
  • babylonstoren: your childhood dreams come true

    I have liked many places, even loved them. But seldom have I felt a sense of belonging.
    This is simply the way I am wired – an outsider looking in. But I feel that I belong at Babylonstoren, perhaps because I feel that Babylonstoren belongs to me.
    But how does a private 200-hectare Franschhoek farm dating back to 1692, a farm with an impeccably preserved yard in the Cape Dutch tradition and a manor house built in 1777, a farm owned by business magnate Koos Bekker and his ac
  • #hldiscovery: food pairing experiences

    This week on the #HLDiscovery list, we are going to do something a little different. We have rounded up some interesting food pairings you can try. There’s a selection of marvellous and interesting pairings being hosted in stunning spots throughout the country. Here are a few that caught our attention.
    1. popcorn and wine pairingAt Flagstone Winery you can enjoy a creative popcorn and wine pairing, thanks to their Pop Art Cart. They have taken the bland element of popcorn a
  • q&a with photographer toufic beyhum

    Born in Beirut, raised in London and residing in Namibia, creative director and photographer Toufic Beyhum is a passionate creative director and photographer.
    His latest project titled Amoji Masks features a series of portraits of people wearing African masks that resemble emojis used on smartphones all over the world. We chatted to Beyhum to find out about his photography and the Amoji Masks project.
    ALSO READ: Amoji Masks: Bringing Africa to the world
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  • with hindsight: q&a with standard bank young artist award winner igshaan adams

    When Dust Settles, Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner Igshaan Adams’ solo show, was created for exhibition first at the National Arts Festival in Makana in the middle of the year and is currently on at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg. The exhibition comprises pieces that readdress concepts that Adams has explored or materials he has used in previous bodies of work, in a quest to find out how these may evolve and be extended through maturity and hindsight.Looking back is a r
  • a visit to france’s Cité du Vin – the world’s foremost wine museum

    There is only one city in the world where it could exist: a colossal, sinuous shrine of glass and aluminium exclusively dedicated to the art and appreciation of wine. With its enduring financial might and proximity to some of the world’s most revered vineyards, that city, is, of course, Bordeaux.
    Bordeaux’s new wine museum, aptly named La Cité du Vin, is something of a city within a city. Going beyond the traditional sense of a museum, it’s simultaneously an immersive l
  • recipe: grilled lamb chops and irish potatoes mean sunday roast with a twist

    Sunday roast: a hearty mix of roast beef and potatoes with lashings of gravy and crispy roast veg, a well-loved tradition in many countries, South Africa included. For a unique spin on your weekly favourites, try these two recipes that are slight on effort but big on flavour.grilled lamb chops with mint chimichurri sauce
    Serves 4 – 6 
    Ingredients6 – 8 lamb cutlets, grilled
    Mint Chimichurri Sauce45ml Staffords Capers in Vinegar, drained60ml Staffords pitted Green Olives3 spring o
  • on common ground: south africa through the lenses of goldblatt and magubane

    Photographer David Goldblatt at celebration after the release of Walter Sisulu and other ANC leaders from Robben Island. Photo: Paul Weinberg
    Photojournalists covering anti-apartheid uprising in Leandra during the State of Emergency. Photo: Paul Weinberg.
    Art, in its varying forms, can be a useful tool to document the complex and tumultuous history of the country, offering a unique and considered glimpse into the past. Photography, arguably, is the most literal way to do this, and sometimes it i
  • tour a modern minimal joburg home

    Modern monochrome reigns supreme in this timeless Johannesburg townhouse in Walkways, Craighall Park.
    As far as townhouse complexes go, few can be more sought after than Walkways in Joburg’s Craighall Park. Designed by the iconic South African architect Michael Sutton and completed in the late 1970s, this suburban gem defies any retro pigeonholing, remaining resolutely timeless in the way of a genuine classic.
    Interiors can be far less enduring, though, often seeming almost date-stamp
  • body of work: laduma ngxokolo

    Knitwear guru and founder of MaXhosa, Laduma Ngxokolo uses all his senses to create his pieces – including his gorgeous new rug collection. Add to that, his new pop-up boutique opened in Mall of Africa last night, along with the MaXhosa website that’s made the move to the brand new .africa domain. A true chronicle of the evolution of MaXhosa, as its cemented itself as Africa’s lifestyle brand.  
    ALSO READ: Knit together: Introducing the new Laduma x Ikea rug
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  • q&a with plaisir de merle winemaker niel bester

    When you think of Cape wines, Plasir de Merle definitely ranks amongst the favourites. Situated at the foot of the Simonsberg Mountains between Paarl and Franschhoek and steeped in history, the estate aims to make wine that honours its past and terroir.
    Niel Bester, who has been at the helm of Plaisir de Merle’s winemaking since the winery’s inception, catches up with House and Leisure about his winemaking journey.
    did you always want to be a winemaker? if not, what did you want to
  • what’s happening in harrington street?

    Cape Town’s hip and happening Harrington Precinct is breathing new life into the burgeoning East City district; a selection of must-visit spots for food, shopping and entertainment.
    From stockists of the outdoorsy to the city’s new crêperie to coffee spots and shared workspaces – the neighbourhood is getting a cheerful revival, without losing its gritty, spirited edge. In the August #HLNEXTLEVEL2018 issue, read our handy guide to exploring Cape Town’s Eas
  • in full bloom with missibaba

    Designer Sam Hendricks and Missibaba founder Chloe Townsend recently collaborated on a range of textiles, which were used as inspiration for the cake decorations in this fun and colourful shoot.
    A homegrown range of beautifully detailed luxury leather handbags, travel bags and other accessories, Missibaba’s new flora and fauna wallpaper collection incited the perfect excuse for a bite of cake – and the decorating thereof. Be inspired by cakes that are as whimsical and
  • seoul searching in Ikseon-dong

    If Seoul is the New York of Asia, then Ikseon-dong is its Greenwich Village. A stark contrast to the surrounding skyscrapers, the small village consists of one-storey hanoks, or traditional Korean houses, that line about a dozen intimate alleyways. Ikseon-dong truly is the hidden gem of Seoul.
    Change is no stranger to Ikseong-dong. One of the oldest neighbourhoods in Seoul, it has continuously shifted its reputation throughout the years. After starting out as peaceful retreat from the city in t
  • hl next level 2018: photographer and creative director trevor stuurman

    If you haven’t yet heard of Trevor Stuurman, where have you been? Following a career breakthrough in 2012, he has gone on to achieve greatness in everything he attempts. From working with big brands such as Absolut and Adidas to shooting fashion editorials for a variety of magazines, including British Vogue, and documenting his travels on an awe-inspiring Instagram  account, there’s no stopping Mr Stuurman.
    Check out some behind-the-scenes footage of Trevor shooting our Next Le
  • hl next level 2018: interior designer tristan du plessis

    He’s designed some of Joburg’s coolest spots, including Churchills Bar, Saigon Suzy and the uber-cool Mesh at Keyes Art Mile, and now Tristan du Plessis’ Studio A architectural design studio is breaking into the international market with the launch of even bigger projects including a new design hotel in Rome. We also love Tristan’s ongoing collaborations with creatives like Jana + Koos, which add a whole extra dimension to the work he puts out there.
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  • hl next Level 2018: editor, writer and creative stefanie jason

    Having worked on formidable titles including Mail & Guardian and Marie Claire, Stefanie Jason  is now stepping into the photographic space with her own images and exhibitions. She’s busy with major research on black women photographers of the 20th century in South Africa, co-curating a photographic group show, and the creator of an Instagram account that will make you want to get in a van and travel the continent.
    how did you get started?
    I come from a family of activists, photog
  • HL Next Level 2018: product and furniture designer Thabisa Mjo

     
    If you didn’t hear about product and furniture designer Thabisa Mjo after she won the Nando’s Hot Young Designer competition in 2016, you really couldn’t miss her this year when Design Indaba voters named her Tutu 2.0 light the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa. She has just opened her own showroom at the uber-trendy 99 Juta development in Braamfontein and released the Potjie Server drinks cabinet, which, she says, is ‘beautiful but in a strange way&rsquo
  • hl next level 2018: korine krüger and sanet stegmann of kassa studio

    Prior to the founding of Kassa Studio, Korine Krüger gained valuable experience working with South African architects Jo Noero and Heinrich Wolff during her five-year tenure in Cape Town. After completing her studies in interior architecture, Sanet Stegmann worked for Interior and furniture design studio, Tonic Design, under the guidance of Greg Gamble and Philippe van der Merwe.In 2015 she moved to Paris, France where she obtained her Master of Arts degree. During this time, she also gain
  • hl next Level 2018: illustrator karabo poppy

    It’s becoming harder and harder to miss Karabo Poppy’s designs – her signature digital illustrations have found their way onto a Google doodle, architectural landmarks like the Soweto Towers, a range of sneakers and even a limited-edition coffee maker. Recently we’ve also fallen in love with her bold, graphic blanket design for Something Good Studio (yes, she does blankets too).
    Check out Karabo’s gorgeous designs on the basketball courts at Zoo Lake &nda
  • hl next Level 2018: fashion and furniture designer rich mnisi

    Not content with being one of the country’s most prominent fashion designers, Rich Mnisi made a couch with Southern Guild gallery earlier this year that is one of the most luscious pieces of furniture we’ve ever seen. His fashion collections and ongoing work with musician Nakhane is the stuff of designer/muse legend. Plus he just turned a tote bag into a flower vase at an exhibition in Hamburg, so really, what’s not to love?
    Rich’s latest collection was a gorgeous d
  • hl next Level 2018: architect thomas chapman

    Architectural Record magazine just named Local Studio, founded by architect and urban designer Thomas Chapman  and based in Brixton, Johannesburg, one of its ‘Design Vanguards’ for 2018, placing it among big names like David Adjaye and Bjarke Ingels as one of the world’s most exciting practices working today. Thomas says he is inspired by ‘just how much work there is for me to do in Johannesburg’. Currently everyone is talking about Local Studio’s work o
  • hl next Level 2018: photographer zander opperman

    Zander Opperman  got his start on Myspace, and the spirit of that age of digital rock’n’roll continues in the work of this new photographer and, sometimes, model. With his blend of punk and softness, he is fast becoming one of the local fashion scene’s freshest voices. His Concrete Flower campaign for Marianne Fassler is one of our very favourites shoots at present, he shoots for all the big magazines and he has a very loyal Instagram following too.
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  • hl next level 2018: fashion designer thebe magugu

    Thebe Magugu used his latest three collections – Geology, Home Economics and Social Sciences – to explore issues including the land debate, gender identity, sexual violence, and even corruption in the fashion business. Yet sincerity never gets in the way of aesthetics, quality, fit or the brand’s rapid commercial success. His ‘Girl Seeks Girl’ dress from the Home Economics collection was nominated as one of Design Indaba’s Most Beautiful Objects in South

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