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THE CURATOR Q & A
DID YOU ALWAYS KNOW DESIGN WAS IN YOUR FUTURE? MV I’d always dreamt of pursuing a creative career and 10 years ago I made the leap of faith to quit my job as a metallurgist [metal engineer] to study interior design. The ability to connect people th
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4 Design Journey
As part of our first range, we came up with the idea for a fun piece with hand- and machine-made elements. The Bucket Stool illustrates something beautiful about South African craft and our ability to use colour – in fact, we released new colours rec
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Travel Diary UYAPO KETOGETSWE
1. LAMU, KENYA Get lost in the narrow passages of this tropical island paradise where donkeys are your Uber, talk to the locals to give you a sense of home, and immerse yourself in Swahili culture with the architecture, heritage and way of life. Eat
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6 St Mametja
WHAT INSPIRES YOU ABOUT THE FEMALE FORM AND HOW DO YOU TRANSLATE THIS INTO YOUR WORK? The female form is represented excessively in art but often, especially in a more historical context, this is through the perspective of the heterosexual man ... m
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Discovering Africa
My job was to help with the selection of fabric schemes and to come up with a new carpet design, forever conscious of our South African inspiration and the link to our then changing times. I was working with my colleague, Nessa, most of the time at t
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7 Creativity Unleashed
Nathalie Klijn moved from Germany to Cape Town in 2012, and while she’d settled well into her new city, it was only when she adopted a puppy named Ringo that Cape Town really became home. Ringo was her connector, and she began making collars for him
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Win! With Woodbender
One lucky reader will win two Hampshire lowback tub chairs and one Hampshire lowback two-seater from Woodbender valued at over R34 000. They feature a Harvard cherry stain and are covered in Hertex Lincoln Magnet and Hertex Lincoln Ecru, both of whic
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8 Eyes To The Wall
Taking her cue from interior designer Francois du Plessis’ jewel-toned furniture curation, Cara Saven of Cara Saven Wall Design has recreated aspects of the city’s natural surrounds and local history inside The Onyx. In the bedroom suites, black-and-
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Linear Curves
Light is a free building material It’s a phrase that’s stuck with architect Renato Graca of GSquared Architects ever since university. “The correct and clever use of openings has the potential to give you endless joy,” he says as we stand in the kitc
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9 The Green Scene
There’s a whole new crop of gardeners sprouting up and many don’t even own gardens. These apartment-dwelling “plant parents” are reaping the feel-good benefits of growing something green. New research shows a promising link between happiness, purpose
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Home Decorations
Some of my fondest childhood memories are from time spent at my grandmother’s house in rural Ga-Mphahlele, SLimpopo. The house actually consisted of four separate structures: the main house with a kitchen, living area, bathroom, main bedroom, and the
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10 Crafty Thinking
With five shows a year KAMERS/Makers has become a highlight on the calendar of those who appreciate local handmade design. Known for its wide selection of fashion, accessories and jewellery, this pop-up retail market showcases the best of South Afric
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The Sense of Things
My grandfather was a mine captain on Randfontein Estates Mines. According to my mother, he had a short temper and a gruff manner, and made his co-workers tremble in their boots. But it’s not how I remember him. To me he was simply my grandpa who like
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Bona Fide Original
For many, home is not permanent. While we set down roots, it’s often the case that we will move and even move again. But for 64 years, Hannatjie van der Wat has lived in her Saxonwold home on one of the suburb’s quiet, jacaranda-lined streets, and sh
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12 Cutting Edge
Located in Bryanston, Johannesburg, blu_line’s sophisticated 600 m², two-storey showroom gives visitors the chance to not just view its finishes and interact with its innovative tech, but actually imagine how a kitchen would look in context. Differen
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Daring Different To Be
alounge with plush sofas and coffee tables festooned with the kind of books you’d collect for your own home, bunches of flowers and an open-plan kitchen-dining area; this is the scene that greets guests at Rosebank’s new Bristol hotel. Like the Labot
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13 En Vogue
It’s the “difficult second album” syndrome… How does one follow up a debut that was a bona fide, groundbreaking original? Do you go with option one: more of the same? Or two: another leap into the unknown? Because when it was launched back in 2011, t
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Bcxing Clever
EVER SINCE THEY WERE A NEWLYWED COUPLE, Albert and Adéle Nieuwenhuys had been dreaming up a vision for their perfect home – a space with a sense of openness enveloped in raw concrete, steel and glass with generous expanses of double volume. They foun
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15 High Spirits
From agave spirits to rum, there’s a proliferation of South African distilled alcohol emerging in the path that local craft gin pioneered. And they’re all worth investigating: The majority are handcrafted from local ingredients; they’re often small b
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Ed’s Letter
HERE’S THE THING: With our esteemed Editor-in-Chief, Sumien Brink, on sabbatical, who wouldn’t jump at the chance to edit South Africa’s pre-eminent architecture, design and décor mag, right? But then again, VISI is a bona fide print icon, revered by
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White Light
‘It was when I saw this view,’’ says homeowner Francois Irvine, ‘‘that I knew I wanted to be in this space.’’ Like many views in central Cape Town, it’s an urban one but also includes seductive slivers of the natural landscape that takes in Kloof Ne
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16 Illustrious
By Alexandra Loske Ilex, R659 Art historian, curator and editor Alexandra Loske has partnered with the UK’s Tate collection of modern and contemporary art to create a book that looks at the fascinating history of how Western colour has been recorded
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Contr Butors
Your summer drink of choice? I’m currently brewing my very first batch of kombucha. It’s Saturday afternoon, the sun is setting. Where are you? Out for a paddle on the Orange›River, watching the sun turn blood red, as it can do in the dusty Northern
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The City Sophisticate
There’s a space-time portal in CapeTown. It’s at the corner of Bureau and Parliament Streets. Drive up Adderley, past the Groote Kerk, take a left into Bureau … and suddenly you’re in a small corner of another city. It’s a Parisian vista – a quiet li
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By Candlelight
Taking a bedtime bath by candlelight is a relaxing, romantic treat, but scrubbing melted wax off surfaces the next morning is no fun. A candle in a screw-top glass jar offers light on demand and the benefit of lid to store it when the water’s cold. n
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Metallica
German designer Sebastian Herkner found inspiration for his Circo furniture series in the traditional travelling circuses of Colombia: The frame is reminiscent of the pedestals that circus elephants rest their feet on. The handcrafted designs, which
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Sand Castle
it's an extraordinary stretch of land: six acres of Kilifi coastline on a clifftop overlooking Sirai Beach, thick with ancient baobabs and leading down to white sand so soft it squeaks beneath bare feet. At its centre, surrounded by landscaped tropic
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Green Piece
Admired for their re-imagining of Scandinavian folk spindle furniture, Phillip Hollander and Stephen Wilson of Houtlander were awarded the 100% Design South Africa 2019’s “Best Furniture Design” for their otherworldly piece, Preservation Bench. Pushi
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