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8 Grape Expectations
The new wine cellar building at Habibi is genteel yet practical – a voluminous barn-like structure that settles unobtrusively in the orchards of Elgin in the Western Cape, while still packing a serious design punch. A successful blend of cathedral an
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11 Colour Coded
The “LV” in Casa LV’s brand name represents the first names of Lynne Hirsch and Vilma Schincariol, who created their glassware company based on a lifelong love for the material. Vilma has been a collector of glass for decades, exploring the world and
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2 Design Journey
Unthinking was my first collection, debuting the year after RICH MNISI was founded. It was a representation of things I grew up seeing in township culture that were minimised or not acknowledged, especially queer identity. It encouraged “unthinking”
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Back To The Future
Designed in 1968 by icon of Australian organic architecture David Hollander, the house sits like massive boulders on a hillside, with its sweeping cement curves nestled under a canopy of gumtrees. Walk through the asymmetrical front door and you ente
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Visi Kitchens
If you’re looking for some inspiration to revitalise, refurbish or rebuild your kitchen, then our new special edition VISI Kitchens is exactly what you need. We’ve curated all the latest trends and appliances; we have tips from kitchen experts on des
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3 On Reflection
Despite – and perhaps because of – the pandemic’s many challenges, a new crop of designers are pooling their collective skills to create some of the country’s most inspiring new product designs. Among these next-gen initiatives is Inland Collective,
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The Influencers’ Influences GREGORY KATZ
Things have a way of coming full circle. In the early ’90s, Gregory Katz was pulling all-nighters along with his fellow Bachelor of Architecture students at the University of Cape Town. One of their lecturers, Gus Guernica, was responsible for teachi
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Green Dreams
For as long as I can remember, environmental awareness has been part of my life. I volunteered with many environmental organisations from my primary school days to university, and an issue that caught my attention early on was the loss of green open
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4 Art In Motion
World-renowned South African artist Nelson Makamo’s latest installation “My Life in Motion” is literally a moving canvas. The customised Porsche 911 is an eye-catching Carrera Coupé that features the artist’s signature accents, which include a hand-p
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20 Designs Of The Times
The halls of Cape Town’s historic Union House came alive this August in a riot of bold pattern and courageous colour at the “Right Here, Right Now!” exhibition, where some of the country’s hottest emerging and established talent was showcased over fo
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17 Common Thread
Specialising in bespoke and custom denim, Tshepo Jeans has built a devoted following around the globe since its launch in 2015. And the brand’s new Hyde Park Corner store features a mirrored storefront with a circular entrance, alluding to passing in
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Natural Lamour
SPACE... It’s the first thing you notice when you walk into this striking penthouse apartment on the top floor of one of the Steyn City blocks in Johannesburg’s “new North”. The high ceilings give a first impression of an expansive home, rather than
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Let There Be Light
If you’re looking for tucked-away escapes in spellbinding natural surrounds, Fazenda’s Instagram account should definitely be on your list to scope out. The images in question belong to Fazenda Luxury Retreat & Farm near Swellendam, owned by the Van
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10 Kicking It Up
Spanning a whopping 1 657m2 , the new adidas store at Sandton City has been designed to create an immersive, digitally driven consumer experience on the same level as the brand’s flagships in New York, London, Paris, Dubai, Beijing and Tokyo. The co
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A World Of Possibilities
The BESPOKE 4-Door Flex™ refrigerator ensures that you’re no longer limited to white and grey as your only colour options. Now you can choose the shade that matches your kitchen as if you’re selecting paint from a colour palette, and create harmony w
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Finding Our Roots
“I can see those are doing better than the last ones,” I said admiringly. “Must be the weather…” “Yeah, must be.” My aunt Bridget smiled back at me as she tended to her onugbu plants in my cousin’s tiny makeshift garden in the US. Onugbu are bitter g
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Visi English
Editor-in-Chief Steve Smith Deputy Editor Robyn Alexander Editor-at-Large Annemarie Meintjes Creative Director Mark Serra Contributing Designer Marcus Viljoen Managing Editor Samantha Charles Digital Editor Gina Dionisio Content Producer Michaela Ste
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Earth 2 Earth
Architect Xavier Huyberechts has a wonderfully poetic way of describing the way he designed the weekend getaway he and his brother, Damien, built on their farm in the Vredefort Dome – the oldest and biggest meteorite impact site on the planet. He wan
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Visi.co.za
One lucky VISI reader will win a Balance Narrow Modular Bookcase from CLM Home, worth R4 520. This unique combination of stackable separate boxes and shelving provides a bespoke modern storage unit that you can configure to fit any space. Go to visi.
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Reasons
PHOTO FRANCES MARAIS/COURTESY OF ARRANGE STUDIO STYLING SANRI PIENAAR ■
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The Story Of Vanilla
When I was a child, my summer holidays were usually spent with my paternal grandparents in East London, and my thoughts often return nostalgically to the time I spent with them. To this day, the smell of vanilla reminds me of my grandmother – very mu
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19 Summer’s Go-to Grill
After lockdown and with the approach of summer, we’re all keen to spend more time outdoors, connecting with nature and enjoying leisure time with family and friends. Which is why we’re coveting a state-of-the-art Officine Gullo grill, which allows co
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Contributors
Fern green and moss green. Known to his customers as Joburg Ash, Ashleigh Tumelo Machete is one of our VISI VOICES essay writers in this issue (page 26). In 2014, he established Jozi Food Farmer – an edible and ornamental landscaping business in Job
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13 Book Smarts
What is Dream Press all about? Dream Press is an independent publishing studio that specialises in risograph printing and bookbinding. We promote and facilitate the production of self-published artist books and zines, while also printing artwork edi
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9 Collecting Treasures
When advertising guru Mike Abel co-founded M&C Saatchi Abel in South Africa 11 years ago, he identified the perfect opportunity to merge his two great loves: creativity in the realm of advertising, and that which is formally considered art. Today, th
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The Full Suite
Fabian Architects + MAKE Studio has built up an impressive clientele in the Mother City, Johannesburg and London. Enjoying a high conversion rate of ideas to brick and mortar, MAKE Studio carries out a full range of professional services for private
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Grey Green Blue
“You know, I’ve been practising Tai Chi for 30 years, and in it, we say, ‘Stand like a mountain, flow like a river,’” says architect Paul Oosthuizen. Yes, he’s passionate about the Chinese martial art, but in this particular instance, he’s using the
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BLACK Swan
For Eleonora Nieuwenhuizen and partner Erwin, the pull to live on the water was a strong one. She had grown up in Oostknollendam – a town in the Dutch province of North Holland – and the couple returned to build this special home, surrounded on three
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Roman Holiday
Developed mostly in the 1930s and bordering the beautiful gardens of the Villa Borghese, Rome’s Parioli area is discreet, affluent and the location of a number of embassies. It’s a little like the Roman equivalent of Manhattan’s Upper East Side, with
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18 Mind Your Head
Founded by Stephanie Brearley as a “passion project” during the first lockdown in April 2020, Freya Hats quickly blossomed into a small Instagram business – mainly “as a way to raise money for those in need”, says Stephanie – and then into an online
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