A fabric, ceramic and foodie wonderland
From fabrics, ceramics and sculptures to foodie havens, here’s the inside scoop on places to be and things to see.
Specialising in bespoke ceramic ranges, Mervyn Gers has taken the leap and opened a beautiful ceramic gallery shop in central Cape Town. Expect a selection of his ranges for well-known clients such as Marlene van der Westhuizen and the Walter Battiss Foundation, who commissioned Mervyn to translate the artist’s work onto plates and platters. Mervyn has also lent his curatorial expertise to a new exhibition at the Clay Museum at Rust-en-Vrede Cultural and Arts Centre in Durbanville, showcasing South African flora as the ultimate objects of desire.
A Bree Street Foodie Find
The newly opened Chef’s Warehouse and Canteen confirm Bree Street, particularly the node around Heritage Square, as the Mother City’s new foodie mecca. Surrounded by other culinary giants like Bizerca Bistro, La Parada and &Union, internationally acclaimed chef Liam Tomlin’s new spot is part cookery shop, part deli and eatery. A veritable buffet of cook’s tools of the trade as well as some hard-to-find cookery books are on offer in the shop, while the deli boasts shelves heaving under speciality treats.
Among the things that struck us most at this year’s Design Indaba was the array of interesting fabrics by talented local designers and artists. It seems that local design, whether on scatter cushions, table runners or per metre, screen-printed or hand-painted, is trending big time. Here’s our pick of the ones to watch…
Joburg has its own store dedicated to Moroccan design, decor and art. Marrakechi was recently launched by husband-and-wife team, Dayyaan and Zineb Morton on Parkhurst’s Fourth Avenue strip. A treasure trove of gorgeous side tables, mirrors, chairs, Berber rugs, kelims, cushions and ﬂoor cushions, this is the place to come to for everything from tagines to tea glasses, leather bags and more, all handcrafted and sourced straight from the North African country itself. Foodies will also delight in genuine Moroccan Argan oil, spices and couscous.
Local and Lovely
With monkeys and palm trees a plenty, artist Victoria Verbaan’s range of fabrics and wallpapers is inspired by kwaZulu-Natal’s subtropical climate.
Euodia Roets of Touchee Feelee has created a range of watercolour-style scatter cushions in cotton linen, every component of which is sourced and made in Cape Town. I-Spy is a range of traditional silkscreen-printed fabrics and home accessories founded by Knysna-based Lauren Frates.
Artsy meets Foodie
What do the Cradle of Humankind and Franschhoek have in common? The second annual Winter Sculpture Fair, presented by Mastercard, is what. Held at the Nirox Sculpture Park in the Cradle of Humankind on the weekend of 10 and 11 May, the fair will offer visitors not only some of the most cutting-edge sculptural works by the top brass of South African talent, but also the best culinary and vinicultural indulgences (for the foodies) sourced direct from the Cape Winelands town itself. Tickets are R100 from webtickets.co.za.
Oil and Sundry
If the fruit of the gods gets you all fired up, the annual Riebeek Valley Olive Festival, now in its 14th year, is where you should be on the weekend of 3 and 4 May. With the epicentre of this event being Kloovenberg Wine Estate, foodies can expect barrel loads of wine, heaps of delicious local produce and endless arts, crafts and entertainment… as well as, of course, olives in all their many incarnations.
Vintage Fashion Sale
Fashionistas Jacquie Myburgh, Leigh Ord and Glynis Hyslop come together again for the second installment of Vintage with Love, a designer vintage clothing sale to raise funds for South African literacy. This year, the stylish trio will be setting up shop in both Jozi and Cape Town over the weekend of 31 May to 1 June. Jozi – Saturday, 31 May 2014; 10am to 4pm Cape Town – Sunday, 1 June 2014; 10am to 1pm Tickets available at webtickets.co.za.
Sutherlands Home Furnishings has been on our radar for some time now, but, with the release of its new collection – which features a distinctly rustic aesthetic – we’re more sold on them than ever. Made using salvaged pine, each piece looks just as good in a bohemian lounge as it does in a minimalist penthouse apartment.
- Mervyn Gers Ceramics: Corner Loop and Church Streets, Cape Town; 021 510 2385; mervyngers.com
- Rust-en-Vrede: 10 Wellington Road, Durbanville; 021 976 4691; rust-en-vrede.com
- Chef’s Warehouse and Canteen: 92 Bree Street, Cape Town; 021 422 0128, chefswarehouse.co.za
- Marrakechi: 13 Fourth Avenue, Parkhurst; 072 650 1116
- Victoria Verbann: victoriaverbaan.com
- Touchee Feelee: toucheefeelee.net
- I-Spy: ispy-shop.com
- Winter Sculpture Fair: wintersculpturefair.co.za
- Kloovenberg Wine Estate: 022 448 1635, kloovenburg.com
- The Forum Company: The Campus, Main Road, Bryanston; 079 521 9090; facebook.com/vintagewithlove
- The Forum Company: Embassy Hill, Southern Cross Drive, Constantia; 079 521 9090; facebook.com/vintagewithlove
- Sutherlands Home Furnishings: 0861 375 222, shf.co.za
Words: Genevieve Fisher and Graham Wood Photographs: Sarah De Pina, Lar Leslie and supplied