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A fabric, ceramic and foodie wonderland

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.

Ceramic Central

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.


Mervyn Gers specialises in creating bespoke ranges for cooking schools, restaurants, shops and individuals.

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.


The eatery at the Chef’s Warehouse is gaining the most attention. Here Liam serves up an unusual tapas-style menu for lunch and early dinner.

Fabulous Fabrics

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…

Moroccan Magic

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.

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Marrakechi is a treasure trove of Moroccan homewares.

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.


Victoria Verbaan’s ‘Where are the Coconuts’ fabric and wallpaper range.

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.


Called the Kiwi range, this I-Spy collection features punch-bright cushions that hit the high notes with their Afro-Scandi aesthetic.

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

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.


The Riebeek Valley Olive Festival is the olive lover’s dream!


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


Get ready for your vintage fix, Jozi and Cape Town!

Home Spun

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.


A pine cabinet, table and stools crafted by Sutherlands Home Furnishings.

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Words: Genevieve Fisher and Graham Wood Photographs: Sarah De Pina, Lar Leslie and supplied

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