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Apr 25, 2018 | Featured, Property News

Things to see, trends to spot and places to be


A new batch of prints by Germany-based South African illustrator Tara Deacon that encapsulate a sense of positivity and nostalgia has arrived at Salon Ninety One in Gardens, Cape Town. The bright block colour, naïve style and relatable subject matter are entirely captivating.


Always striking just the right note between contemporary and accessible, the homewear collection HAUS at Hertex features new indoor and outdoor rugs that will add the X factor to your floors. The wide range of indoor designs, from simple and graphic to opulent and floral, draw on major trends as well as timeless motifs. The three outdoor ranges are made of UV-resistant and easy-to-clean polypropylene. You can also shop for these rugs online, and delivery is free.


The Cape Town chef fraternity is responding to the current water crisis with innovation, offering solutions to the problem by creating new ways of making and serving food. Chef Luke Dale-Roberts’ efforts to drastically cut down on water usage has resulted in The Drought Kitchen at The Test Kitchen, a six-course menu available until the end of May that involves experimentation with water-friendly cooking methods. Always at the forefront of food trends, Hannerie Visser of Studio H presented a waterless dinner as part of the water project S/Zout, which imagines the future if agriculture used sea water.,


Mark Alexander’s exquisite 2018 fabric collections are the epitome of  understatement. Proving that natural is hotter than ever, the ranges allow the intrinsic beauty of linen, cashmere, wool and velvet to shine in minimal plains, showing off their texture through simple designs. Available at Romo South Africa.


After a six-year tenure at The Kitchen at Maison in Franschhoek, chef Arno Janse van Rensburg recently opened Janse & Co on Kloof Street. Together with his wife, pastry chef Liezl Odendaal, he has created a cool urban space serving elegant but unpretentious fare and an interesting wine list. The format is a tasting menu of up to seven courses, and the focus is on local, sustainable and artisanal.


After the resounding success of the inaugural event in 2017, Design Joburg – featuring Rooms on View and presented by Media 10 – is back for a second year. Visitors to the Sandton Convention Centre can look forward to the same standard of decor and design stands, exciting spaces by the CoLab partnerships, as well as some new additions. New features include a pop-up by Marble restaurant (with dishes inspired by trends in food and design); Retail Corridor, where products by various South African designers will be for sale; an Architect’s Gallery showcasing the best projects by local architecture firms; and a Tim Burton-inspired gin bar created by Andrea Kleinloog and Megan Hesse, featuring luxury brand Ardmore.


Inspired by raw materials and natural processes, Spanish architects Débora Mesa and Antón García-Abril of Ensamble Studio have an innovative approach to design, preferring to do rather than plan, and experimenting with processes to create unexpected results. Commissioned to create three permanent installations at Tippet Rise Art Center in Montana, they drew on the landscape to build reinforced-concrete sculptures that mimic the forms and textures around them.


A gonzo approach to design and a desire to create a synthesis between technology and nature has taken Studio Swine – architect Azusa Murakami and artist Alexander Groves – all over the world, applying design principles that reflect the context of each place and solving problems using available resources. For their Fordlandia project, which explores the ultimately failed community built by Henry Ford around a rubber plantation in the jungle, they created design items reimagining the experiment as if it were a success, drawing on naturally available resources like rubber and fish skin to create furniture and homeware.


Designer Tom Dixon’s unorthodox career trajectory to commercial success – he started out as an untrained designer welding salvaged metal into furniture, worked for Italian megabrand Cappellini, was appointed head of design at Habitat and then established his own brand – has made him something of an anomaly in the industry. This path has moulded him into a multifaceted designer with a range that is hard to match. His brand produces products as varied as room scents and lighting, and he knows how to adapt – his foray into mass production with IKEA is a way to combat the copying of his designs. He is truly a 21st-century designer.


This Nelson Mandela University graduate’s delicate ceramic works experiment with concepts of control, contrast, repetition and fragility. Embracing each medium’s limitations relinquishes control, while the cathartic act of repeated threading serves as an outlet for her need for ordered expression. Through her delicate clay-and-thread pieces, the designer aims to challenge the notion of a ceramic piece needing to be functional and instead celebrates it purely for its aesthetic value. 083 449 8447


Celebrating and documenting a sense of place through design, Netherlands-based Atelier NL creates these sand-and-glass collections that visually depict the differences in places through functional objects that tell a story and reflect their origins. Their World of Sand project creates vessels using sand from all over the world, illustrating its diversity while also drawing attention to its preciousness as a dwindling resource in our daily lives.


Celebrated architect Thomas Heatherwick’s designs have been described as show-stopping, unconventional and even controversial. He works across the spectrum of cultural, commercial and public designs. Recent Heatherwick Studio projects include the King’s Cross shopping hub (pictured), where the goal was to create a shopping destination by effectively joining two Victorian-era warehouses without losing their soul; Vessel, a public sculptural piece in New York; and the Google offices in California.


TEXT Julia Freemantle PHOTOGRAPHS Claire Gunn, Jessamy Hindle, Iwan Baan, Paul Scala, Petr Krejci, supplied

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