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Word on the street | Design for April 2016

Word on the street | Design for April 2016

This month we look at the 100% Textile Pavilion at Decorex Cape Town 2016, Hertex Fabrics’ new Fiesta range, and Olivari’s recent door handles editions.

Full marks

One of the much-anticipated highlights at this year’s Decorex Cape Town, from 29 April to 2 May at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, is 100% Design South Africa’s 100% Textile Pavilion. As a project of Platform Creative Agency, the showcase will be centred around Picture Africa, an exhibition that explores the union of two powerful mediums – photography and textiles – and will be a vibrant celebration of colourful textiles captured through cutting-edge imagery that shows the spirit and energy of contemporary African life. Alongside the exhibit will be a gathering of some of South Africa’s much-loved textile designers showing their latest collections.

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Turn it up

What we love about Hertex Fabrics’ new Fiesta range is that it goes against the maxim of wintry fabrics being dark, heavy and dreary. As the name suggests, this collection is vibrant, bright and colourful, featuring exotic feathers and florals, with dramatic larger-than-life jungle and forest prints, washed stripes, pointillist colour fields and shades of ombre.

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Get a handle on it

The humble door handle doesn’t often get much attention – unless you’re talking about Olivari, a bespoke Italian design company that’s been making door handles since 1911. They recently launched three masterful interpretations of door handles, Chevron, Open and Crystal, created by three contemporary design stars, Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas and Marcel Wanders. Each is inspired by factors meaningful to the designer: for Hadid it’s an homage to her first residential project in New York City, while Koolhaas reduced the object to its primary elements of hub and lever, and Wanders fused an alliance between crystal and metal. You’ll never look at handles the same way again.

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Text: Genevieve Putter and Julia Freemantle
Photographs: Adriaan Louw, Iwan Baan and supplied


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