Word on the street | Design for July 2016
This month we look at The Sofa Company’s pop-up shop in Kramerville, Mungo’s new Cape Town store, and St Leger & Viney’s latest collection.
Sofa so good
Fans of simple Scandi sophistication will be thrilled that The Sofa Company has launched a pop-up in the design hub of Kramerville. The top floor space of the 3 Desmond Street building is fittingly edgy, with views that stretch out over Johannesburg’s skyline. The store shares the building with other cool design brands and there are plans afoot to turn the outdoor area into something interesting, so watch this space.
Founded in 1998 by master weaver Stuart Holding, Mungo is a truly South African brand creating world-class linen. Now, the family-run business has grown to include a new store/in-house micro mill in Cape Town’s City Bowl. The space allows you to appreciate the artistry that goes into creating the pieces that fill the shelves via the range of products as well as by watching Hattie, Mungo’s treasured 100-year-old loom, in action – a wonderful reminder of how tradition and craft are still so important and totally integral to the business.
Brand new to the St Leger & Viney stable is UK-based Blendworth Fabrics, whose latest collaboration with Wedgwood, Volume 1, draws on the porcelain house’s archival designs for a collection of elegant fabrics and wallcoverings that are completely at home in both contemporary and classic settings.
Text Julia Freemantle
Photographs Michael Le Grange, Adriaan Louw and supplied