Word on the Street | Design for November ‘15
The hottest design trends and trendsetters for November 2015.
Fantastic news for fans of the unique and instantly recognisable Weylandts aesthetic of Scandi-chic meets African earthiness – it’s introduced a specialised interior design division, Weylandts Spaces. Headed up by acclaimed designer Adam Court, the team will tackle residential, commercial and hospitality projects, offering a full-spectrum service from concept to custom furniture. With an approach that’s shared by CEO Chris Weylandt and his partner Kim Smith, Adam’s advice for decorating your space is ‘form follows function first, then add personal accents’.
The release of Plascon’s Colour of the Year, ‘Atlantic Beach’, came as no surprise to Dauphin HumanDesign Group, specialists in contemporary office furniture design – it’s one of the most popular colours in its office ranges. Sales and marketing director Cherine Leishman shares some insight into this colour for office environments. • ‘Shades of blue are known to have a calming effect on people, which is great to encourage focus in the workspace. Atlantic Beach captures a wonderful synergy of boldness and vibrant fun which speaks to the current philosophy of the contemporary work environment, where a balance of energy is needed for optimal productivity. It’s the sort of blue that makes a statement.’ • ‘Contemporary workspaces are dynamic and always changing. The trend of offices moving into a more lighthearted space that isn’t too stuffy and with brighter colours is on the rise. We’re seeing this a lot with international offices such as Google and Facebook. Office design is now embracing creativity, and what better way to do this than by playing with brightly coloured office furniture? The thinking here is that bright colours enhance employees’ moods, which ultimately increases productivity.’
As a follow-up to her successful Shining Girls exhibition, which raised over R100 000 in less than 20 minutes for Rape Crisis Cape Town, author Lauren Beukes presents her second showcase. Sponsored by Nando’s, the Broken Monsters Charity Art Exhibition, curated by Jacki Lang, has original artworks going for R1 500 each for Book Dash, a company that creates beautifully illustrated storybooks for children. Every R1 500 allows Book Dash to make 150 books. The artworks have been created by a host of South Africa’s emerging and established artists and creatives across the fields of architecture, photography, design and illustration, including Brett Murray, Conrad Botes, Mia Widlake, Matthew Hindley and Paul Senyol. Venues will be announced closer to the time but if you’re in Cape Town, pencil in 12 and 14 November, and in Jozi, 26 and 28 November. laurenbeukes.com,
On a Rolls
Touted as the ‘sexiest Rolls-Royce ever built’, the new Rolls-Royce Dawn, like the beginning of the day, heralds a new age for the luxury brand. The world’s only true modern convertible ‘will be the most sociable of super-luxury drophead [convertible] motor cars for those who wish to bathe in the sunlight of the world’s most exclusive social hotspots,’ says Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
- Weylandts Spaces: 021 914 1433 / weylandts.co.za
- Dauphin HumanDesign Group: dauphin.co.za
- Book Dash: bookdash.org
- Rolls-Royce Motor Cars: rolls-roycemotorcars.com
Text: Genevieve Putter, Julia Freemantle and Michelle Snaddon
Photographs: Bryan Viljoen and supplied