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Word on the Street -February 2018

Jan 29, 2018 | Design and Decor, Featured


 Local design studio Lemon has become known for its fresh, understated aesthetic and on-point grasp
of graphics, so it’s always exciting to see what new products it has in the pipeline. The brand is launching its second wallpaper collection this month. Expect subtle textures and up-to-date colourways, like this atmospheric fade-away design called Vacances.

Bird watching

The inimitable Porky Hefer has introduced a new member to his flock of captivating creatures that evolved out of the hanging nests he crafted years ago to include all manner of species from sea and sky. Meet Toco Toucan, who made her debut at the recent Design Miami fair in the US.

Making a splash

The new Bryanston showroom of bathroom fittings manufacturer Kohler is a glamorous space befitting a brand known for breaking the mould with progressive designs. Conceptualised by Copperleaf Studio, the showroom celebrates local design talent such as Aureum, Studio 19 and The Urbanative in the various room setting “pods”, which demonstrate the innovative technology and luxurious aesthetic of Kohler in a uniquely African expression.

Shed some light

Pantone has branched into design with a lighting collection created in collaboration with Danish company e3Light. The simple lines of the six designs in the COLL. ONE series are inspired by e3Light’s Scandinavian heritage, and Pantone’s influence can be seen in the contemporary palette and playful execution of the interchangeable shades and fittings.


The STONE collection by interior design studio OKHA is an innovative six-design range of contemporary rugs. They’re based on motifs taken from different forms of African artistic expression, reduced to their most simple abstract form to create pieces that are simultaneously elemental and sophisticated in their simplicity. Made of a blended twine of bamboo silk and Himalayan wool, the rugs come in six earth-toned colourways.

Power seat

Nothing makes as instant a décor statement as signature seating. The Hepplewhite POW carver chair from Griffiths & Griffiths strikes all the right style notes in a dining setting.

High fibre

This woven artwork by Igshaan Adams, Fountain, is part of his Al Latîf solo exhibition at blank projects in Cape Town, and will be on exhibit at the Investec Cape Town Art Fair from 16 to 18 February. Consisting of a series of wall-and floor-based installations and tapestries, Al Latîf explores “the metaphysical questions of mysticism, concepts of the unknowable, and the notion that there is no singular, inherent truth to existence”. Igshaan is the recipient of the prestigious 2018 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art, which gives him the opportunity to exhibit his work at the National Arts Festival in June.


Sparkling idea

The rising popularity of the Italian bubbly Prosecco has led to a greater variety of brands being imported. As an affordable alternative to MCC, it offers the opportunity to enjoy good sparkling wine as an everyday luxury rather than just a special-occasion treat. Newly available in South Africa, Da Luca from Sicily is made using Glera grapes from Treviso, a province of Italy’s Veneto region considered to be one of the finest sources of Prosecco. It is both an easy-drinking sparkling wine on its own and a great accompaniment to a meal. Available from Norman Goodfellows and the Wade Bales Wine Society.


The Kunjani! Wines tasting venue, the product of the combined passions of German wine lover Paul Barth, his South African partner Pia Watermeyer and winemaker Carmen Stevens, is a fusion of international savoir faire and local expertise. The interior, designed to Pia’s brief by Haldane Martin, features customised furniture and fittings, polished finishes and works by various local artists.


The latest addition to Rosebank’s fast-growing food and drink nexus, Saigon Suzy is a self-described
Asian bbq and rock-and-roll bar serving street-style food in an atmospheric space inspired by Bangkok back alleys. A ceiling lined with upturned parasols and street art on the walls set the scene for what is a fun, loud and vibrant place to spend an evening. If you’re game, head upstairs after inner to the No Tell Motel with friends to take advantage of the karaoke pods. 011 327 6596

TEXT Julia Freemantle PHOTOGRAPHS Koos Groenewald, supplied

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