Word on the street | Lifestyle for September 2016
This month we look at Paul Duncan’s Hidden Johannesburg, Espadril’s handmade shoes, Plascon’s 2017 colour forecast and the ninth FNB Joburg Art Fair.
Hide and seek
A follow-on from his Cape Town volume, Paul Duncan turned this time to Joburg’s gems to compile Hidden Johannesburg (Struik Lifestyle). From the gracious courtyards of St John’s College (pictured below) to the old-world opulence of the Rand Club, Alain Proust’s images and Paul’s text take you on an inside-track tour of 28 of the city’s most beautiful and culturally significant spaces. These include churches and cathedrals, synagogues and mosques, schools, homes, heritage sites and even a prison. It shows that despite its reputation for constant development, Joburg has retained and treasured many of its historical jewels. Available at Exclusive Books and other good book stores.
Best foot forward
Taking the Spanish classic and giving it a contemporary African twist, Espadril produces handmade shoes that take the non-negotiable elements of the iconic shoe (woven jute soles, the shape of the uppers) and added cool takes on colour and materiality. South African Rizqah Isaacs and Spanish Patricia Terre started the brand from a studio on Bree Street and combine their respective influences and personalities for unique and fun summer footwear. Available from Superbalist or at the Cape Town store.
Plascon’s colour forecast, offering fresh hues and combinations, is always eagerly anticipated. The first category, Anonymous, is calm simplicity, with pale shades at its core. Terrain is inspired by raw earth and is made up of warm yellow, orange and mineral tones. Prism is about youth and fun, bold with brights. Pause, the final theme, is a nuanced palette of sophisticated neutrals. While it seems minimal, there’s no lack of depth thanks to chalky finishes and metallic accents. See the whole spectrum online.
An art form
The annual – and ninth – Joburg Art Fair (Sandton Convention Centre, 9 to 11 September), promises to be as inspiring and boundary-pushing as ever. Focusing on contemporary art from Africa and the diaspora, it includes a broad programme of special projects, events, international curators and critical discussions by thought leaders, encouraging discussion and furthering the agenda of engagement around art. The 2016 fair will also include the sixth edition of the FNB Art Prize – a major opportunity for an artist to realise a new work at the fair.
Text Julia Freemantle and Michelle Snaddon
Photographs Elsa Young, Alain Proust, Henrique Wilding, Julia Freemantle and supplied