Yellow Pride: Cape Town for World Design Capital 2014

By Marica

It was an exciting past week for the city of Cape Town as we received and entertained the World Design Capital organising committee. Rose and I have proudly been rooting Team Yellow since Cape Town entered their bid for World Design Capital 2014 in March of this year, and we were equally ecstatic when Cape Town (along with Bilbao, Spain and Dublin, Ireland) was announced as one of the three finalists in July (YAY!).

Table Mountain was all lit up in yellow this past week. Image via Cape Town 2014

For those you unaware of exactly what this big hoo-ha is about or how it can benefit us as South Africans – here is the skinny: The title of World Design Capital is awarded bi-annually by the ICSID (International Council for Societies of Industrial Design) to give international recognition to cities that use design for their social, economic and cultural development. Previous World Design Capitals include Torino, Italy in 2008; Seoul, South Korea in 2010 and Helsinki, Finland was elected as WD Capital for 2012.

Oe, I love this! Trees in Heerengracht wrapped in yellow. Image via Cape Town 2014

The CTWDC 2014 website specify that the World Design Capital title is awarded in advance to allow the winning city sufficient time to plan, develop and promote a year-long programme of design-related events for their designated year. With the bold motto: “Live Design. Transform Life”, Cape Town’s bid endeavours to be “proudly African”, with the end objective of achieving a “sustainable, inclusive and more liveable African city, rooted in the strengths of our people and communities”.

It makes me want to burst with Proudly South Africa spirit. Wear that badge, girl! Image via Cape Town 2014

Being “crowned” as a World Design Capital can also attract international investments & partnerships and can establish Cape Town as a popular tourist destination. Wouldn’t it be amazing to be view as a major global design force?!

Yellow banners to welcome the WDC committee to Cape Town. Image via Cape Town 2014

The winning city will be announced in October and until then Mzanzi, I urge you to wear those yellow badges with pride – support Cape Town as World Design Capital 2014 (I want to see some #wdc2014 Tweets, blogs and Facebook mentions). It’s all about enriching our community and making Cape Town a better place to live. Visit the Cape Town 2014 website for more info and some awesome articles and updates. I also noticed on Visi and Elle Decoration’s blog some awesome Cape Town WDC2014 pride, be sure to check it out.

Info and Images sourced from: Cape Town 2014 & World Design Capital

Décor Dictionary: Scandinavian Design

As suggested by Ewelina and since she herself is Scandinavian she helped us out with the definition:

Scandinavian Design: is synonym to simplicity and elegance. It is a style greatly influenced by the Modernist & Bauhaus movements and characterized by functionality and affordable mass production without sacrificing quality or eliminating grace and beauty (IKEA is an excellent example). It is said that long winters and few hours of sunlight inspired Scandinavian designers to create bright, light and practical environments with clean lines. Scandinavian Design makes use of a lot of form-pressed wood and light woods as indigenous timber are in abundance. Famous Scandinavian designers include: Verner PantonArne JacobsenEero AarnioAlvar Aalto and Eero Saarinen.

Check out Ewelina’s really cool design blog: here

8 Office Accessories Under R200

By Marica

Rose is in the process of writing various articles for RISKsa on the impact our work & office surroundings has on us – a great percentage of companies struggle to get away from the anal sterile mundane corporate image. It made me think about my own desk space at work – it’s (usually) neat & tidy, and functional – overall quite office-y (not very creative). Am I wrong in assuming that we all want our work environment (whether it’s your office, cubicle or home study) to be conducive to creative thinking? It should be an area that we feel comfortable in and reflects a part of who we are. To find a balance between functionality, style and clutter I went on a hunt to find some trendy items for my desk – all under 200 bucks…

I don't know about you but I am addicted to quirky and clever storage boxes and containers (they look smashing on a open shelf). These funky map storage boxes are from @Home, a set of 3 costs R189.00! We have similar boxes at our Studio - we use it to store all our fabric samples.
Dump those ordinary plastic stationery holders and stick your pens and pencils in cute jars or cups - like these beautiful wooden cups from Deep Dark Africa, R80 a pop.
I love a desk lamp with a slightly industrial look to it - it works with pretty much any style and interior. These stylish brushed steel Gooseneck Lamps are from Woolworths @ R170.00
A quirky journal or diary is a must! These colourful handmade Italian journals are (like Vicki from I Want That always says) one of my "lust haves". You can order them form Ciak's website - the most expensive one is R199.00
I thought this was quite a clever idea. It's a photo frame with a little chalkboard section and areas where you can clip & attach quick notes, business cards or images. Mr. Price Home @ R 139.99
Great source of oxygen, get one today! NO FAKES PLEASE! Okay, seriously now, there is something comforting about having a small potted plant on your desk - choose one that smells nice or that blooms regularly. This pretty Anthurium is from Woolworths @ R 179.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SO cool! I love these funky bookends from Quirky Me - R 150.00 for a set of 2. Like we have said before: typography is very trendy right now. Anything with letters & number or words and I'm in love!
Now I know we had nothing good to say about Damask in the past, but I think we can make an exception for this pretty damask cut-out bin from Mr. Price, only R 199.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boring and cluttered desk be gone!

Check out these products on the supplier’s various websites:

@Home – Mr. Price Home –Woolworths – Quirky Me – Deep Dark Africa – Ciak

Quick Tips - Decor Diva - The Design Tabloid

Introducing Quick Tips

Quick Tips - Decor Diva - The Design Tabloid

Introducing “Quick Tips“, a collection of lifestyle tips & tricks – anything from arranging your bedroom scatter cushions to removing grass stains form a white sofa. We’ll post them as we think of them, adding a couple every week.

We need you! What is you favourite lifestyle tip or nifty trick? Maybe an old folk remedy or “boereraat”? Tell us about it!

Since our first Décor Dictionary entry was Feng Shui we thought it best to make our first ever Quick Tip also Feng Shui related. So, without further ado; Quick Tip numbero uno:

#1   Feng Shui does not do clutter. It is a no-no!!  Think of it this way, clutter hampers the flow of energy. So get out there and as Nike says ‘just do it’. To avoid getting bored while you de-clutter – take it on in bite sizes.

Décor Diva: To Paint Or Not To Paint

By now, for those of you who have not yet met me in person, or who don’t know me on a more personal basis, would have gathered that I am not in the thirty-something or even forty-something age bracket.  This means that I have seen trends come and go, and come again.

To Paint or Not To Paint?

One such a trend is the Vintage Revival and more particularly the painting of furniture pieces – the furniture from the 50’s and 60’s era.  (Frankly, I was surprised to find so much of it hanging around still).   This is stuff that my I grew up with – so what is it doing back here again? The truth be known, I just simply did not appreciate the style when growing up.

Revived & modernised – and it only took a lick of yellow paint! These bold beauties are from Vamp Furniture.

However, the beauty of the revival of vintage is that I am able to see it with new eyes and the application of paint is giving it a new look as well.

Isn’t this AMAZING?! Sacha, the talented lady behind “Once Upon A Time” is one of my local upcycling heroes! She transformed this boring piece into an awesome “scrabble” desk!

I have a few pieces that I have inherited and suddenly the ball-and-claw coffee table and chairs, which I thought was too awful and could not wait to get rid of, have become meaningful again.  This together with my mom-in-law’s old 50’s radiogram cabinet as well as the 2 Queen Anne high back chairs – plenty of potentials.

Some more Vamp awesomeness. LOVE the blue!

But do I paint them or not?  I am a whole lot slower in applying paint to furniture, only due to the fact that many years ago, we used to discover the most amazing piece of wooden furniture hidden under layers of paint.  And the declaration of the time was: “how could they do this to a beautiful piece of furniture.  We thought they were all “Eijeets” (idiots pronounced EEGGIITTS – by the Irish).

This Canadian chick from “4 Men 1 Lady” seriously knows her stuff – her furniture transformations are stunning!

So, I have decided to apply a standard against which to judge whether to paint a piece of furniture or not.  I take a long hard look at the quality of the wood and the finish.  If the condition is still good, showing natural movement & texture in the wood – NO PAINT (like my little ball-and-claw table).  BUT, if the wood has no particular value or happens to be non-descript and just generally in bad shape, then PAINT IT.

Another talented local company, Restore, works their magic on vintage & mid-century furniture.

I doubt you will find me painting Yellow Wood or good Mahogany grain.  At times, I am even hesitant to tackle an Oregon Pine piece.  I realise that I am somewhat of a purist.  But by contrast, something like the Radio Cabinet – it is coated with layers of furniture polish which has made it particularly ugly to appreciate – being painted will grace it with a new lease of life.

More Vamp goodness.

Vamp Furniture is a shop that I have noticed exercises discretion as to what to paint and what to keep in its natural state.  Let’s follow the trend with discretion – evaluate what to paint and what not to paint. We don’t want to be the Eijeets of the future.

Check out these painted furniture heroes:

Vamp Furniture: website

Restore: website

Once Upon A Time: website

4 Men 1 Lady: website

Get This Look: Victorian Bathroom Blues

By MaricaI found this cheery little (modern) Victorian bathroom while trawling Pinterest, one of my new obsessions hobbies. So we decided to do our own version of “GET THE LOOK” (hopefully the first of many)!

GET THIS LOOK:

1. Meadow Chandelier – The Lighting Warehouse

2. Single Ended Victorian Bath – Victorian Bathrooms

3. Round Sabre Leg Side Table – Pierre Cronje (isn’t it just drop-dead gorgeous!)

4. Free-standing Bath Mixer – HansGrohe

5. Temple Figurine – Woolworths (If, like me, you don’t really do the whole temple figurine thing; Woolworths also has some lovely big ceramic candle holders (get a couple and group them) find them: here).

6. Aqua Bath Sheet – @Home

7. White Bath Mat with Geometric Pattern – www.towels.co.za

8. Ginkoleaf Fabric in Aqua – Lula Fabrics   OR:

9. Assyrian Vine Fabric, colour: Luna – Hetrex Fabrics (It’s from the beautiful IMAN range)

ADD THIS:  Add a splash of colour with a beautiful potted orchid.

And there you have it! Our very first Get The Look! P.S. Come find Rose and myself on Pinterest to see what products, images and ideas we love.