Most Beautiful Object In SA 2012 Finalists

By Marica

So, while Rose is off attending the first day of the Design Indaba conference (she just phoned saying that the conference is, in one word, “AWESOME” ), I thought to share the finalists of the 2012 MBOISA award with you.

Nominated for the Design Indaba Expo’s 2012 Most Beautiful Object in South Africa (MBOISA for short) award, Design Indaba unveiled the 10 most beautiful and beguiling designs made over the past year earlier this month. Find the finalists below as listed on the Design Indaba website…

“Every year, the country engages with the question of what constitutes beauty through the MBOISA award. While some may consider beauty an aspect of taste and others know it on sight, beauty becomes far more profound than a visual sensation when design attributes such as social significance, economic impact, usability, sustainability and even humour are thrown into the mix.”  –  designindaba.com

The Most Beautiful Objects in South Africa for 2012 are:

1. //hapo Museum

//Hapo Museum by Office of Collaborative Architects – GAPP Architects + Urban Designers, Mashabane Rose Associates and MMA Architects

“The //hapo Museum (or just “//hapo“), which takes its name from the San word for “dream”, forms the primary entrance to Freedom Park in Pretoria. The concept evolved into the creation of large boulder-like volumes that contain the interior storytelling spaces. The boulders are planted at the base of the Salvokop hill like a rock outcrop. The copper-clad walls and roof will eventually rust to green and merge with the natural landscape. The interior spaces of the museum are designed with a cave-like quality, with natural light dramatising the large volumes and ‘outcrop’ forms of the buildings. Designed by Office of Collaborative Architects – GAPP Architects + Urban Designers, Mashabane Rose Associates and MMA Architects.”

2. Bird Neckpiece by Eric Loubser

Bird Neckpiece by Eric Loubser

“Johannesburg-based jeweller Eric Loubser’s design conveys the idea of a flock of birds around the neck, as if they are actually carrying the necklace and hovering around the wearer. It is inspired by a Victorian aesthetic, and made out of 9ct gold, silver, rose quartz, haematite and rubies. It is as light as air but also substantial; pretty and feminine but with a dark edge; precisely engineered with a messy, thrown-together look.”

3. Consol Solar Jar by Ockert van Heerden and John Bexley

“Housed in a one-litre Consol Classic preserve jar, which provides a practical and attractive casing, this alternative light source is literally bottled sunshine. Solar-powered LED lights are powered by sunlight, which is harnessed through a solar panel fitted on the lid. The Consol Solar Jar received the Special Recognition Award at the 2011 Institute of Packaging SA Gold Pack Awards. Although not strictly packaging, the judges decided that this clever use of a packaging material deserved an accolade.”

4. Frail Flower Paper Sculpture by Rebecca Jones

Frail Flower Paper Sculpture by Rebecca Jones

“Artist Rebecca Jones’s work reflects the precariousness of the world. She uses paper because it is an everyday medium that, though fragile, lasts indefinitely. The plants she depicts are not true botanical specimens but her work is so intricately constructed that each sculpture seems alive. The shadows thrown by the plants extend and emphasise their linear quality.”

5. Fish-Scale Dress by Suzaan Heyns

Fish-Scale Dress by Suzaan Heyns

“This dress is an extension of Suzaan Heyns’ Autumn/Winter 2012 show, “True Colours”, which reflects on the dichotomy of human nature and who we really are when no one is looking. Our double-sided nature is symbolised by the different materials in the dress. The fragile nude netting reflects our natural vulnerability. It is juxtaposed with the repetitive pattern of hand-cut metallic leather scales representing the self-important parts of ourselves – our more cold-blooded, reptilian nature.”

6. Curious Couch by Margaret Woermann (Heartworks) and Peta Becker (Projekt)

Curious Couch by Margaret Woermann (Heartworks) and Peta Becker (Projekt)

“Margaret Woermann and Peta Becker have transformed an old ball-and-claw couch into a functional work of art literally bursting at the seams with life and creativity. The couch is the product of a new collaborative project between Woermann and Becker called The Curious Room, an experimental design lab where the pair focus on one-off pieces. The Curious Couch has been worked on by more than 25 people who designed, recaned, embroidered, crocheted and upholstered it. A reaction to standardised mass-produced design, the couch was inspired by the idea of metamorphosis.”

7. Ridge Forrester Hanging Planters by Joe Paine

Ridge Forrester Hanging Planters by Joe Paine

“This amusingly named planter was born from the designer’s observation that television directors use plants as a key device in soap operas. “Through the bougainvillea and amaryllis we are privy to the most sordid capitalist lives,” says Joe Paine. The planter, manufactured from bent tube and handmade mild steel spinnings, reflects the bold jaw line of Ridge Forrester from the American soap opera The Bold and The Beautiful.”

8. A Travel Journal, Volume 1 and 2″ by Mornè Visagie

"A Travel Journal, Volume 1 and 2" by Mornè Visagie

“This hand-stitched lithograph on paper was part of a body of work for Mornè Visagie’s exhibition at the 2011 UCT Michaelis Graduate Art Show, which took Robben Island as a site of personal, social and aesthetic exploration. Visagie spent the first five years of his life – from 1990, when his father was posted to the island by the Department of Correctional Services, to 1995 – living among its small community of mostly prison employees. This piece distills the hues of the scrub-filled landscape and its surrounding sea into a slowly changing spectrum of pure colour.”

9. Lily Pad Ring by Kirsten Goss

Lily Pad Ring by Kirsten Goss

“The Lily Pad Ring exemplifies Kirsten Goss’s contemporary design style, combining intriguing organic lines with a playful edge. Goss returned to South Africa after launching her eponymous design label in London in 2002. A qualified jewellery designer and Stellenbosch University alumni, she has a passion for experimenting with metal-smithing techniques, stone cutting and inspirational combinations of the two. All her pieces are handmade.”

10. PASTE mural by Linsey Levendall

PASTE mural by Linsey Levendall

“This mural appeared as part of PASTE, a street art exhibition curated by Shani Judes that took art out of the gallery space and into the streets of both city and township. Linsey Levendall was one of 15 local artists selected to design, illustrate or photograph work around the theme of Khayelitsha culture. The work was turned into a large-scale print that was pasted in Khayelitsha and the inner city of Cape Town.”

All of the MBOISA finalists will be on display at the Design Indaba Expo, open to the public from Friday 2 March to Sunday 4 March at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The award will be determined by public vote via SMS or online vote, and the result will be announced on Sunday afternoon in the DStv Events Arena.

SMS the word “MBOISA” and the number of your entry, followed by your name and contact number to 43431 (SMSs cost R2)

or

Vote on the DESIGN INDABA website: HERE

All MBOISA images and info sourced via the Design Indaba website: here

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Design Indaba 2012 Is Here!

Design Indaba Conference & Expo 2012
Images from the 2011 Design Indaba Conference and Expo

It’s finally that time of the year again! Design Indaba 2012 is but a day away, whoop-whoop!

This year however, Rose and I are extra excited as we have been given media accreditation and will be attending the live simulcast of the Design Indaba Conference which starts tomorrow as well as getting up close and personal with all the exhibitors at the Expo.  The Conference is held over three days, with a back-to-back speaker programme that features a wide range of designers, artists, social entrepreneurs, ad gurus, filmmakers, culinary masters and this year even a scent expert!

We are practically bouncing up and down in our seats from excitement! Keep your eyes peeled as we will be soaking up all the design goodness and posting regular feedback and play-by-plays! YAY!

Design Indaba Expo 2011
Images from the 2011 Design Indaba Conference and Expo

For those of you unfamiliar with Design Indaba, it’s THE event on the South African design calendar which includes the design conference, expo and other design festivities. To further explain the significance of this annual design celebration find below a few excerpts from the proverbial “horse’s mouth”, i.e. The Design Indaba website…

Highlights of the Design Indaba Expo 2010.

Presenting the very best of South African creativity, Design Indaba Expo is a showcase of exceptional design across all disciplines, including advertising, architecture, craft, décor, film, fashion, graphic design, interior design, jewellery, new media, publishing, product design, visual media and more. Every year sees a more sophisticated interpretation of what South African design is.

Setting a high professional standard, each exhibitor is pre-approved by a curatorial panel of industry experts, ensuring that you will only see bespoke designs of the highest quality on the Design Indaba Expo floor.

In 2010 the core Design Indaba Expo, showing more than 280 exhibitors, including 80 first-time exhibitors and 40 Emerging Creatives, drew well over 35 000 visitors, including 379 journalists and 427 buyers – one third of which were international.  – designindaba.com

Design Indaba Expo 2011
Images from the 2011 Design Indaba Conference and Expo

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So why all the fuss?

1. Design Indaba Expo is your all-in-one creative stop, recognising and celebrating local creative work across all fields.

2. All designs are quintessentially South African – no derivatives, no imports.

3. An influential contingent of local and international buyers consider Design Indaba one of their key shopping destinations, creating a platform for productive trade relationships.

4. On the Design Indaba Expo floor you can catch all-day fashion shows, short films and Pecha Kucha presentation, chat to the designers or simply browse the gorgeous creations on display.

5. Design Indaba Expo coincides with Design Indaba Conference, resulting in a week of creative rejuvenation.

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Images from the 2011 Design Indaba Conference and Expo

THE DESIGN INDABA EXPO takes place from the 2nd – 4th MARCH 2012 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

Opening Hours:

Friday 2 March:  10h00 – 20h00 (On-site tickets sales close at 19h00)
Saturday 3 March:  10h00 – 20h00 (On-site tickets sales close at 19h00)
Sunday 4 March:  10h00 – 18h00 (On-site tickets sales close at 17h00)

Price:

Adults:  R60
Pensioners and Students:  R40
Scholars and Children:  R30
Kids under 10:  free!

 Info & images via the Design Indaba website (be sure to check it out for more info)

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St Leger & Viney - Design Focus Invitation

St Leger & Viney Presents Design Focus

St Leger & Viney - Design Focus Invitation

South African luxe fabric house, St Leger & Viney, is hosting an exciting international lifestyle trend event at the University of Johannesburg on the 28th of March. The event, called “Design Focus“, will feature local and international design industry leaders including none other than international interior design legend, Nicky Haslam.

This event presents a rare opportunity to interact with, and be inspired by, one of the world’s most revered and appreciated designers. Nicky Haslam is known for his high-end design, commissioned by rocks stars and royalty alike. His style is ever changing, yet always distinguishable for its charm, and with his decades of experience no one marries a historical sensibility with a modern contemporary outlook quite like Nicky Haslam. Nicky is as renowned for his timeless interiors as his for informative and witty presentation style. We are confident that he will stimulate, educate and inspire you with his humour and knowledge.

Other speakers include David Walker of  the impressivUK fabric & wallpaper houses Sanderson & ZoffanyJosé Angel Climent of the  luxury textile groupLizzo Designs  in Spain; as well as Philippe van der Merwe of Tonic Design and Jamie Clyde, the CEO of SLOW Lounge.

Whether you are an architect, designer, decorator, or just an enthusiast, Design Focus is sure to be both inspirational and educational and not to be missed! When else in your lifetime are you likely to see Nicky Haslam in the flesh?! SO exciting!

For more info check out the event details: here, or contact Anna Keep at (011) 444 6722.

Get This Look: Rustic Chic Bedroom

By Marica

Whilst desperately searching for an image or style to base the latest “Get This Look” on,  I remember an image of a rather unusual Rustic Chic bedroom I  pinned to Pinterest a handful of months ago. To date this feature / inspiration image remains the most repinned image on my Pinterest profile. What about this interior made this image so popular with my fellow “pinners”? – I don’t know… Maybe it’s the barn door headboard or the bold yellow-painted ceiling (a brave choice for sure). I have to agree there is something strangely appealing about this little rustic spaces, it sure looks comfy… and sunny.

I struggled to find a throw similar to the beautiful one used in the image, and as result my collection of items is a little more red whereas the original room is more purple. However, this is the beauty of a Rustic Chic interior – it’s suppose to be mix-and-match. A well-planned Rustic Chic interior or room should have a combination of unrefined, uncomplicated objects offset with more contemporary and elegant pieces and lines. Try sourcing reclaimed or upcycled items like the barn door, or maybe an old worn timber bedside table – it should definitely have a lot of texture. Rustic Chic – where “well-worn meet new”.

GET THIS LOOK:

1. Torch Wall Light – Le Grange Interiors

2. Trawl second-hand stores, flea markets or suppliers that sell reclaimed building elements  for old and discarded doors or panels –  a great example is this beautiful antique shutter door from Onsite Gallery.

3. Neutral-coloured scatter cushion – Woolworths.

4. Yellow lattice scatter cushion – Woolworths.

5. Dog silhouette scatter cushion – Weylandts.

6. Cape bird scatter cushion – Woolworths.

7. Yellow Ceramic Vases – Le Grange Interiors.

8. This beautiful industrial look “tea” table is also available from Le Grange Interiors.

9. The closest thing I could find of to the purple and yellow throw in the feature image, is this gorgeous handmade India patchwork bedspread from Weylandts.

10. Part of @Home‘s Garden Party range, I just love this funky wire stool…it’s available in black and then this bold yellow.

11. I love this stunning wool rug – also from Le Grange Interiors.

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James Russell on the History of Toile de Jouy

By James Russell

“Saucy!” thought I, as I looked closer at the etched picture that had caught my eye whilst paging through a sample book of Toile de Jouy fabrics. At first glance it was a blue on white monochromatic Pastoral scene of “country folk” frolicking amongst ‘vignettes’ of farm buildings, sheep herding, farming, hunting and the like, but on closer inspection I noticed that one of the young farmers had his hand down the cleavage and was cupping the breast of a maiden, whilst another young lad had his arm up the voluminous skirts of a shepherdess.

Some farming imagery on this lovely ochre and indigo toile fabric.

Modern marketers will tell you that “sex sells” and I’m sure this was as true in the 1700 & 1800’s as it is today. It is also said “that the Devil is in the detail” and I suppose it is ‘the detail’ that first intrigued me about Toile de Jouy. Looking closer at some of the pictorial designs I became interested in the stories behind them. I’m by no means a history buff, but I do have a curious mind that questions.

Les Traveaux de la Manufacture which depicts the actual process of making toile fabrics.

As Europe started trading with India, cotton became a popular fibre for making cloth, so much so that the domestic wool and silk industries in both France & England started to suffer. In 1686 France placed a ban on both domestic & imported cotton fabrics, a ban that was only lifted after 70 years in 1856. After all this time, cotton must have seemed like a brand new commodity to the people of the day! Incidentally, the British also placed a ban on imported chintz (a basic cotton cloth) from 1701, and in 1720 to 1774 on all cotton fabrics, mainly due to cheaper Indian imports (so what’s new?)

On the left: Robinson Crusoe Toile and the right: Le Ballon de Gonesse

Like any entrepreneur, a young German engraver & colourist called Christophe-Philippe Oberkampf and his younger brother, saw the gap and “went for it” setting up a printing press in Jouy-en-Josas, a small village on the banks of the river Bievre, 16.4km south west of Paris. The initial designs, usually of flowers and fruits, were copied from books of engraved prints carved into small wood printing blocks. (One supposes that the laws on copyright were not as strict as they are today.) The clean waters of the (soon to be polluted) river were essential for the mordant printing methods used by the brothers. When they started the factory, the only piece of “furniture” they possessed was the printing press which they used to sleep on at night.

One of Harlequin Fabrics' bold toile ranges.

The initial printing methods used a mordant, a substance used to set dyes on fabrics. Once printed with the mordant, the fabric was then dyed using various vegetable dyes. The fabric was then soaked in an acid such as stale cow’s urine or vinegar that acted as a fixative locking the dye to the printed mordant area of the cloth. It was then washed in the river to remove the loose dye, and dried on pontoons on the river to let the sunlight work as a bleaching agent on the non-dye fixed areas. This process was repeated a number of times until the background colour returned to white or cream and the print stood out.

Contemporary toile wallpapers. The scenes speak of the traditional, the colourways shouts "contemporary".

There is a story, possibly an “urban legend” that Oberkampf sent his brother to Manchester to study (and steal) ideas from the Manchester mills. He is said to have written out his findings on pieces of cloth using a mordant solution which was invisible to the naked eye, but when dyed and treated using their printing method, revealed all. Having established that copyright was not sacrosanct, I’m not above believing in a little industrial espionage was amiss.

A contemporary toile in striking colours.

Using only the best quality cotton fabrics and with his Germanic adherence to detail, demand for the printed cloth (toile) from Jouy (de Jouy) grew rapidly and by 1774, only 14 year later, the company was employing 900 workmen. Over 30,000 wood blocks were utilized in the printing of the fabrics until in 1770 Oberkampf introduced the etched copperplate roller technique of printing fabrics. From then until the factory closed in 1843 some 700 copperplate designs were used. For nearly 80 years the designs from Jouy recorded in pictorial form a kind of journalism that depicted everything from historical happenings, travel (popularizing Indienne, Japonaise and Chinoiserie designs that proposed to picture people & everyday life in those far away lands), fashion trends that reflected the fascination with Egypt, inventions such as the flying balloon, politics, the Court & Royalty, architecture, the classics, modern literature and the arts.

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By 1810 Oberkampf had made “toile” a household word/name not only in France, but throughout Europe and America as well. In today’s marketing terms this could possibly be seen as one of, if not the first time, that a “brand name” became synonymous with the product, much like we might say Hoover, Durex or Kleenex today. Many of the designs such as “Les Monuments d’Egypte”, “Les Traveaux de la Manufacture” (which depicts the manufacture and printing process of toile de Jouy), “Le Ballon de Gonesse” (depicting the first balloon flight from Paris to Gonesse) and the Robinson Crusoe Toile are considered classic toile de Jouy designs and were bought over by other French fabric companies when the company closed. Many of these classic designs are still in production today.

On the left a contemporary toile with an urban street scene as subject matter. Right, you have this funky scatter cushion from designlemonade.com - a traditional toile with a contemporary print.

Although there were a number of other companies producing printed cotton fabrics in France, England and later America, none were as popular as Oberkampf’s company. The Napoleonic Wars and the self sufficiency of the American fabric industry contributed to its demise, yet still today companies producing “toile de Jouy” style fabrics continue the tradition of naming each “toile” such as “Glasgow Toile” by Timorous Beasties or the modern version of the “Ballon de Gonesse”. To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the balloon flight, the children of Gonesse high school painted a mural of the famous toile as a mural on their school wall. Patrick Frey, then head of Pierre Frey fabrics was so taken with the mural that he bought the rights to the wall and had it converted into a toile.

Here is an awesome local toile design by talented Capetownian, Wendren Setzer (aka The WREN Design). The design is called Darling Toile du Jouy! Love it!

Originally designed as dress fabrics and later used for interior décor, toiles have become perennial, and are now used on anything from wallpapers, ceramics and gum boots to beanbags, directors chairs, lampshades and ‘takkies’. So next time you see a toile being used and are tempted to dismiss it, to take it for granted, to overlook the detail by consigning it to the category of “pretty picture fabric”, look a little closer for the Devil is in the detail along with sex, drugs and rock & roll too!

  

  

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Décor Dictionary: Houndstooth

Large scale Houndstooth patterns are seriously trendy. I just love the big, beautiful, inky blue Houndstooth fabric from Tessa Proudfoot (the pic on the left)

Houndstooth:   is a duotone textile pattern characterized by broken checks or abstract four-pointed shapes that originated in the Scottish Lowlands. Historically Houndstooth was woven in wool, with a rather small pattern scale, in the traditional black-and-white colourway. Today, it is woven or printed in a wide variety of fabric, scale and colour. A large pattern scale Houndstooth is considered more contemporary.

Images via: Tessa Proudfoot (left) and Annilygreen (right)

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