Top Ten Reasons To Attend Decorex 2012

Decorex Cape Town to rolling around again – can you believe this décor & design expo is fourteen years old this year. The main theme of Decorex 2012 – “Real” as in “getting real”.

Cairey Baxter-Bruce, General Manager of Decorex SA, explains that the positive energy sparked by original thinking contributes to unique – and very real – show experiences. “In the era of the mass-produced, the digital and the virtual, real experiences are treasured,” says Baxter-Bruce. “The real thing is what we covet right now, explaining the return of old-school styles, craftsmanship and artisanal creation.”

Some things to look forward too:

1.  Like every year a handful of local designers get the opportunity to interpret the new Plascon Colour Forecast in their own individual way. This year, the trend installation will be headed by designers Laurence Brick, Porky Hefer, James Mudge and Aidan Bennetts. Experience their interpretation of the colour palettes ‘Expression’, ‘Memory’, ‘Origins’ and ‘Mystery’.

2.  South Africa’s darling fabric designing duo, Design Team, will unveil their 2012 collection at Decorex. Can’t wait for that!

3.  Operation Man Cave for charity. Four local celebrities team up with four designers to see who can create the coolest man-hideout and raise the most money for charity. Keep an eye out for Bob Skinstad and his brother Dan, Aidan Bennetts and Ryan Botha.

4.  Inspire Theatre, kitted out by Whirpool and Sembel-It,  will host inspirational décor talks throughout the show, so pull up a chair for talks on  Sunday Lunch, Living with Colour, High Tea and Sunday Night Sundowners.

5.  Contemporary Country promises to be a jaw dropping trend installation of rural goes city with the powerhouse team of Laurence Brick, Timna Russell and Cathy O’ Clery.

6.  Decorex Designer Collection of homeware in a soothing palette of greys and blues, by SA’s top creative and boasts show specials at the pop-up store! So pull in to stock up the gift drawer for 2012.

7.  M-net Cares Café will be putting creative bookshelves on show and encouraging visitors to donate children’s’ book. M-net personalities will be doing lives reads, so get your celebrity on.

8.  District Delicious is a foodie paradise, with gourmet food and designer gadgets.

9.  Design inspiration in the Dream Rooms section where roomscapes by top talent will be on show.

10.  After a great walk around, with inspiration to take home and a new home gadget or two, enjoy a lovely glass of bubbly from the Graham Beck bar by Wetherlys. Oysters, a tapas menu and a delightful range of Graham Beck wine will be on the menu.

Be on the look-out for Vicki Sleet of I Want That and Kim Gray as they will be judging the stands this year! Super cool! These generous ladies are also giving away some Decorex tickets, so you might want to pop over to their respective blogs and enter to stand a chance to win free entrance to the show.

Exhibition details…

Decorex Cape Town:

26 – 29 April, CTICC

Hours: 10:00 – 19:00 (closes at 18:00 on 29th April)

Cost: R65 adults. R55 pensioners and students. R10 Children under 12.

 
Visit www.decorex.co.za for regular updates on exciting competitions and speaker line-ups.
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Twitter: @decorexSA and stay in touch using #decorexcapetown
 
Images & Info via Decorex

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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When we interviewed artist and designer Ashley Wood a couple of months ago for our article on her latest brilliant product range, she was working on new artworks for a one day art exhibition, partially curated by her and fellow Ruth Prowse graduates, Kathrina Foster, Bianca de Klerk, Anya Kovacs and Adele van Heerden. Well, after months of work and preparation the exhibition date and location is set! Be sure to set aside the afternoon /evening of Saturday the 26th of November. Looks to be quite the awesome indie event – it’s got a little underground vibe to it.

For more info check out ONE DAY art’s facebook page: here

The image below was taken at a previous ONE DAY art event. Looks seriously cool!

Previous One Day Art Exhibition

Design Now! at the Cape Quarter

Yesterday Rose and I quickly dropped into the Cape Quarter Lifestyle Village for the Design Now! exhibition and it was quite the design treasure hunt! The mini design “festival”, which coincides with Cape Quarter’s 2nd birthday, celebrates local design and the talented movers and shakers behind the awesome products.

The event features various interactive furniture installations and design exhibits all curated by Freeworld’s Tracy Lynch, as well as workshops and music happenings.

Serving as a design treasure trail, the whole centre has been spun with funky brightly coloured ribbons – each colour leading you to the next exhibition point.

A striking sight to see was the beautiful jumble of unfinished Pierre Cronje chairs forming part of the Old School, New School exhibit and one of Pierre’s artisans strapping up a riempie chair (right there, in the middle of the centre!) . Here we also had the opportunity to taste some exotic teas by Nigiro and unrefined Khoisan seasalt whilst chatting to Neil Stemmet about the launch of his new book “Sout en Peper”.

Thereafter we followed the blue ribbon to the Supernormal exhibit featuring the innovative furniture designs of Pedersen & Lennard – this installation is said to be inspired by Jasper Morrison’s essay, Super Normal.

The next ribbon led us to the stimulating Culture Clash exhibit. It is a spectacular riot of colour and texture, featuring amongst others, exceptional lighting displays by Ashanti Designs and beautiful rainbow coloured ceramics, textiles and furniture pieces.

The last exhibit aptly called, Designer Nature, was a beautiful collection of natural, eco-conscious and nature inspired designs and textures. A true rustic reminder of how nature inspires design.

Another installation that caught our eye was the Emerging Young Design display which boasts with the top 20 designed chairs created by second-year CPUT Industrial Design students in collaboration with Klooftique (it was quite exciting to see these prototypes up close).

Furniture designer, Aaron Kearney, was also hard at work hammering away at the old Airstream caravan parked just outside the Designer Nature exhibit. He was challenged to re-design and install the interior of the caravan in only 10 days and on a very tight budget. After the transformation the caravan is destined for the Old Mac Daddy Luxury Trailer Park in Elgin.

Design Now! ends tomorrow (the 5th), so if you haven’t visited yet, be sure to do so tomorrow. I suggest making a day of it – Cape Quarter has some gorgeous little shops and eateries. Check out the deets: here

Tretchikoff: The People’s Painter

Being a thoroughbred Cape Townian, I was exposed to the frequent press that Vladimir Tretchikoff received through the 60’ to 80’s period. The awareness that we had a controversial artist living in our midst somehow made its impression upon me.

Vladimir Tretchikoff, Self-Portrait (1944/1950) Image via Iziko Museums, Photographer, Carina Beyer.

I always liked his work – despite having very little understanding and appreciation for art in my youth and early adulthood, his vivid imagery and sharp colours, always managed to capture my attention. I guess I was one of those ‘people out there’ towards whom he was directing his work.

Vladimir Tretchikoff, Chinese Girl (1952) Image via Iziko Museums, Photographer, Carina Beyer.

It almost seemed unfair that he was labelled “King of Kitsch” when he was taking his work to the people, by having exhibitions in the most unusual public places, such a department stores – locally and abroad.

Vladimir Tretchikoff, Portraits. Images via Tretchikoff Foundation

Well at a time when kitsch is no longer a swear word and when all that was previously considered kitsch has become trendy, being labelled “King of Kitsch” could actually have a positive spin for Tretchikoff as an artist, as opposed to the unnecessary undermining effect of the past.

The Vladimir Tretchikoff Exhibition at the IZIKO National Art Gallery in Cape Town. Image via Iziko Museums, Photographer, Carina Beyer.

When news of the exhibition hit my ears, I was determined to make my way to the Iziko National Art Gallery in the Cape Town Gardens. I wanted to experience the man as well as his original pieces.  I had an urge to de-mystify the artist.

Vladimir Tretchikoff, Melon Boy. Image via Tretchikoff Foundation
Vladimir Tretchikoff, Kwela Boy. Image via Tretchikoff Foundation

I was not disappointed at all – his vivid imagery and colours still did it for me.  Together with a brief encounter with the exhibition curator, Andrew Lamprecht and the many newspaper clippings, my appreciation for his work was re-kindled.  With one exception – that of the image series he painted to portray his take on the Ten Commandments – they did not do it for me. But viewed in the context of 90 odd images, it is but a minor.

Curator Andrew Lamprecht gestures at a press preview during a retrospective on Vladimir Tretchikoff on April 25, 2011 at the IZIKO National Gallery in Cape Town. Photo courtesy: AFP

To top it all, I actually discovered via a blog article written by his granddaughter, Natasha of the Tretchikoff Trust, that he embraced the same life philosophy as I do. To quote: “Life is about finding something you love doing so much that you don’t even notice time passing. SIMPLY DO WHAT YOU LOVE NO MATTER WHAT”.

Check out this excellent clip VISI compiled of the Exhibition.

 

His life’s journey as a local and international artist bore testimony to this philosophy. Despite all the challenges and opposition the People’s Artist experienced, he continued to do what he loved, making money while doing it and going on to become a legend of his time.

These famous flower prints where sold in the thousands.

I would urge you not to miss out on the opportunity that we have been afforded through this Tretchikoff Exhibition – go for your own reasons, but go!

TRETCHIKOFF: THE PEOPLE’S PAINTER
OPENS 26 MAY – 25 SEPTEMBER 2011
IZIKO South African National Gallery
Rooms 4,5,6 and the Liberman Room
 
For more Images and Info check out the following:
Tretchikoff Foundation Website
IZIKO National Gallery Facebook Page