Incredible Indigenus Planters

Recently some very beautiful décor objects came across my path.  Not only are these decorative objects beautiful to the eye, but they are also something of a rarity to be found when sourcing for either indoor or outdoor planters.  Believe me, I know – to find decorative planters that are not the run-of-the-mill is indeed a gargantuan ask.

Indigenus is a collection of contemporary planters that is anything but ordinary.  Design entrepreneur, Peter van der Post, understood that there was a real need for desirable upmarket planters for both interior and exterior, and so Indigenus was born.

To further add to the rarity – these planters have been designed by award-winning South African designers Haldane Martin, Gregor Jenkin and Laurie Wiid van Heerden of Wiid Design.  Later this year the range is said to expand to include planters by renowned architects Stefan Antoni and Greg Truen of SAOTA.  This also explains why, like most rarities, the price tags are somewhat stiff. Wait for it – R10K and up.

Nevertheless, I have decided that just as I drool over those aspirational homes on Top Billing, this might just fall into that drool-worthy aspirational category too. So, these planters are well worth a share – just because we can. Sigh, true blue eye-candy!

{images via indigenus}

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Emerging Creatives 2015: Our Picks

By Marica

I have to confess, I did not enjoy this year’s Design Indaba as much as I did previous years. Not because it was any less inspiring or amazing but because I was trying very hard to suppress a bad case of mutant sinusitis/flu. You know, the kind that laughs in the face of antibiotics.

A took a rather fevered (pun intended) rush through the Expo space and tried to absorb as much beauty as possible. It was also good to finally put friendly faces to some of the local creatives we’ve cheered for in the past – the talented ladies behind Touchee Feelee and Handmade By Me for instance.

As always I lingered around the Emerging Creatives section – they did not disappoint!

Here are some of my favs…

Ash Ceramics:

I adored the colourful ceramic pieces by Cape Town-based artist Catherine Ash. Her handmade range included delicate tortoise shells sculpted from porcelain and interesting ceramic wall installations. However, my favourite part of her vibrant range was the contemporary collection of plates, bowls, vases and mugs which featured striking trendy geometric patterns in bold colours.

Ash Ceramics:  website  |  facebook page

Maria Magdalena:

Ag, you know I can’t resist quirky illustrations – of course I fell head-over-heels for these detailed black ink beauties by Maria Magdalena van Wyk! En dan het sy so mooi Afrikaanse naam ook nog (I too come from a loooong line of Maria Magdalena’s and Maria Johanna Catharina’s – guess what “Marica” is short for…)

Each line drawing takes inspiration from Van Wyk’s life, such as poetry, strong female influences or her favourite songs. She sells these limited edition illustration prints through her eponymous company, Maria Magdalena.

Maria Magdalena:  website  |  facebook page

Kiara Gounder:

I know we rarely touch fashion here at The Tabloid – it’s not really our bag – we’re all about the décor. However, the stunning creations by fashion design graduate Kiara Gounder had me drooling! The structured clothing pieces were beautifully sleek, edgy yet elegant. The real showstopper however was a jaw-dropping 3D printed neckpiece that seems incredibly delicate and detailed.

Kiara has been exploring the potential of 3D printing in fashion. For this particular range she sought inspiration from microscopic images of fossils, plant cells and insect cells for inspiration for the detailed patterning.

Most Beautiful Object in S.A. 2015 is…

mboisa

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And the winner, by public vote, for Most Beautiful Object in South Africa 2015 is… 

…”The Boomslang

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Kirstenbosch’s suspended walkway designed by architect Mark Thomas and structural engineer Henry Fagan is the public’s choice in the Most Beautiful Object in SA at Design Indaba Expo 2015.

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“This award is such a wonderful surprise! Never before has there been an opportunity like this for an architect and an engineer in South Africa,” said Thomas about Kirstenbosch’s commission. “It has felt unreal from the beginning – I still pinch myself about this project. We worked on it for three years. We were surprised that it was possible to create such a complex 3D shape.”

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Inspired by a snake skeleton, the walkway is a curved steel and timber bridge that winds and dips its way through and over the trees. It takes the visitor on an awe-inspiring journey through nature, rising up from the forest floor into and through the trees and bursting out above the canopy, giving spectacular panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains, Garden and Cape Flats. Thomas and Fagan designed the structure to be low maintenance and low impact.

{What do you think of this year’s MBOISA winner? Who did you vote for?}

World Design Capital Awesomeness

The year is quickly racing to a close and so also Cape Town’s stint as World Design Capital 2014. With over 460 recognized WDC projects it was (and still is) quite difficult to keep track of all of them. We find it sad and somewhat frustrating that some awesome projects slipped past us without so much as a whisper.

HOWEVER, the year is not over yet! There are still fabulous projects in the pipeline not to mention some stunning ongoing project. AND of course, our very own Design Monarchy studio is still hard at work with our World Design Capital project: #WDC323 the makeover of the Acute Care Surgery Unit at Groote Schuur Hospital…

To keep the yellow design fires burning we would like to share some of our favourites WDC projects with you in the weeks to come. Today I would like to single out two official World Design Capital projects that are still in motion… and might I say, pretty awesome. Though both projects sprouted from the temporary World Design Capital platform they are said to become permanent fixtures.

#WDC344  |  Stable:Stable on Loop

“stable: A collaborative exhibition space where Designers, Artists and Artisans have the opportunity to showcase their work.”

Located on 65 Loop Street in the CBD, the purpose of stable is to create a link between talented local designers and the everyday consumer.

The concept of stable is the brainchild of designer Aidan Bennetts and the shop features a boutique collection of innovative South African design. Designers, Artists and Artisans from every corner of South Africa showcase their work alongside one another in a professional retail environment. There is a wide range of items including chairs, tables, lighting and accessories all curated under one roof for your convenience.

stable is a long term initiative, with plans to open new outlets and growing beyond 2014.

#WDC533  |  Table Mountain Frames:download

“This project celebrates nature’s beautiful design: Table Mountain. Seven frames will be erected around Cape Town that perfectly frame Table Mountain from well known & unusual views.”

I am so in love this concept – it gives folks an opportunity to “interact” with Table Mountain.

The Table Mountain Frames were designed by Porky Hefer. Each frame was optimally positioned to perfectly frame a view of Table Mountain. Visitors can travel to all 7 sites to collect an image of themselves & Table Mountain. By setting up framed views from some unusual locations, people will be reminded of the beauty of the mountain from within the city, and convey a sense that it is a mountain for everyone, not just for visitors to the “usual” tourist locations. This is a great way to celebrate Cape Town’s New7Wonder of Nature and to encourage people to share images of the different views on social media.

Frames has already been set up at the V&A Waterfront, Blouberg Beach, Signall Hill, Khayelitsha and Cape Town Station.

10 Awesome Heart-Themed Gifts

I know Valentine’s Day gifts doesn’t necessarily have to be love or heart-themed but this year I’m feeling especially corny (totally out of character, I know)! I’ve drummed up ten awesome locally available lurrve-inspired products that could make excellent Valentine’s Day gifts for your special someone (that is, if you haven’t gone with our edible V-Day gift ideas). Actually, these quirky pieces would be great gifts no matter what the season… I wouldn’t mind receiving one or two myself!

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My Favourite Colour’s Proudly Local Lovelies

We had a chat with surface designer Frances White of Joburg-based company My Favourite Colour. We first spotted Frances at Design Indaba 2 years ago and were immediately drawn to her quirky and beautifully unique designs – all featuring gorgeous, proudly South African fauna and flora.

Q:  Tell us a bit about yourself and My Favourite Colour…

Frances White of My Favourite Colour

I was born in KwaZulu Natal, grew up in Johannesburg and studied Fine Art at Michaelis at the University of Cape Town. I majored in painting, history of art and English. In my late twenties I started dreaming of printing patterns on fabric. I love mixing colours and painting, but the advantage of printing is that the same beautiful patterns can reproduced over and over, and the textiles can be used to make a wide range of functional products. In 2012 I launched my surface design company, My Favourite Colour, at the Design Indaba in Cape Town. The first range of textiles is a collection of fresh and contemporary South African floral patterns, inspired by Swedish design and the South African floral kingdom. Each pattern drew its inspiration from the flowers of a specific floral region, and is made up of drawings and paintings which have been scanned, collaged and digitally printed.

Q:  I can remember being quite taken with your range of cushions at Design Indaba 2012 – especially the quirky “Picturebook” designs. How did you come up with that particular concept?

I enjoy the simplicity of colouring-in book images – they’re striking in a stark way. There’s also something magical about the feeling of nostalgia and innocence that coloured in pictures can evoke. I wanted to create a pattern in a style similar to children’s colouring in pictures, with the idea of colouring some pictures in, and leaving some blank or partly coloured in. I decided that the succulent imagery would best suit the strong, simple, graphic line style and made a series of drawings for the pattern. I made photocopies and coloured them in in a variety of styles, and though they looked fresh and bright, I wasn’t happy with the finished result. It was only after having dreamt about children colouring them in that I knew in my heart that they were going to work. I made a few colouring in books and handed them out to my friends children. I scanned in the drawings, made a digital collage which was one of the first test prints, and people’s response to the originality and fun of them was inspiring. I decided to pair the West Coast Succulents pattern with a Johannesburg Garden Birds version, and I they were by far the favourites at our launch at the 2012 Design Indaba. People who stopped to look at the cushions we had on display ended up either stroking them and smiling, or picking them up in exclamation!

Q:  What was your experience of Design Indaba as an exhibitor? How do you rate it?

I *loved* exhibiting at the Design Indaba. I met such wonderful people, got amazing feedback on my fabric range, made great sales, met buyers from Weylandts, Mr Price Home, Trevyn Mcgowan from Source, Thessa from The Fringe Arts (now known as Kin), journalists, magazine writers and bloggers. I loved seeing the beautiful design on display and meeting the designers, and made lots of new friends. My cheeks ached from smiling so much and I may have shed a tear or two when it was time to pack down on the Sunday evening!

Q:  Where do you draw inspiration from when designing?

I love all things bright and beautiful. My work is inspired by nature, landscapes, the South African floral kingdom, the animal and insect world, vintage Scandinavian textile design, folk art patterns, colour and light.

One of my favourite quotes is Goethe’s ‘We are shaped and fashioned by what we love’ which I believe wholeheartedly. I love and am inspired by mountains, art, swimming, painting, poetry, flower-filled meadows, collecting pictures and postcards, photographing snippets of life, day-dreaming, watering the garden, looking for treasure at second hand shops, romance and pretty much everything that shines or glitters.

Q:  Is there a certain style you admire or aspire to?

I love the clean, classic and colourful style of the Danish furniture design company HAY, and also the Dutch design duo Scholten & Baijings.

I aspire to make things that are timelessly beautiful yet still modern and fun. It’s also important to me make things that have or tell a story. I want to make meaningful contact with people. I want to make them stop and admire nature or bring some loud colour into their lives. I want to decorate the world.

Q:  Do you have a colour that you favour most?

I’ve always had a love affair with hot pink, but if I had to choose my absolute favourite colour, it would be sunshine yellow.

Q:  Could you share your Secret Indulgence with us?

I’m in love with mini Liquorice Allsorts at the moment.

Q:  What is your favourite current décor trend?

I quite like the tropical jungle theme, hot colours and big leaf patterns that seem to be trending in décor at the moment.

Q:  Tell us five things on your Bucket List…

  1. To see my 100 year old grandmother in Holland again. I love her.
  2. To go swimming in waterfalls, rock pools and lakes in France and Corsica with my husband.
  3. To be a mom.
  4. To teach children art.
  5. To own and learn how to use a good manual camera.

Q:  We understand you have recently designed some products for Mr Price Home – can you tell us more?

Mr Price Home approached me to design a range to be part of their South African-inspired Colab range. I had a lot of free reign creatively and was inspired by flower-filled spring landscapes, the West Coast, Silvertrees, succulents, vygies, Cape foxes and small South African mammals. The range includes a reversible duvet set in all sizes, a woven throw, assorted cushions, embroidered bath towels and a woven rug, and is available in stores now, or online: here

Q:  Future plans – what can we expect from My Favourite Colour this year?

I’m starting a screenprinting course next week… I’m SO excited to learn how to print myself. I hope this means that I’ll spend more time creating this year and playing with colour, pattern and a brand new screenprinted range!

I’m also designing my existing patterns and ideas into matching fabric collections.

We’ve also started making melamine and paper products, and I look forward to marketing those and making more. I love stationery and themed kids colouring in posters.

I’d also really love to learn how to sew.

Watch this space!

Be sure to check out the My Favourite Colour website & shop for more gorgeous product or pop into your nearest Mr Price Home.