Hanging out with Weylandts at Dutch Masters Launch

About a week and a half ago I was one of the very fortunate guests at an event hosted by Weylandts at their Green Point Store. Their mission was to celebrate their collaboration with Dutch Master contemporary furniture designer, Jan Linteloo.  And boy did they do it in total style.  From start to finish, it was entertaining, magical, mysterious, tantalizing and I could go on and on, eventually running out of adjectives with which to describe this fabulous evening.

What made the evening so spectacular for the guests was the food and the presentation of the food.  It was nothing short of a magical experience. Thanks to the talented Margot Janse from The Tasting Room fame.

I am no foodie and cannot even begin to go into any sort of explanation of the style of food etc, suffice to say that it was a celebration of fabulous food design. The theme of the food experience was ‘woody’ – that was my impression anyway, which makes such sense to me.  I found myself being exposed to food that I had no idea existed. Food presentation done in a way that blew my mind away, with the highlight of that food journey for me being the cheese table – behind it was a big plywood board, with toasted pieces of Ciabatta breads hanging from nail pins.  How awesome is that!!  All I had to do (when I got my breath back again) was unhook my toast and pile on the delicious cheeses and jams.  (OMG – I’m salivating here!)

One thing that became very evident during the speeches was that Jan Linteloo, Chris Weylandt and Margot Janse were very comfortable with each other.  In fact there was a depth to this collaboration that warranted this special celebration – these were good friends working using their respective talents to work in perfect synergy.  Bringing to the public products of outstanding design and manufacture quality. The collaboration between Weylandts and Jan Linteloo is not a new one.  What is encouraging is that the standard of our local manufacturers is good enough to meet Jan’s high expectation. The result is that he is extending his range of furniture with Weylandts.  And believe me, this furniture has been well designed, soundly fabricated, is aesthetically appealing and    very comfortable

Both Marica and I are huge Weylandts supporters and we would like to take this opportunity of thanking them for THE MOST OUTSTANDING celebration event. Long may this collaboration last – standing as an example for other collaborations between designers.

Fellow Blogger Vicki Sleet from I Want That has written a fabulous account of the event as well.  If you want to see more images of the amazing food experience, pop over and take a look

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The food “trough”
Weylandts Food Trough ǀ I Want That
Gorgeous images of what you could find nestled in the food “trough” | Image: Vicki Sleet
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In keeping with the foraging theme this tree was hung with all kinds of delicious delicate bites!
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A little food nest…
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The bread wall and rustic cheese wheels | Image: Vicki Sleet
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What an unusual and amazing food experience
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The dessert wall – hundreds of spoons with sweet treats on them! | Image: Vicki Sleet

A New Home For Chandler House

There is an exciting new addition to Church Street, Cape Town. Designer, Michael Chandler has recently opened the doors of very own Chandler House shop.

Visi appropriately described the little shop as a “rabbit hole” – and what a creative and magical warren it is!

Michael has meticulously curated a veritable wealth of desirable products to complement his own exceptionally exclusive and beautiful designs. The tiny shop is filled chock-a-block with gorgeous ceramics, cushions, Kenyan scarves, beautiful suzanis, art, antiques, and other collectibles.

Over the past couple of years, Rose and I have excitedly watched Michael’s development of Chandler House from a handful of designs to a growing collection of exceptional pieces that have now found a permanent retail home.

The aspect that we admire most about Chandler House is its distinct and unique identity. In a design climate where originality is a rare find, Michael’s love of Cape heritage has resulted in something truly matchless. His designs celebrate Cape Town’s history and culture, and as designers and proud Capetonians we think that is bloody marvellous.

Well done Michael, we cannot wait to see what glorious rabbit you are going to pull out of your sleeve next!

Be sure to pop into 53 Church Street when next you visit the Mother City. Until then, feast your eyes on these wonderful images or visit the Chandler House website and Facebook page.

All images via Chandler House

Mid-Century Furniture Finds

To conclude our little, unplanned, random blog series of Mid-Century Modern musings we thought inspire you with some local Modern furniture finds. The Mother City’s trendy style, hipster vibe and appreciation for all things vintage ensured a natural affinity to the global revival of the Mid-Century Modern trend. Cape Town is littered with flourishing shops dedicated to the import and restoration of Mid-Century Modern furniture & décor. Sigh, what can I say – we just love it…

This gorgeous mid-century chair is something different – not a Scandinavian import, it was made in the good ole R.S.A. Manufactured in the 1950’s, this armchair was made by the well known furniture maker G.H Starck Limited, who opened their doors in 1936 in Parow. Salvaged and restored by one of my favourite local mid-century upcyclers, RESTORE, they re-sprayed the chair in fresh white and upholstered it in this striking geometric fabric by Lulu Fabrics.

Another beautiful space filled with mid-century furniture, gifts and quirky vintage kitchenalia and collectables is that of well-known, VAMP. I loved this quirky two-seater Mahogany couch and love set of Maple nested tables with inky grey tops.

This striking and fun mid-century modern arm chair was revamped by SAKS CORNER. Their vintage restorations usually have funky unique and playful twist.

We have mentioned SPACE FOR LIFE before – they specialise in the import of beautifully designed and well-crafted mid-century furniture pieces from Scandinavia. This gorgeous teak easy chair above, manufactured by Soren J Ladefogde & Son in 1959, still has it’s original dark green wool fabric upholstery. The tall teak side board dresser cabinet is also a superb piece of craftsmanship.

The MID-CENTURY MODERN showroom & gallery in Durham Avenue, Cape Town has a gorgeous array of mid-century originals (as well as some awesome Bauhaus pieces) It was their remarkable collection of mid-century lighting that caught my attention this time. The well-known “Contrast” pendant lamp by Poul Henningsen (circa 1962) and the striking teal hand-blown glass pendant light by Luciano Vistosi (circa 1957) were my favourites.

MID-CENTURY MODERN also import pieces from the Danish furniture manufacturer Carl Hansen & Son, who has been manufacturing the designs of renowned mid-century furniture designer, Hans Wegner since 1949. The Y-Chair (also know as the Wishbone Chair) and the stunning upholstered lounge chair (CH445) is just two of Wegner’s most recognizable designs.

Then, or the mid-century lover on a budget – you can take the less-expensive route of purchasing mid-century replicas. The Eames lounge chair and rocker replicas are available from 5ROOMS.COM

And there you go – some lovely mid-century awesomeness to carry you into the weekend!

Colour-Coded Inspiration: Red & Pink

By Marica

I clearly remember my mom telling me back in the nineties to never ever wear pink and red together as “those two colour just don’t mix“. It’s true, the nineties (probably the eighties too) did not look kindly on the pink and red combo – it was a massive faux pas. It was something the 10 year-old me could not understand – I thought it look pretty!

However, in the last decade or so the uptight, and frankly unreasonable, unspoken rule about the combination of reds and pinks has softened. Once again it is trendy to marry red and pink! And today I am overjoyed as nothing makes me happier than this punchy colour combo! Mmm, it reminds me of candy – it’s a deliciously edible duo. So, for your enjoyment, fest your eyes on the following pink & red colour-coded inspirations…

Featured Image via Pinterest. From top left: Floral Scatter Cushion – Woolworths / Love Cushion – Woolworths / Pink & Red Pendant Lights – Can be order through us / Numbers Felt Placemat – @Home / Pink & Mother-of-Pearl Bedside Table – Farriers / Striped Throw – Mr. Price Home / Floral Floor Cushion – Weylandts / Cerise Pouffe – Moroccan Warehouse / Teapot Print – Tracy Paul / Pink Chair – Order through us / Pink Flower Cushion – @Home

Featured Image via Pinterest. From top left: Red Chandelier – Weylandts / Design Team Cushion – Woolworths / Pink Cushions – Wild Rhubarb / Flower Napkin Ring – Woolworths / Flower Tealight Holder – @Home / Knotted Chair – Weylandts / Pouffe – Moroccan Warehouse / Red Nested Tables – Tonic Design / Pink Oil Burner – Mr. Price Home / Glass Vase – @Home / Flower Cushion – Jesse Breytenbach

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Passion & Poison

Thankfully we are surrounded by colourful, interesting and adventurous people each day. In the years of being in this interiors trade, I have had the privilege of meeting many such colourful characters. Today’s guest, Riaan from Passion & Poison is one of them. 

I first encountered the Passion & Poison shop a few years ago. It was fun and interesting then, as it is now. As you will learn from Riaan’s interview he sources his stock from Turkey.  Stepping into this shop, is like stepping into a Turkish market – full of eastern style surprises, transporting you to that part of the world and its culture.

He has all sorts of fascinating goodies, from furniture, lamps, accessories and scatters, beds, bags, fabrics – too many to mention. I would rather encourage you to go see for yourself. Plus he is very involved in the design of his scatters, bed linen and fabrics.

Q:   What lead you to open Passion & Poison?

A:   Passion & Poison was never planned, in the sense that we ever thought of opening an interior shop, focusing on Turkish textiles and antiques.

We were in Egypt at the time, busy sourcing high-end men’s fashion suppliers with the idea of opening a small upmarket men’s clothing shop.

During our stay, my partner suggested that we should consider going to Turkey, as the flight was short.

I will never forget the next morning waking up in Istanbul, seeing the people, buildings and culture. We fell in love with this dynamic country immediately and our little clothing shop was canned! It all happened so naturally. We were like hungry foxes going through alleys and markets. Within 4 days, the foundation was set for our future shop.

Turkey is a very under estimated country with wonderful history and culture. After all the years it still feels like the morning of your birthday when you were a kid, filled with excitement for what you might get.

Q:   Why the name Passion & Poison?

A:   The name has no real meaning but it boils down to that one man’s passion might be another’s poison……..

Q:   What do you enjoy most about your ‘job’?

A:   SOURCING! I love going to all the villages, markets and suppliers – sourcing wonderful new concepts and ideas. The creative side of the textiles is another love. The whole manufacturing process from basic idea to the final item is just like one huge roller coaster ride.

Q:   What type of product do you source mostly?

A:   Textiles remain the number one item. From custom woven Hamam towels, to upmarket upholstery and curtain fabrics. Silk scarves and scatter cushions. Fabric, fabric and yet more fabric. Old ornamental pieces like fountains, pots and carpets also remains in the front line.

Q:   Your five-year plan?

A:   Unfortunately with the world economy as it is now and the political tension in South Africa, I can only hope and pray that the shop will still be in existence! It sounds harsh but it is a fact. Only hard work and remaining focused could carry one through.  So in short I am focussing on excellent client service, breathtaking stock and a lot of blood sweat and tears.

Q:   A bit more personal – what is your favourite past –time when not in the shop?

A:   I love to paint. It is my escape from reality. Otherwise I love music, cooking Turkish food and once in a navy blue moon I will watch a movie.

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

A:   That is an extremely unfair question! I don’t have one. I have a couple. So please bear with me.  Fuscia pink, red, acid green, orange and Turquoise.

Q:   Tell us five things on your Bucket List?

1.  I want to go and stay in Turkey.

2.  I want to learn how to make sculptures

3.  I want to have a huge art exhibition

4.  I want to settle down with that “special person”.

5.  I want to visit Russia.

Q:   What do you have on your bedside table?

A:   I am reading a book for the second time called “Call me by your name”.  A rosary (which I collect), and hand cream. That’s it!

You will find Passion & Poison at the very top of Strand Street where it meets Hudson Street  in Cape Town– left hand side going up in the Hudson Building Showroom 2, De Waterkant .  Should you wish to call him, their shop number is: 021-4193840.   

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