Wishing all our readers and friends a Merry Christmas and a joyous festive season!
We loved sharing our passion for design, décor and pretty things with you this past year!
Our studio will be closed for business from today, the 15th of December 2016, to Monday the 16th of January 2017. Keep your eyes peeled – next year brings BIG and exciting things!
Have a good one, guys and gals! Design Monarchy out!
Love, Rose & Marica x x x
As promised it is GIVEAWAY time!!
Those of you who have read yesterday’s instalment of our Creative SA series will know how nuts we here at Design Monarchy are about the beautiful artworks of South African artist and illustrator Leila Fanner. We simply adore her bold use of colour and pattern. You can read the post: here.
Well, Leila has been generous enough to gift us with some of her gorgeous printed product to dole out as giveaway prizes to some of our blog readers! YAY!
4 Lucky readers can each win a set of 3 gorgeous Leila Fanner greeting cards. Each card features one of Leila’s unique and beautifully whimsy paintings. You won’t find these in the shops folks!
LIKE the Design Monarchy Facebook page: here.
LIKE Leila Fanner’s Facebook Page: here.
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The competition closes on Sunday the 11th of December at midnight and is open to South African residents only. Winners will be announced on Monday.
The next South Africa creative that we will be sharing as part of our Creative SA series, hits quite close to home as she has had a personal hand in the creation of our brand and the look and feel of our website.
Nicole Bruigom is a graphic designer and illustrator hailing from sunny Durban. Have you ever walked the aisles of a Mr. Price Clothing or Home store and wondered who designed the trendy graphics and quirky doodles you see on the product? Well, the chances are good that it might be Nicole, as creating lovelies for Mr. P is her day job.
When Nicole is not designing for the Mr. Price shelves, she sells her freelance design services under the moniker “Nicole & The Striped Flamingo”. Upon spotting her quirky whimsy illustrations back in 2013 we immediately fell in love with them and interviewed her for the “Interviews & Features” section of The Design Tabloid.
Not too long for thereafter, while working on the design of our new Design Monarchy website, we were searching for an illustrator to create some custom graphics for certain pages of our website. We immediately thought of Nicole as both Rose and I enjoyed her style of illustration and use of colour and pattern. We thought it would perfectly complement our logo, branding and identity, which we perceived as feminine and elegant, yet quirky with a slight vintage flair.
We explained to Nicole exactly what we had in mind and she created the most beautiful illustrations for us. The illustrations consisted of a quirky megaphone for our Home page, a pretty typewriter for our Press page, an old school phone for our Contact Us page, a hipster camera for our Portfolio page, and a toolbox and desk illustration to accompany our Company page. She also redesigned our Design Monarchy “Stamp of Approval” to match and compliment our new branding and graphics.
We were absolutely thrilled with the results and feel that Nicole’s illustrations really “made” our website. Since the launch of the website we have had tons of complements and we have found that visitors to our site find the illustrations had to forget! Feel free to pop over to our website to take a look at the illustrations “in situ”, so to speak.
As mentioned in our previous interview, Nicole is also an author. She published “Little Chef”, a quirky illustrated children’s recipe book, in 2010 and it has proved so popular that she released a second edition.
You can also adorn the walls of your home with some Striped Flamingo loveliness, as Nicole designed a range of whimsy wallpapers for Robin Sprong that would be perfect for a children’s bedroom or nursery.
Want to see some of Nicole’s designs in the flesh? If you reside in Joburg, you might want to visit Cafe Hemingways in Kyalami as Nicole has done extensive work for them – everything from the gorgeous murals on the wall to the menus and cake toppers – she even designed a range of postcards for them.
Be sure to check out more of Nicole’s gorgeous illustrations on her website.
You can also follow Nicole & The Striped Flamingo on Facebook.