Creative SA: Zana

Creative SA: Zana

Last year we introduced a new blog series, Creative SA. In this series we will regularly feature South African makers.

by Marica Fick

Today we want to share the gorgeous products of Cape Town-based creative studio, Zana, with you.

Zana produces beautiful screen-printed products – textiles, bags, cushions, and other fashion and home accessories but to name a few of their “giftables”. Their trendy graphic designs are bold and fun with a definite Scandi flair.

“We love to create things that pack a punch and give you that hair-blowing-back, confetti-bomb experience. We are in love with colour, pattern and typography. This is really what gets us inspired.”

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10 Divine Table & Desk Lamps for Your Home | via TheDesignTabloid.com

10 Darling & Divine Table & Desk Lamps for Your Home

10 Divine Table & Desk Lamps for Your Home | via TheDesignTabloid.com

by Marica Fick

A couple of months ago we kicked off a roundup series focusing on awesome locally available accent lighting.

In our very first list, “10 Amazingly Cool Standing Lamps” we sourced and selected ten stunning floor lamps for your home – from quirky and playful, to chic and trendy. Our second instalment, “8 Strikingly Trendy Hanging Lamps“, focused on pendant lights, while our third post, “7 Contemporary & Chic Wall Lights“, featured lovely wall-fixed lighting.

Today we will conclude this lighting series with a final search to find what awesome light fittings the South African shelves have to offer.

We did a little online search to see how many trendy, attention-grabbing local table and desk lamps we could drum up. While finding desk lamps proved to be a breeze, the more traditional table lamps were a slightly harder find.

So, without further ado, here is our roundup of ten delightfully divine table and desk lamps for your home…

10 Divine Table & Desk Lamps:

Wire & Cement Lamp

Combining two current decor trends, this table lamp with its copper wire frame and grey concrete base will add an edgy yet chic Industrial element to your space. Available from Mr Price Home


Gräshoppa Table Lamp

Designed by renowned designer and architect Greta Grossman in 1947, the iconic Gräshoppa Table Lamp is an excellent example of quintessential Mid-Century Modern design. The arm and base is made from solid bass while the conical shade is powder-coated in trendy coral-like colour described as “vintage red”.  Available from Crema


Weathered Concrete Belly Lamp

If you want a slightly more traditional table lamp the Weathered Concrete Belly lamp and shade will be a superb choice. While stylish and elegant, the concrete-look base will add an interesting texture and a contemporary flair to your home. Available from @Home


Copper Lamp

Want to incorporate a bit of minimalist Scandi design into your space? This tall copper lamp with its grey stone base will ensure your interiors remain on-trend. Oh, and don’t forget the naked bulb! Available from Woolworths


Bureau Lamp

Oh, Hoi P’loy how do I love thee… let me count the ways. This gorgeous walnut and brass Bureau Lamp, inspired by some of Thomas Edison’s early designs, has got me smitten. The lamp features a traditional turnkey switch (cool!) which slots through the tubular glass shade. Available from Hoi P’loy


Fixed Table Lamp

With its clean lines and matte black and brass finish, the Fixed Table Lamp is sleek, contemporary and tangibly masculine. Available from Weylandts


Blue Jeans Table Lamp

Functional yet stylish, this desk lamp will be a lovely addition to any workspace. Pairing trendy Scandi design with practical utility, the blue colourway of the lamp shade and base compliments and contrasts the wood detail perfectly. Available online through Superbalist


Urban Copper Desk Lamp

With its wooden adjustable arm the Urban Desk Lamp makes for a brilliant functional, yet aesthetically pleasing, lighting option. The contemporary design, trendy copper shade and exposed threaded cord adds an industrial edge. Available from Illumina


Max Desk Lamp

Another funky desk light. I love how the seafoam coloured shade pairs with the adjustable wooden frame and chrome base. Available online through Superbalist


Gold Foil Table Lamp

Add a bit of glamour and elegance to your home with this stylish table lamp. The clear glass lamp base features a “dipped-effect” gold foil detail which will make for an eye-catching accent piece.  Available from @Home

Block & Chisel

Creative SA: Block & Chisel

Last year we introduced a new blog series, Creative SA. In this series we will regularly feature South African makers.

by Marica Fick

The South African creatives we want to share with you today are very special indeed. Block & Chisel is celebrating an extraordinary milestone this year. 2017 marks the furniture and homeware company’s 30th anniversary – which is no small achievement for any business. They are one of the few local creatives who have built their business into a powerful, recognised local brand. One might even call them a furniture and decor dynasty.

We here at Design Monarchy hold Block & Chisel and their founders, Lynn & Sibley McAdam, in very high regard. The way in which they have developed and grown their product range over the decades is admirable.

The husband and wife team first began this journey after Lynn sold Biggie Best. With Lynn’s eye for beautiful pieces together with Sibley’s passion for restoring antiques and crafting fine furniture, Block & Chisel was born. The past 15 years has seen Block & Chisel welcome the McAdams’s son and daughter into the fold.

I, as a relatively “green” designer, love when Rose, who has been in the South African decorating industry for decades, enlightens me on the history of certain creatives and local design-related businesses. Block & Chisel is such a business – Rose can distinctly remember when they first opened their doors in 1987. Now 30 years later they own multiple successful shops.

Block & Chisel fills a very distinctive niche in the furniture and decorative accessories market. Their flavour is distinctly upmarket. They manage to create this delicious mix of eclectic, luxury, traditional but also contemporary, trendy yet timeless, oh-so-chic elements.

While Block & Chisel has their fingers firmly on the global interior trend pulse, they stay rooted in the company’s slightly colonial foundation which is evident in their classic French and English Country ranges.

Sibley first introduced these designs in the early years and to this day, it still forms the backbone of the Block & Chisel product range. In recent years more contemporary designs have been added. Lynn expertly accents these locally manufactured pieces with carefully chosen treasures to create an overall eclectic flair.

It is always such a treat and sensory experience to visit Block & Chisel in Diep River where we often shop and source for our clients. Not only does the showroom smell amazing, it is also filled with layer upon layer of the most beautiful furniture and decorative accessories. The showroom layout and various room settings tell such a wonderful decorative “story”.

We believe the key to Block & Chisel’s success (other than their visionary and talented owners) is longevity. Longevity, not only in their product ranges, but also in their business model. They keep evolving and reinventing to cater to their chosen market. And that is what we appreciate most about Block & Chisel.

Be sure to check out the Block & Chisel to see their full range of furniture & decorative accessories.

You can also follow Block & Chisel on FacebookInstagram, Twitter & Pinterest.
7 Contemporary Chic Wall Lights for Your Home | via The Design Tabloid

7 Contemporary & Chic Wall Lights for Your Home

7 Contemporary Chic Wall Lights for Your Home | via The Design Tabloid

by Marica Fick

A couple of months ago we kicked off a roundup series focusing on awesome locally available accent lighting.

In our first list, “10 Amazingly Cool Standing Lamps” we sourced and selected ten stunning floor lamps for your home – from quirky and playful, to chic and trendy. Our second instalment, 8 Strikingly Trendy Hanging Lamps, focused on pendant lighting.

Today we continue our search to find what other awesome light fittings the South African shelves have to offer.

We did a little online search to see how many trendy, attention-grabbing local wall lights we could drum up. Here is our roundup of seven contemporary and chic wall lights for your home…

7 Contemporary & Chic Wall Lights:

Alfie Wall Sconce

Finely crafted local design at its best. Hoi P’loy’s beautiful Alfie Wall Sconce is hand-crafted from 100% brass. No need to call the electrician or chase into the walls – simply hang up, plug in and tug on the cord to switch on or off. Oh, and this light fitting looks amazing with one of Hoi P’loy’s old school Edison-type bulbs. Available from Hoi P’loy


Tempo Wall Light

This anglepoise-like wall lamp has oodles of minimalist Scandi appeal. We love the contrasting dove grey shade and the adjustable wooden arms with butterfly nut detail. Available online through Superbalist


Beat Wall Light

A variation on the famous original Tom Dixon Beat Light, made from spun brass, the Beat Wall Light incorporates the familiar hand beaten black shade with a solid brass dimmer dial. Available from Crema


Moa Bedroom Light

Bofred’s striking monochrome Moa Bedroom Light consists of a black coated aluminium frame and lampshade with matching black fabric cable. Available from Bofred


Stenson Wall Lamp

If you are looking for a real statement piece, the Stenson Wall Lamp with its black shade and swivelling wooden concertina mechanism arm is the show-stopper light fixture for you. Available from La Grange


Alex Wall Light

Add a bit of vintage industrial flare to your interior with the Alex Wall Light with its wide glass shade and brass & black metal fittings. Available online through Superbalist


Churchill Wall Lamp

With its green glass shade and long brass arm the Churchill Wall Lamp is a wonderful take on the old military desk light. Available from Pezula

Decorex Cape Town 2017

Decorex Cape Town 2017: What to Expect

It is that time of the year again; Decorex Cape Town 2017 is just a stone’s throw away. The lifestyle expo will kick off on Thursday the 27th of April 2017 at the CTICC and conclude on Sunday the 3rd.

If you have been wondering what to expect from this year’s expo here are a few anticipated highlights as suggested by the Decorex team:

Decorex Cape Town 2017

WHAT TO EXPECT AT DECOREX CAPE TOWN 2017…

“In line with the 2017 theme, ‘Make your space your living dream’, visitors to South Africa’s premier décor, design and lifestyle exhibition will be immersed in natural fabrics, revitalising tones and quality products all centred around a vision of reclaiming a space of sanctuary, disconnected from the relentless noise and distraction of the modern world.

Decorex Cape Town

Cape Town, which leads the way in décor excellence nationwide, can expect to see only the highest quality products and décor set to international standard, as well as the country’s most creative designers who will be showcasing the latest trends.

Visitors can interact with the country’s top designers where the latest trends will be accessibly featured in a variety of room settings. The Decorex Designer Spotlight will showcase the work of iconic Cape Town designer Dylan Thomaz while stylish living ideas can be picked up at the Decorex Trend House.

Decorex Cape Town

The Decorex SA Trend House is a project which gives the audience a visual representation of how the 2017 trends can be realised in any living space by creating a home using carefully selected @home furnishings.

Anyone looking for a change in hue can visit the Plascon stand where the highly anticipated 2017 colour forecast will be revealed. And for the latest in international-level kitchen products and appliances, visitors are invited to the Franke Kitchen Trend Project where four local kitchen designers will compete to create the ultimate ‘Simplicity in Design’ kitchen.

Decorex Cape Town

Adding value to the home with insightful décor and gardening tips is the not-to-be-missed Builders DIY Theatre. Leaders in the DIY industry, as well as a number of celebrity speakers, will share advice on home and garden revamping, general improvements and fix-ups with live demonstrations throughout the four-day exhibition.”


Decorex Cape Town

Date: 27 – 30 April 2017

Time: 10am – 6pm daily

Ticket prices: Adults: R95, Pensioners: R85, Children under 12: R20

Venue: Cape Town International Conference Centre


For more information visit www.decorex.co.za

You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram or follow @decorexSA on Twitter

All info and images via Decorex

5 Pioneering Women In Interiors

by Rose McClement

I heard mutterings recently about today being International Woman’s Day, but obviously I wasn’t really paying much attention. I once sat down to examine the international calendar and believe me there are many causes out there that have a day set aside for them.  That, I think, was my subconscious reaction towards this day – until this morning that is.  That is until I went onto Google this morning and took a long look at the women who were being celebrated and acknowledged for their contribution to global society as a whole!

It was then that I decided that we here at The Design Tabloid need to pay tribute to the women who have made their mark in the field of Interiors internationally.  Some of them local gals (since South Africa isn’t so behind the bush in a third world country as some may be tempted to think) and some international ladies. We salute these impressive women for making their mark in the Interiors Profession.

Elsie de Wolfe

While Elsie De Wolfe, also known as Lady Mendl, was not the first ever interior decorator – there were definitely others before her – it is she who is said to have turned it into a valid profession. From her first commission in 1905 to the 1930s, Elsie was without doubt the most well known name in the American interior design / decorating field.

Elsie was quite the interior design revolutionary – a style rebel of her time. She famously detested the Victorian style of her youth which she described as dark and ugly. Instead she opted for lighter and brighter schemes, creating softer and slightly more feminine interiors. Elsie, who preferred the late 18th century French style, also reintroduced the concept of white and light painted furniture. She hated clutter and favoured expanded open living spaces.

In 1913 Elsie authored the widely read book, The House in Good Taste, a collection of writings on interior decoration and practical decorating advice.

Annie Sloan

Annie Sloan – I almost have to say no more than that – has been a household name for decades. She can be viewed as the figurehead of the decorative painting revolution and is internationally recognised as a respected paint and colour expert. The Telegraph even named her as one of “Britain’s most influential female designers.”

Annie unwittingly changed the face of furniture painting in 1990 when she launched her own range of decorative paint. Unable to find the exact paints she desired to work with, Annie used her fine art knowledge of colour, paint, pigments and art history to develop the now renowned Chalk Paint brand. The Annie Sloan Chalk Paint product can be found in over 50 countries around the world and has influenced not only the decorative painting industry, but interior decorating as a whole.

Tricia Guild

Tricia Guild is a British designer and the founder of Designers Guild, an international home and lifestyle company. She is known for her bold and exciting use of colour and pattern.

Designers Guild had its modest birth in 1970 when Tricia was searching for new and exciting textiles to decorate with. She recoloured a collection of Indian hand-block printed textiles, which later became the company’s first collection.

In the past four decades Tricia has grown and expanded Designers Guild into a global homeware and lifestyle empire. Today their product range includes everything from fabrics and wall coverings, to furniture, homeware and even paint.

Tricia has authored 15 books and has been commissioned by the Royal Family multiple times – something which is no small feat.

In 2008 Tricia was appointed an OBE for services to interior design.

Lynn McAdam

Lynn McAdam has been involved in the field of South African interiors for must be well over thirty something years. Lynn and her sister were the founders and creatives behind the Biggie Best brand of the 80’s, a household name in South African retail interiors.

Lynn and her husband, Sibley sold Biggie Best and in 1987, they opened a retail brand, with a new and different type of interior product, namely handcrafted wooden furniture. The shop was called Block & Chisel. Naturally, driven by their passion and business skills, Block & Chisel has become a much desired interior retail store in Cape Town and has expanded to include Loft Living as well as a store in Johannesburg.

Retail interiors is a very challenging field and needs clever and dedicated navigation in order for it to remain a player in the business. Block & Chisel under the guidance of Lynn McAdam has done just that.

Pru Phufl

When Lynn and Sibley McAdam decided to explore other avenues in life, Pru Phufl bought Biggie Best and continued to expand the retail outlets via franchises throughout South Africa. Every major city had a Biggie Best shop.

Pru went on to take the brand internationally via franchises as well, with shops in Europe, Australia and Britain. Pru was awarded the coveted “Business Woman of the Year Award” in 1989 by Business Woman Association of South Africa. Being very hands on person, Pru continued to be involved in the design and development of their range of fabrics, wallpapers and furniture throughout the years.

Although many of the franchise outlets have been reduced, Biggie Best continues their retail and trade business to this day, having survived for near on forty years.  They have managed remain in touch with the flow of interior trends, while retaining their particular flavour / style of interior finishes – Contemporary Country.

To me the secret of their success was to remain an affordable brand – bringing interiors to the middle class people. Making it attainable at a time when interior decorating was a luxury only the privileged of the upper class could afford it, just outside of the reach of the middle class. Oh how times have changed – thank you Pru Phufl for your contribution.