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Enough With The Pineapples Already!

By Marica

I generally love sharing current décor and design trends with you guys & gals. I usually get super dooper excited when I spot a new buzzing trend online. AND, under normal circumstance, the title of this post would have read “Trend Alert: Pineapples“.

However the problem is… I can’t stand this trend. I blerrie (like the Afrikaans would say) hate those pineapples. Why, just tell me why? What’s with the pineapples? I just can’t right now…

Luckily I’m not alone in this, Rose also has lukewarm feelings regarding the whole pineapple business.

We often spot micro trends that we don’t immediately like but gradually warm to. This, dear readers, is NOT one of those trends. Furthermore, the fact that I’ve see it on every design blog and all over my Pinterest feed has only intensified my dislike.

I guess it is supposed to be playful and quirky and filled with summer fun. I generally like offbeat things but I honestly don’t see the pineapple appeal!

However, we won’t judge you if you do like the pineapple trend. The beauty of design and taste is that it is subjective.

So tell us, have you spotted the pineapple trend too? If so, yay or nay? Love or hate? let us know what you think!

P.S. The strangest thing happened while I was grudgingly sourcing the images for this post – I glanced at the pic of the pineapple wall clock and thought…”actually that’s not half bad, rather cute!” Ugh, save me now.

Graphic Wallpaper – Bold and Individual!

Although any interior designer or decorator worth his or her salt knows the added value of wallpaper, the last two decades the public perception of wallpaper took a bit of a dive. However, in the past five years (thanks to current trends finally reaching Joe Public) wallpaper is back and back in a big way.

You see it everywhere; you know the wallpaper I’m talking about – bold, stylized, graphic and individual. The current wallpaper trends are all about the “wow” factor – no blending in, we want it to make a statement! The trend also incorporates beautiful whimsical and nostalgic designs, and we see many types of wallpaper with either a very definite illustrative, sketchy quality or otherwise realistic, photographic features.

Digital printing has enabled wallpaper designers to go in newer and bolder directions. Furthermore, with the introduction of custom wallpaper – the sky is the limit. You can have anything printed onto wallpaper … talk about the ultimate individual touch!

The truth is, wallpaper conveys an opulence, luxury, and interest that paint just can’t – it creates that added dimension or layer.

Wallpaper also has that unique ability to be “translated” into any design style or statement – gentle organic lines can have a calm, grounded effect, while bold geometrics add vibrancy and oomph to a drab space.

We often find that our friends and clients are all for the idea of wallpaper but are hesitant to commit to plastering a whole room with it. That is what makes the current graphic wallpaper trend all the more special – you only need to apply it to one focal wall and that’s statement enough! A guest loo is also a perfect spot for a bit of wallpaper, it guarantees “wow!”

South Africa has so many awesome trendy wallpaper designers and suppliers – here is some of our favourites…

All these lovely wallpapers can be order through us!

Just drop is a message!

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Graphic designer Sean Crozier of Design Meets Life designed these adorable children’s wallpapers. Sean’s quirky illustrations are absolutely magical!

The talented ladies from Mitat designed this striking wallpaper for Robin Sprong. Simply gorgeous – I can just imagine it in a woman’s clothing boutique or a opulent boudoir.

Another gorgeous wallpaper available from Robin Sprong – this one designed by Michael of Chandler House. Antiques cutlery – doesn’t it just speak of Michael?!

Love this soft sketchy geo designed by Renee Rossouw – also for Robin Sprong.

Wallpaper by Cara Saven Photography │The Design Tabloid

Just two of our friend, Cara Saven’s new wallpaper designs. Don’t you just adore the Vintage postcards and quirky sceptical designs!

And some beautiful sketchy bicycle and heart designs from our sweethearts at Design Kist.

A bold black and white statement – Rickety House by Unwrapped.

Lovely peachy coloured duotone hearts by Handmade by Me. The design is called “Sweethearts” – cute!

Gorgeous leafy wallpaper from Scion!

Some vintage swimwear by Dupenny.

A bit of typography from Wall & Deco.

And of course we had to include some Design Team into the mix as they are the forerunners of this amazing trend!

Leila Fanner’s issiMya – Whimsy African

Marica and I have a fascination with ‘discovering’ new South African talent. They may not be new on the design scene, but new to us. After all, the philosophy of our blog is to uphold and honour our local talented creatives.  The reason for that philosophy by the way, came out of the time that I spent working on the Irish hotel interior design projects. We had to export most of the interior furnishings and finishes from SA.

As a decorator, when I spend a great deal of time sourcing products and fabrics, I come to appreciate just how well our South African creatives compare with those abroad. We bring a unique flavour to the world of design. This is what Marica and I desire to showcase. The burning desire is to continue ‘exporting’ the talents and wares of South African designers to the world at large – the blog being one of the mediums we  use.

I cannot recall just exactly how it was that I recently ‘discovered’ the work of Lelia Fanner – somewhere and somehow on the internet. But I was so thrilled with my discovery, that I hurriedly contacted her to chat to her and today we are proud to introduce you to the ‘Talented Lelia Fanner.’ Her surface designs are striking, inspired by local fauna and flora, trendy, colourful and so much more. But I will leave Lelia to tell you more about herself in the interview below… ENJOY!

As always… yours in service of design… Rose.

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself – where are you from, what makes you tick, how did you get started?

I illustrate, design, paint, print, photograph, create surface patterns, and write as much as is humanly possible.

I dance a lot in my lounge, eat mostly raw food and masses of chocolate and believe love is stronger than hate. I’ve was born an artist and crafter – driving my mother batty as a youngster cutting up my clothes to re-make them in my own way. I sold my first artworks at the age of 10 from my mum’s art studio/gallery. Nowadays, I create designs for business, make my own gorgeous products, paint photograph nature and write about finding your own creative currency.

Q: Do you have formal training or are you self-taught?

I could say self -taught – but that isn’t ever strictly true. My mother, my unknown father, my grandparents and many more wonderful human beings who have influenced my life and were all creative entrepreneurs, have directly and indirectly taught me what I know now.

Q: Tell me more about issiMya (interesting name by the way) and your range of services/products?

Thank you. I’m not sure what it means – it popped into my head while rumbling along a farm road. It’s the name of my Cape Fynbos inspired range of textile designs. As an illustrator and graphic artist – I also design logos and illustrative themes for businesses. Last year I signed up with UK agents Advocate Art, to make a selection of my designs and art available for licensing worldwide.

Q: I notice you use quite a wide variety of mediums in your art pieces – what’s your favourite?

Drawing. Everything starts with a pencil line.

Q: What inspires you and where do you draw your inspiration from?

 Nature and my belief in worlds we cannot see with our physical eyes.

Q: Do you have a particular style and if so could you describe it?

Ridiculous amounts of detail right up against simplicity and extremes in colour, line and form.

Q: I see you have a fabric range in the pipe line – tell us more about it…

Well, there is the protea and fynbos inspired issiMya range – I spent a year on our farm on the west coast creating the initial ink and aquarelle illustrations that I then digitized and turned into patterns. I am totally in love with this range.

Then there’s the newer Natural History photographic collection; west coast and Karoo veld treasures with a sprinkling of man-made finds, naturally weathered into fascinating sculptural objects. They started out as box framed collections available at Cecile & Boyd’s Trade Showroom and The Haas Collective in the Bo-Kaap. The photos I took of each treasure collection inspired a range of fabric designs as well.

I am presently looking for the right fabric house or savvy business person to collaborate with in producing the range. If I don’t find that person/business I am going to launch it myself.

Q: When is it launching?

This year. TBC

Q: Are you considering developing any specific product from the fabric? (Ex. scatter cushions)

I’ve already started with some samples: Gorgeous cushions, gift wrap, gift cards, wallpaper, vinyl wall art and fabric by the meter.

Q: You’ve got some product on Etsy – a relatively unfamiliar avenue for most South Africans. How’s Etsy working for you?

I started my Etsy shop as an experiment in getting myself used to the whole online selling world. I made some sales, then started my website and got thoroughly side-tracked into making that into a gallery /shop / blog. I think in order to make Etsy shops work as a business one has to be dedicated to spending enormous amounts of time online and marketing it everywhere. I’ve only just started with that, so we’ll see.

Q: Tell us five things on your Bucket List…

Buy a farm with mountains and a river running through it, skydive, be in a flashmob dance, find lasting inner peace, and travel into outer space.

Q: Future plans?

All of the above ; )

…and an up-coming photographic exhibition called ‘A Fragile Nature’ – photo’s taken on a road trip to the Karoo.

Check out Leila’s website: here, or drop by her Etsy shop if you want to purchase any of her beautiful stationary and prints!

Be sure to catch our next post as Leila designed something special just for our The Design Tabloid readers!

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