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No 7 Modern Talking
“One of my favourite things about MAPSA is that, if you’re visiting Richmond for the first time, it’s so completely unexpected,” says Harrie Siertsema, art patron and owner of an astounding collection of contemporary works housed in a renovated old s
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welcome Note
ONE OF MY FONDEST MEMORIES is of walking with my sculpture tutor through his garden in Essex on an unusually warm spring day. As we neared a flower bed exploding with tulips he broke off from telling me about Degas’s wax models and asked, “Crispian,
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Bowled Over
Jaco Janse van Rensburg and Kay Abrahams of Envy&Co chat to us about their new range of papiermâché bowls. These are made by crafters who’re assisted through the Wola Nani Craft project, a response to the need for unemployed HIV-positive women to ear
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Contributors
What does spring mean to you? Excitement, bubbles, life and awakening. It’s about frolicking in the NIROX Sculpture Park and picnicking at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Your favourite decor colour? Pastel green, which feels tranquil in com
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No 10 Blooming Genius
Award-winning film producer and stills photographer Filipa Domingues has a 7 000-strong Instagram following for her CheckMyPlants account. Using only natural light, she captures the bizarre and beautiful aspects of South Africa’s flora. As she explai
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Lights Now!
This flexible lighting system by the Bouroullec brothers consists of a series of LED modules wrapped in long leather belts and secured by buckles. Some parts carry weight, others cable and others beams of LED light, and the design possibilities are e
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No 11 Forging A Feast
It’s pure alchemy: a fusion of dark, cavernous spaces, immersive sounds, herbal smoke, sparks and layered aromas. Artist-blacksmith Conrad Hicks and food artist Caro Jesse recently curated an evening of history and high drama at the triple-volume for
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The Laundry Line
The metro rumbles below and the sound carries up to the top floor of this 18th-century building with its facade clinging on to the remaining azulejos (ceramic tiles) Portugal is famous for. I gaze out the window in the living room of our apartment wi
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The Harmony Of Phi Space
A number of years ago, I let out my house more or less on a whim, packed 30 kg of bags, with 10 kg of extra baggage hung around my neck under a new designer jersey, and off I went to Korea. Here, I was going to generate a formidable pension by teachi
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No 18 A Brand-new Look
Linel Louw and Coenraad Sutton of UNKNOWN Design Agency have helped to refine brand identities for leading names in the world of design, including Joe Paine, Dokter and Misses, and Tonic Design. “We place strong focus on a discovery process with our
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A Kitchen, A Sunroom, And A Thousand Days
I was young, maybe 8 or 9. My mother was going through a time: The couple she cleaned for and whom we lived with had broken up and left us lingering in their abandoned home. She had cancer, my mother, so her head was where it was, but sometimes she w
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No 19 Turn To Timber
A shared interest in cycling, design, sustainability, social upliftment and mobility has resulted in Volk Bikes, the brainchild of Dan (the designer), his wife Jazz (the technical whiz) and his brother Pierce Hoffman (the financier). These three East
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A House Is Just A House
We would sit in the blue two-door Mazda and gaze at the house my mother had bought. She was young then, around 33. I would’ve been 13, my brother 10, and my sister 3. For all our excitement, there wasn’t that much to see. The house on Chester Road wa
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No 23 Hip To Be Square
Aerodynamics… it’s a key factor in modern automotive design and something car brands spend gazillions on. Not Suzuki, at least not with the Jimny. All squared off and upright, this little car’s throwback design not only appears to have escaped the fr
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Earthly Delights
The talents of South African style-setter Karen Roos are already legendary. Nine years ago, this visionary and her husband resurrected the previously neglected Babylonstoren farm near Paarl, which today draws visitors from all over the world. In 2013
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No 24 Bound To Inspire
Fibre art has traditionally been regarded as craft, and fibre artists tend to have fewer opportunities to exhibit in galleries, so it’s great to see this art form getting well-deserved recognition. The latest in Phaidon’s popular Vitamin series, this
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No 25 Still Perfect
This Cognac is distilled from wine that comes from vineyards in the top wine-growing areas around the town of Cognac, France. Distillers in the region make the bulk of the Cognac in their own pot stills, and Rémy Martin then manages the ageing and bl
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No 2 Exhibit A+
This year’s 100% Design South Africa, taking place alongside Decorex Joburg at the Gallagher Convention Centre between 7 and 11 August, will delight attending aesthetes with 12 brand-new curated features involving industry heavies alongside about 200
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No 26 Taking It Slow
Probably best known for its Chardonnays, the Robertson valley has been producing some seriously good wines of various varietals in recent years, many of them made by young winemakers. It’s well worth planning an outing to the area to taste the wines
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No 4 Fit For A Queen
Mpho Vackier, furniture designer and founder of TheUrbanative, fills us in on the inspiration and process behind the Nenzima server. Tell us about your inspiration for the African Crowns Collection. The lines, forms and textures of traditional Afri
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No 27 Take Your Pick
Whether you’re dreaming of upgrading to a brand-new couch or want to give your space a bit of a makeover, an @home voucher, valued at R25 000, will certainly help to get you started. Think three- and four-seater couches in luxe velvets, linens and na
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No 1 Tradition Meets Technology
“The shape of the bench was inspired by the three-legged pot my grandmother always used when we’d visit her in KwaZulu-Natal,” says Thabisa Mjo of Mash.T Design Studio. Its undulating silhouette also references the rolling hills so typical of this pr
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The Great Outdoors
Invest in on-trend furniture from Sevens that complement your outdoor entertainment space. Sleek, lightweight and durable, powder-coated aluminium is an excellent choice for outdoor furniture. Lightweight yet sturdy, this set ticks the most importan
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No 3 Next Level
Level Six Design Tank is an architectural student movement aimed at improving the current academic space at Durban University of Technology. “Our vision is to add a new floor to an existing building for a school of architecture on the Steve Biko Camp
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No 5 Renaissance Man
Why Should I Hesitate: Putting Drawings to Work at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa surveys more than four decades of William Kentridge’s artistic production in drawing, stop-frame animation, video, prints, sculpture, tapestry and large-sc
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