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a message from thebe md carol weaving getting to know decorex sa gm sian steyn a colour-filled journey m-net cares stephen falcke: décor royalty plascon 2014 colour forecast what’s trending tessa proudfoot in the decorex designer spotlight star gazing time to glow kitchens and bathrooms green by nature innovation update decorex 2013/4 décor and design listings move it with volvo back to the future editor



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e’re in a celebratory mood at Detail, marking 20 years of the fabulous Decorex Joburg exhibition as well as the unveiling of yet another beautiful Plascon Colour Forecast. The moody blue cover of this issue is straight from their 2014 forecast and if that’s the chic way colour’s going next year, we can’t wait! We hope you enjoy this wonderful resource filled with ideas, inspiration and a comprehensive list of services and suppliers in the décor and design industry. Take it home with you, use it and – if you lose it – don’t stress because you can also download the Detail app on your tablet for the digital version. Even tell your friends who didn’t make it to the exhibition that they can also enjoy a bit of lifestyle inspiration courtesy of Decorex Joburg. For the first time this year, we’re regionalising Detail magazine. That means all the contacts listed in this issue are available in Gauteng. Durban and Cape Town décor listings will appear in the magazines distributed at those exhibitions and the app will carry three versions of the magazine. Enjoy!


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his year marks the 20th anniversary of Decorex Joburg – most certainly a milestone to celebrate for many different reasons.

Firstly, there is the incredible achievement of having grown this exhibition from its launch size of 144 exhibitors in one hall at Gallagher, to the magnificent Decorex Joburg that we all know today: More than 700 exhibitors spread across the full six halls that Gallagher has to offer – and more than 50 000 visitors through the gate. We would not have done it without a lot of support, loyalty and encouragement.


A message from Thebe Exhibitions and Projects MD Carol Weaving to mark Decorex Joburg’s 20th birthday

Firstly, to our headline sponsors, Plascon, particularly their colour manager Anne Roselt: You have been with us right from the start and believed in Decorex SA every step of the way. Thank you for sticking with us and for always driving the Decorex team to ever greater heights with your boundless creativity. And to our media partner M-Net: Thanks to you, every year we are able to speak to the Decorex SA market in the comfort of their own homes, plus we will always be grateful that through our partnership with the M-Net Cares initiative we, too, are able to make a difference to those less fortunate than us.

And the biggest thank you of all to you, our loyal exhibitors and visitors, without whom Decorex South Africa would not exist. Through good times and bad – and the last few years have seen all of us face economic pressures like never before – you have made it possible for us to grow Decorex Joburg into Africa’s largest décor, design and lifestyle exhibition. We now have visitors from all over Africa, buyers from all over the world, visiting this one-stop, all-encompassing exhibition that has no match on the continent. I would also like to pay tribute to the Thebe Exhibitions team that has contributed to the leading position Decorex SA holds today. Committed individuals like former Portfolio Director, Melanie Robinson, head of our business development, Cairey Baxter-Bruce, General Manager of Sales, Angela Chatfield, and Portfolio General Manager, Sian Steyn, have all driven the growth and development of the Decorex SA powerhouse. Decorex SA has been a successful brand because it has not only grown with its market but gained status as the market leader within the exhibition industry. As the demands, needs and interests of consumers have changed, so too has Decorex SA. Over the past 20 years, we have developed various innovative pavilions, catering to the needs of both our exhibitors and our visitors. And we’re not stopping here. The year ahead holds many exciting opportunities for Decorex SA and I look forward to sharing more great Decorex moments with all of you. Thank you, again, for your support and happy birthday Decorex Joburg!

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and seeing everything come together is extremely rewarding! WHAT IS THE SECRET TO DECOREX SA’S SUCCESS?

A NEW FACE Meet Sian Steyn, General Manager of Decorex SA portfolio, who stepped into the hot seat a few months ago. WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF YOUR JOB? Dealing with the ‘postshow’ blues. No matter how successful a show is, it is always difficult to see it being broken down. Those few days after a show can be a bit disheartening after so much effort and time has been spent on execution. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT IT? Definitely being on site with the whole Decorex SA team. After months of hard work and preparation, seeing the exhibition in all its glory take shape, gives us a massive sense of pride. It is a bit like a theatrical production

Decorex Joburg has grown in size and authority, despite the challenging economic environment and increasing competition. Our success has been crafted around our dynamic team, partners, sponsors and exhibitors. Decorex SA has been a successful brand in South Africa because it has not only grown with its market but gained status as the market leader within the exhibition industry. As the demands, needs and interests of our consumers have changed, so too has Decorex SA. DÉCOR AND DESIGN IS ALL ABOUT KEEPING UP TO DATE. HOW DO YOU REINVENT THE LOOK AND FEEL OF THE EXHIBITIONS EVERY YEAR? Research is essential. Our creative team is constantly researching global trends to ensure that we are the trend setters in Africa. We are always aware of the current décor and design trends and showcase them in all the feature areas created by the Decorex SA team. I believe it is just as important to know the latest exhibition trends and that our execution is on an international level. This is what makes us the premier show in Africa.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ON THE MORNING OF A NEW SHOW STARTING? Completely excited and exhilarated. The best moments are those few seconds before opening the show to our visitors. Seeing the crowds of people queuing to see what we have on display is extremely gratifying. WHAT IS YOUR BEST DECOREX MEMORY? The first Decorex SA exhibition I was involved in. I started in April 2011 and Decorex Cape Town was taking place a month later. Talk about a whirlwind month: Trying to understand my new role, the company, the exhibition itself and getting to know the team. From the moment I arrived in Cape Town it was remarkable, seeing everything come together, the buildup of the stands, understanding the quality of the exhibition, and of course bonding with the phenomenal group of women who put the show together – my team. WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING IF YOU WEREN’T MANAGING DECOREX SA? Definitely something to do with outer space! Perhaps I’d be an astronomer since I am obsessed with stars and planets and find all things space-related absolutely fascinating.

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Not only are we living in a colour-filled era, we’re a colour-literate generation too. Anne Roselt, colour manager of Plascon, is leading the pack. by Jacquie


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The language of fashion and trends has never been more accessible than it is right now. Dinner table conversations can as easily be about the 2013 colour of the year – emerald – as about Deon Meyer’s latest crime thriller. Ten years ago, only interior decorators knew what a statement wall was. Now couples will put off hanging their art for months, as they debate which wall to paint a pop of colour. Anne Roselt, colour manager of Plascon, says the last 13 years have signified the most colourful era that she can recall. By the end of the last millennium, in 1999, the world of décor had returned to minimalism and simplicity. There was almost no colour around as trend analysts suggested it was because consumers were seeking inner peace and spiritual fulfillment in an uncertain time.

The Pantone colour for 2000 was Cerulean Blue: “Psychologically, gazing at a blue sky brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute. She added that blue made the unknown a little less frightening because the sky, which is a presence in our lives every day, is a constant and is always there. “That’s the dependability factor of blue.”

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2010 2009 2007 It is this constant information stream about the psychological effect of colour, the rising influence of trend forecasters like Li Edelkoort and the increasing correlation between fashion trends on décor, that has resulted in a greater awareness of and interest in colour. We all survived the start of the new millennium and suddenly there was a colour explosion.


“It was as if the world was going on holiday. You don’t pack your black work suits when you go to the beach; you pack colourful T-shirts and slip slops,” explains Anne. She has been delighted with the “colour boom” of the past 13 years. A big part of the new mood has been the influence of popular culture on the world of colour. The movie Avatar, for example, was seen as largely responsible for turquoise being colour of the year, the year of its release. “Even big art exhibitions play a role,” says Anne. “This year there is a huge amber exhibition in Scotland that is already making its presence felt and the release of the Great Gatsby has a lot to do with the current popularity of pastel colours.” The past 13 years have also seen the growth of the green movement and every colour forecast released in this era has always acknowledged nature and the colours around us.

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2011 “And when you have a strong colour like green, you also have its complimentary colour red as well as pink which looks great with green, coming through,” says Anne. The current revival of craft and handmade design is also contributing to our love of colour.

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Legendary knitting artist, Kaffe Fassett, has just finished an exhibition in the United Kingdom and Anne predicts his remarkable use of colour will result in another wave of knitted designs as well as other crafts and colourful executions. Looking ahead, Anne says she sees a continued influence of Africa and its hot colours as well as water-like colours influenced by the sheer fabrics that are being seen in the world of fashion. She also predicts a big return to the colour purple. “But at the end of the day, we all need all the colours of the colour spectrum to live a balanced, healthy life,” she says.

Colour Nation 2014 COLOUR FORECAST


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A partnership with M-Net Cares has enabled Decorex SA to join forces with one of the country’s leading broadcasters and to give back to the community.

Helping to provide comfortable living spaces in which children can play, sleep, learn and grow



Decorex SA’s media partner M-Net will show just how much they care at this year’s Decorex Joburg, with the Room to Grow installation showcasing great ideas for decorating children’s rooms. M-Net, in partnership with homeware retailer Mr Price Home, is creating the M-Net Cares Room to Grow by Mr Price Home instalation, where visitors will get some junior décor inspiration – from a baby’s nursery, toddler to teen bedrooms and a fun playroom escape.

Once the show is over, all items on display from Mr Price Home – and much more – will be donated to a local underprivileged children’s home, the Orlando Children’s Home in Soweto, supporting the resident kids’ growth needs. This is the second year that M-Net and Decorex SA have joined forces to support the needs of South African children’s charities, and where nurturing and educating South Africa’s youth is once more the focus

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of the partnership. Last year, the M-Net Cares café collected books for libraries in underprivileged schools. Both parties value this partnership as an effective means of creating awareness and offering support to children’s charities, with the primary focus being on education. “We are extremely proud to have M-Net on board as media partner for another year,” says general manager of Decorex SA, Sian Steyn. “The work we have accomplished together so far has already benefited many young people and we will continue to do so in 2014.” Koo Govender, M-Net

Director: Corporate Marketing and Communications, says the M-Net Cares collaboration with Decorex SA is a prime example of M-Net’s commitment to education. “It’s important to create an environment that suits the needs of our children – from toddlers to teens. “Room to Grow” showcases the necessary tools required to achieve effective childhood development and in the end, by means of donations to the charities, the exhibition will make a difference where it’s needed most.” Partnering with M-Net Cares and Decorex SA in their do-good décor installation this year, local homeware

retailer Mr Price Home is sponsoring all the furniture. Kerry Strauss, Marketing Director of Mr Price Home says: “Mr Price Home and The Red Cap Foundation are thrilled to be involved with the M-Net Cares Room to Grow initiative because we believe that the environment in which children are nurtured makes a huge difference to who they will become.” “Helping to provide comfortable living spaces in which children can play, sleep, learn and grow is our way of saying thank you to all of the teachers, and care givers who dedicate their lives to helping children in need.”

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Renowned for his inimitable sense of glamour, interior designer Stephen Falcke has put SA design firmly on the global stage. As a patron of Decorex SA, he’s been an ardent supporter of the show since its inception, and he’s set to launch his first book on interiors early next year. We talk to this national treasure about his latest projects, and look back over two decades of design by Tess Paterson

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DESIGN When Stephen Falcke says he’s busy, it means that he’s working on 29 top end residential projects in a single year. He’s just stepped off a plane from Aspen where he installed a skiing villa. Next he’s off to London where on-going projects include a Grade 11 listed house by architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, and a many-storeyed period home which covers a substantial chunk of Belgrave Square. “The cantilevered staircase had a weight limit,” he says of the latter. “So we hoisted up each of the antiques by crane.” While most normal people would be daunted by all this high-end juggling , Stephen clearly loves every moment of the process. It all started out at the Chelsea School of Art where he studied

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I’m a purist and a classicist at heart, but I do love a twist.


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interior design, followed by a stint working for English guru David Hicks. Returning home, he was mentored by designer Lionel Levin, before branching out on his own. Bestowed with numerous international accolades, he was awarded the Andrew Martin designer of the year 1999. “I’m a purist and a classicist at heart,” he admits, “but I do love a twist.” An understanding of proportion is another of Stephen’s fortes, and he’s insistent that good art and high quality furniture are the cornerstones of beautiful interiors. “Add to that a sense of the unexpected and you can’t go wrong.” Throughout his career, Stephen has retained an extraordinary ability to create vastly divergent looks. There’s a London apartment, for instance, that’s clad head to toe in Robert Kime fabrics. Then there’s Carolyn Steyn’s vibrant new party space in upbeat brights, or a spectacularly pared down Camps Bay bungalow clad in soothing greys and whites. “I’ve

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These beautiful pieces can take their place anywhere in the world, and mix phenomenally well with different styles.


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just finished a re-build of my Parktown North home,” he adds. “I found it incredibly challenging to furnish and someone commented that they expected it to be a lot grander. But it’s definitely my dream space.” Stephen recalls the first stand he did for Decorex Joburg 20 years ago. “I remember it was vivid pinks, oranges and reds – all in silks and mixed in with traditional pieces. It’s a show that has remained very close to my heart, and I think as South Africans we’ve made the rules and broken them, and come out on top. Import-wise, our industry is restricted to certain levels due to prices, so the positive challenge lies in creating original looks across a range of items. For me, one of the greatest strengths of the show is the presence of fine, hand crafted South African objects. These beautiful pieces can take their place anywhere in the world, and mix phenomenally well with different styles.” Here at home, Stephen continues to work on Douw Steyn’s vast new development north of Joburg. He’s also planning the launch of his much-anticipated book early next year, featuring 40 spectacular homes in SA and abroad. “It’s been a wonderful journey, often dealing with two or three generations of families. I love making the absolute best of a brief and taking it to its limit, but you’re only ever as good as your last job.”

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NATION 2014 Plascon’s yearly colour forecast defines the way we see the world. With four distinct colour palettes, it has been keeping South Africans abreast of global colour trends since 1999 and this year’s central theme of Colour Nation refers to the way in which colour defines our identities, our world and our experience of it.

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URBAN TRIBE is a response to the growing trend towards national pride – especially amongst the BRICS nations. With countries like South Africa and Brazil coming to the fore as global centres of design, their unique aesthetics are being showcased around the world. Urban Tribe expresses this with a warm and grounded palette of contemporary brights, plus gold and black accents.

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SECOND NATURE takes a new look at our relationship with the natural world. As more and more people live in cities, the urban becomes our key reference point, and combining this with the natural world becomes vital to keep our lives balanced. This sentiment is captured in a bright, vibrant palette of greens and blues, activated by a bright yellow accent.

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CALM CONTRAST tracks the evolution of pastels in modern design, showing how they’ve move on from being purely “feminine” colours. This palette shows the combination of classic pastels with grounding neutrals, plus dark blue and copper, creating a balanced, contemporary feeling.

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INNER SPACE is inspired by the ways in which we use sanctuary environments to rest and reflect in a busy world. Drawing additional colour inspiration from the stars and skies above us to enhance the contemplative mood, the theme is expressed through a collection of neutrals and blues for a deep, tonal palette.

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The 2014 Colour Forecast will be launched at Decorex Joburg 2013 and showcased at Decorex Durban and Decorex Cape Town 2014

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In an effort to keep up with the ever-changing world of trends, the décor world has responded with a renewed interest in lasting designs from skilled craftsmen, and a return to the motif – re-interpreted in contemporary ways. From tribalism to texture, lighting to sofas, the ‘now’ look is experimental and confident – with heaps of glamour thrown in. by Tess Paterson



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BLUE HUES From rich cobalts and inky indigos to deep petrol shades, blue has an emotive, timeless appeal. Designers Guild get it just right with their Saraille wallpaper, available from Home Fabrics.

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TIMELESS MATERIALS Fine craftsmanship has never been more sought after. Not only are these ageold processes beautiful and durable, but the end product is a breath of fresh air among the ubiquitous and mass produced. Sebastian Herkner’s Bell series for Classicon, including tables and lamps, combines the fragility of hand-blown glass with a brass or copper frame. METALLIC EDGE From walls to furniture, the irresistible shimmer of silver, gold and copper is the simplest way to bring high glamour to interiors. Marco Braga’s quilted leather ottomans for Bisazza typify the trend, as does Nika Zupanc’s simple Golden Chair for Moooi. Poppy Room wallpaper by Miss Print from Black Fabrics.

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GONE TRIBAL Inspired by the decorative traditions of Africa, the impact and energy of this look is beautifully suited to contemporary schemes. Ikats continue to hold their own, from bold contrasty prints to more subtle impressions. Ottoman in Robert Allen ikat available at Black Fabrics. Gaelic Brown rug in handknotted wool by The Rug Company. Asian Indigo dhurrie by The Rug Company Studio Collection.

ALL STITCHED UP Steeped in the past and vibrantly coloured, tapestry accessories are back on the design radar. We love the quirky cool of the Home cushion by Committee for The Rug Company – a hand-woven wool Aubusson with silk appliqué. And who could say no to Paul Smith’s Birdie Blossom scatter, a mod nod to tradition in wool tapestry?

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SURFACE TEXTURE Whether it’s a mix of super-soft velvets or wall covering with a subtle relief, texture lends the X factor when it comes to really interesting interiors. Beautifully turned timber accessories, glossy ceramics and metallic accents all add to the mix. Fabrics by Larsen, available at Mavromac. Alliances wall covering by Elitis, available at St Leger & Viney. Timber and brass bowls from the Heavyweights series by Adam Court for Okha.

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BOLD BLOOMS Statement florals are here to stay - the bigger and brighter, the better. Marcel Wanders pulls out all the stops with his Bloem Rosso mural for Bisazza, while every fabric house worth its salt has a gorgeous selection from stylised motifs to traditional floral prints.

BOLD SHAPES Call it a reaction to the recession or just plain joie de vivre, but furniture shapes are taking on bold, over scaled forms. We’re mad about the tongue-in-cheek drama of the Labyrinth chair by Studio Job for Moooi. Marcel Wanders’ Cloud Sofa has a sense of humour too.

CLUSTERED PENDANT LIGHTS Happily, this elegant trend persists, with pendants in all manner of materials suspended at varying heights. Tom Dixon’s new Cell Tall Pendant is crafted from layers of finely etched, polished brass.

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MOTIF MOJO Pattern takes on an even more prominent role, as designers explore the visual power of the motif. Whether inspired by natural forms or by ancient craftsmanship, the results are stunningly contemporary and versatile. Boussac and Larsen, available at Mavromac explore this to great effect. Toubkal cushion from The Rug Company Studio Collection.

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FADE AWAY Part tie-dyed hipness, part optical illusion, the ombre effect has huge visual impact on fabrics and walls. Look out for Romo Black’s Zephyr and Shibori Sheers, or get the complete look with Designers Guild available at Home

EMBROIDERY The abundance of embroidered textiles suggests a renewed appreciation for tradition and detail. The latest collections from French house Manuel Canovas, for instance, feature a mix of embroideries, silks, prints and damasks. Available from Mavromac.

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Tessa Proudfoot is one of South Africa’s leading interior designers – with an eye for signature pieces that can take a space from simply stylish to unforgettable.


MAGIC While Tessa Proudfoot has for many years been regarded as one of South Africa’s leading interior designers, it was her 2010 Cabinet of Curiosities exhibition at the Everard Read gallery that catapulted her into the design spotlight. Long before anyone else, Tessa had identified the appeal of Victorian-style objets, a return to the exotic age of explorers and the timeless appeal of colonial quirkiness. The show was a great success and Tessa’s star continued to rise, cementing her reputation as one of the country’s design stars and her unique eye for the elegant, the timeless – and always something unexpected. And while the designer was being hailed by many as being ahead of her time, she was busying herself completing the interiors of a local client who had embarked on the eccentric buying trip with her. “We found beautiful vintage taxidermy flamingoes for them, amongst other

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fascinating treasures to add to their collection. One of my favourite pieces is an antique tiger skin, currently residing on their veranda nestled amongst a collection of antique Moroccan textiles used as upholstery for their outdoor furniture,” Tessa recalls.


After completing a business degree, she studied the only interior design degree in South Africa at the time, in Cape Town, and gradually set about building her career in the interior design industry. Johannesburg-based Tessa Proudfoot Interiors & Associates is now a leading design studio, working chiefly on domestic projects as well as boutique hospitality and safari developments.

As a child, I loved fashion magazines and books of beautiful art, furniture, gardens and glamorous interiors and still to this day

Describing her unique style, Tessa says she is most influenced by travel, books and fashion. “Not head-to-toe-Gucci fashion, though. I like the high-low mix where you combine designer pieces with high street ones, for an unexpected and off-beat result. I love my Gucci bag and my Rolex but I like to mix them up with other things.” Tessa, though fascinated by trends, seldom follows them, saying this is the sure fire way to ending up with a space that dates so badly that you end up having to replace it all. While Tessa’s style is sophisticated and worldly, she believes it is also rooted in an extremely down to earth upbringing on a sugarcane farm in Zululand.


This year Tessa Proudfoot has been invited to be in the Designer Spotlight at Decorex Joburg, showcasing her unique style in an installation at the entrance to Hall 5. She will also be collaborating with St Leger and Viney to launch her second fabric collection at Decorex Joburg.

“As a child, I loved fashion magazines and books of beautiful art, furniture, gardens and glamorous interiors and still to this day, my favourite daydream is to transport myself into those beautiful spaces,” she explains.

Her signature looks are layered and timeless, usually with a quirky surprise. In her own home, a living room in neutrals with a mix of old and new furniture is given an eccentric flourish with a giant French reindeer antler chandelier painted black. A wooden screen in the corner completes the chic lived-in effect and without it the look would fall apart, she says. Tessa’s own home décor style is authentic and timeless. She is also obsessive about only using “the real thing”. “I would rather do without something than resort to a bad imitation of it. Most pertinently, in the world of

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fabrics, I am obsessive about the handle of a beautifully woven cloth that has been crafted rather than mass-produced and the prospect of a polyester alternative upsets me deeply!”

has thrust upon us, there is already an increasing fascination with forgotten artisanal craftsmanship such as lace making, tapestry, knitting, weaving and so on.

It is no accident that Tessa is launching her second fabric collection with St Leger and Viney this year – she is absolutely passionate about fabrics. “Good interior design is all about creating the correct structure for a space and fabrics are the guilty pleasure that add the joy and make it sing. But you can’t expect to throw any old fabric at a problem and expect results that will last – you need the basics in place first. Only then can you start the layering of fabrics in carefully balanced doses much like one would add colour and texture to an oil painting – too much of one thing and not enough of another can be deadly. If budget is an issue, no amount of shiny, embroidered polysilk is going to give you a look – rather stick to plain white artist canvas for everything and slowly add beautiful heavy linens, damask and so on.”

“This goes hand in hand with the concept of recycling seemingly forgotten, staid old classics from the past and creating a new fresh version of modern. To refer back to fashion, witness Karl Lagerfeld’s latest collection for Chanel, where his models wore magnificent traditional woven wool tartan with leather sporrans, chunky - almost crude - hand knits, super-cool facial piercings and bleached blonde mohawks. And then there was D&G who sent their models down the runway wearing full length tapestry coats and dresses trimmed with Italian lace collars – in the same floral needlework that we all know from the glass framed wall hangings in our grandmothers’ homes!”


We also need to get more creative and do clever things like recycle old pieces

Looking to the future, Tessa believes that to counterbalance the high speed living that the age of technology


For Tessa, the art of great interior design is all about proportion and being able to recognise when it’s right is something inherent and instinctive – not a talent that is easy to learn.

As economic pressures continue to grow, we are going to become more and more discerning about our décor choices and it’s going to be more important to buy fewer quality pieces, than many cheap ones that will not last, she says. “We also need to get more creative and do clever things like recycle old pieces.” Whichever way the trends go, we’re pretty sure Tessa will be charting her own unique style course.

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Detail’s round-up of SA’s hottest design talent and what they’re up to

STAR GAZING by Tess Paterson


WHO ARE MAKERS OF STUFF? We’re a small Joburg-based design studio that tackles all types of design projects. As far as possible, we source our materials from the Gauteng area, and we collaborate with a fantastic network of local craftsmen and suppliers YOUR CLOUD LIGHT WAS A HUGE HIT AT DESIGN INDABA 2013, HOW HAVE YOU ADAPTED THE DESIGN? We’ve perfected our colouring process. What started out in a raw wood form can now be matched to any Pantone colour, and we also offer metallics. For instance you could finish the inside in copper, and paint the outside teal. There are endless permutations. WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX? I make ice-cream. It’s a challenge to perfect new flavours and my latest is Jalapeno.




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Right now I’m collecting beautiful old bottles and re-casting them, says ceramicist Lisa Firer. “Some of these were accidentally uncovered by workers in Seapoint – presumably the ‘rubbish’ of a former era. My hope is that people will see their potential as a group – it’s an installation that speaks about bits of the past, yet in white porcelain is very contemporary.”

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In partnership with Southern Guild, a group of top SA creatives showcased their collectible designs at Design Miami/Basel 2013. We chat to three of the rising stars

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the mechanical bureau

love me love me not side table TELL US ABOUT YOUR DESIGN Hand-carved in irocco timber, the table has eight separate petals that make up a full flower. Our bespoke options include petals with copper plated tops or a solid bronze finish. WHAT DID THE SHOW MEAN TO YOU? It was wonderful to expose our work to heavyweight international collectors and gallerists. The feedback was fantastic; SA’s definitely on the international buyers’ radar

Photograph: Margu Esterhuize

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR DESIGN This is a laptop bureau, designed to open and close using a system of gears, cranks, racks and pinions. It’s inspired by old word mechanical technology, something you might find rusting in the veld on a Highveld farm. WHAT DID THE SHOW MEAN TO YOU? It was a superb opportunity to learn about design direction, conceptual works, and how far you can push the boundaries. We were surrounded by the cream of collectible design, and held our own among names like Jean Prouvé and Studio Job.

laurie wiid van heerden apparition and chiaroscuro benches

TELL US ABOUT YOUR DESIGNS Apparition is made from plated mild steel, brass and copper. Each piece is unique and takes on a beautiful tarnished patina. Chiaroscuro is more modern with a high-gloss automotive paint finish. Both are honest, durable and well manufactured. WHAT DID THE SHOW MEAN TO YOU? It was an honour to be part of it. I really enjoyed the classic collector’s items such as the original Eames furniture. Basel is an amazing city both architecturally and people-wise, and the Vitra museum is just 15 minutes away! / www.southernguildcom

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Lise Butler and Amanda Haupt are right on the money with their new Mix & Match collection. Look out for bold geometrics, graphic botanicals and stitch-like hearts.



Fabric shouldn’t take itself too seriously, say Tracy Rushmere and Heidi Chisholm of Shine Shine. We’re mad about Julie Juu, their latest urban design to be printed on upholstery weight cotton/linen. Available by the metre.

Fabricnation’s beautiful new print ranges, Kelp Forest and Porcelain Bits were inspired by the Cape coastline. See more at www.

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Our aim with the trestle table was to create something accessible, without over-using materials, say Marc Nicolson and Lyall Sprong of designer-maker consultancy Thingking. The pot plant holders are equally dramatic yet functional, ditto the hexagonal bookshelf, made of alien timber planks and mild steel brackets. See more at

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Photograph: Letitia Lerm


The Ceramic Factory in Linden has to be one of Jozi’s best finds for gifts. Creative director Rial Visagie’s designs are imbued with humour, from 3D animal platters to motorcar salt and pepper pots. The Citizenship range celebrates the rhino, as well as the quirky Fro Family. 59 4th Avenue, Linden.

Designer Adam Court describes his hand blown Halffull vessels as ‘playing with repetition of transparency, form and colour.’ We’d like one in every shade.


Graphic designer Lauren Frates of iSpy has taken a fresh slant on retro with her screen printed fabrics and wallpapers. King and pincushion protea prints are sold by the metre, and smalls include gorgeous napery and cushion covers. www.

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From contemporary chandeliers to sustainable materials, lighting continues to be one of the most effective dĂŠcor statements you can make in your home. by Tess Paterson

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STATEMENT PIECE Like a killer pair of heels, a statement light can change the mood of a room in an instant.

“A magic mirror and the power of crystals transform a simple shell into an endless light bouquet of flowers,” says Marcel Wanders of his Valentine flat chandelier.

Inspired by Islamic patterns which have been translated into three dimensions,Willowlamp’s Mandala 1 is a vast illuminated sculpture. Constructed from laser-cut stainless steel frames with halogen lamps, we think it’s nothing short of an artwork.

The epitome of retro glamour, Tom Dixon’s Copper Shade continues to up the ante with its warm metallic glow. Harlequin Folia wallpaper available at Black Fabrics.

Makers of Stuff crafted their bell-like Cone pendants from brushed metals including mild steel, brass and copper. “They’re simple and unpretentious and, depending on the materials used, the inner light colour changes when lit up,” says Antonia Morgado.

METALLICA Metallic colours continue to be a huge décor trend, particular when it comes to lighting. We love the simple industrial lines of the Brooklyn brass pendant, also available in black and chrome from The Lighting Warehouse.

Anatomy Design’s Lab Light retains an almost cult-like status among decoristas. Made from brushed brass, black steel and porcelain, we love its sheer elegance and cool quirkiness.

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Laurie Wiid van Heerden’s Corti Luminoso desk lamp and cork pendants combine hand finished cork, stainless steel fittings and sleek, understated forms. His bulb lights in translucent porcelain get our thumbs up too, with the added element of colour-specified cords.

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MATERIAL MIX Unusual materials are used to dramatic effect in these contemporary lighting designs.

Beautifully simple and crafted from birch plywood, Jacques Cronje’s Minima pendant range is a South African classic. Add one for impact, or a group of three for real drama.

Jozi designer Anthea McCloed combines nostalgia and quirk with a clean modern edge. Items like enamel mugs and bowls are mixed with timber and metal to create a range of fun, functional lighting.

Studio Job’s Paper Patchwork chandelier is made from wood, cardboard and paper – a true celebration of this material’s infinite versatility.

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CLEAR AND SIMPLE The use of glass continues to make an impact in lighting solutions, seen in simple flask shapes and cut crystal detailing.

Inspired by the classic patterns found on whisky glasses and decanters, Lee Broom’s Crystal Bulb is a triumph of function and ornamentation. Each lead crystal bulb is hand cut, and the lamps are available as single pendants, chandeliers or table lamps.

Part of the Rough and Smooth collection, Tom Dixon’s Flask is reminiscent of the chemistry lab. Crafted from hand-blown glass, this beauty boasts a rounded ridged base and smoked glass hood.

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DESIGN WITH HUMOUR For the first time, and possibly in response to tough economic times, design has a smile on its face.

Designed by Alessandro Zambelli, the Bouché table light in glass and wood has a stunning ‘message in a bottle’ effect.

Launched at the Milan Furniture Fair 2013, the Bucket floor lamp by Studio Job turns conventional design on its head. It’s part of the appropriately named Unexpected Welcome collection.

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Kitchens and bathrooms have become the two most luxurious spaces in our homes – and by all accounts have important resale value. by Tess Paterson



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“Our younger market in particular is looking for strong colour accents, without compromising on the longevity of the design,” says Sergio Polita of Snaidero Kitchens. “The Code kitchen, for instance, has a focus on clever open storage, including bookshelves. Boxes in solid ash, painted to a chosen finish, are an excellent way of adding colour to an otherwise neutral space.”


“The b2 presents probably the most compact kitchen design of our time,” says Colin Lee of bulthaup. Open and portable, it’s a combination of workbench, kitchen tool cabinet and appliance housing cabinet. Depending on your needs, it can be added to and configured to suit your space – a clever mix of elemental form and rational function.


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“The new contemporary kitchen is all about beautiful textures,” says Philip Richards of blu_line. “Technology is encouraging a modernist look, but we’re finding that clients don’t want complete minimalism. Here we’ve combined surfaces of Caesarstone, high gloss charcoal lacquer, oak veneer and mirror detail. The result is richly layered with a sense of warmth, yet still highly contemporary.”


Shaker style cabinetry, satin-finish ducoed doors and simple hardware give this open plan kitchen its relaxed, country feel. “Subtle tones imply comfort in that they’re ‘lived in’ and easy on the eye,” says John Dammermann of Easylife Kitchens. The aqua-coloured island with a dark Caesarstone top adds to the calm, classical feel.

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Designed with deliberate restraint, the Durastyle range by architect Matteo Thun is reduced to the purest forms. Not only does it blend in with a broad range of styles, but the considered design allows for optimal space and clever storage options. Perfect for lovers of pared down and clutterfree spaces.


Described as an ‘organic minimalist’ design, the new Axor Starck Organic collection features highly sculptural mixers for basins, showers and baths. Branch-like, the wash-basin mixers are available in four different heights complete with ergonomic handles. Separate shower controls for water volume and temperature add to this intuitive, economical design.

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From wall-to-wall impact – think hip hotel spas – smaller focal points like mosaics continue to make a design statement. Here a floor panel in natural tones draws attention to a freestanding bath, offsetting a bamboo vanity and floating shelves. Cyprus laser stone mosaics, other tiles, vanity and basin all from Tile Africa.

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With its drum-shaped basins as the keynote element, Il Bagno Alessi One by Stefano Giovannoni for Laufen has both dramatic visual appeal and a hint of eccentricity. Sensuously curved ceramics create a cohesive design language throughout the range – ideal for lovers of bold yet timeless spaces. Available from Italtile.

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From accolades at the Chelsea Flower Show to laid-back fire pit entertaining, three leading landscapers take us outdoors. by

Tess Paterson

“Lawns are the last gardening frontier,” says Joburgbased Tim Steyn. “So much has been done in terms of creating different looks using flowering plants and beds, that we’re now working with lawn grass as a medium. It’s a fantastic way to add new interest to what was often a flat and unimaginative area.” Inspired by the large-scale civic projects of American landscape architect Charles Jencks, Tim has adapted and reduced some of these ideas to a domestic scale, working on everything from rambling Westcliff gardens to small courtyard spaces. “Different lawn varieties allow for endless design options. You could let All Seasons Evergreen grow to ankle height, for instance, and then cut a meandering pathway through it. Playing with colour is another effective tool, as the All Seasons peaks in winter and contrasts beautifully with brown veld grasses.” On a steeply sloped site, Tim created a sweeping set of lawn steps, contrasted with steel risers. “It looks wonderful and is a great way to create a seamless transition, rather than using the standard hard retaining walls.” Other deceptively simple designs include graded embankments, and combining grasses at different heights with rocks and pavers. “We’re by no means pioneers in land shaping techniques, but find that it works particularly well. It’s also child-friendly and helps to both absorb water and bind the soil.”

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landscape designer “People are yearning for a more natural lifestyle,” says Jan Blok, “and creating fire pits and bomas is a wonderful way to get back to the fundamentals. It’s about enjoying the South African climate at any time of the year, and connecting with family and friends.” To create a sense of intimacy when designing a boma, Jan advises adding raised walls that enclose the space and focus the attention towards the fire. “This allows for built-in benches or floating timber seating attached to the walls. It’s also important to complement the architecture of the house, and we tend to favour natural materials such as stone, clay bricks and timber that add to the overall atmosphere. Timber decking adds a sense of warmth, and suits most styles of home from classical to contemporary.” If you’re pressed for space, Jan suggests trying a fire basket or brazier to create a similar fire pit effect. “They’re readily available and portable, so you can place them on a circle of gravel close to your patio. Add a few deckchairs and lanterns and the whole atmosphere takes on a welcoming glow.” For walled courtyards, built-in fireplaces allow for year-round al fresco dining, doubling up as braai areas by adding a grid. “Placing the fireplace at eye-level when seated gives a fantastic focal point to the setting, and adding storage on either side makes the area very user-friendly.” 082 455 4451.



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TAKE A STAND david davidson

specialist stand designer and the creative force behind SA’s 33rd Gold Medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013

“To celebrate the dual centenary of Kirstenbosch and the Chelsea Flower Show, we wanted to create a sense of being contained in the heart of a garden,” explains David. “We enclosed the exhibit, wrapping it on the outside with photographic panels showing Kirstenbosch’s early development and history. Inside we represented The Dell - one of the older and most beautiful parts, embraced by the amphitheatre. This area was filled with rock banks, cycads and tree ferns, some of which are successors of the very original plant material. Across the walkway we created a large protea display, overseen by a dramatic backdrop of the mountain.” “Stand design allows you to be far more theatrical, to create a sense of illusion,” he adds. “At Chelsea you learn to improvise and to allow for contingencies - there’s no nipping down the road for more fynbos!” Despite the team’s many awards, David insists that the plants are the real stars. “Visitors to Chelsea are constantly awed by the diversity of our plant life,” he says. “I often meet tourists at Kirstenbosch who say that seeing the Chelsea stand made them plan a trip to SA. Year after year the show proves to be an invaluable marketing tool for promoting our country.”

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[ CRUISE CONTROL ] We just love the sassy range of cruiser bikes by Dutch designer Arnolt van der Sman. A master furniture craftsman, Arnolt created a retro-classic look with impeccable finishing. With its ashwood main frame, details and fenders in shock-resistant beech, this ride is both eco-wise and seriously stylish.

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[ SHARPEN UP ] A gorgeous gift and coveted office accessory, we can’t resist Kastor, the chrome-plated critter cum pencil sharpener designed by Rodrigo Torres.

[ TIME TO EAT ] Breakfasts take on a chirpy note with this wonderfully ditzy duck egg timer by Eero Aarnio. We love the yellow for its bright colour pop, but it’s also available in black or white.

[ ROCK THE BABY ] Reminiscent of school lunchbreaks, yoyos are a great way to unwind and take your working day a little less seriously. This handmade timber version by Green Grass Design is a classic.

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[ EVERYWHERE CHAIR ] For indoors or out, we’re big fans of the Flux chair. The brainchild of Dutch duo Douwe Jacobs and Tom Schouten, it starts out as a giant polypropylene envelope and is niftily cut in order to fold out into a designer seat.

[ MOVEABLE FEAST ] The new LotusGrill combines the delicious results of charcoal cooking with speed and mobility – and great style!. Thanks to a built-in batteryoperated fan, the coals are ready in just four minutes, with smoke noticeably reduced. From balconies to the beach it’s the simplest way to entertain this summer. [ PAPER GLOW ] Inspired by origami, these lights are made in Holland from a single piece of paper. Suitable for low-wattage bulbs, the gentle glow makes them perfect for bedrooms. Available to order in eight different colours.

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[ WONDER WALL ] Nothing makes a statement like an embossed wall, and Mywallart’s bio-degradable wall panels create a dramatically contemporary look. They’re finished in white, but the surface is paintable so you can splash out on any colour.

[ DOGS RULE ] We’re crazy about this old-school wooden ruler by Green Grass Design - a fabulous gift for Dachshund lovers everywhere. Also available in coloured Perspex.

[ THE BIG SCREEN ] If you’re tired of flapping and billowing patio blinds, Ziptrak’s screen and blind system has the solution. Guide tracks let the blind move easily, locking into any position using a tensioned spring balance system. Clear PVC options keep your view intact, with alternatives offering sun protection. 011 792 0243

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[ SURFACE APPEAL ] Get the luxurious look of timber with DAS wall panels – a simple way to add texture and warmth to any room. From chestnut and mahogany to wenge and white-wash, the panels work as feature elements or as a cladding for entire walls.

[ WORD PRESS ] Ideal for home offices, these bright book ends add a shot of colour and help to keep things shipshape.

[ FALLING WATER ] The Urban Collection outdoor shower by VITEO is activated by body weight, sending jets of water up into the air, which then fall down like gentle rain. Blissful. This outdoor shower is available from Ora Outdoor Boutique in Kramerville.

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[ DREAM SCREENS ] Both decorative and highly functional, Tilt Design Collective’s locally made metal screens work as room dividers, wall cladding and privacy screens. The contemporary designs can be applied to indoor or outdoor projects, and bespoke detailing allows for wonderfully original results.

[ BYE BYE BLACKBIRD ] Who can resist these pie bird funnels – a contemporary take on the traditional cooking accessory? Juices are allowed to bubble freely while steam escapes through the beak – the solution to crispy-light pastry tops. [ SIGHT AND SOUND ] Outdoor entertaining reaches new heights of hipness with MAKEO1 the innovative all-in-one loudspeaker with integrated ambient lighting. The 360-degree surround sound is packaged in a weather resistant and dirt-repellent housing – music to our ears.

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naccessories PRICE’S CANDLES

T: 011 378 2500 E: W: Price’s Candles have been adding magic to life’s special moments for more than 100 years. Our candles are characterised by their excellent quality.


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W: Specialising in Victorian period bathrooms since 1989. Products available in finishes such as brass, nickel, brushed nickel, weathered copper etc.


T: 011 555 1220 E: W: Duravit is a leading manufacturer of complete bathroom solutions with a wide choice of mainly contemporary ceramic sanitaryware, bathroom furniture, accessories, bath tubs, shower trays & wellbeing systems for dream bathrooms as well as products for the public and semi-public sectors.


T: 011 444 5070 E: W: Geberit, synonymous with concealed cisterns and flush plates, combines design and functionality with effective and reliable plumbing solutions, ideally suited for any bathroom layout.


T: 011 445 0000 E: W: Hansgrohe Africa offers top quality and innovative showers, taps and bathroom accessories that come with a 15 year warranty and SABS approval.

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Flameless Candles Wind resistant, environmentally friendly and clean. No messy melted wax to clean. Allows you to enjoy the beauty and luxurious vanilla aroma that comes with using real candles.

With the remote you can control the colour, flicker rate and even automatically turn them off all with a push of a button.

Contains state-of-the-art LED technology that replicate the flickering action. Safe around children pets and furnishing.

It is wind resistant and the batteries lasts for ages making this decor item the latest hit amongst the designers and interior decorators.

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T: 011 804 2804 E: W: Paradyne and Palazzo bathware ranges are either sharp and well defined or have smooth and fluid lines – catering to a wide variety of client aesthetic. Our variety of products cater for everyone!


T: 032 586 3255 E: W: Our studio is a treasure trove of tiles, mosaics, cladding, decor

pieces, marble and glass, as well as the highest quality sanitaryware, baths and basins.



T: 012 498 3607 E: W: Cisal taps, produced in Italy to international standards, have been imported into South Africa since 1970.


T: 011 976 1608 E: W: Good Night Linen are the sole importers of Beaumont & Brown

“I love my bed”

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Sealy Posturepedic® is made to provide a healthy, happy sleep every night, for a great day every day. To do this we make sure our beds are built with care, using the best technology and materials available. No wonder people who sleep on a Sealy are often heard saying... “I love my bed!”

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T: 073 739 7169 E: W: Hex Valley Down specialises in supplying authentic, handmade goose down products stuffed with top quality unprocessed filling to last a lifetime.


T: 080 077 5775 E: W: Protect-A-Bed is the world’s best-selling mattress protector. It is 100% breathable and waterproof, made from cotton terry towelling with a 2-5 year guarantee and machine washable.


T: 041 992 2395 E: W: Makoti is a manufacturer of down duvets, pillows and 100% cotton percale linen. We provide a cleaning service for down products. Our NO-MITE label means no allergies!


T: 074 843 7666 E: W: The Room specialises in beautiful, hand painted, classic furniture that is versatile and designed to grow with your children’s needs.

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T: 083 649 5874 E: W: I design and manufacture handmade original furniture. My design style is to take a simple item and transform it into an elegant and clean designer piece, be it a bar stool or lighting fixtures for any room.


T: 011 262 0385 E: W: Con Amore embodies the essence of all things we love: Visit us for a handpicked selection of unique antiques, to an exclusive range of furniture and decor pieces.


T: 083 305 8537 E: W: DDL offers a wide variety of products and services, from exquisite modern contemporary curtains, blinds, accessories, furniture, cushions and wallpaper to decorating an entire home, office or guesthouse.



T: 011 444 5379 E: W: La Grange Interiors blends old with new, straddles classic and contemporary style and above all promotes easy, elegant living.

TENDER REQUIREMENTS T: 083 4127007 E: W: n/a Picture Frames that are manufactured with genuine PU Leather. Excellent match for a leather couch. Musical art is also available.

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T: 083 303 9133 E: W: NetDecor offers a beautiful selection of decor accessories such as lamps, furniture, rugs and art from around the world. Convenient shopping from the comfort of your home. You click, we deliver.

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T: 011 083 8310 E: W: is the #1 online design and home store where you can buy design, decor, furniture and lifestyle products.

T: 084 910 8131 E: W: Funky baby shoes, accessories & blankets


T: 021 462 1486 E: W: Utique is all about showcasing the very best of South African creative talent by carefully selecting products from local designers, artists and small businesses.

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T: 082 574 6320 E: W: Bronze sculptures. Ideal investment art. Wildlife, nudes and native Americans. Also trophies, awards, company logos, etc. Commissions welcome.


T: 011 057 4314 E: W: South African designed and manufactured, quirky and functional ceramics. Servicing the retail, interior decor and hospitality industries.


T: 082 302 5920 E: W:

Funkitchen manufactures functional kitchen art. Products include prints, placemats, handpainted crockery and aprons.


T: 032 946 1937 E: W: We are fine art consultants providing a one-stop service to private and corporate clients. We have a wide selection of abstract, contemporary, landscape, nude, tribal and wildlife art.


T: 082 558 7106 E: W: Lisa Firer Ceramics produces handmade porcelain referencing fabric, patchwork and the process of sewing; printmaking and paper, light, layering and texture.

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T: 011 454 0280 E: W: Our product line includes magnetised leather tiles which are handmade as well as natural sheep and goat carpets. We are the first to offer these tiles in South Africa.


T: 011 447 2339 E: W: We are direct importers of the finest hand made silk woolen carpets, kilims and rugs.

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T: 082 572 8695 E: W: RYB sells unique, abstract art, to complement the decor and design of all living spaces. We also commission artwork to client specifications.

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T: 011 024 3727 E: W: Anatomy Design is an award winning interior and product design studio based at 44 Stanley.

FINE & RAW raw chocolate artisanal, local, handmade cunningly absent of sugar, dairy, additives, other ick. organic, fairtrade

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T: 011 706 3286 E: W: By Dezign Interiors’ philosophy is to bring comfort and luxury to the modern way of living. We have been recognised as one of the top interior designers in SA.


T: 082 775 9118 E: W: Architecture, construction and project management on residential and commercial properties.


T: 083 983 3120 E: W: Graphic design studio with a bent

for environmental projects and exhibition design

DDL DESIGN AND DECOR LAB T: 083 305 8537 E: W: DDL offers a wide variety of products and services, from exquisite modern contemporary curtains, blinds, accessories, furniture, cushions and wallpaper to decorating an entire home, office or guesthouse.


T: 082 900 4514 E: W: South Africa’s award winning interior designer, specialising in residential homes and boutique hotels.

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T: 011 262 3130 E: info W: We are a high end decorative wholesaler specialising in decorative fabrics, wallpapers, leathers and rugs. We started in 2004 with a desk, a briefcase, one collection and some leather with a desire to source and create a unique and exciting range of fabrics.


T: 012 653 1973 E: W: Design Team is a textile design business focusing on the design, print and conversion of South African inspired textiles. Contemporary, topical

Classic & Contemporary Designs Paintable Wallpaper Beaded & Flocked Paper Textured, Plain Wallpaper Disney & Digital Photo Murals Kiddies & Teens Wallpaper Vinyl Wallpaper suitable for Bathrooms & Kitchens th Visit us @: 70 – 5 Str Acreage Building, Wynberg, Sandton. Call us @: 011 262 0267 Mobile No.: 082 487 8626 Contact Person: Audrey Ruele Send your enquires @ Web address:

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T: 021 448 3934 E: W: Fabricnation is a small textile design and print company based in Woodstock, Cape Town. The collection is presently made up of 19 designs.


T: 082 941 1118 E: W: iSpy is a homegrown fabric and decor resource. All products are designed by owner, Lauren Frates, and feature bold graphics, often with a retro twist.


T: 011 262 4167 E: W: ROMO South Africa proudly and exclusively distributes ROMO, Kirkby Design, Mark Alexander, Villa Nova, Zinc Textile, ROMO Basics and Black Edition.


T: 082 376 3383 E: W: Shine Shine Fabrics are a fun, contemporary and urban take on the traditional African commemorative cloths.


T: 011 444 6722 E: W: St Leger and Viney is one of South Africa’s leading fabric and wallpaper distributors, housing

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brands such as Ralph Lauren, Lizzo, Kravet, Lee Jofa and local collections.

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T: 021 762 2227 E: W: Importers of natural flooring from the heart of the coconut weaving areas in Asia, as well as sisal, hemp, jute and seagrass.

twist textured cut-pile carpet available in over 600 colours.


T: 011 615 7245 E: W: Envirodeck is so much more than just a decking supplier: By supplying superior products and services which ensure the customer’s experience exceeds their expectations, we provide a tangible difference to our customers by saving time and money whilst preserving our environment.



T: 011 794 9188 E: W: SA distributor of Belgium manufactured Luxury Vinyl Planks and Commercial Vinyl Sheeting.

T: 010 593 9222 E: W: Composite building technology. Solutions and material supplies: decking, balustrading, cladding, facades, louvres, pergolas, furniture and more.




T: 086 034 6356 E: W: Distributors of wood, woodbased and vinyl flooring.

T: 011 608 4435 E: W: Nouwens Carpets is a family owned, proudly South African, manufacturer of top quality soft floor coverings since 1962. T: 011 841 8000 E: W: Speedheat is a superior quality under floor heating system that allows for tailor made

installations in any room, underneath any floor finish.


T: 080 000 2783 E: W: Tile Africa supplies tiles, accessories and bathroom ware including baths, showers, basins, toilets and taps as well as porcelain, ceramic, natural stone and mosaic tiles


T: 031 913 3800 E: W: With over 65 years of expertise in carpets and flooring, we offer top quality and sustainable products at affordable prices. We have a wide variety of colours & textures for any area, manufactured in an environmentally and socially responsible way.

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T: 011 608 8520 E: W: Comtest Seating supplies fabulous office furniture and seating to corporate SA and the hospitality industries.


Kevin Bates and Albert Carpets, leading suppliers and installers of the country’s most expansive range of imported and local interior flooring. We can offer you professional advice and products that are exciting and different.

Johannesburg: T: +27 (11) 608 4270 E:

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T: 011 315 6678 E: W: Best price and best Quality of Porcelain, Marble and Granite. We give personalize service to all our clients.

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T: 084 556 6556 E: W: Fabware is a new and growing business that offers fabulous, modern, excellent quality products that will accompany you for life.


T: 021 874 1258 E: W: Inspired by excellence Graham Beck Wines crafts world class still


F: 086-548-0711

and MCC style wines. We are as passionate about social upliftment and conservation.


T: 082 704 5804 E: W: Handmade confectionery, famous for our range of delicious fudge. Fudge bites available for sweet buffets and as toppings. Halaal certified too.


T: +44 7735 033 487 E: W: Luxurious made to measure furniture catering for all your requirements. We manufacture in our modern factory using your drawings or pictures.

T: 033 234 4450 E: W: We craft indoor patio and outdoor furniture & smalls to standard and custom designs. Kiaat, African Mahogany, Oak & Rhodesian Teak. Countrywide delivery.


T: 021 840 8360 E: W: Distributor of high quality household furniture.


T: 021 461 7233 E: W: OKHA, Interior Design & Decor Studio based in Cape Town South Africa, sets a new standard in the world of interior design with a distinctive style that epitomises African luxury.


T: 011 564 1980 E: W: Simpli Decor is all about creating unique quirky furniture and interiors that add sophistication (and a little fun) to any space!

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T: 083 271 5904 E: W: Welcome to the home of storage solutions: we stock a wide range of Plasma Units, CD, DVD, VIDEO & BLU-RAY storage cabinets, wine cabinets, book-shelves and custom-made furniture. T: 012 482 7900 E: W: We are recognised as the finest quality producer of upholstered handcrafted furniture in the Southern African market. Also known for outstanding and personalised bathroom design.




T: 072 618 8988 E: W: We work in things and ideas of expression and problem solving. Our aim is to create work that increasingly reflects a deeper sense of place and understanding.

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We are recognised as the finest quality producer of upholstered furniture in the Southern African market.


T: 021 447 1186 E: W: Trade Secret sources beautifully crafted French country furniture from overseas factories and resells them at heavily discounted prices. All our stock is on-hand so you won’t have lengthy waiting periods.

T/ +27 (0) 11 023 8098 E/ W/ Shop no 1 3 Desmond Street Kramerville, Sandton superior handcrafted furniture

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T: 021 447 6128 E: W: We produce fine handcrafted furniture and home-ware pieces for the home, contract sector and export market.


T: 072 494 5914 E: W: Wiid Design focuses on producing truly unique products designed and manufactured in Cape Town, specialising in cork manufacturing and once off collectable pieces.

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T: 086 034 6356 E: W: Distributors of wood, wood-based and vinyl flooring.


T: 011 465 2605 E: W: Monetteco caters for all commercial and residential property requirements: Construction, town planning, plan approval, conveyancing and project management.


T: 011 608 1963 E: W: Stainless steel, glass balustrades and custom designed staircases.

VAN ACHT WOODEN WINDOWS AND DOORS T: 011 708 2488 E: W: Suppliers of quality wooden windows and doors and custom made joinery.


T: 082 307 3780 E: W: Provides solid state water purification solutions that removes and stops lime scale and calcium

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AC SCREENS & SHUTTERS GAUTENG T: 011 887 8656 E: W: Manufacturer of motorised solar roller blinds and screens up to 6m wide and triple volume in single unit. Curtain tracks with bends and soft curves.


W: Specialist home automation designer installer. Supplier and installer of home theatres and high end audio systems.


T: 021 930 2121 E: W: CRC Manufacturing specialises in the manufacture and installation of stainless steel and glass balustrade systems to the customer’s specifications.


T: 010 593 9222 E: W:

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Composite building technology. Solutions and material supplies: decking, balustrading, cladding, facades, louvres, pergolas, furniture and more.


T: 012 666 77 03 E: W: Customised stainless steel staircases and balustrades with a combination of laser cut , tubular sections and toughened glass.

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T: 086 054 8464 E: W:

blu_line specialises in offering locally designed and manufactured kitchens for a niche clientele. Their systematic approach from the briefing and design phase right through to the installation phase ensures that functionality comes standard.


T: 021 419 5445 E: W: bulthaup, renowned for its architecture of living spaces, is also Europe’s premium kitchen brand providing customdesigned imported kitchens of unsurpassed craftsmanship and quality.

DECORATIVE SURFACES T: 083 640 5037 E: Suppliers of Radianz Quarts Surfaces by Samsung, Staron Solid Surfacing by Samsung, wide range of HP Laminates by Merino, melamine and veneer boards.


T: 086 132 7954 E: W: 21 years of installing dream kitchens, BIC’s, vanities, studies and bars. 26 showrooms countrywide. Kitchens that inspire lifetime experiences.

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T: 011 965 6036 E: W: Custom built kitchens, built in cupboards, vanities, bars, libraries and office furniture.


T: 084 556 6556 E: W: Fabware represents simplicity, quality and style. Our double wall stainless steel vacuum flask range will definitely accompany you for life.


T: 0861 372 653 E:

W: Manufacturers of stainless steel kitchen sinks, mixers and accessories.


T: 0861 77 3321 E: W: Le Creuset – Finest French enamelled cast iron cookware since 1925.


T: 011 609 0627 E: W: Perfectly Cool Wines, a leading supplier in the wine cooler industry, offers wide ranging fridge solutions.


T: 011 663 2045 E: W: Quartz manufactured slabs, tiles and cladding imported from Spain.


T: 011 442 09 69 E: W: We have been in business since 1946 and we do a semi bespoke Italian kitchen. Snaidero are sitting in the top 20 of European kitchens.


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Full range of Swiss manufactured Sprada domestic, Franke commercial and traditional coffee machines. Exclusive range of coffee products and consumables.

T: 082 443 3798 E: W: Mtima handmade clay chandeliers are unique and eco-friendly. The beads on each chandelier are hand rolled. We also custom make chandeliers.


T: 012 482 7900 E: W: Tec Fusion supply turn key products e.g. bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchens, BIC, tiles and interior items.


T: 082 979 3350 E: W: Lighting consultancy and supplier.


T: 021 528 8400 E: W: Eurolux is an importer and distributer of quality lighting products serving the residential, commercial and industrial markets.


T: 021 702 2968 E: W: Minima is a range of originally designed South African digitally crafted light fittings






T: 011 615 7181 E: W: Lumiart Modern Lighting Collection is one of the most captivating contemporary lighting collections you will ever see.

T: 011 201 2600 E: W: With 11 branches, our mission is to help you “learn what light can do�. From energy efficient globes to chandeliers we have everything you need!

T: 073 480 6965 E: W: Designers of lighting and all kinds of other fun and beautiful things.

T: 011 782 2109 E: W: International flower and design studio that specializes in event concept and decor, product and lifestyle design. T: 011 954 3368 E: W: Installers of Lexan transparent burglar bars.


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T: 021 680 5272 E: W: We promote Cyprus by offering offshore investment in this Mediterranean property.



T: 071 686 5086 E: W: Solar powered electricity. For home/business/rural. Grid-tie/ off-grid or back-up systems. Full solution from assessment to design & installation.

T: 086 010 3385 E: W: DAS, leading supplier of polystyrene decorative cornices, ceiling tiles, roses and now introducing DAS Wall Panels in 6 different wood finishes.



T: 021 813 6760 E: W: Custom made contemporary screens applied as bespoke room dividers, cladding, balustrades, light boxes, wall arts etc. All designed and made locally.

T: 083 454 4156 E: W: Phenomenon Audio Video is a South African custom installer for up-market audio visual equipment of outstanding quality. Our range of products include a superb variety of surround sound amplifiers, speakers, projectors, projector screens, HD Ready & Full HD.


T: 011 280 5062 E: W: SA Home Owner is one of South Africa’s leading local home, decor and lifestyle magazines. It is an aspirational coffee table-quality guide to everything related to home and decor in South Africa, from architecture and interior design to construction.

T: 031 709 2914 E: W: Beam Central Vacuum Systems & the Waste Maid - the food waste disposer.


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T: 011 618 0836 E: W: Creative Resins SA, sole distributors. Leader in Decorative glass, glass spray resins and stained glass replication.

noutdoor living AC SCREENS & SHUTTERS GAUTENG T: 011 887 8656 E: W: Manufacturer of automated

retractable awnings up to 7.5m wide to suit any application incl. rolling roof systems. Also lighting & heating accessories.

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T: 082 455 4451 E: W: Custom designed gardens committed to unique designs.


T: 031 913 3800 E: W: Distributed by Van Dyck Carpets, we supply and install the world renowned Easigrass artificial grass in South Africa.

EVA-TECH BY EVA-LAST T: 010 593 9220 E: W: Composite building technology. Solutions and material supplies: decking, balustrading, cladding, facades, louvres, pergolas, furniture and much more.


T: 072 200 1803 E: W: Joe Paine aims to create products that are inventive but simple, sophisticated without pretension, with a focus on outdoor applications. Our planting solutions are innovative and airmed at changing the way we interact with items around us.


T: 072 674 5415 E: W: We make boma pit fires, braais, pizza ovens and many other cooking and outdoor products to complete your outdoor living area. Sit around a pit fire burning logs or braai with accessories.


T: 086 172 7336 E: W: Markilux represents the ultimate in exterior sun shading systems. We are a German crafted, world leader in awnings & screens. For more than a quarter of a century we have been making sure that your outdoor life is even more enjoyable.


T: 011 023 8098 E: W: ORA the outdoor boutique in 3 Desmond Street, Kramerville, brings the finest European brands of high quality outdoor furniture, lighting, shade systems and accessories to the South African Market.

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T: 032 944 8499 E: W: Importers of quality shade solutions - Umbrosa designer umbrella’s - and LED Lighted Furniture.


T: 011 234 5949 E: W: We accessorize your pool with covers that address a range of needs, from child safety to lessening the environmental impact. Chic automated systems, to thermal covers for natural heating.


T: 083 450 0501 E: W:

WaterLinx is the largest supplier of swimming pool products in South Africa, including energy efficient & water efficient products to save you money.

ZIPTRAK SOUTH AFRICA T: 082 392 1034 E: W: Ziptrak® is a new, unique hand or motor self-locking system for screens & blinds; weatherproof & track-guided, it uses no zips, cranks, Velcro or rope.

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T: 084 047 5965 E: W: Chalk Paint™ is very easy to work with. It rarely requires any

surface preparation, i.e. sanding or priming, and can be used indoors or outside and on just about any surface - from wood to metal & matt plastic to terracotta. It is specifically designed for painting furniture.


T: 021 802 4215 E: W: Mywalltattoos offers more than 250 wall decals in 25 different colours and various sizes. They can be ordered online and are shipped internationally.


T: 082 687 3088 E: W: With WallArt 3D wall panels it is easy to give your walls an extra dimension to transform your room. WallArt 3D

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T: 011 337 8304 E: W: Manufacturers and distributors of wooden and aluminium venetian blinds as well as roller blinds.


T: 011 887 8656 E: W: Manufacturers of fully automated customised aluminium security roller shutters for new builds or retro-fitted. Widest range slats in Southern Africa.


T: 0860 748 8837 E: W: Custom made wooden shutters and blinds and aluminium security shutters.



T: 021 552 7172 E: W: Manufacture, supply & install a custom range of European quality single & double glazed PVC windows & doors using Rehau profiles.


T: 021 852 6974 E: W:

Supertrax is the market leader in the manufacturing and marketing of roller blinds, motorised curtain tracks and skylight blinds as well as sun control in modern interiors.


T: 011 708 2488 E: W: Van Acht Wooden Wooden Windows and Doors aim to manufacture the best quality windows and doors in the market.

ZIPTRAK SOUTH AFRICA T: 082 806 0918 E: W: Ziptrak® is a new, unique hand or motor self-locking system for screens & blinds; weatherproof & track-guided it uses no zips, cranks, Velcro or rope.


T: 086 133 2677 E: W: Blinds Decor & Shutters are suppliers of quality window blinds and shutters and offer the following wide range of products: shutters, wooden, Venetian, roller, bamboo, panel, vertical, outdoor blinds and motorisation.

DDL DESIGN AND DECOR LAB T: 083 305 8537 E: W: From exquisite modern contemporary curtains, blinds, accessories, furniture, cushions &

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Four of Gauteng’s leading interior designers will be showcasing their talents in the Volvo #MADEFORYOU Designer Pods installation constructed by DuroBuild at this year’s Decorex Joburg. A collaboration with Volvo at Decorex SA this year has brought into focus the increasing link between motor vehicle technology and design. Decorex SA Portfolio Manager Sian Steyn said her team was delighted to be showcasing the very best of interior design inspired by one of the world’s best designed cars, Volvo. Each of the interior designers was invited to drive a Volvo vehicle for a weekend to experience firsthand what makes this luxury car brand so unique. The designers will interpret elements of the car into an innovative room setting that embodies the design traits of each vehicle, including green, cool,

safety and innovation. Michelle Naude, Marketing at PR Director at Volvo Car South Africa says that in the same way that a home is designed and decorated around the residents’ needs, so are Volvo’s human-centric in their design. “We say that every Volvo is designed around you. We understand that when it comes to deciding on a Volvo, you should not have to compromise, but rather be given the opportunity to consider one that is truly #MADEFORYOU.” Joburg designers participating in the Volvo #MADEFORYOU Designer Pods are Andrew Mackenzie, Dave Nemeth, Samantha Collet and WMI Interior

Space for Life won a best small stand award for their Volvo #MADEFORYOU Designer Pod at Decorex Cape Town.

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Colonial House for Volvo #MADEFORYOU Designer Pods at Decorex Cape Town earlier this year.

Design and Décor.


Dave Nemeth, trend forecaster and co-owner of Oaklands décor in Blairgowrie, was asked to interpret the “cool” aspect of the Volvo brand.

The current Steam Punk trend, where Victorian style and science fiction were popping up in fashion and décor, would become visible in car design too.

“We have taken the Volvo inspiration quite literally: Using high gloss white and beautiful walnut, combined with two-toned fabric, we have designed a range of furniture specifically for the Volvo brand,” says Dave. “Our pod will have an upmarket, retro, Scandinavian look – very simplified with rich finishes.” Looking towards design trends in 2014, Dave describes an increasing merging of design and technology. Motor vehicle design, in particular, is moving into an interesting new era where older, heritage-inspired, lines were going to be combined with ever more high-tech driving solutions. “Consumers are graving the warmth and soul of design inspired by old style cars but the convenience of modern Bianca Shaw of Slinx for Volvo #MADEFORYOU at Decorex Durban earlier this year.

BlueScope Steel will be used in the construction of the Volvo #MADEFORYOU Designer Pods at Decorex Joburg. Tyrone Blommestijn, national sales manager of DuroBuild, said he and his team were delighted to be showcasing their new BlueScope Steel construction system at Decorex Joburg. Recently imported from Australia, the high quality BlueScope Steel carries a two-year no-rust guarantee and offered a cost effective alternative to bricks and mortar in both domestic and commercial construction. “The pod structure goes up in a fifth of time compared to conventional building which means a huge saving in labour costs,” says Tyrone.

Look out for the BlueScope Steel construction of the Volvo #MADEFORYOU Designer Pods at Decorex Joburg.

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industrial interiors continue to be a popular look, this time with a victorian

aesthetic as

can be seen in popular Steampunk coffee shop, Truth in Cape Town.

typography is one of the most

influential visual influences with

words as art now

more popular than ever. In a similar vein, story-telling will be big in décor. DIY will meet design in

décor kits,

like chairs and curtain for assembly at home.


collaborations are on the up, giving rise to an entirely new aesthetic. A favourite combo is old-style brands joining forces

dapper gentleman’s style has with trendy new names.

never been more influential. From

beautifully cut shoes, to the perfect leather carpet bag, an elegant

male sensibility will give rise to masculine club-style design.

prints, packing and


signage evoke

the style of days gone bye.

avant garde and

experimental design will become more mainstream. communal

work spaces will become the efficient, costeffective and fun way to work. and exotic


prints will dominate the

ocean and all shades of blue will fabric scene. the

be on fabrics, wall-paper and paint finishes.

The décor world continues to embrace the values of yesteryear, while also facing unprecedented leaps in technology and innovation, says trend analyst Dave Nemeth in forecasting the top trends in the year ahead.

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