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The House of Rémy Martin has partnered with renowned artist Matt W. Moore (MWM) on an augmented reality app that allows you to make art using your surroundings. Matt, who is known for his colourful graphic designs, has used distinctive Rémy Martin brand elements to develop the ARt app. It works with local landmarks and icons, and allows users to choose from a list of bespoke MWM designs. Then, with the augmented reality interface, you can add the animated designs to your surroundings to Matt-Moorize your reality. This graphic visual language goes beyond package design and invites you to join the next chapter of the Rémy Martin story. To celebrate this design collab, VISI is giving away five bottles of Rémy Martin VSOP. Check out how to enter this interactive competition and stand the chance to WIN A BOTTLE OF RÉMY MARTIN VSOP, VALUED AT MORE THAN R700. Winners will be announced on VISI.co.za at the end of July.

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Post your image to Instagram using both #ARtbyRemyMartin and #RemyMartinSA, and tag two friends.

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS 1. The competition is open to all residents of South Africa aged 18 years or older. 2.Excluded from entering this competition are employees, directors, members, consultants and partners of the advertising agency and agents of the brand, and their spouses, life partners, immediate family, business partners and associates. 3. There are five prizes to be won. 4. The competition runs from 12 am on 4 June to 12 pm on 31 July 2018. 5. To enter, participants must download the Rémy Martin ARt app, “Matt-Moorize” their surroundings and capture the image with the in-app feature, post it to Instagram using both #ARtbyRemyMartin and #RemyMartinSA, and tag two friends. 6. The competition may only be entered once. 7. Prize winners will be randomly selected (using an automated system) and notified by telephone before 1 August 2018. The winners will be announced on the VISI website and Rémy Martin Facebook page. 8. The promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 9. The pictures shown in the promotional materials are not an actual representation of the prize. 10. The prize cannot be transferred or exchanged for cash. 11. The promoter reserves the right to amend or terminate the competition for whatever reason it sees fit. 12. By entering this competition, entrants agree to give the promoter and its group of companies permission to keep all material and information submitted as part of their entry on electronic or hard-copy databases and filing systems for the purpose of the above-mentioned competition and, by entering this competition, agree to the promoter transferring their contact details to its promotional partners to enable the awarding of the prizes. 13.The promoter will obtain written consent from the winners should it wish to use their names, photographs and entries submitted for the purposes of unpaid publicity relating to the promotion by the promoter. 14. Entry instructions are deemed to form part of the Terms and Conditions, and by entering this competition all participants will be deemed to have accepted and be bound by the Terms and Conditions. Please retain a copy for your information.


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34 REASONS TO EXPLORE THE GREAT INDOORS 1. Highlights from Ambiente 2018 in Frankfurt 2. The K-IN kitchen from Eurocasa is a showstopper 3. Late Dame Zaha Hadid collaborated on a Bulgari ring 4. A winter trend for fuel-efficient, low-emission heating 5. There are two new Indigenus planter collections 6. Rémy Martin has teamed up with Matt W Moore 7. Casarredo now stocks Reflections Copenhagen 8. A hobby has turned into a full portfolio for this artist 9. In conversation with designer Cara Saven 10. Rado watches are design-focused and featherlight 11. A shared love of the Karoo led to this cool collab 12. A selection of the season’s statement wallcoverings 13. Sifiso Shange’s furniture captures African culture 14. These cabinets and headboards are one-of-a-kind 15. Ini Archibong finds inspiration in mythology 16. Designer Shelley Lee has reimagined the tote bag 17. Our picks of the top vinyl record players 18. NOVA by Work & Co is the first mobile office 19. Grohe’s touch-sensitive tap is a game changer 20. This sheepskin is hypoallergenic and homegrown 21. Melvill and Moon makes stylish safari equipment 22. Studio Stirling has made a study of hanging chairs 23. Ricardo Pinto Jorge shares his memories of Maputo 24. Skinny LaMinx has teamed up with Fechters in Knysa 25. A roundup of 10 must-have winter goodies 26. Our picks of proudly South African Pinotage 27. Studio H is having fun with its 3D food printer 28. Artvark Gallery continues to make a statement 29. This trio of tables is inspired by a love story 30. Cecil Nurse has a solution for noisy open-plan offices 31. A first-hand look at LUX* Grand Gaube in Mauritius 32. Mercedes Benz has relaunched it iconic G-Class 33. Three books for perusing in front of a fireplace 34. Win a Siemens coffee machine, worth R22 999 Smart idea

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As the dire drought in the Cape dragged on, I was convinced this was the year we were going to experience that elusive endless summer… But then, at the beginning of May, I took a road trip to Prince Albert with photographer Jan Ras to photograph Jonno Sherwin and Johan Hugo’s charming cottage. As we drove through De Doorns I noticed all the vines had turned a light shade of aubergine; at Matjiesfontein there was a distinct nip in the air; and the next morning before sunrise I was longing for my warm velvet coat that was, sadly, back in Cape Town. Winter has finally arrived here in the Western Cape, and with it our focus has shifted indoors. This issue is all about playing with scale. Here at VISI HQ we fell in love with the oversized images on Cara Saven’s wallpapers. She admits to being “a little obsessed with oversized things”. These statement wall coverings, made right here in South Africa, are the easiest and quickest way (aside from paint, that is) to give any interior a totally fresh look. Deputy editor Annemarie Meintjes recently attended Salone del Mobile 2018 in Milan, and she says oversizing was one of the standout trends at the exhibition. The Moooi stand was her favourite, and she says if there was one item she could have brought back with her from Italy it would have been the dartboard Marcel Wanders designed for Moooi. Hopefully, our local exclusive Moooi stockist, Weylandts, will have it in stock soon, as well as my personal favourite, a rug with gigantic delicious monster leaves all over it. So, instead of letting winter get you down, start playing with oversized botanicals on dark backgrounds, paired with luxurious pieces upholstered in velvet. It’s this playful approach to decorating that we admire in millennials, and it is rapidly changing the way young creatives are curating their spaces based on looks and likes, which are then shared with the world via social media. Have a look at our take on this trend on page 26. The spaces featured in this issue range from a miniscule 47 m2 studio in the Cape Town CBD to Sasol’s humungous 68 000 m2 Sandton HQ… and pretty much all sizes in-between. Check out all the winners of the Corobrik SAIA Awards for Architecture on our website, and before you know it winter will be a thing of the past. – Sumien


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EDITORIAL TEAM Editor-in-Chief Sumien Brink Deputy Editor Annemarie Meintjes Assistant Editor Tracy Greenwood Art Director Anton Pietersen Managing Editor Samantha Charles Features Editor Amelia Brown Online Editor Lindi Brownell Meiring Content Producer Mary Garner Copy Editor Kay-Ann van Rooyen Junior Advertising Designer Julia Tatos

CLINTON FRIEDMAN, DESIGNER AND PHOTOGRAPHER Are you a winter or summer person? Summer. Is there anywhere else in the world you would like to live? I’m quite happy in KwaZulu-Natal, which is where I live now. Do you have a weekend or holiday bolthole or a dream location? Mostly my garden or the sea. What’s the winter meal you make for friends? Durban curry with fresh fish. What’s on your seasonal reading list? The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell. What kicked off your love of design? It was sparked when I found my true passion for creating art at the age of 11. If you were a famous building, which one would you be? Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater. What’s your favourite space in your home? My studio.

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GRAHAM WOOD, WRITER Are you a winter or summer person? Definitely winter. Is there anywhere else in the world you would like to live? A little unimaginative, but New York. I’ve ended up reading so much about it, yet I’ve never been, so now I feel it as a real absence in my life. Do you have a weekend or holiday bolthole or a dream location? I don’t, but I have a constantly morphing vision of a modern wooden holiday cabin I’d like to build. Sometimes it’s on the beach; other times it’s in the mountains. What’s the winter meal you make for friends? I’m a latecomer to Gordon Ramsay. He has an amazing recipe for trout fillet with steamed leeks and roasted vine tomatoes, served on a pile of baby potatoes crushed with the back of a fork and drenched in vinaigrette… Insanely good and so simple. What’s on your seasonal reading list? Adam Gopnik’s new one, At the Strangers’ Gate. It’s about New York. If you were a famous building, which one would you be? Hmm… In truth, I’m probably the house I’ve lived in for the past few years: It’s not famous, but it has shaped a lot about my life and ideas. Read Graham’s story about a house on Monaghan Farm in Lanseria on page 96.

MALIBONGWE TYILO, CREATIVE AND MULTIMEDIA STORYTELLER Are you a winter or summer person? There’s so much I love about both, but if I had to choose, it would be eternal summer. Is there anywhere else in the world you would like to live? Necker Island. Do you have a weekend or holiday bolthole or a dream location? I love Hogsback in the Eastern Cape. We don’t get to go very often, but whenever we visit family, my boyfriend and I spend a couple of days there. What’s the winter meal you make for friends? I’m not allowed to cook. Don’t ask. Let’s just say no one misses the days when I did. What’s on your seasonal reading list? My attention span for books disappeared as smartphones got smarter and smarter. So now I read topical thought pieces and watch an unhealthy amount of YouTube. If you were a famous building, which one would you be? Can I be any Zaha Hadid building I want to be depending on my mood? Read Mali’s article about the work of Mozambican visual artist Ricardo Pinto Jorge on page 164. And don’t miss the videos he has been creating for VISI.co.za.

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Say goodbye to watering the lawn for good! Nouwens Carpets, well known to the world of decor for more than 50 years, recently launched an artificial grass range in South Africa. Two lucky readers will each win R12 250 worth of naturallooking turf (including installation), plus a ceramic potjie, worth R500. Go to VISI.co.za/win to enter.

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OUR COMPULSION TO SHARE OUR PRIVATE LIVES ON SOCIAL MEDIA HAS CHANGED THE WAY WE CURATE OUR PERSONAL SPACES. BASED ON LOOKS AND LIKES ALONE, WE ASKED TWO YOUNG CREATIVES TO SELECT THEIR FAVOURITE BEDROOM AND LOUNGE FROM ROOMSETS AT SALONE DEL MOBILE IN MILAN.

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COUPLE 2.0 by Zanotta from the Zanotta Stories collection This bedroom has been designed for a couple that love to share experiences but also pursue individual interests. • zanotta.it

ESTE BED, designed by Antonio Citterio for Flexform Eye-catching and elegant, this bed is proof that good design can improve everyday living… and sleeping. • lexform.it

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CASA DOLCE CASA  CASAMOOD ARTWORK TILE COLLECTION by Florim Tradition meets modern art: These terrazzo-look porcelain tiles in neutral colours incorporate irregular fragments with different brightness and sparkle for a surprising textural effect. • lorim.com • cappellini.it/en

MAH JONG HIRU COMPOSITION designed by Kenzō Takada for Roche Bobois Japanese-French fashion designer Kenzō Takada made the bold aesthetic choice to source inspiration from ancient kimonos to create a new version of the classic Mah Jong modular sofa system. • roche-bobois.com

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Writer PHUMLANI PIKOLI reflects on childhood shenanigans in his beloved family home.

I don’t think they were properly prepared for the pre-adolescents that invaded their space back in 2000, along with the 18-year-old preparing herself for varsity, accompanied by two parents working full time and a dog with the character of a black Lassie. (She really was black – a crossbreed Alsatian/Rottweiler whom we named Onyx). We were the second black family to move into the neighbourhood at the time, and there was a definite air of “There goes the neighbourhood” when the moving trucks pulled into what still is our driveway. We were excited, my brother, sister and I: We were each going to have our own bedroom for the first time. The house was bigger than any other we had occupied before, the garden amazing with all its space; there may have been no pool, but we could live with that at the time. We’d all abandoned swimming at school by that stage. My parents beamed with pride at the sight of their purchase; it must have been a crazy realisation for them: three kids, a dope house in the ’burbs, worthwhile cars, and a dog not named Rex. If I think about it, I can see the beam on their faces, taking a step back and being able to see their accomplishments quantified in material measurables. The beginning of a great 18-year journey for this family of five.

It didn’t take long for the complaints to begin, and I think I can lay claim to being the catalyst. I had started to take skateboarding a little more seriously a few months after we’d moved in and the driveway on an incline was a perfect place for my wheels, trucks and board to entertain the neighbourhood to the rhythms of my failed trick attempts. The acoustics from our garage ensured that every pop and bang reverberated a little further in case anyone was missing out on the lateafternoon entertainment. No matter how many times the dear old recluse from next door would come over to complain to my parents, with all the civility he could muster, the show would resume the next day like clockwork. Unfortunately for him, my parents were often away and worked late, so his

DID YOU KNOW? 1. Born in Zimbabwe to South African parents in exile, Phumlani spent a large part of his childhood moving around before the family settled in Pretoria, where he still lives. (“Sigh.”) 2. Pan Macmillan recently published Phumlani’s The Fatuous State of Severity, an anthology of short stories. 3. His favourite room at home is his bedroom. “It’s situated under the stairs, so I like to think of myself as a young Harry Potter waiting for Hagrid to spirit me off to Hogwarts.” 4. When asked if he prefers summer or winter, Phumlani says, “I used to think I was a winter kinda guy, because you get to wear all sorts of cool shit. But I was born in summer and I’ve come to realise the heat is my friend.” Like all good Starks, he says, referencing Game of Thrones, he knows when “winter is coming”, but is never fully prepared for the cold snap. 5. Game of Thrones has been the most pirated TV show for six years in a row. 6. Visit phumlanipikoli.com to find out more.

complaints fell on the ears of full cellphone mailboxes, and when my parents were finally able to listen to his drone they would have to call the house to ask me to stop. If you’re reading this, sorry, P-Money. I’ve mentioned that I had a sister starting varsity at the time, right? And that my parents were away quite often? Did I mention that the house had a Jacuzzi? I didn’t? Oh yeah, probably ’cause it never worked. Still, just to be able to tell anyone back then you had a Jacuzzi at home was enough. I mean, everyone had a pool. I won’t go into much detail here, but let’s just say my parents not being around all that often left open opportunities for the newly legal to hang out with her friends unencumbered. Meanwhile, my brother and I were very active when it came to school sport, so we used every opportunity to play games in the front garden with our friends. Fullcontact rugby, which requires quite a lot of shouting, soccer, which requires the same vocals, and regular cricket games were played. Sometimes the wrong bat and the right ball will do wonders for your relationship with your neighbour and their broken windows. (I feel like there’s a Rudy Giuliani reference to be made here, if only to build a bridge between the inner city and suburban life.) When my parents had a vision to better the house and decided we’d have to move out for the renovations, the neighbours must have thought their gods had finally answered their prayers. They were granted a reprieve of a few years and, by the time we moved back in, we were all old enough to enjoy the space with a little less noise. So here we are, back in the home I grew up in, enjoying the space like never before – which I guess would be semi-maturely.


I pulled the covers down from over my head and scrunched my eyes to look at what I found to be my father. The light in my sister’s and my room was not on, but the light from the passage was enough for me to make out his frame and a hint of the colours of his then favourite pyjamas. I glanced down to where the broken wall clock sat and saw it was not yet 5 am, the time my father would wake me up to get me ready for school on weekday mornings. I started to look back at him but before my eyes could meet his the penny dropped. I saved him the trouble of telling me, went back under the covers and wept. When my weeping had given way to faint sobbing and the heat had begun to leave the tip of my ears, I started hearing voices from the living room, among which I could make out my grandmother’s. In that moment it became official: We were in mourning; my mother had died. I was 12 years old. It was on that day that life and home as I had come to know them changed completely and for forever. Sometimes, in some parts of the house, it feels like the chill from that winter of 1996 still lingers. Since then the idea of home has been something that was never quite constant. For the first 12 years of my life home had been to me any place that Mama was. She had been the one constant thing about what home represented to me. Over the years Papa and my sisters have come, even if never in the same way, to be my idea of home. But for a while, a long while, without her all we were was a house, a widowed husband and abandoned daughters. Before Mama fell ill, home was arriving to aromas of cooked food and constant affirmation, affection and love. In the emptiness that enveloped us after Mama left, Papa fetched all the words he was unable to say and all the affection he was unable to show from the grocery isle. Feeding us was his way of offering love and affirmation, and that is how I learnt to taste home as opposed to feeling it. I taught myself how to swallow love instead of hearing it. In this house that my parents and I moved into 31 years ago in the spring of 1987, I began to lose parts of myself in pursuit of

a home. This is a truth I have been reluctant to accept: How could it have been in a safe space that I became an adult with cracks and chips? My therapist tells me no teenager knows what the sight of a breaking human looks like, especially if that human is themselves. With her help I have begun to admit most of my problems started in our house, in our home. The house I first walked into as a bubbly two-parented three-year-old. This is the house where I have felt the most loved as well as the most alone. It is in this house where loneliness started courting me, and I obliged. A stubborn kind of loneliness that I have carried with me all my life. All my attempts at drowning it have either failed or only worked temporarily. It is from the same house that I am now writing this, in the week that I am turning 34. It has been a month since I have moved back after suffering yet another depressive episode, probably the biggest to date. That’s the thing about attempting to drown your loneliness as opposed to facing it and dealing with it – it always comes back stronger. At least that’s what my therapist says. Had you asked me a year ago what my idea of home was, I may have had an answer that included a house, an area or people. Today, however, with my 34th birthday looming, I would like to begin a new way of explaining it, even if it is just for me. It is my wish to explore home as the place you go to gather the pieces of you that broke while you weren’t looking.

DID YOU KNOW? 1. Thabiso is a publisher and the founder of Blackbird Books, an imprint of Jacana Media. 2. She was born in a village in the greater area of Ga-Mashashane and raised in the township of Seshego, north-west of Polokwane. She has just moved back home to Seshego after living in Gauteng for many years. 3. Asked whether she is a summer or a winter person, Thabiso says definitely winter. 4. Her favourite space in her home is her father’s bedroom, where a huge portrait of her mother hangs on the wall. 5. She says she reads one book at a time, but when she’s reading manuscripts she can juggle three. 6. There’s now an estimated 50 million books available on Amazon, and they say a new Kindle e-book is published every 5 minutes. 7. Asked which book has had the biggest impact on her in the past year, Thabiso says she wishes she could answer this as a reader, but it is publishing Bonang Matheba’s From A to B.

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Today, the house on the hill wrestles for air. Pile upon piles of tree branches, bark and dry leaves clutter the driveway. At night it is dark, a ghost house. It wasn’t always like that.

As children, we lived on our skateboards and bicycles. As the sun set, we’d climb the roofs and watch the shadows consume us. When it rained, we could hear the Palmiet River gushing at the bottom of the valley. When the sky was blue and empty of fluff, we’d squint hard and try to point out the darker blue of the Indian Ocean. We were in paradise.

II Squeezed between coloured Sydenham and Sparks Estate to the east, Sherwood to the south, Westville to the west and the more illustrious Indians in Reservoir Hills to the north, Clare Estate had everything it needed to be forgotten. Indian sugar-cane farmers settled here under the stewardship of one Ralph Clarence in the late 19th century. Those who lived here subsequently moved on from indenture to build colonial-style mansions made of brick. Those less fortunate remained in shacks made of tin, plastic and broken rubble. During the week they were teachers, doctors, mechanics. On the weekend they were drunk. Hindus decorated mango and mulberry trees with trident flags. Muslims, with conspicuously undecorated trees, lived next door. When we moved into Clare Estate in the 1980s, the area had passed its peak. We lived at the very top of the Palmiet valley in a complex of 12 connected units. To reach our part of Clare Estate – a dead end – we had to climb up a semi-dirt track that ran past tin houses where some of the poorest of Clare Estate lived. Here, figures such as Mango Aunty made a living selling pickled mango, and Rakesh, known for a limp, ran a chop shop. Like so many Indians, we had moved away from the city; my grandfather lived in Clare Estate and somehow conned my father into moving there, too. We were not the only ones. The city saw a quick outflow of the middle classes, and real estate was looking for new opportunities. Our part of Clare Estate, with its abundant vacant land and proximity to the city, was declared the future.

IV As proof of his conviction, the Real Estate Mogul who had guaranteed the future built a palace here. The wide-open spaces and rustic landscape had kept property prices low. His design could exhale. Wide windows that opened up to the misty breeze of the valley. A round, wide roof that expanded like the rings of Jupiter. On the outside, grey stone plastered with Quranic inscriptions. On the inside, four bedrooms, Jacuzzis, an indooroutdoor swimming pool, a tennis court at the edge of the reserve – where antelope and iguana wandered. A rock-laden path took one on a personalised path to the river below.

DID YOU KNOW? 1. Azad is a published author and works for Al Jazeera, covering politics and development in Sub-Saharan Africa. 2. He was born in Durban and raised on many cricket grounds. He now lives besides an old cherry-wood desk in New Jersey. 3. New Jersey is the most densely populated of America’s 50 states. 4. Asked what home means to him, Azad says, “Comfort. Ground Zero. A bath.” 5. His favourite space in his home is the lounge – perfect for watching a film or reading a book. 6. Azad is neither a summer nor a winter person – he prefers the calm of autumn and the freshness of spring. 7. Follow him on Twitter @azadessa.

Apartheid was drying up. Ideas and promises flourished. The dusty path that connected Chiltern Drive to the University of Durban-Westville would become a tarred road. A new high school would be built to educate the denizens living on the periphery, we were told. The dead end would turn into a flourishing thoroughfare. The small tearooms would become supermarkets, the barbershop a salon, the petrol station a shopping complex. Clare Estate would overcome isolation.

V And just as the promises had come, they left. The dirt track to the university became an escape route for car thieves. It was sealed. The high school replaced by desperate informal settlements. The open toilets on the unkempt verges had now turned into an open gutter. The endless stream of urine and faeces has left parts of Chiltern Drive with permanent slime as its sheen. The municipality, it turns out, changed its plans and looked the other way. The disadvantaged moved in. The old moneyed Indian guard panicked and left. They took the little prestige and power of accountability with them. Those who couldn’t afford to pack up remained behind, living behind new fences and old prejudices. The economy died. The tearooms abandoned. The barber dead. The petrol station stripped of its steel roofing, now a drug den. The mango and mulberry trees became firewood. The Palmiet River succumbed too; now only a stream that screams when it floods. The disarray complete. At the palace, the parties ended. The tennis court turned into a carpet of weeds. The family fought, struggled, split. The lights went out. A lady and a pack of dogs moved in.

VI The fate of the house, the state of the promise.

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It had been completed to builder’s finish, the wooden floors and dishwasher were in place, but there wasn’t a tile anywhere. Electric cables protruded from walls. The fireplace was a cavity where birds chimney-dived. It smelled unfinished. The grass had grown to a level where no lawnmower could cut through it. I’d fallen in love with this house even before we viewed it based on the location alone: close enough to the city yet in a quiet location near a lake and a quaint historical village. And when we first visited, I knew I’d found a forever home. One of those rare places that my restless heart, always moving, always seeking new places, would find hard to let go. But houses aren’t meant to be empty for long periods of time, and though it was a new build, there was something neglected about it. Trends had changed even before the house had been completed; the kitchen design was outdated before the house had even been lived in. It felt abandoned. It felt a little sad, in that way we project our own emotions onto things and places. We moved in to this house that seemed a little forlorn, yet so full of promise, with my then one-year-old and our second child on the way. There was more space than we needed at the time, more space than we had the furniture for. We rattled around inside that house, not quite fitting in it, which reflected my own state of mind: We had nine months earlier moved to Ireland from Cape Town. I was still getting used to motherhood, to that fundamental identity shift that happens after having a first child. I was homesick. I didn’t fit into my house. I didn’t fit in anywhere. But the house we moved into is not quite the house we live in now. We’ve been in this house nine years and it has reshaped around the family we’ve become. It no longer feels like a too big shoe. It’s no longer the echoing building we first viewed. I know it’s a matter of perception, but it feels like the walls absorb our experiences. That the house has changed, because it was there that I mourned my mother with a fierce grief after her terminal cancer. It was within those walls that I brought my second child home, that sense of promise that comes with new life consolidated by the newness of our home. And this matured into something more settled when we brought home our third child, when we celebrated birthdays, religious festivals and rites

of passage. Here we’ve lived our everyday lives, working, playing with the dog, getting frustrated, sad, laughing, just being. And it feels like the very space we live in is somehow defined by how we inhabit it. The house itself has changed: We’ve planted an orchard, reshaped the garden. I’ve discovered things, like the rookery in the field next door, which has me frequently standing down the bottom of the garden just listening and loving the noise of it. I am exasperatingly restless, seeking newness in my environment: a different feel to the same space, other things to look at. I’m constantly rearranging things, changing the colour of the walls, the decor. I move heavy furniture from one room to another. I even swap rooms around, so a bedroom becomes a study, a study a space for the family to relax. I would knock down the walls if I could. But these small constant changes reflect how the house has adjusted to us. It mirrors the small changes in my children that, added up over time, make larger changes, the way a toddler slowly becomes a preteen. Over the years, like our house, we have become something different to what we were when we started here. I often think of the day we drove out and unexpectedly saw the “For sale” sign outside. The empty house that no one had ever lived in. How we didn’t dare hope it could be ours. And 10 years later it has become ours in a way that is deeply encompassing because of the ways we’ve shaped each other.

DID YOU KNOW? 1. Mary’s most recent novel, The Wren Hunt, was recently published by Bloomsbury. Originally from Cape Town, she moved away in her 30s and now lives in Galway, Ireland. 2. The longest place name in Ireland, Muckanaghederdauhaulia, belongs to a town in County Galway. 3. Home, says Mary, “is a combination of place and people. I no longer have any ties to any physical house in Cape Town, and yet it remains home.” 4. To ready her home for winter – she prefers Cape Town winters and Irish summers – Mary says she does a couple of protection spells, but nothing too hectic! 5. Her kitchen is her favourite place at home. She says she knows it’s a cliché, but it really is the heart of her home. She also enjoys spending time in her study, because it’s the one room that’s hers alone. 6. Search for @stonemadonna to find Mary on Instagram and Twitter.

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The studio building occupies the south-eastern corner of the property. Downstairs it houses Caryn’s studio, where she shares her enthusiasm for the Alexander Technique with her clients; upstairs is where Greg and his small team work. The building is made of a lightweight steel frame entirely clad in asphalt-coloured shingles, made of 2 mm-thick recycled rubber sheeting and finished with a silicate coating.

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o-rent market is rapidly evolving. In this , more choice has resulted in a more disntal to be noticed, nevermind occupied really stand out. in mind that Jaco Janse van Rensburg -scale renovation of a buy-to-rent 47 m2 wn CBD. His approach considered both st: himself. Jaco’s extensive creative backhic design, publishing, styling, interior ently, a growing portfolio of investment er, he set himself a stringent budget. As e challenged himself and his partner at ms, to turn the project around in three stylish end result within budget. And, as ho regularly spends the night when he’s ted comfort and touches of luxury. stroke was relooking the orientation. In e went from hotel room with kitchenstudio. With the apartment gutted, he , previously on the immediate right as kitchen, which was in the far left corner by the windows. The bed is now concealed behind a screen of built-in cupboards that abut the bathroom wall. Light was another critical element, namely filtered natural light and layered, intimate light. The concrete ceiling proved challenging when it came to chasing new light points on a budget, so Jaco created a light box recess around the room. The light trough is attached to the wall and left open at the top. LED striplights inside shine against the ceiling and the eye is tricked into seeing a more architectural and high-end raised ceiling. The optical illusion of space has been further conjured up in a surprising way thanks to the glass-walled bathroom. Jaco replaced the solid wall that divided and decreased the essentially box-shaped apartment with reasonably priced black aluminium frames to create a wet room. A separate toilet is private and concealed behind that. The on-trend wall-to-floor marble-look tiles of the bathroom, framed in glass, visually extend the apartment and seamlessly blend with its considered monochrome palette. It’s smart and edgy, and underlines the boutique hotel appeal. The attention to detail is faultless; it is clear that Jaco considered his, the guest’s, every need every step of the way, from the thread count to coat hooks. According to him, it’s these details, the“fingerprints”, as he calls them, that add character and make the space a home. “Tactility is often overlooked, especially in a rental,” he says, “but those elements are what stand out.” So what’s Jaco’s verdict as owner, designer and guest? “To use that open shower, look through the sheer curtains at sunset and see the city skyline changing, or lie on the velvet sofa at night and watch TV, it’s delicious.” • envyandco.net

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With comfort in mind, the San José sofa by The Sofaworx Company was covered in velvet from Hertex and custom-made with dimensions that ensure you can stretch out to watch TV. The chair is from Weylandts, the twin side tables, white side table and TV stand are from MRP Home, the LED ball light and standing lamp are from Province Lighting, and the plush rug is from Hertex.

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lphick Proome Architects’ building for RCL Foods in Durban is all about people and connectivity in the workplace. That’s not to say all buildings should necessarily be about people, it’s just that sometimes architects and their clients forget that this is a potential need. This happens mostly when a specific aesthetic image is decided on before the project begins. This desire then drives the design to the extent that people and the way in which they interact with the built environment becomes little more than a passing concern. Such buildings might be aesthetically memorable, but they remain forever devoid of life. The RCL Foods head office represents the complete opposite of this outcome. The choice to fundamentally care for the physical and social wellbeing of people, before any other consideration was taken care of, becomes clear when the architects and designers explain the design history of the building. Construction had started and the basement parking was nearly finished when tenant RCL Foods decided the building’s design should reflect its people-centred approach. This change of heart necessitated fast, focused and well-coordinated action from the entire professional team. It also created an opportunity to come up with a unique and memorable building. y is fundamentally different from our conventional understanding more collaborative, performed by fluid groupings of various sizes that are not necessarily tied to one physical location. In this different configuration, visual interaction coupled with a measure of acoustic privacy is crucial. Moreover, 01 people want to feel at home in the workplace, seeing that they spend so much time there. The professional team achieved all of the above in spades. A full-height atrium unifies the spatial logic of the building, and two glazed facades on either end place the atrium and its users in constant contact with the direct external environment. All vertical and horizontal movement of people is associated with this space, which is filled with daylight from above and from the two sides. The most arresting element in the atrium is a staircase linked to the two sides with walkways – the open stairs and glass balustrades create a sense of wonder at how precisely the architects managed to defy gravity with the design. Glass-encased workspaces and meeting rooms of various sizes form the vertical surfaces of the atrium. Visitors to the building enter this space directly, which enables easy orientation for all concerned. There are test kitchens and dining facilities on the ground floor, so it is full of activity. Well-designed corporate messages on the walls illustrate what RCL Foods is all about. One of the most exciting aspects is the rooftop entertainment area, which affords views of the Indian Ocean and seems to float in space, suspended and removed from the realities surrounding it.


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A beautiful installation of handpainted plates make up this central art wall, depicting plentiful food for all.

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indennie than Owners Jonno Sherwin, partner in sofacompany.com and founder of the Karoo Donkey Sanctuary, and medical doctor Johan Hugo named this special home-from-home after Johan’s late nephew, Hennie. An outbuilding on the property has been converted into a simple chapel to pay tribute to the young man. And Hennie’s innocence and purity are echoed in the whitewashed, light-flooded interior of the house. “If I had to describe our Prince Albert home, I’d say it reflects pure love and light,” says Johan, who was actively involved in the renovation. “We saw the neglected building’s potential and knew that removing some of the interior walls and adding sleeper-wood lintels and clerestory windows 02 would positively change the natural flow of the interior.” The once-poky space has been opened up and transformed into an airy home featuring rustic simplicity, with chocolate-hued screed floors, built-in concrete furniture and PREVIOUS SPREAD shelves, wooden sash windows and latte 01 Traditional Karoo stoep, sash windows, ceilings. A vintage cast-iron wood-burning recycled timber schoolhouse shutters stove enjoys pride of place in the lounge. and a brakdak corrugated-iron roof – Works of art collected by Jonno and Johan a modest facade on rural Van Dyk Street. add interest and texture, and Scandi-retro sofas and armchairs from sofacompany.com THIS SPREAD create inviting seating areas. 01 In the bedroom, Madiba Smile by Bassa In the kitchen, open shelves allow for Aspinall, scarab scatter cushions by a display of turtle-green ’60s and ’70s ceClinton Friedman and a portrait etching by JP Meyer. The concrete bed base, ramic crockery, which has been in Johan’s headboard and bedside tables are family since he was a child. A retro gas stove built-in. and oversized laboratory sink are both utilitarian and stylish. 02 Jonno and Johan enjoy time off in The couple, who live in a stately Prince Albert. Australian black-wattle latte screens provide gentle privacy in Victorian home in Tamboerskloof, admit to the succulent garden. The stoep ceiling cocooning when they visit their modest is constructed using the same painted Prince Albert haven. “We found God-energy saplings and offers dappled shelter here,” says Jonno simply. from the relentless Karoo summer sun. As an integral part of their love affair with the Karoo, they bought a 20-hectare

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A trio of glass retro cookie jars recycled into pendant lights create a whimsical focal point in the functional farm-style kitchen. A SMEG vintage cream gas oven and hob is installed in the alcove where a wood-burning stove would have stood in Victorian times.

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KAROO DONKEY SANCTUARY, PRINCE ALBERT When Jonno and Johan acquired a 20-hectare piece of pristine wilderness on the outskirts of Prince Albert, named Stilplaas, in 2012, Jonno realised his lifetime dream of becoming the custodian of a wild piece of Africa. What he did not factor in was that the land would soon become the largest donkey sanctuary and rescue centre in Africa. In 2016 the Karoo Donkey Sanctuary was registered as an NPO (number 171-525), enabling Jonno and Johan to crowd-source donations, volunteers and virtual adoptions. In January 2017, Jonno was alerted to what was tipped to be the largest equine auction to ever take place in South Africa, in Hartswater, Northern Cape, with more than 500 donkeys and 200 horses going under the hammer. Given the gold rush for donkey hides, the drought in North West and Limpopo, and the fact that the majority of the animals were destined for slaughter, Jonno mobilised his troops to attend the auction and, with the assistance and incredible generosity of people, they were able to rescue 236 donkeys and 30 horses. Sixteen months on, the Karoo Donkey Sanctuary team has successfully rehabilitated the mega-herd and, to date, 45 of the donkeys have been rehomed to loving retirement homes across the country, with many more prospective homes currently under a strict vetting process. What’s happening to donkeys? According to a 2017 report by Donkey Sanctuary UK, the global donkey population is estimated at 44 million, and an estimated 10 million donkeys are slaughtered per year to supply the Chinese demand for their skins. Investigations by the National Council of SPCAs have revealed that “donkeys are being rounded up, stolen and brutally slaughtered for their skins. Horrific cases of cruelty have been uncovered and criminal charges have been laid.” If you’d like to contribute, the banking details are as follows: Karoo Donkey Sanctuary, Standard Bank, Tyger Manor 05 04 10, account no. 300 874 049. • love@karoodonkeysanctuary.org.za • karoodonkeysanctuary.org.za 03


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WHEN A PETROCHEMICAL GIANT ELECTED TO CONSOLIDATE ITS OPERATIONS IN NEW PREMISES IN THE HEART OF SANDTON, PARAGON GROUP BROUGHT THE COMPANY’S CORPORATE DREAM TO LIFE.

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he unification of Sasol’s corporate culture was the primary driver behind the company’s decision to move its business units and activities from a scattering of locations across Johannesburg into a single purpose-built building. Paragon Group, led by principal architect Anthony Orelowitz, studied the Sasol logo closely to interpret it as a built form, and used the company structure as the departure point for the conceptual design of the building. “The concept was initially set up as a straight line linking the various units,” says Anthony. “This was, however, seen as spatially too linear, so the form evolved into something more serpentine, which generated a more interconnected space and was more easily accommodated on the site. Inspired by the notion of Sasol’s various business units surrounding a nucleus and consisting of a central core and integrated floor plate with bridges that lead to the various departments, the contemporary workplace design allows for free movement both vertically and horizontally through the building. Interestingly, the iconic S-shaped floating glass structure is also the first development that will lead the way in opening up the next new precinct on Katherine Street. The glass facades were carefully engineered to ensure this 5 Star Green Star design satisfied performance and aesthetic requirements. “The glazing is a combination of reflective glass spandrels and vision glass, which combine to form a unified crystal facade,” says Antony. “It was important to us to push boundaries in this design, which is characterised by light volumes externally and two dramatic skylights articulated with acoustic baffles internally.

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COROBRIK SAIA ARCHITECTURAL AWARDS Sasol Place received an Award for Excellence at the Corobrik South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) awards evening in May.

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Lots of glass lends transparency to the two wings of the house, making the most of the views to the south and allowing in sunlight from the north. By contrast, the separate guest cottage with its solid form brings to mind a farm shed. The Monaghan Farm architectural guidelines encourage a break-up of the bulk of the house into separate structures interlinked by courtyard gardens.

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A slatted wooden deck connects the kitchen/ dining area and the pool pavilion. Architect Gillian Holl designed the steel awning, which throws geometric shadows on the floor.

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far, far away – the fantasy vision of a tropical Indian Ocean land destination seems idyllic, but chances are you’ll run into an acquaintance there. Ever since Thomas Cook organised his rst “package tour” in the 1840s, travel has become accessible many more of us. The downside is that the “ideal” holiday estinations have become so popular that they no longer ffer solitude, personal attention, and rest for body and soul. Okay, when most of us dream of getting away from it all, we don’t really mean it in the sense of forgoing all our comforts. This is where a resort like Constance Aiyana on Pemba land pulls off a remarkable feat, offering an isolated retreat omplete with all the luxuries and the service you’d expect of five-star resort – minus the commercial trappings that tend to go with such destinations. Pemba is reachable via ferry or a small Cessna aircraft, and en it’s a 90-minute 4x4“safari”(as our driver called it), or much nger in the rainy season, to get to Aiyana on the north-west tip of the island. This trip through villages and settlements and rms and a forest reserve is absolutely worth it. It’s hard to avoid clichés to describe Aiyana’s setting: The sea really is that implausible translucent turquoise you see in hotos on the website and the beach is that white, with palm onds framing the scene. Flowers everywhere. The air sultry at he start of the rainy season. The resort with its 30 villas reflects n eclectic mix of influences: a hint of Greek island in the brilliant-white walls 01 gainst blue sky and lush vegetation, touch of Bali in the ornate doors and pa treatments, elements of Hindu onography, and Swahili fusion in the rnishings made by local carpenters nd other crafters. It took eight years build the resort, employing Pemba landers. Constance Hotels & Resorts, hich is known for its impeccable andards, took over management of Aiyana in January and has already put its stamp on the resort. There’s DStv in your air-conditioned villa, but ou feel no compulsion to turn on the TV; the each is beckoning. Or you can go snorkelling in he pristine marine reserve, or paddling through he mangroves, or have a massage at the spa… Can it be lunchtime already? Decisions, decisions: ill you have the Pemba crab soup, the seafood latter, the freshest organic fruit and vegetables… maybe chocolate cake for dessert? “This is a place for travellers, not tourists,” ays general manager Barbara Elkaz. Indeed, if ou enjoy a vibrant nightlife scene and crowded beaches and markets, you’ll find all of this at other Indian Ocean island resorts. Leave Aiyana to those of us seeking to get far away from it all. • constancehotels.com/zanzibar/aiyana

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Constance Aiyana overlooks a marine reserve, where commercial fishing is not allowed. The water is shallow close to the shore, and then it drops off to the deep Pemba Channel, between the island and the mainland. The resort’s boat is available for guests wanting to go on an outing.

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“Aiyana” lives up to its name, which means ever-blooming. The gardens are planted with a wide variety of flowering plants and there are always fresh flowers in vases, arranged by three employees who have been trained in the art.

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The healing, cleansing element of water is a prominent feature at Aiyana, in the pools (like the main pool below left and the pool at the Royal Villa below right), the large bathrooms, the fountains and ponds, and especially at Maji Spa. “Maji� is Swahili for water. Set in a serene garden, the spa has five treatment rooms and a hydro. The therapists are Elisabeth Chacko and Happiness Evarister (left).

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Le Règne Animal is a Rosenthal-meets-Versace collection that celebrates the 25th anniversary of a continued collaboration that has seen the birth of many fine porcelain collections enhanced by the addition of iconic Versace prints. The range depicts a gorilla, a lion, an eagle and a shark against backgrounds that blend the mythological and the natural worlds. • rosenthal.de • versace. com/international/en

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2018, established brands exhibited ranges edited to an exciting brand-newness, and added interest AT Ambiente by introducing collections produced in collaboration with independent designers. These include two stunning collections of decorative porcelain plates. Designed for the table, they might end up on the wall with mirrors and masks, according to the current showroom trend inspired by social media, which is about curating your personal lifestyle and sharing it with the world. Young entrepreneurs, brands and studios exhibited contemporary product ideas for a modern lifestyle in three areas at Ambiente under the name Next – and, in terms of both stand design and products, these young designers fully embraced the trends of urbanisation, globalisation and individualisation.

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Jaime Hayon’s Folkifunki collection for Portuguese porcelain brand Vista Alegre comprises everything from a salad bowl to this Duck vase. Each unique piece is inspired by plants, animals, masks or folkloric characters. • hayonstudio.com • vistaalegre.com

Sebastian Herkner’s Murphy miniature porcelain sculpture for Rosenthal celebrates the Year of the Dog in the Chinese zodiac. Named for a beloved Rosenthal family pet, the figurine embodies the dog’s characteristics: straightforward, faithful and affectionate. It is available in two sizes (12,5 cm and 22 cm) and three colours (White, Brown and Black). • sebastian herkner.com • rosenthal.de

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Villeroy & Boch has upsized its Coloured Delight tealight holders in faceted crystal to double as vases or candle lanterns that create interesting light reflections. Pictured here are two examples of the vases in Gentle Lilac and Noble Rose. • villeroy-boch.com

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The Purple Titanium fine bone china range at Dibbern comprises accessories, cups and small bowls glamorously lined with opalescent colour that shimmers between copper and violet. • dibbern.de The new Sambonet Bamboo cutlery collection features a form reminiscent of the organic designs of the 1940s. Already available in stainless steel and silver-plated versions, and with the polished PVD Copper finish, the collection will also be available in the new PVD colours Black,

Gold and Champagne. The PVD (physical vapour deposition) colour coating on the stainless steel ensures durability. • sambonet.it The Swan Lights candleholder by Daniel Debiasi and Federico Sandri for Rosenthal resembles a swan gliding through water. The elegant tapering design takes a single candle on one end and is easy to pick up by the other end. It’s made of glass with different finishes: Clear, Copper, Silver and Gold. • rosenthal.de

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The Eva Solo box gas grill is small enough to use on a balcony or in a small garden, yet big enough for culinary creativity. It has two manually operated burners, a roomy lid, and side handles that make moving the grill easy. • evasolo.com Ambiente 2019 is on from 8 to 12 February 2019 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany • ambiente.messefrankfurt.com


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he Bulgari B.zero1 Labyrinth ring, created in 1999, became one of the most celebrated designs of the decade. It’s modelled on the Colosseum, Roman Emperor Vespasian’s architectural statement of power. Designed as an expression of strength and character with quintessential Italian flair, the ring’s innovative shape and form are purposefully architectural. In 2010, British sculptor Anish Kapoor lent his vision to the ring in a pink-gold and steel execution with a mirror-like finish. For a more recent incarnation, Bulgari joined forces with Zaha Hadid. The B.zero1 Design Legend was launched in 2016 at Design Miami. Wallpaper* described the renowned architect’s redesign as “a sumptuous, spiralling ripple of gold”. The wave-like shape of the ring creates a feeling of movement reminiscent of her architectural masterpieces, like The Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London. The ring’s intricate construction is both free-flowing and linear. The metal is given movement, dynamism and an organic feel. Like the seeming lightness and weightlessness of Zaha’s buildings, the ring appears to float on the finger. The collection, which includes Zaha’s B.zero1 Design Legend, has been reimagined in a campaign with model Bella Hadid.

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“We seek out not only the warmth of fire but also the mesmerising dance of the flames.” But when it comes to new home heating installations, fewer than 5% are open brick fireplaces. They’re just too inefficient, not to mention the smell of smoke. And the days of heating a home cheaply on electricity are certainly gone. The market is now split fairly equally between closed-combustion wood stoves and flueless gas fires, says Malcolm. A closed-combustion wood stove, the cheapest form of heating available, is designed to effectively heat a large open-plan space, where you can sit around the stove and enjoy the warmth and the flames – both of which can be controlled. But what if you don’t have the time or inclination to stock up on wood

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Andile Dyalvane’s Bhaca planters come in three shades, including fire-pit black.

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on two new planter collections, this time with ceramic artist Andile Dyalvane and furniture designer Laurie Wiid van Heerden. Andile’s large clay-and-concrete Bhaca planters with “scarification” detail, inspired by the traditional Xhosa practice of cutting the skin, are scaled up from smaller vessels using 3D scanning and CNC cutting. Laurie’s Terra range comprises curvy concrete planters on stands made of iroko wood – an update of the most popular Indigenus planter to date, the Soma, also by Laurie. “With the Terra,” says Peter, “I wanted to introduce a square planter and trough as an original take on the mid-century planters on stands that are so popular at the moment.” Indigenus planters are lightweight and durable, and come with an inner lining. They look as good inside as they do in the garden. 02

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the past with their visual universe. It is also important to research the entire business sector, competitors, and where the products will be displayed and sold. I travelled to Cognac, France, to observe the entire process. Describe your signature style. Vectorfunk is the name I invented for the abstract digital artwork I create using Adobe Illustrator. Vector graphics are created by arranging points to create form, as opposed to raster graphics that are made up of pixels. Which surfaces are your favourite to work on? I enjoy working big and in highvisibility locations. Sometimes it’s a brick wall, other times a threedimensional sculpture. It was a lot of fun to design the Rémy Martin basketball court for the Art Basel Miami event at W South Beach in December. That was a dreamcome-true project for sure!

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humans feel the need for lightness as well as light in the sense of illumination, enlightenment and serenity. The remarkable lightness encapsulated in Rado’s timepieces is derived from the use of ceramic materials, which, interestingly, are archaic and futuristic at the same time.” So says Li Edelkoort, renowned trend forecaster and one of the many luminaries in the design world that have collaborated with Rado over the years. Rado started to experiment with using ceramics as a watch-making material back


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Menagerie of Extinct Animals by Moooi, POA from Weylandts. • moooi.com

Ferns by GP & J Baker, R3 108/10 m roll (excluding VAT). • stleger.co.za Game Birds by Mulberry Home, R3 108/10 m roll (excluding VAT). • stleger.co.za

Botanical in the Room 13 Collection by Room 13 Design, R969,45/m. • tandco.co.za


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Shange was chosen as one of Design Indaba’s Emerging Creatives this year. The self-described Afri-Modern designer draws inspiration from African art and cultural heritage to tell stories of pride, honour, excellence, celebration, everyday life experiences and love. “Afri-Modern is an expressive design and art movement that aims to preserve African culture and produce items that have symbolic meaning,” he says. Sifiso’s Muhle Muhle collection, comprised of a server, cabinet and coffee table in a range of finishes, is inspired by traditional motifs found in Zulu beadwork.

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“The motifs express the essence of women through the three elements of mind, body and soul, which relate to the three points of a triangle that represent a woman,” he says. His latest piece is a server he named in tribute to Dr Esther Mahlangu, who received an honorary doctorate from the University of Johannesburg in April 2018. “The server is a prime example of Afri-Modern design and art,” says Sifiso, “as it honours and celebrates her excellence with strong Ndebele elements, together with a modern look and feel.”

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14 QUIRKY, QUAINT AND UTTERLY GORGEOUS, THESE ONE-OF-AKIND CABINETS AND HEADBOARDS ARE BOUND TO UPLIFT ANY LIVING SPACE. he Painting Shed in Wellington is a treasure trove of decorative furniture pieces, and customisation is the name of the game. Owner Cornelia Linnegar merges the practical with the visual by adding eccentric beauty to regular pieces. She is inspired by the Dutch Masters’ famed 17thcentury paintings and influenced by elements of the Renaissance and Impressionist periods, but when working on a commissioned piece, she incorporates images and elements according to the brief. A small team does the groundwork for custom pieces, and Cornelia does the decorative paint finishes and final touches. “Art on a furniture piece personalises the space in which it exists, makes a statement and creates a focus,” she says. “A beautiful headboard, for example, can transform the mood of your bedroom completely.” For more information or to commission Cornelia to do a piece for you, call her on 082 621 4257.

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mentor, Jerry Helling, creative director of Bernhardt Design, describes Ini Archibong as “one of America’s design storytellers”. His creations, made of a mix of luxurious materials like marble, leather and glass, speak to his culturally rich upbringing and experiences living in various places around the world. Nowhere is this more evident than in his largest furniture collection yet, a 22-piece collaboration with UK brand Sé called Below the Heavens. VISI chatted to this award-winning designer when he visited Cape Town as a Design Indaba Global Graduate.

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How has your journey – from growing up in California to moving to Switzerland to study art and design – influenced your work? I think how and where I grew up have a huge influence on my work. The way I see the world around me was shaped during my formative years growing up in Southern California. My philosophical perspective and spiritual grounding is a product of how my Nigerian parents raised me. And having been able to spend time in different cities and absorb the culture and experience their history keeps me continually inspired. Having had these experiences and cultural exposure, I knew I was ready to take on the next stage of my education at ÉCAL in Switzerland. My background and my experience living in Asia and travelling extensively helped me to be a more wellrounded designer, and I think it put me in a position to absorb and learn with a different perspective. Having graduated with a more thorough understanding of how to work with craft and with a more developed conceptual approach has allowed me to apply my experiences to my work in a more profound way.

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What did you take away from your experience in Cape Town in February? Participating in Design Indaba was nothing short of life-changing. A lot of what I shared on the stage was very personal, and there were things I had never talked about publicly before. Something about the energy and the sense of community made it feel like a safe place and the right time to let people know who I am and what I stand for as a designer. It was an amazing opportunity to address such a large international audience, especially so soon after graduating. It was like a dream come true to be able to share my thoughts and philosophy with so many people. As I am of African descent, it was also exciting to finally be able to share my work on the continent, as well as to be there in the flesh to absorb South Africa’s creativity.

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• designbyini.com Your creations are often inspired by escapism and fantastical stories. Which one of your pieces do you feel speaks to these ideas or stories the most? These notions seem to inevitably touch on everything I work on, and I don’t think I can be the best judge of how well my approach is working. If I had to choose, however, I would highlight the pieces from my Secret Garden collection. Much of my work is predicated on a developing philosophy about personal legend/destiny, the power of mythology and religion, and the primacy of the object and environment as a means for affecting the emotional and spiritual states of those that interact with them. This collection is a response to the world we live in today. Each of the pieces has its own inspiration and story, stories about hope, perseverance, and faith in oneself as a hero and in humanity at large. Just like a fantasy story offers a chance at escape to a magical realm of infinite possibility, the objects in this collection will hopefully provide a similar escape.

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he fashion accessory brand Verse is the brainchild of Shelley Lee, a Design Indaba 2018 Emerging Creative. She makes leather bags using patterns cut straight from the hides, which she sources from local tanneries – first scrutinising every hide’s texture, weight and colour. Her process involves saddle-stitching hand-punched holes with blunt needles. “The Haiku tote from my new collection is a response to having observed people’s concerns around keeping their belongings safe,” she says. “By not being precious about the traditional tote shape, I found that by simply tucking the corners, the bag is made secure.” The brand name pays homage to Shelley’s openness to adaptation and the versatility of her creations. To add a unique signature, each bag is embossed with a poem or a piece of prose. Shelley will have a stand at KAMERS/Makers in Stellenbosch and Pretoria this summer. • @verse_thelabel • versethelabel.com

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RELOOP RP-7000 MK2 PROFESSIONAL DJ TURNTABLE This is a good-looking high-performance turntable that delivers pro sound; the sturdy housing makes it resistant to vibrations. • tradelius.co.za • R9 500

PRO-JECT DEBUT CARBON TURNTABLE It’s well made and we love the sleek design – the Debut Carbon is available in six high-gloss shades, including Piano Black. Worth noting is the light yet strong carbon-fibre tonearm, usually found only on pricier turntables. • takealot.com • R9 990

THORENS TD-206 TURNTABLE The two models above and below share all the high-quality parts and materials of Thorens’ award-winning TD-309. These two only differ in shape and the TD-206’s dust cover is an optional extra. • homemation.co.za • R18 690

DENON DJ VL12 PRIME TURNTABLE This is the latest model on the high-calibre DJ turntable market. A standout design feature is the illuminated RGB LED trim around the record platter – the colour can be changed and the brightness adjusted. • vivaafrika.co.za • R13 790

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THORENS TD-209 TURNTABLE Available in a glossy red, white or black, this turntable’s shieldshaped plinth is the same as that of the iconic TD-309. • homemation.co.za • R18 690

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18 NOVA BY WORK & CO, THE FIRST MOBILE OFFICE POD IN THE COUNTRY, IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR HIRE. promote thinking out of the box, how

latest offering from Julien Verspieren and Jolize Pienaar, the duo behind Cape Town co-working office space Work & Co. Committed to offering functional yet welldesigned spaces that stimulate conversation, ideas and business, they have just launched the NOVA, a 5 m-long mobile office pod with space for six people to meet or work. Julien and Jolize spent six months on the design and build process. They designed the interior themselves, taking into account the challenge of limited space. NOVA features office essentials such as fast Wi-Fi, a smart TV, Apple TV, a printer, a whiteboard, a Nespresso machine, a stocked fridge, a charging station, plug points, a toilet and running water. Solar panels and batteries allow NOVA to function off-grid. Take your pick from one of five prime Cape Town locations, including Signal Hill and Mouille Point, or speak to the team to tailor-make your experience. The Work & Co chauffeur will collect you and your team, and transfer you to your exclusive office, where lattes and croissants await. • Bookings available for half or full day; call 021 202 6040 • workandco.co.za

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TOUCHSCREENS HAVE CHANGED THE WAY WE INTERACT WITH TECHNOLOGY. THIS TOUCH-SENSITIVE TAP FROM GROHE IS SET TO CHANGE THE WAY WE WORK IN THE KITCHEN. Minta Touch by

lovely to look at but also a joy to use. Greasy or sticky fingers? A light touch with the back of your hand, wrist or arm is all it takes to release a flow of water thanks to EasyTouch technology. The water runs out cold, so you don’t have to worry about being scalded, or you can upgrade in order to preset the temperature if you’d prefer it warmer. The Minta Touch is available in the elegant C-shaped or contemporary L-shaped swivel spout, both with the signature ergonomic GROHE lever. The tall spouts make filling large pots or vases easy. And the GROHE StarLight chrome plating process ensures the finish retains its sparkle. Good looks mixed with invisible technology and nextlevel convenience… Now that’s kitchen couture that counts. • grohe.co.za

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20 A FUTILE SEARCH FOR LOCAL SHEEPSKINS WITH WHICH TO DECORATE HER APARTMENT LED EMMA SHORTT TO LAUNCH THE SOUTH AFRICAN SHEEPSKIN COMPANY.

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Emma Shortt to embark on a journey of discovery for superb quality product and the establishment of The South African Sheepskin Company, which specialises in luxurious wool-on-skin rugs, throws and decor accessories. “I was able to find lots of rugs imported from New Zealand and Australia, but it was impossible to find local sheepskins of the quality I required,” says Emma. She turned to hide specialists Richard Kane and Company for advice. “The MD himself very kindly gave me the name of a factory that still produces wool-on sheepskins, and after I met with them they agreed to produce unshorn sheepskins for me.” The collaboration between Emma and the tannery led to the creation of a range of luxurious deep-pile sheepskins that can be used as rugs and decor accessories.

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“It’s my hope that by growing the awareness of this fabulous product we can help to sustain and grow the local sheepskin industry. Who knows? Perhaps we can even reverse the trend of importing sheepskins from overseas, not to mention the sale of so many synthetic rugs and blankets that ultimately contribute to plastic pollution.” • facebook.com/TheSAsheepskinCo

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MATTER OF FACT • Each SA Sheepskin Company sheepskin – a byproduct of the meat industry – is hand-selected and has a unique number on the reverse. • Sheepskin is a sustainable material. Unlike synthetic materials, these rugs will naturally degrade and will not add to either sea or landfill pollution. • Sheepskin is naturally hypoallergenic.

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1 VERSATILITY AND EXQUISITE DESIGN DETAILS TYPIFY THE MELVILL & MOON BRAND.

DJINN BAR Designed in the style of campaign furniture (pieces made for travel), this drinks cabinet consists of separate parts that can be used individually – the removable base is also a tray; and the leg stand, which has leather straps at the top, is a handy luggage rack. • R14 150

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She worked with a metal artist on her first designs, and this hands-on process would remain even as the business grew. Prototypes are still made by hand. The physical designs then get refined, remade and tested for different body types before 3D drawings are produced. “We’re really passionate about the hand-made aspect,” says Joanina. “It allows for each piece to have individualism. The structure, form and ergonomics are the same, but no two are alike.” The range currently includes hanging chairs and daybeds, made of steel and

available in different colour finishes, as well as swings and custom options. “Our chairs facilitate relaxation. When people sit in them, I see them change physically and mentally. They relax. Their moods change. It’s awesome to observe.” Joanina takes inspiration from her surroundings, especially nature, the city, people and experiences. “We like to think of ourselves as South African-inspired and globally relevant,” she says. • studiostirling.com

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me grounded.” The 29-year-old has been a commercial pilot for five years, but he has been an artist for a great deal longer. “As a child I would record my favourite cartoons and then replay them, pressing pause and tracing images straight from the TV screen.” His most recent exhibition, Bits of Maputo, is “an audio-visual project that includes a soundtrack by some of Maputo’s finest musicians and a catalogue of a wide array of texts by a diverse set of people”. This kaleidoscopic series of photographic and video works inspired by his childhood memories of Maputo architecture surged organically, says Ricardo. “I never meant for Bits Of Maputo to be a project until a very close friend suggested it.” As a child, Ricardo would lie in the back of his parents’ car as they drove through the city, from where he could see the tops of buildings. A few years ago, he began taking pictures of the tops of Maputo buildings using his cellphone camera. “After a while I had more than 200 photos with recurrent framing and composition, so I started looking into what I could do to get more out of these photos.” That’s when he started using apps to manipulate the images, eventually creating kaleidoscopes. “I realised what I was doing was an attempt to revisit the sensations and feelings I had when I was a kid inside my parents’ car, and the kaleidoscopes had that effect.” Fast-forward to 2017, and Ricardo revisited the same buildings armed with a professional camera and an understanding of editing software beyond those initial cellphone apps, and so Bits of Maputo was born. • @ricardopintojorge

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THE WORK OF MOZAMBICAN VISUAL ARTIST RICARDO PINTO JORGE SPANS PAINTING, VIDEO, PHOTOGRAPHY AND KALEIDOSCOPIC IMAGES FILLED WITH NOSTALGIA FOR THE MAPUTO ARCHITECTURE OF HIS YOUTH.

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SKINNY LAMINX NOT ONLY DESIGNS AND PRODUCES FABRIC COLLECTIONS BUT IS ALSO INVOLVED IN AN EXCITING NEW COLLABORATION WITH FECHTERS FURNITURE MANUFACTURERS. kinny laMinx has teamed

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Knysna, one of the country’s oldest and most trusted furnisher manufacturers, to create three chairs upholstered in a variety of Skinny laMinx fabrics. “This partnership is not only about a shared aesthetic, but also about shared values: Both Fechters and Skinny laMinx are proud to be made in South Africa, we prioritise quality materials and construction, and we value the people who work with us,” says Skinny laMinx owner Heather Moore. Order your chair in any Skinny laMinx fabric online or in-store. Manufacture takes up to six weeks and chairs are delivered countrywide. • fechters.co.za • skinnylaminx.com

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Retro Espresso coffee machine, now stocked by Woolworths. • R6 599 • woolworths. co.za

How fabulously loony are these Croc Moonlight wooden place mats from Ardmore? • R600 per pair – you can win a pair • Shop 17, Hyde Park Square Centre, JHB • ardmore-design.com

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SPIER 21 GABLES PINOTAGE 2013 Spier has been making wine for more than 300 years. The Spier 21 Gables range of single-varietal Pinotage carries flavours of black cherry, chocolate and spices. Enjoy it with springbok pie or a robust risotto. • R260 • spierwines. co.za

NEETHLINGSHOF THE OWL POST PINOTAGE 2015 A rich and velvety dark-red wine with vanilla and ripe fruit flavours, this wine can be enjoyed now or left to mature for another 10 years. Enjoy it with a rich red meat casserole or venison. • R200 • neethlingshof. co.za

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DELHEIM PINOTAGE 2015 This elegant wine with its deep red, almost purple, hue and notes of clove and berries spent 15 months in French oak. Enjoy it with marinated lamb around the braai fire. • R140 • delheim.com


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around challenges in the food system, or at least create a buzz around certain pressing topics. In the near future, 3D food printing could allow us to print food with customised nutritional content. So, instead of eating something mass-produced, you could soon consume something designed for your particular dietary needs and preferences, on demand. Imagine the next ready-to-eat meals as cartridges of food printed into shapes determined by downloadable designs. “3D printing could be the perfect vehicle to reduce food waste,” says Studio H founder Hannerie Visser. “To experiment with the medium, we designed Salad 2.0. We cooked down a batch of unconventional-looking fruit and veg, which would normally have gone to waste, into purées and added gelatine so we could print the concentrate into colourful three-dimensional jelly shapes high in nutritional content. Imagine serving these to picky children?” Read about Salad 2.0 in Studio H’s online food and culture magazine Chips! and watch a video on the Studio H and VISI websites.

WITH THE DROUGHT WE’RE EXPERIENCING IN CAPE TOWN, POSSIBLE FOOD SHORTAGES ARE TOP OF MIND. THE FOODDESIGN COLLECTIVE STUDIO H HAS BEEN THINKING ABOUT SOLUTIONS TO TRANSFORM “UGLY” FRUIT AND VEGETABLES INTO SOMETHING DESIRABLE.

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ARTVARK GALLERY HAS BEEN MAKING A QUIRKY STATEMENT ON KALK BAY’S MAIN ROAD FOR 20 YEARS. WE CHATTED TO OWNER AND CURATOR THERESA JO WESSELS.

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known for a c Artvark Cutlery, which was our bus when my husband CP and I still lived in Johannesburg, was inspired by an implement from West Africa used to measure gold. The initial basic sugar spoon developed into a complete dinner set. We had outlets all over, including the MoMA gallery shop in New York. Paloma Picasso owns an olive spoon and Donna Karan has a complete set.

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soundproof rooms that can be slotted into almost any workspace has been designed for hosting small meetings or video conferences, taking phone calls, or simply as an escape from noise. The acoustic room creates a sound-protected haven inside an open-plan office for meetings and other situations requiring privacy and focus. Four modules in different sizes create soundproof islands, protected from the surrounding work environment or from busy areas with high foot traffic. The walls are fitted with sound-absorbing mineral wool and fire-resistant wooden slats, and the exterior is finished with vertical melamine or fabriccovered panels. Doors are made of insulated glass, helping to further soundproof the cubicles.

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NOISE CAN BE A HUGE DISTRACTION, ESPECIALLY IN AN OPENPLAN OFFICE, WHICH IS WHY WE’RE SO IMPRESSED WITH CECIL NURSE’S GOOD-LOOKING SOLUTION.


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uilt around a sheltered private cove that faces north onto the Indian Ocean, LUX* Grand Gaube in Mauritius is a place of generous proportions â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it is ultra-sophisticated yet blissfully informal. I say the resort has been reimagined rather than revamped because (literally) no stone was left unturned by architect Jean-Francois Adam â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a UCT graduate, no less â&#x20AC;&#x201C; who was tasked with designing a contemporary space that paid homage to the comfortable tropical setting while preserving the natural setting. Known for designing spaces with generous volumes, precise lines and an unpretentious feel, Jean-Francois is of the belief that architecture has a heart and a soul, an ethos that is evident in the way the resort hugs the sheltered cove,

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THERE ARE MANY REASONS TO LOVE THE NEWLY IMAGINED LUX* HOTELS AND RESORTS GRAND GAUBE ON THE NORTH TIP OF MAURITIUS, AS ASSISTANT EDITOR TRACY GREENWOOD DISCOVERED FIRSTHAND.

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dipping in and out between lush pockets of horticultural magic created by renowned British landscaper Stephen Woodhams. “Jean-Francois’s artistic talent and rational mind bring life to his designs,” says interiors maestro Kelly Hoppen, whose job it was to dress the interiors. The Cape Town-born interior designer, who works out of London, is known for her love of tactile design and appreciation of understated glamour, concepts she included in the overall look of the resort by the bucketload. “The natural setting and the incredible vast space were extremely inspiring. Wherever you sit, at any angle, it has to be perfect; the ergonomics are just as important as the aesthetics,” she says. By gently layering, Kelly’s designs breathe uplifting style and soul into each space. “I tried to fuse the Eastern principles of simplicity with the Western taste for sumptuous textures and luxurious finishes. I always start with a neutral base then complement this with accents of colour.”

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G-Class. In a derelict theatre in the most neglected part of Detroit, flanked by Daimler CEO Dr Dieter Zetsche, Arnold Schwarzenegger (above) presented the new G-Wagen to the world. The car is so Schwarzenegger. It is vehicular primary rock. Around for decades and still going strong. And at first glance the new one looks very much like the old one. Despite being a completely new car. Apparently only the door handles of the previous model were reused. That definitely wasn’t an easy task for the Mercedes-Benz design team; it would have been much easier to just develop a new car instead of reinventing a legend. Mercedes-Benz did the almost impossible… It saved the iconic signature G design elements: the boxy Bauhaus style; the characteristic door handles; visible hinges; spare wheel mounted on the rear door;

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WHEN MERCEDES-BENZ ANNOUNCED A REPLACEMENT TO ITS ICONIC G-WAGEN AFTER 38 YEARS OF MANUFACTURE, SHOCK WAVES RIPPLED THROUGH THE BRAND’S FAN BASE. EVEN OUR INTREPID MOTORING WRITER WAS CONCERNED ABOUT THE FATE OF HIS FAVOURITE RIDE, UNTIL HE SAW THE NEW ONE.

The G-class has shed 170 kg thanks to a new mix of materials – the doors and bonnet are aluminium, and the body is made of various grades of steel. The new G is still made in Graz, Austria (Arnold Schwarzenegger’s hometown), at the Magna Steyr plant, where the 300 000th G-Wagen was manufactured in the summer of 2017. The first available model will be the G 500, which features a new bi-turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine, followed by the even more ballistic G 63 AMG. Diesel models – G 350d and G 400d – will be available from early 2019. The success story of the workhorseturned-lifestyle-object-of-desire will continue. Mercedes-Benz has managed to bring the legend into the here and now without compromising its unique character. I am very much looking forward to taking the new one on a trip into the bush.

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protruding turn signals; and the unique sound the door makes when thrown shut – like the safe door in a Swiss bank vault. The engineers’ motto was clear: “The new G stays a G, only better.” Their challenge and chance was to advance the icon technologically. The new G is longer and wider than its predecessor, thus gaining even more presence, as well as comfort for driver and passengers, including the ones in the back. Surprisingly (and the biggest relief for all G-Wagen fans), the off-road performance is even better than before. And on-road this G finally drives in a straight line – the new electro-mechanical steering is precise, something nobody ever expected from the old one. It still has all three 100% diff locks and low-range gears. There are five driving programmes in Dynamic Select: Comfort, Sport, Eco, Individual and (the new) G Select for off-road use. 04

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DIGITAL HANDMADE Craftsmanship in the New Industrial Revolution by Lucy Johnston, new edition, Thames & Hudson, R482 Advances in technologies like computeraided design (CAD), laser-cutting and 3D-printing have opened up a world of possibilities for creatives, as illustrated by the collection of beautiful objects by 80 artists and artisans featured in this book. It is fascinating and inspiring to see the results of the meeting of creativity and high tech, such as clothes made using digital knitting and embroidery and incorporating circuit boards and organic solar cells. Fashion design, woodcraft, goldsmithing, ceramics, furniture design… In every creative field we are seeing the integration of technology and tradition, or seeing technology being used “to take our craft beyond the traditional and create the extraordinary,” as Australian ceramicist Valissa Butterworth says. Extraordinary, indeed.

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Handpicked Vacation Rentals, Cool Escapes and Avedition, R865 This coffee-table book by the founders of the Cool Escapes Boutique Homes brand is for world travellers looking for vacation rentals that are cool, stylish and sophisticated, with all the amenities of modern living. The idea is that you download the interactive app by the same name on your phone, so you can point your smartphone camera at any page in the book showing a home and the app will connect you to the property page to watch videos, look at extended galleries, listen to soundtracks and visit related websites. The book features a collection of about 60 homes for rent, sorted into the chapters Seaside, Country Living, Cabins, Extra Large and Urban. They include a renovated 18th-century tower-house in Greece; new apartments in Porto, Portugal; a modern glass house on the island of Tasmania; and a retreat in Baja, Mexico.

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HIDE AND SEEK The Architecture of Cabins and Hide-Outs, Gestalten, R857 Who hasn’t fantasised about having access to a log cabin in the woods or a cottage by the sea? The proliferation of hashtags and Pinterest pins about rustic cabins is one of the signs of the growing trend among city dwellers towards experiencing a simpler life and being closer to nature. Long on photographs and short on text, Hide and Seek offers mostly visual inspiration for those who dream of escape and tranquillity, if only for a weekend. It showcases 80 cabins, cottages, summer houses and other shelters across the world, organised into chapters according to their location in nature: from places at the water’s edge to dwellings hidden among trees. Some are refurbished structures and some are mobile, and in-between there are a couple of saunas, a few pavilions, a photographer’s studio and a tree tent. The interiors are mostly minimalist, focusing attention on the architecture.

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ONE LUCKY VISI READER WILL WIN A SIEMENS EQ.9 S500 24-INCH BUILT-IN FULLY AUTOMATIC COFFEE MACHINE, WORTH R22 999.

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