Today we chat to Rhenda Allan, founder and owner of Ikhaya, Durban’s go-to shop for home décor and must-have art and design pieces.
When did you first have the idea to open Ikhaya? Ikhaya was a dream for many years. After studying I worked in finance for a few years, but always wanted to do something creative. Our first actual shop opened about 4 years ago. I love having a place to try out new ideas!
What is your design philosophy? Keep things simple and natural.
Favourite local designer? Durban-based illustrator Kim Longhurst for her “There’s Never Enough Time” print, and Dokter and Misses for their lights.
Favourite international designer? Charles & Ray Eames. I love their philosophy that anyone doing what really interests them could be great at it, and of course for their gorgeous chairs! I’m also a huge fan of Orla Kiely – I love her use of colour and pattern.
What is your most valued possession/favourite object? My favourite object is definitely the small chandelier in my guest bathroom. It’s from a condemned Tango house in Buenos Aires. I had it for a few years before I actually had a house to put it in. Makes me happy just looking at it!
Most desired item? I would love to have a few of the original Eames plywood dining chairs. Maybe one day.
Favourite children’s book? TinTin – I’m a big Snowy fan!
Do you collect? I LOVE buying retro pieces, chairs, lights cupboards, anything really! Unfortunately don’t always get to keep it for myself.
Favourite Travel destination? Definitely Buenos Aires, Argentina. The most amazing people and places. They have a wonderful way of looking at life and what’s important.
Secret Durban spot? Captain Fine’s for the best fish caught fresh every day.
Ideal Sunday? A lazy Sunday morning, French toast with my boys and dog-child, Morgan, under the huge trees in our garden.
Shopping tip for our readers? Buy things that you really love. Take time to scour around little 2nd hand stores and you’ll be sure to find a few treasures!
Ikhaya: 197b Brand Road, Glenwood, Durban. 084 360 2246/084 564 1854