Elle Decoration http://elledecoration.co.za Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:30:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 LIN SAMPSON’s 11 Rules for Renovations http://elledecoration.co.za/11-rules-for-renovations/ http://elledecoration.co.za/11-rules-for-renovations/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:27:02 +0000 http://elledecoration.co.za/?p=49235 In our latest Outdoor Issue, LIN SAMPSON bemoans the state of Renovia – the craze to renovate every tiny space until it is unrecognisable. Here...

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In our latest Outdoor Issue, LIN SAMPSON bemoans the state of Renovia – the craze to renovate every tiny space until it is unrecognisable. Here she gives her 11 rules for renovations. 

There are a few concepts bought from third-rate American decor magazines that ruin houses forever. They no longer have coinage in smart parts of Europe but in South Africa they are a stain on the decor landscape:

  1. Too much light
    The biggest enemy of South African houses. Small windows are replaced with picture windows so the view mugs you. Check the famous English architect Edwin Lutyens on windows that are deceptive, hidden, small and unexpected, mullioned, oriel, portholes… some have as many as 154 small panes and look delicious.
  1. Open plan
    Very big in Renovia. Everyone who has looked at houses knows the cheap conversion, a stripped-down room, with a granite countered kitchen stuck in the corner like a naughty child. Highways of gleaming floorboards that make each footfall sound as if you’ve invited a horse to dinner. No one wants to see you scrape the stew off the floor. Doors are sacred and most of the brilliant European designers are bringing them back. There is nothing more wonderful than shutting a door on the world.
  1. Tiles
    The only place where a tile is permissible is the bathroom. Once I had lunch with someone in Johannesburg whose house looked like a combination between a police station and a leisure centre. She called for coffee and for fifteen minutes we listened to a trolley being rappelled over the tiles. Tiles are for a bathroom and they should be white and square.
  1. Travertine
    No, it is not the answer to all your problems.
  1. Lofts
    They are not for humans but for doves and rats. There is no loft room in the history of renovation that has been anything but a disaster. Think summer.
  1. Views
    Bruce Chatwin once said, ‘It is one of those terrible houses with a view.’ I loathe views. I can see them when I am outside, why would I want them in my house. They are intrusive, rob conversations and finally you just want to chuck yourself into them. The most beautiful architecture in the world is 14th century Islamic. When I visited Hassan Fathy, an Egyptian architect who built out of mud, his old house wound up steeply behind the souk in Cairo, orange trees on each small landing, finally to his one room. It was in sight of the pyramids but no effort had been made to ‘bring them in’. Turn your back on the view. Houses should be dark, internal and enchanting like all the most beautiful houses in the world.
  1. En-suite bathrooms
    Things really start to go downhill with the bathroom en suite, cramped, unhygienic, horrid. You could offer most South Africans Vita Sackville-West’s beautiful house Sissinghurst at a cut-price and they would whine, ‘Are there bathrooms en suite?’ In my view it is the bathroom en suite that has ruined all renovations. Beautiful old bedrooms are slaughtered so half can be turned into ablution blocks and cupboards. Personally I have always thought that all loos should be outside. What has happened to the human race that they cannot walk a couple of steps to relieve themselves? At the very least a toilet should be in a separate room.
  2. Doorways
    The worst renovation conceit is the celebration of the doorway. When I first stayed in Parkhurst, I thought I was living among palaces. There were miles of white pilaster filigree and huge eagles teetering on walls, enormous gateways with grand porte cochère, domes and ogee arches. Behind lay small tin miners’ houses, entirely correct and endearing.
  1. Exposed bricks
    There is definitely a brick fetish going on. Don’t know what to do? Brick in the garden. Brick the driveway and when you run out of bricks get in the pseudo stone merchants. A house in Rondebosch, a bit of a dog but with an old fruit tree and a pretty garden, is now a cross between Stonehenge and Windsor Castle, covered with stick-on stone, possibly the most revolting of all renovation tricks – other than the mezzanine floor stuck in a roof to add a room.
  2. Kitchens
    Kitchens with aspirational gadgetry and bathrooms sell a house, says an avaricious Tamboerskloof agent who controls buying and selling on this expensive bit of turf. However, a very grand woman in London where I stayed recently said, ‘Oh I don’t have a kitchen, I just cook on a hot plate under the stairs. A kitchen is such a waste of a room, don’t you think?’ And what about that central island loved by all kitchen designers on which you bump your hip every time you pass.
  3. The swimming pool
    Never ever have a swimming pool. They take more looking after than a llama and are not half as attractive. Swimmers hate them, children drown in them and they get slimy. And don’t get me on to gardens. It was intended that the architecture and the gardens should work together towards the harmonious development of the spirit. The instant garden is about as evocative as a scratch-and-sniff card.

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DECO’s Le Creuset Cuppa for CANSA Party http://elledecoration.co.za/cuppa-for-cansa/ http://elledecoration.co.za/cuppa-for-cansa/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:23:20 +0000 http://elledecoration.co.za/?p=49228 DECO happily accepted the Le Creuset Cuppa for CANSA challenge. Editor Laureen Rossouw hosted the DECO tea party in her City apartment, opting for champagne rather than the...

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DECO happily accepted the Le Creuset Cuppa for CANSA challenge. Editor Laureen Rossouw hosted the DECO tea party in her City apartment, opting for champagne rather than the standard Earl Grey and scones.

Inspired by the Pale Rose casserole dish Le Creuset dropped off with us for the challenge, the team whipped up a few savouries, salads and a pavlova. The cherry on top was the special delivery from Vivienne Basckin of her handcrafted ‘Antique Pink‘ cupcakes which took centre stage on the tiered Le Creuset cake stand.

Last year Le Creuset raised a remarkable R150 000 for CANSA and this year they are committing to donate 30% of all Pale Rose Capuccino Mug sales to CANSA.

We challenge you to host your very own Cuppa for CANSA before the 31 October
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Tropical Fabrics from Hertex http://elledecoration.co.za/tropical-fabrics-hertex/ http://elledecoration.co.za/tropical-fabrics-hertex/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:04:55 +0000 http://elledecoration.co.za/?p=49201   You must have gotten the message by now…Tropicali is trending! Our Outdoor Issue is literally bursting with tropical decor, bright colours and fabrics...

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You must have gotten the message by now…Tropicali is trending! Our Outdoor Issue is literally bursting with tropical decor, bright colours and fabrics reflecting lush vegetation, birds and exotic flowers. 

Hertex is literally a one-stop-shop for tropical fabrics. Their advice:

Look out for over-sized, organic, colourful, exotic folliage, flora and bird designs. Yes. Think techni-colour. Think beach. Think vacation. Think sultry.

1. Girolata Leaf
2. Giardino Summer
3. Uno Zest
4. Zen Garden Earl Grey
5. Line-up Green
6. Quill Silver Mist
7. Sisal Driftwood
8. Zen Garden Darjeeling
9. Pina Colada Blanc
10. Girolata Framboise
11. Flamingo Blush

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DECO EAT: A tangy Summer Platter http://elledecoration.co.za/tangy-summer-platter/ http://elledecoration.co.za/tangy-summer-platter/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:57:37 +0000 http://elledecoration.co.za/?p=49150 Celebrate the imminence of long summer days by combining seasonal food, fresh colours and a variety of flavours into a simple tangy summer platter that is as...

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Celebrate the imminence of long summer days by combining seasonal food, fresh colours and a variety of flavours into a simple tangy summer platter that is as beautiful to look at as it is to eat.

Green Platter: Tangy and Savoury

Ingredients:

  • 1 cooked rotisserie chicken
  • 150 g fresh asparagus, blanched and sliced into thin strips
  • 100 g baby marrow, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 avocado, peeled and sliced
  • 100 g watercress and rocket
  • 200 ml organic salad dressing (available at Woolworths)
  • 150 g blue cheese, sliced
  • 2 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced
  • pansies to garnish

Method:

Slice the chicken in half. Remove excess bone in the cavity.
Combine asparagus, baby marrow, avo and dressing. Divid the mixture and spoon into the cavities of the two chicken halves. Place leaves onto a platter, top chicken pieces and garnish with cheese, kiwi and pansies

Production by Maranda Engelbrecht – Photography by Justin Patrick
from our Spring Issue #64.

More salads to follow. Keep your eyes on our ELLE DECO Online.

Read through more inspirational recipes here.

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Top 10 Packing and Travelling Tips http://elledecoration.co.za/top-10-packing-travelling-tips/ http://elledecoration.co.za/top-10-packing-travelling-tips/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:03:41 +0000 http://elledecoration.co.za/?p=49179 DECO asked Darrin Thomas, Marketing and Communications Executive at Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. for his Top 10 Packing and Travelling Tips. “I have a job which...

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DECO asked Darrin Thomas, Marketing and Communications Executive at Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. for his Top 10 Packing and Travelling Tips.

“I have a job which requires everything to be planned and ready for any eventuality. I may be on the London Eye in the morning, having high tea in the afternoon and partying with Sir Richard Branson in the evening.”

  1. The suitcase – the first place to start.
    Very exciting when you take it out; not so exciting when you try to get everything you want inside it. Whether you fill it up and sit on it to force it shut, or you leave ample space for shopping, I am all about the bright and the bold. Both my on-board and checked-in luggage are bright orange Travelite hardcover cases from the Trend range. This means that they are easily identifiable on the luggage carousel. Always check the luggage allowance, as there is nothing worse than having to unpack in front of the check-in queue.
  1. Pack the staples.
    I always pack three t-shirts in black, white and grey, three button up shirts in black, white and navy, two blazers in black and navy, a pair of dark washed jeans and black pants. I then add extra items such as a bold patterned shirt and pants for some fun. These can be mixed-and-matched with any basics (Scotch and Soda are my go-to for a stylish travelling wardrobe.) My philosophy is,

If I didn’t pack it, I didn’t need it. You can always buy what you need.

  1. Plan specific outfits for specific events and don’t touch them until the event, otherwise you will regret it.
  1. The first thing I do when I check into my hotel is hang up my clothes in the bathroom and put the hot water on. This gives the clothes a quick steam, removing all of the creases and making them look like they have just come back from the laundry.
  1. Go for a walk or run the first day you land – your body and mind will need it.
  1. Check-in with ample time. Virgin Atlantic Clubhouses around the world make checking in early worthwhile. Once you experience a Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, any other airport lounge will seem rather ordinary. A luxurious mix of cocktail bar, boutique hotel and private members club is just a taste of what you can expect.
  1. Style always trumps comfort when travelling (comfort comes when you are on board the plane). Virgin Atlantic offers all Upper Class passengers sleep suites (both stylish and comfortable) and, for the lucky 1000 passengers, a limited edition onesie (my personal favourite). The cabin crew hang up your suit once you have changed out of it and return it to you the next morning, ensuring you look just as good when landing as you did in the Clubhouse.
  1. Sleep and stay hydrated if you want to look and feel good when landing. Yes, have a glass of champagne but don’t over indulge. Sleeping isn’t always easy when you travel a lot, but sleeping in Virgin Atlantic Upper Class makes the whole journey easy and comfortable. The Upper Class Suite has one of the longest, fully-flat beds in the sky.
  1. Talking about looking good when landing; Virgin Atlantic has a secret gem – Upper Class passengers have access to the Revivals Lounge. An invigorating power shower will wake you up while your breakfast is cooked and your clothes are pressed or mended. If you have a little extra time before your limo arrives (yes, limo. Upper Class passengers can get limo transfers), the Revivals Lounge offers a few spa treatments such as a shave for the men and blow-dry for the ladies, leaving you ready for a full day’s business without missing a beat.
  2. Treat yourself when you travel; after all you have just travelled halfway around the world! If you like it, buy it, and if you’re not sure, just do it because you never know when you’ll have the opportunity again.

Follow @Dazza_J on his whirlwind escapades around the world with @VirginAtlantic.

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The wonderful world of stylist Stephanie Wolhuter Inggs http://elledecoration.co.za/wonderful-world-stylist-stephanie-wolhuter-inggs/ http://elledecoration.co.za/wonderful-world-stylist-stephanie-wolhuter-inggs/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:32:32 +0000 http://elledecoration.co.za/?p=49151 In our October/November issue, we visit the home of Stephanie Wolhuter Inggs. As a renowned fashion editor, stylist and marketing manager at the clothing...

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In our October/November issue, we visit the home of Stephanie Wolhuter Inggs. As a renowned fashion editor, stylist and marketing manager at the clothing division of a major retail chain, she has seen her share of trends all over the world. From interviewing Grace Coddington to shooting in Isabella Blow’s house, we take a peek into her life. 

ON HER FASHION AESTHETIC
My personal fashion aesthetic defaults to tailored and cool rather than warm and fuzzy. Years of packing a suitcase has led to a seminal understanding of less is more than enough. Three colours – black, white and grey with maybe a bit of navy, khaki and dark chocolate. The best shoes I can afford (usually flat) and Prada nylon bags. I don’t like leather bags. My day-to-day working wardrobe begins and ends with a tailored black jacket. White cotton shirts and black pants – I never feel uncomfortable in this ultimate uniform suggested to me by Grace Coddington when I interviewed her at the Mount Nelson in the 90s. When I have lost my sartorial way I like to ask myself, ‘Would Patti Smith wear this?’ The answer usually gives me a very clear direction.

ON INSPIRATION
I have been hugely influenced and inspired my whole adult life by Robert Pollexfen. He was Head of Fashion at the Durban Tech when I arrived off the train from Cape Town. Robert and the other lecturers opened my mind to fashion in all its forms and set a standard of teaching that I have yet to see repeated in South Africa.

Later inspiration came from Mary Randolph Carter, Head of Marketing for Ralph Lauren in New York – her books on collecting junk made perfect sense to me. As someone who could have bought almost anything out there, she remained true to her love of junk and the peculiar, the homely and the homemade.

The professional embracing and honing of creative talent by the best American designers, retailers and magazines have always been an inspiration to me. I tend to dislike all that is creative with a capital C. The puritan work ethic and ruthless editing are the drivers of my approach to fashion and style.

ON SHOOTING IN ISABELLA BLOW’S HOUSE
The offbeat eccentricities and the craftsmanship of the British are totally, disarmingly wonderful. Sue Skeen is a British stylist whose work I find beyond inspirational. I was once incredibly lucky to do a photographic shoot at style icon and journalist Isabella Blow’s country home, Hilles House, in the Gloucestershire countryside. The small Fairlady fashion team zoomed in to find ourselves in another world. The stately old stone mansion was filled with ancient tapestries, ancestral portraits, stone carvings and outside the mist rose over a winter garden of bare trees, fallen apples and frost-bitten herbaceous borders falling away to pastures and farms. That evening, Isabella’s husband, Detmar, and others living in the house (one guest had come for a party and never left) invited us to supper on condition we went to the nearest village and bought enough steak for everyone. Surrounded by priceless treasures, they had no money for dinner. Somehow I have always found that strangely comforting… and inspiring.

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ON HER FAVOURITE DESIGNERS
Phoebe Philo at Céline, Consuelo Castiglioni at Marni, Christopher Bailey at Burberry and Hedi Slimane, whatever he is doing.

ON DESIGN
I always knew I wanted to be a fashion designer, and that’s what I trained to be. But the world of design opens a door to so much more – it encompasses history, craftsmanship, interiors, architecture, art, photography… I was then, and still am, totally fascinated by all aspects of design and the impact and influence of good design on business and industry.

I believe that good design can change the world.

ON HER CAREER
My career started in a factory in Hope Street in Cape Town, where I worked as an assistant designer and continued as a designer in clothing manufacturing factories, until I changed roles to become fashion editor at Fairlady. I then changed again to become a retail buyer and then marketing manager at Pick n Pay Clothing. Along the way I travelled a lot. I learnt that there is nothing like travel to sharpen your eye and open your mind. And to be paid to see and hear and taste and smell everything I could in the fashion cities of the world, absorbing what they had to offer, was a bonus that was as unexpected as it was life-changing.

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Josephine Road Ceramics by KA.AD http://elledecoration.co.za/josephine-road-ceramics/ http://elledecoration.co.za/josephine-road-ceramics/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:46:13 +0000 http://elledecoration.co.za/?p=48861 In the latest Outdoor Issue 98, we visit the Pretoria home of architect Kate Ghyoot Jollye. When she’s not conjuring up clever architectural designs...

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In the latest Outdoor Issue 98, we visit the Pretoria home of architect Kate Ghyoot Jollye. When she’s not conjuring up clever architectural designs for her firm KA+AD, she works on a range of handmade ceramics, Josephine Road.

The range consists of a variety of multifunctional pieces – cups and mugs can be used for coffee, soups or desserts, and the storage jars can also be used to hold plants.

Josephine Road Ceramics by KA.AD

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The products that we make evolve out of the creative desire for bespoke designs to be used on projects, and in our own day-to-day activities. While our focus is on local craftsmanship and handmade designs, we keep a close eye on international trends.

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Live in a Zero Energy House, Off the Grid http://elledecoration.co.za/live-zero-energy-house-grid/ http://elledecoration.co.za/live-zero-energy-house-grid/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:55:37 +0000 http://elledecoration.co.za/?p=49130 “Most of us strive to leave “our mark” on the world. But, lately, the trend is to leave as little a mark as possible...

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“Most of us strive to leave “our mark” on the world. But, lately, the trend is to leave as little a mark as possible on our environment. Imagine a home that is not merely energy efficient, but doesn’t have a single energy bill in its mailbox. The idea of a Zero Energy House is very simple and appealing one – building well sealed, well insulated houses, that supply electricity and heating that is produced and supplied in the right way. It’s really a question of attitude.”

Video by Green Renaissance

Who is Green Renaissance?
Green Renaissance is a film production and media agency, specialising in helping environmentally conscious businesses and non-profit organisations to develop creative content that promotes green and conservation initiatives.

They have produced a wide range of documentaries, working closely with environmental partners and NGOs as well as with local and global businesses to produce entertaining, engaging content with a socially conscious message, focusing on sustainability and environmental issues.

Tune in to the Green Renaissance YouTube feed here, AfricanRenaissance for more incredibly interesting, pertinent videos.

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Just Launched: The new Graffica Collection No. IV http://elledecoration.co.za/graffica-collection-no-iv/ http://elledecoration.co.za/graffica-collection-no-iv/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:24:42 +0000 http://elledecoration.co.za/?p=49118 The new Klomp Ceramics range has just launched! Graffica Collection No. IV is now available to shop online. We are properly impressed with the...

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The new Klomp Ceramics range has just launched! Graffica Collection No. IV is now available to shop online. We are properly impressed with the fresh lemon yellow paired with the graphic black. The range includes plates, stacking bowls, napkin rings and coasters.

Just imagine how fabulous they will look filled with everything from sweets to salad, or even jewellery.  Anything and everything will look handsome with this range. (Also a great gift idea.)

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DECO interviewed Alexia in our Big Ideas Issue 95, and here’s what she had to say…

 Do you think ceramics should be functional?
I don’t think it ‘should’ be anything. I studied architecture where ‘form follows function’ was our mantra. What I love about ceramics is the freedom of working with clay as a form of expression.

How did Klomp ceramics come about?
Whilst recovering from a brain tumor, I needed to take a break from styling and decided to slow down and focus on my ceramics. Working with clay was so healing, and my first collection came out of a need to tell my story, which others found inspiring, and so my range was born.

Who do you think is doing great work locally?
We have so many talented ceramicists in South Africa. I love Martin Swart, Sally Louw, Louise Gelderblom, Lisa Firer, Imiso Ceramics, Helen Vaughan, Gerhard Swart and Anthony Harris of Ceramic Matters, to name a few.

Do you work towards exhibitions or sell to shops?
Currently I sell to shops but hope to exhibit in the future. Klomp Ceramics is just starting out and it can go anywhere from here. Find Klomp Ceramics, stocklists and catalogues at www.klompceramics.com.

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Atang Tshikare X Ballo Collaboration http://elledecoration.co.za/atang-tshikare-x-ballo-collaboration/ http://elledecoration.co.za/atang-tshikare-x-ballo-collaboration/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:28:02 +0000 http://elledecoration.co.za/?p=49109 Atang Tshikare is undoubtedly one of South Africa’s most sought-after talents. Specialising in urban-style surface design, this gentleman is the ultimate hot property collaborator,...

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Atang Tshikare is undoubtedly one of South Africa’s most sought-after talents. Specialising in urban-style surface design, this gentleman is the ultimate hot property collaborator, having worked with people in textile and footwear design, furniture, ceramics, bicycles, wallpaper and eyewear. He is basically a new buzzword. 

DECO caught up with Atang to find out more about his collaboration with Alistair Barnes of Ballo Sunglasses.

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Atang Tshikare X Ballo Collaboration | Elle Decoration SA

How did the COLAB come about?
I met Alistair through Kent of Alpha Longboards who I’d worked with on longboards and an exhibition in Germany. They work in studios next to each other so when I saw the sunglasses and realised that Alistair was around the corner, it wasn’t hard to see more and talk to him about working together. I had some designs in my drawing book but I wasn’t sure where I could use them. Alistair told me about the Artist Eyewood Project #AEP and asked if I would be interested in collaborating on a limited edition of 50 pairs per design. I took a while to get the ball rolling because of my workload, but when I sent him the designs everything took shape superbly and the first prototypes were completed in August.

Alistair, where does the name Ballo come from?
The name ‘Ballo’ is a combination of my family name, Barnes, and my mother’s maiden name, Gallo, and by pure coincidence happens to mean ‘dance’ in Italian.

What is the inspiration and idea behind Ballo?
Alistair: We set out to make the best wooden-framed glasses in the world right here in South Africa. I think we are doing a pretty good job! Ballo frames and cases are made with love in Woodstock, Cape Town. Our frames are hand-made from recycled paper and off-cut timber from local furniture producers. All frames come with high-quality polarized lenses and can be fitted with your prescription. We currently export to five countries and counting.

When did you launch your designs?
Atang: The limited-edition customs were launched in September in Soweto at Thesis. I met Wireless G and Wandile at a club through a mutual friend – when I showed Wandile a picture of the sunglasses, he immediately put in an order. It was fantastic to see such a positive reaction and we launched three weeks later.

What excites you about design? And design in Africa specifically?
Atang: Design in Africa is at the forefront with raw, fresh and unorthodox skills. The culture and traditions of Africans allow them to have an extra element of authenticity in their works. When you explore what you love using methods that are traditional to you, then the results are more advanced that what any learned person can produce. This is what excites me about African design, especially when we export it.

What’s your favourite space in your home?
Atang: My favourite space in the room is the kitchen because I enjoy cooking. It’s a great way of challenging my creativity with different elements – with a glass of wine in hand!

What are you currently working on?
Atang: I’m currently working on some paintings for my first solo exhibition at Worldart Gallery in December. I’m also working on some design products exclusively for the Stable store in Loop Street (and maybe a Joburg store) due out this November. I’ve also got group shows I’m sending work to in three international countries. That’s all I can mention for now, more info and news will be on my Facebook as the weeks go on.

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