Last night Southern Guild celebrated their Homecoming with the opening of their first permanent space in the Mothercity. The opening marks another addition to the Lower Woodstock gallery strip, located down Lewin Street just off Sir Lowry Road and within stones throw of Stevenson, blank projects and the Goodman Gallery. The exhibition of furniture pieces and collectable design objects from the Southern Guild stable of designers, artists and makers featured some new pieces as well as reiterations of classics.
Some of our highlights were the angular Dokter and Misses’ LALA Drinks Cabinet server given a Techno twist with a muted grey geometric print with bright accents of violet and turquise. A very covetable range of elongated vases in the same colour palette accompanied this.
A monolithic slate-topped Xandre Kriel table with folded steal legs made us weak at the knees, as did the centre-piece of the show – a hanging copper protea pendant by Nic Bladen. Bridging the gap between art and design, Philippe Bousquet’s whimsical found-object sculptures are always a delight. His new collection leaves The Jetson’s helper robot behind to bring uncanny Victorian illustrations to life.
Polished gloss surfaces seem to be a trend to look out for, as seen in Laurie Wiid van Heerden’s Chiaroscuro bench, which has an ombre high-gloss black into silver coating, and Rado Kirov’s ‘melting’ chrome table and pedestal. The painted bronze figurines by Justine Mahoney also featured a smooth glossy coating, and Givan Lotz’s engraved mirrors reflected this shiny appeal.
The Southern Guild Gallery is a natural extension of what Southern Guild have pioneered from the start – positioning premium South African design objects alongside collectable works of art.
Southern Guild Gallery is located at Unit 1, 10-16 Lewin Street, Woodstock, Cape Town.
Gallery hours: Tuesday to Friday: 10am – 5pm. Saturday: 10am – 1pm. Mondays by appointment only.
Text by Layla Leiman