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Design Afrika: Baskets, bags and beautiful things

The Design Afrika product range is a unique fusion of traditional and contemporary. Binky Newman designs and develops the contemporary pieces which make up the collection, both functional and sculptural. Binky and her team at Design Afrika strive to nurture the creative and entrepreneurial initiative of rural communities by encouraging the production of these high…

DECO reader turns old fridge into a smart storage solution

We’re still smiling at this photograph we just received from DECO reader Magdalena Barnard – and what a great idea! The photograph came with this small note: ‘When my fridge broke down, I decided to feed them books and magazines.‘ We always love seeing where readers store and display our…

Recycled advent calendar idea: Cardboard cluster

We’ve come up with another cheap and easy advent calendar idea for you to try out this Christmas. This time we’ve made use of recyclable cardboard packaging to create our advent calendar display unit, a quirky cluster of cardboard boxes. And the great thing about it? It also doubles up…

Recycled advent calendar idea: Tape digit display

It’s the 1st day of December, which means it’s time for advent, with 24 days left until Christmas. So we’ve come up with this fun and cheap advent calendar, made from paper sleeves and duct tape found in DECO’s office. DECO IDEA Create a large advent display on your wall…

Beaded glory

The Umcebo Trust is a Durban-based NGO, doing great work with beads and lighting. Working with local crafters, they make intricate chandeliers, using glass beads, galvanised wire, acrylics and recycled materials. The Trust has a shop in the Village Walk at uShaka Marine World, and this also operates as a…