It is always so fascinating being shown the ‘behind the scenes’ work spaces of top designers. For our latest Issue91, we spent the morning with the categorically fabulous, David Tlale in his studio in Maboneng, Johannesburg. It was incredibly interesting seeing where all his creations are conceptualised and produced.

He was quite literally everything we had hoped for, and more. Laureen and David hit it off immediately and had fantastic discussions about bringing back the drama and glamour in fashion and in decor, the futility of minimalism, his interesting clientele, and where he got his dress sense from, not to mention THAT THRONE!

Images: David standing behind his golden throne | David chatting to Laureen while he quaffed his hair | Street in Maboneng where David's studio is situated.

We wanted to visit David in particular as we had heard whispers about a David Tlale Home Decor collection, and were eager to find out more.

‘My furniture range will be a beautiful extension of my brand. I want texture and spectacle.I want big rugs, I want stuff.

It is too expensive – it has to be ridiculously high in quality in order for it to stand on its own. If I’m going to spend a lot of money, I want it to scream glamour.’

Images: Laureen getting serious | Samples from David's collections | Entrance hall to David's studio
Images: David in his youth | close up of David's enticing mood board

It really was such an interesting morning. We heard the entire story of David’s golden throne, he chatted to us extensively about his philosophy on decor and shared the story of his great uncle, who sounds fascinating (he drank like a fish, gambled and always looked fabulous).

To get all the details about one of South Africa’s top designers, and much much more, get your copy of ELLE Decoration, The Return of Glamour 91, available in selected retails outlets around the country.

Or, if you simply must have it immediately, purchase a digital copy here.


David Tlale |  @DAVIDTLALE |

289 Fox Street 5th Floor, Maboneng Precinct,
Johannesburg, South Africa
tel: +27 11 614 7424
cell: +27 (0) 83 583 2635