12 Rooms | Elle Decoration South Africa
Mlondolozi Hempe working with Laduma Ngxokolo
12 Rooms | Elle Decoration South Africa
Visual Artist Atang Tshikare


Have you heard about the 12 Rooms Exhibition with Leon at CCXIX? Basically, 12 of SA’s top decorators and designers have been unleashed on a room in the Leon at CCXIX showroom to see what they’d come up with… that’s 12 designers to embolden and embellish 12 rooms.

Word is the transformations will astound even the most hardcore decoristas. From a mad botanists conservatory, a swanky hotel cocktail lounge to a boudoir to-die-for, a dining room dripping in yellow and gold and a majestic yet modern Xhosa inspired living space, there will be more than just a little something for everyone. Then there’s the secret 13’th room which remains hush-hush!

It opens tonight with a VIP (invite-only) event  where about 500 of the countries leading designers, decorators, their fans, their nemeses, Cape Town’s glitterati and industry stalwarts will enjoy cocktails, local methode cap classique and food by the Kitchen at Leon.

The exhibition will then be open to the public from the beginning of June until the end of August 2014.

We have been granted privileged access over the last few days, and without giving too much away, want to share a few clues of what you can look forward to.



The A-list of participating designers include (in alphabetical order):

Francois du Plessis
Gregory Mellor
Karen Robert
Kyle Roux
La Grange Interiors (Sumari Krige)
Laduma Ngxokolo (fashion designer for Maxhosa knitwear label)
Michele Throssell
Nicola Townsend
Pim Verdoorn
Salome Gunter
Sarah Ord
Sprout Design (consisting of Sam Lurie and Peter Gordon)


Leon at CCXIX is renowned for crafting the finest furniture – their specialty being upholstery pieces – working with an array of SA’s top decorators and retailers. They are also keen advocates of homegrown talent so whilst the world gazes upon Cape Town as World Design Capital for 2014, Leon at CCXIX want to show the world just how hot South African talent is.

12 Rooms | Elle Decoration South Africa
The start of the secret room on the left

12 Rooms Exhibition | Elle Decoration South Africa

“A few months ago we came up with the concept of 12 Rooms but had no idea we’d run with it or that it would turn into the wonderful project it’s become. It’s been a privilege to work with designers who are pushing boundaries. It’s been an exciting challenge but one that’s been richly rewarding for the whole Leon at CCXIX team.”

– Rob van Veen (part-owner of the Leon at CCXIX showroom and furniture workshop)

12 Rooms Exhibition | Elle Decoration South Africa
12 Rooms Exhibition | Elle Decoration South Africa

“As the world looks on Cape Town as host of World Design Capital for 2014, everyone is intrigued about what makes SA design tick. We felt the 12 Rooms Exhibition would create the ideal opportunity for some of our countries top decorators and designers to create their dream space without any limitations. With Hertex, Home Fabrics and Black Fabrics sponsoring all the latest fabrics and wallpaper the designers truly have had free reign. The resulting room sets show this freedom of expression spectacularly.”  

Jean-Pierre de la Chaumette, publicist for the Leon at CCXIX showroom

12 Rooms Exhibition | Elle Decoration South AfricaEntry is FREE and all items in the roomsets will be available to purchase. Proceeds from the sale of all the upholstery items made by Leon at CCXIX will be donated to a local charity.

12 Rooms will take place at the Leon at CCXIX showroom situated at 219 Albert Road, Woodstock. Their opening hours are Monday to Thursday 9am to 4pm, Fridays 9am to 3pm and Saturdays 9:30am to 1pm.

The Kitchen at Leon will also offer special Italian inspired lunches paired with local methode cap classique, wine and/or BOS ice tea.

The 12 Rooms Exhibition is set to be an exciting highlight on the design calendar for 2014.