Images: Bijzondermooi & Bungalow 5

Look to our latest issue – our very first Decorating Issue – to see what’s possible with black and white now.
Intrinsic to the B&W movement, and not to be forgotten, is black and white photography and art. All eyes are on photographer/ architect Patrick de Mervelec who is currently hosting a photographic exhibition Johannesburg: Architecture and Heritage with David Krut Projects (142 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood). According to our diaries, you have just one more day to get a look in. If you want to head out and do something this weekend, we think de Mervelec’s exhibition is worth a step out.

In interiors, stark contrasts of light and dark when seen next to one another, or soft tones of grey when mixed together, guarantees a stylish outcome. Simple monochrome accessories emphasize eternal style – and whitewashed floors bring a warm feel to the look.

In a black, white and neutral interior, use monochromatic art to consolidate the look – as in the interiors here.

Images: Lily Fi & Betina Stampe
Images: Emma's Design Blog & Nordic Bliss

So ….. scrolling down and moving on. Let’s make our way to Patrick de Mervelec’s exhibition in Parkhurst. Last chance. His photographs show a pedestrian’s view of Johannesburg – offering panoramic views of the old city and enabling an engagement with a previous moment in time. Black & white combine to create soft hues and lavish tones and in this way work together to build quiet moments of reflection within the city. In this instance, black & white is all about simple but powerful subtleties.

Mandela Bridge, Archival pigmented print 50 x 70 cm

A beautiful compilation of this body of work is available in a collectible book – at

In this landmark photographic book Patrick de Mervelec takes us through the old CBD of Johannesburg, the heart and soul of the city, with a selection of over 150 images accompanied by texts by architect and acclaimed author, Clive Chipkin. The introductions have been contributed by architect Fanuel Motsepe and urban consultant Neil Fraser, author of the celebrated column, Citichat. In the words of Fanuel Motsepe “the book is an exquisite narrative of a pedestrian’s experience of Joburg.”

Exhibition Details:

9 March – 1 April 2013

142 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg


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