Managing Editor Maryke van Lill & Deco Intern Shane Barnard. Image: Marsel Roothman

Elle Decoration stand at Design Indaba Expo 2013

Thanks to the amazing cleverness of Graphic Laminates, our Elle Deco stand at Design Indaba 2013 last weekend made us incredibly proud. We loved every minute, sitting around such a prettily printed trestle table, flanked on all sides by beautifully clashy boards of print.

We thank Albert Carpets for the floor, Graphic Laminates for the incredible vinyl panels with backings by Xanita, and everyone who stopped by to chat, buy a subscription and keep us company. Le Creuset came to the party with mugs in every colour of the jelly bean spectrum, and it was a pleasure to see them go so happily into the hands of every new Elle Deco subscriber.

Our stand was made from a selection of prints by African textile makers Vlisco, scanned in and transformed into vinyl. A novel idea for coating just about anything, it makes a cool and interesting alternative to wallpaper. Biggest wow was the trestle table with a vinyl topping and stools to match. All made from Xanita of varying thicknesses, and coated in laminate by Graphic Laminates.



The Artists Not Armies bags (via Label Orange) sprinted off our stand. Artists Not Armies, the Dutch brand behind the bold art bags, is determined to spread the message that the world needs art, not war. The iconic tote bag serves as a stage for upcoming design talent and young artists. Even better is that all proceeds from sales at Design Indaba 2013 go to the South African NGO Ibhabhatane. The organisation empowers individuals through art – by organising art classes, workshops and coaching to children from townships around Cape Town, and stimulating creativity in all its forms.


Albert Carpets 

Albert Carpets are suppliers and installers of a wide selection of floor coverings. Founded in the Eighties, they’re one of the most established flooring stores in the country. They’re members of the Green Building Council of South Africa, Master Builders Association and IID (South African Institute of the Interior Design Professions.) Albert Carpets’ collection includes locally manufactured products as well as a selection of the best quality imported products. Albert Carpets also supplies flooring for commercial spaces.

Graphic Laminates

Specialists in large format digital printing, this can-do company also offers portable displays, interior and retail displays, point of sale and promo material, and of course exhibition stand material like the kind done for Elle Deco at Design Indaba. Based in Maitland, Cape Town, your contact there is Call 021-5105461

Le Creuset

Famous for their cast iron casseroles, bakeware, kitchen accessories and mugs in every colour of the Smarties spectrum. Available at retail outlets nationally, or go to and fulfill all your desires for authentic French cookware. More info: 086 177 3321.

We’ll be back with a big report back on Design Indaba 2013 – we’re comparing notes around our Ed’s desk this week.

Images courtesy of Marsel Roothman