KAMERS has become synonymous with local creativity, artisanal products and designers looking to improve every aspect of our homes and lifestyles with beautiful objects. From the recent display at Cape Town’s City Hall, DECO spotted three brands to watch.
Seven Swans: sumptuous stationery
The simple, elegant beauty of Seven Swans’ gold-embossed prints literally stopped us in our tracks en route to get coffee (a rare feat indeed). Their collection of notecards, framed prints and gift tags was a lot broader than the wedding stationers they are primarily billed as, providing an array of high quality, beautiful papers for our perusal.
A palette of wintry charcoal and soft peach offer contemporary options with minimal illustrative fuss – just simple, heartfelt mottos in golden handwriting, certain to make any lucky recipient smile. So beautiful in fact, that Seven Swans have made works of art of their best pieces, available as framed prints, taking our love for the lost art of letter writing to a whole new level.
Taking our love for the lost art of letter writing to a whole new level.
Chatting to the brand’s Anelle Mostert, she told us, ‘Seven Swans has been in the wedding stationery business for the past five years and launched a range of paper products last year. Our style is definitely driven by a less is more ethos. Being utterly in love with paper and beautiful printing processes, our product range is simple-made-striking by a subtle use of on-trend colours, punchy metallics and hand-created textures.’
‘We love the fact that our stationery is created by hand – we have either designed, painted or illustrated most of the pretties ourselves and many of our products are printed by hand, either letter-pressed, hot foil stamped or via heat transfer. We believe this special touch adds just the right amount of love into each and every product.’
Seven Swans Stationery is stocked at a few shops in Cape Town including Fabricate in Gardens Centre, PresentSPACE in Lifestyle on Kloof and Abode at the Biscuit Mill; in Joburg the Black and Blush posters can be found at Anatomy Design. Shop Seven Swans Stationery online at Esque as well as their own store. Visit them online at sevenswans.co.za or follow them on Facebook and Twitter @_sevenswans_.
ONEOFEACH: the must-have clutch
It was the exotic, punchy pinks, tribal print fabrics and uniformed mescallany of the clutch bags at the ONEOFEACH stand that caught DECO’s eye. Although there is a consistent aesthetic found in every product of this local handbag brand – vibrant colours, distinctly African fabrics and soft, fold-over leather – no one bag is the same as another (hence the name). How is this achieved, I asked co-founder, Tamburai Chirume?
‘We specialise in contemporary and functional handbags using leather and wax print fabrics, which we source from different regions of Africa to create a modern, high-end fashion product. The inspiration behind ONEOFEACH was driven by our love for this continent and to change how it is perceived by the outside world; we wanted to transform mindsets towards African-inspired products by creating a luxury product that represents Africa holistically.’
With shoulder bags both big and small and clutch bags that all come with an optional strap, the range is versatile too. When DECO first came across the collection, so enamoured were we with the options on-shelf, we felt we might just have to buy one of each. Though it seems the name originates from a different meaning.
Not only do they keep production costs low and ensure sustainable production practices, but the result is that every bag boasts a completely unique fabric pairing.
It turns out that in creating the brand, Tamburai and her mother, Pauline, were looking to make bags that had a unique identity; that their owners knew were truly special and one-of-a-kind. In using only the very ends of fabric lines, usually relegated to the off-cuts bin, not only do they keep production costs low and ensure sustainable production practices, but the result is that every bag boasts a completely unique fabric pairing – formed as they are of an eye-catching African print on one side, and a complementary solid colour leather on the reverse. There is only ever one of each.
ONEOFEACH is stocked in Joburg at the Neighbourgoods Market Braamfontien and in Cape Town at the V&A Watershed and Bay Harbour Market. Priced from R280 for a small fold-over bag. Look out for their 27 Boxes Joburg pop-up store coming soon. Find them online at oneofeach.co.za or follow ONEOFEACH on Facebook.
Lumen: the light fantastic
You’ll know if you’ve picked up a copy of our Winter Issue that we’re quite enamoured with all things luminescent at the moment – our DECOSHOP feature illustrates our endless quest for the perfect pendant light. Which is possibly why Lumen’s stand at Kamers drew us in like a stylish moth to a modern, quirky flame.
The Pretoria-based lighting brand plays heavily into the current trends of industrial design with exposed raw materials and that warmest of autumnal hues, copper. Using a myriad of brushed steel and copper pipes, manipulated in all manner of contemporary designs, each piece of the capsule range was fitted with unusually pretty feature bulbs, where an artfully twisted filament glows along its full length, giving off a light that is beautifully soft yet also pleasing to the eye.
DECO asked Lumen’s Jenne-lee Delport how it all came together: ‘Lumen started with two friends sharing ideas on cool lights and the ideas turned into “let’s see if we can make them”. The organiser of Tierlantykies market saw one of our lights on display in a friend’s house and invited us to be exhibitors. With only one month to prepare, we came up with a few designs, a name and a logo. With unexpected success the business is booming and growing at the speed of light; in the past year we have been busy installing our lights in houses, restaurants, galleries and deli’s, and of course displaying at KAMERS in Joburg and Cape Town.’
But the best bit is that Lumen’s copper structures lend themselves to a whole range of other home accessories – from recipe book stands for your kitchen countertop to magazine hammocks for housingyour growing collection of ELLE Decoration magazines. They’ve thought of just about everything.
KAMERS is South Africa’s treasure-trove of hand-crafted creativity. Discover where the next KAMERS event will be at kamersvol.com and search for them on your favourite social media channel.