Jaco’s exotic Man Cave at the Freeworld Design Centre
DECO guest blogger Jaco Janse van Rensberg was recently invited to create an installation (of the ultimate man cave) for the Freeworld Design Centre that would highlight some of their great paint products. Here’s a ‘behind-the-scenes’ look at how the installation was created and some of the inspiration.
‘My inspiration was a recent shoot that I did décor styling for. The fashion was by the talented Mari Groenewald and it was shot by Antonio Steyn, another favourite of mine.’
‘My theme was the ultimate man cave, so a moodboard was the next step in the process. And you know by now how much I love my moodboards. Vital.’
‘The clever folks at the Freeworld Design Centre did this digital 3D mock-up for me to see how all the elements would work together.’
‘The allure of East Africa has been a theme in my work and this was the perfect opportunity for me to showcase some local and international favourites and one of my beloved colour themes: indigo, ebony and gold. The coat belonged to my Gran – she bought it in Mauritius in the 70’s. I chose Zanzibar Tavern (GR-B12) & Deep Sea Reef (B7-B1-1) from Plascon for the walls and Shalestone from Earthcote for the floor. I experimented with gloss and matt applications for further interest on the walls and ceiling. The light was created by applying gold leaf onto a chinese paper lantern – cheap and chic.’
‘The installation is a homage to artists Yves Klein and Peter Beard. I was also inspired by a book I was reading at the time: The Night Jasmine Man by David Lambkin. The wooden pendant light with copper detail is by Porky Hefer of Animal Farm and I bought the peacock fan near the Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, India.’
‘This laser cut steel stool is called ‘Octahedron 600’ and is by Aaron Kearney Design – I love the optical illusion this piece creates as you move around it. The ‘Branch Hooks’ by Isle of Trees were given an update with with a coat of gold paint. I am a big fan of leather pouffes and this blue beauty is from Moroccan Warehouse.’
‘The elegant ‘Skinny Table’ desk by Brent van Ingen of b-spoke Furniture features two hidden drawers and is perfect for a sleek writing nook. A personal favourite of mine is the luxe stationery by The Letterpress Company. This extraordinary sculpture of a Hornbill skull is by Friday Jibu for Bronze Age.’
‘The exterior of the installation was painted in Plascon Rich Gold (6A138/L). The ‘Labware Pendant’ by British designer, Benjamin Hubert, is stocked at Modern Home Company. The zebra skin is from Game Skin Safari. I created the artwork by using Indigo pigment on a 10m sheet Fabriano paper – I love the collision of stripes where the skin meets the art.
The whole installation was made possible with the assistance of a very talented new designer – Nina du Plessis (071 232 9130)’
Posted by Jaco Janse van Rensburg www.jacojansevanrensburg.com
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