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1987 was the year when Sean Connery was the strong silent not-to-be-messed with one in The Untouchables – award-winning movie of the year, with the just as unforgettable Robert de Niro and Kevin Costner starring opposite him.

That was 25 years ago – same year that the first ELLE DECO came into the world, giving people ideas for their homes that didn’t necessarily involve antiques or Persian rugs or floral chintz curtains with tie-backs.

This month ELLE DECO is celebrating 25 wonderful years. The ‘Then & Now’ feature in our current International 25th Birthday Issue looks at brands, products and designs that have become so much a part of the way we live. When those brands came into the world, what else had people spellbound?

 

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2010

In 2010, Tim Burton gave us Alice In Wonderland, and Mobelli gave South Africans a new way of thinking about patios and gardens, making patio parties lovelier than ever. Not just with chairs and tables but with clever design like illuminated outsize pots and garden orbs that make it possible to make a wonderland in your own backyard.

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2003

In 2003, everyone was trying to find Nemo. You’d never have found him if you’d tried looking at Canal Walk Shopping Centre in Cape Town – touted as the largest shopping centre in the Southern Hemisphere. Unless, of course, you’d popped into a cinema there.

While trawling your favourite shopping centre what you’d have found was fabulous Fielli‘s newly launched showroom …. and in that big store you’d have found a number of must-have sofas to sit back and watch Nemo over and over, and again and again.

Fielli now has 1600 m2 of showroom space in Joburg, Durban, Cape Town, PE and Pretoria.

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1978

In 1978, John Travolta was king and Grease was the word. So was Wizzing.  Blending – or wizzing – was what you had to be doing and a Breville Kitchen Wizz was what you had to have to wizz like nobody’d bizz. Breville’s still around. And, with juicing being an even bigger word now, the Breville Ikon Juice Fountain is as quintessentially essential in 2012 as the Kitchen Wizz of 1978. (Available from @Home stores in South Africa.)

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1953

The Greatest Show On Earth was the movie of the year. If you had any house pride at all, you’d have put on a great little show in your very own living room. You’d have wanted nothing less than a proper set of Luxaflex ‘Window Fashions’ (their slogan then) – venetian blinds in colours to match your sandals, your bag and your waisted dress.

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1925

The year Le Creuset was born was the year of The Grand Parade. A war movie about a French-English love affair. The classic red Le Creuset enamel-coated iron pot of 1925 is identical to the Le Creuset pot of today. That’s what we call an heirloom. Only, in 2012 you can have that pot (and all of its sisters and babies and cousins) in all the colours your heart demands.

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