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Rhythmic Percussion

Rhythmic Percussion

Louise Gelderblom builds up her clay pots, layer by layer, until they are curvy, with wafer-thin walls. The vessels are completed with graphic markings, which Louise calls “rhythmic” and “percussive”  and are not planned but created to suit the vessel and however Louise’s mood takes her. See more of her — Continue reading

The Man in the Spoon

The Man in the Spoon

Carrol Boyes is a teacher who decided to pursue her love of art and went back to school and did a sculpture degree. In order to share her art with everyone she made spoons in pewter; spoons with waves, faces, curves and other lovely details. Soon her work was so — Continue reading

No Egg On Your Face!

No Egg On Your Face!

Gotta love the furniture from Egg Design. You may recognize this from last year’s ICFF in New York Egg Design’s work is available in the US through Amaridian.

Make Your Name Mud

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Make Your Name Mud

Incorporating the textures of fabric into ceramics, the work of Mud Studios is very tactile. Their work can be found at Anthropologie. The fabric texture is inspired by traditional South African shwe shwe.

Springing Forward

Springing Forward

Take a look at Joom’s new take on things we’ve seen before… the bookshelf in cow form! Remember trophy heads? Now you can see yourself in them And if you ever wondered what the South African take on the rocking horse would be, try the springbuck (also the  national rugby — Continue reading

Back to the Future

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Back to the Future

I was first drawn to the furniture of Haldane Martin when I saw how they tackled a modernization of a very traditional South African piece of furniture called the riempie (pronounced rim-pi). This is the more traditional type, as seen on FreshlyFound’s blog… the pulled leather strips are really what’s — Continue reading

Recycle, re-use, re-think

Categories: Sustainability
Recycle, re-use, re-think

What does this… have to do with this? What you are seeing the before and after of other people’s rubbish. South African designer, Heath Nash, takes recycling to a whole new level with his products. Using techniques commonly found in South Africa, such as wire-working, Heath and his team have — Continue reading

TaTu

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
TaTu

Enrico Bressan and Tahmineh Javanbakht are a design team that believe in sustainability.  “Over the years, we’ve become more and more interested in sustainability in everything we do. For us, the matter of sustainability is not just the question of the environment, but also of the humans living in the — Continue reading

Ceramic Flowers

Ceramic Flowers

Astrid Dahl’s ceramic work is sculptural. She creates work inspired by plant forms, and the results are astonishing. Astrid lives and works in the picturesque countryside of Notthingham Road, in South Africa. She uses a traditional African pot-making technique,  coiling the clay from the bottom upwards, creating vases and sculptures — Continue reading

African Salad

Categories: Art + Graphics
African Salad

There is nothing, absolutely nothing, like a good book. Here is one from South Africa that is beautifully designed. The book is a photographic exploration of everyday South Africans and their food.  The gorgeous pages celebrate people, their homes, and of course, their food. Inside you’ll find a Mielie (corn) — Continue reading

African Prefab

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
African Prefab

Modern prefab is enjoying a moment in the sun, and I’m all for it. Good design at a reasonable price and building in a way that mostly does not harm the environment is the way I’d like to live. As I’m such a huge fan of modern prefab, imagine my — Continue reading

Under the Willow

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Under the Willow

Welcome to the world of contemporary South African design. Every Friday, for the next while, I will be your guide to the new and exciting design that’s bursting from the shores of my homeland. After years of following the pack, South Africa is producing awesome talent that is inspired by — Continue reading