Copper carries a sense of retro. It’s one of the oldest metals known to man, being instrumental to the name “The Bronze Age”, yet it is versatile and slick enough in the most contemporary environments. The resurgence of copper is modernised by using it juxtaposed with slick and minimal interiors and decor. A hint of yesteryear combined with a glimpse of tomorrow.
Country Road have a gorgeous range of copper items that make it oh so easy to combine these treasures into our homes whilst Cape Town vintage lighting company Hoy P’loy is jazzing up our light fittings with these beautiful copper fitted pendant lights. With the artisanal touch, copper promises never to disappoint.
Above: Copper cube and mug from Country Road. Below: Copper cubes and copper frame from Country Road, Pendant light fitting & bulb from Hoy P’loy.
Images: https://instagram.com/lyalseba & www.hoiploy.com.
Walking down Kloof street, I was visually pulled into The Ceramic Factory. With an attractive ordered colour palate of mint, citron, white and grey, these designs are the perfect balance of contemporary retro, available in a multitude of quirky shapes with an “original Boland flair”. From ceramic horn wall mounts and wall hanging clocks to retro robot dogs, deers, skulls, dinosaurs, binoculars, African busts and retro cameras, they really do have something for everyone. I found it very clever how they cast vintage pieces like crystal cut jugs, ashtrays, book ends, wall clocks, paper weights and baking moulds into ceramics. They also have a range of well thought out horse shapes, horse chess pieces and riding helmets to commemorate 2014 being the year of the horse in the Chinese Zodiac.
If you want to get a decorative and practical use out of your purchase there is also a wide selection of ceramic platters and plates on display. Besides ceramics there are also some interesting art pieces, woodwork pieces and stationery from Love Supreme that fully round off the artisan collection. Roast Re:public, a coffee brand with a conscience, is also available here. When you buy a pack of coffee, a percentage of the funds goes through World Vision International to school children in rural South Africa. A very worthwhile initiative to support.
The Ceramic Factory is well worth a visit for trendy and timeless works of art.
Ceramic Factory, 103 Kloof Street, Cape Town
Tel: +27 (0) 21 839 2103
If there’s one fabric print technique I find extremely inspiring, it’s Ikat. It’s a resistant dying technique that is applied prior to weaving, and is similar to tye dying, resulting in a characteristically Indonesian looking fabric pattern. I usually associate Ikat designs with the beautiful blue and white linen prints that it’s best known for, but designers are adding new twists in seasonal colour palates. Here’s to designers getting creative with Ikat …
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Dip dye, Colourbleed, Ombre. For anyone fascinated with gradient, this is the ultimate way to explore the tonal effect of colour . Like a drop of dissolving ink into water, the inbetween subtle gradient of colour provides a harmonious flow of tones rather than the starkness of colour blocking. When done correctly dip dying has a type of surreal, uncalculated and artistic feel to it, influencing fashion, homeware and decor trends.
Clockwise from top left: dip dyed dress, Zoe Jordan S/S ’14, dip dyed hair, dip dyed interiors.
Nixon Dip-Dye watch range.
I paid a visit to Typo yesterday and to my delight they had 30% off everything in store. I picked up two of these hexagon shadow boxes and a few bits to put inside. The boxes are part of their We heart hexagons range and comes in mint, white and pink. There is also a clever range of Hexe-Papers that are hexagon shaped wallpapers for the back of the box, with cool prints on like flamingos, florals and retro prints.
I knocked a few hilty nails into my wall and voila! As easy as pie they were up. If you can’t knock nails into the wall where you live you can also use the hexagons as stackable units to put on table tops of shelves. They’re super handy to use as an updated version of a printers tray with little nick nacks slotted in or use them as hanging bookselves, plant shelves or display cabinets for anything creative that deserves some attention. I picked up a few letters and owl items from Typo and combined them with a fake orchid and some butterflies that I had left over from shoots, a DIY Movember moustache and a cactus in a rusty mug that I picked up on a road trip. All in all a home improvement win! Worth a try.
The cool thing about Cape Town is that there’s creativity lurking around every corner. I was sitting at Clarke’s and caught a glimpse of a stylish guy wearing an amazing looking wooden satchel. I had to stop him and ask where he got it from. The guy was Inga Gubeka and the satchel is part of his Indalo label. The satchel is made out of plywood and is a fresh take on using wood in an innovative way. He also has other cool creations like wooden ipad skins and smartphone covers.
Check out his fresh inspirational designs at Indalo Decor on Facebook. Inspirational local design at it’s best.