Shine bright like a diamond – Hemelhuijs / Jacques Erasmus opens sister store BASALT

Zurita Moore
Zurita Moore
, Plascon Trends Editor

Plascon and Jacques Erasmus share a close connection. You only have to walk into Hemelhuijs – Jacques’ restaurant at 71 Waterkant Street in Cape Town – to know that we are not kidding when we say we’ve encountered few people who display our paint colours in such creative ways. You would also be forgiven for thinking that you had lost your way… as Jacques is known for changing the colour and look of Hemelhuijs overnight.

On a couple of occasions I have experienced those nights and let me tell you, it is like going to the theatre: lots of laughs, sometimes tears, and tons of creativity. Jacques grew up in Upington in the Northern Cape, so there are many wonderful moments best described as “‘n boer maak ‘n plan”. It’s these qualities that make Jacques so immensely talented.

Last week I was privileged to be invited to his latest brainchild. Set in the beautiful Parkhurst in Johannesburg, BASALT (remnants of fire) showcases the new home collection from Jacques Erasmus / Hemelhuijs.

The New Hemelhuijs / Jacques Erasmus BASALT Store in Johannesburg

Hemelhuijs / Jacques Erasmus - BASALT Store Cape Town

Sensory overload awaits when you walk into BASALT. There simply isn’t one article that I would not love to have in my home, and the paint colour is to die for – a combination of Sun Baked (O3-D1-1) and Freckle (O3-C1-2).

Hemelhuijs / Jacques Erasmus - BASALT Store Cape TownHemelhuijs / Jacques Erasmus - BASALT Store Cape Town

The floors and the fireplace were also lovingly restored to their former glory, as you can see in the pic above.

It is impossible for me to describe BASALT in words, so do yourself a favour and go there (Shop 22b, 4th Avenue, Parkhurst, Johannesburg). Below are some of the beautiful things you will find at BASALT:

Hemelhuijs / Jacques Erasmus - BASALT Store Cape Town

Hemelhuijs / Jacques Erasmus - BASALT Store Cape Town

Look at how beautiful the food looked on launch night (quail eggs with volcanic black salt on a “Boerendelft” plate, and a cheese board with dates):

Hemelhuijs / Jacques Erasmus - BASALT Store Cape Town

One of my favourite things are the Delicate Almond Wafers:

Hemelhuijs / Jacques Erasmus - BASALT Store Cape Town

And then there are the not-so-randomly stacked cups with teapot and bowls. Would you not want to take this home?

Hemelhuijs / Jacques Erasmus - BASALT Store Cape Town

From what I know of Jacques, this space will be alive and change at least once a season. If you like what you see – go visit now! You can also follow BASALT on Instagram @basalt_home for inspiration. For more information, email them at info@basalt.co.za

All images courtesy of Zurita Moore.

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