Zurita Moore, Plascon Trends Editor
The past couple of days at Decorex Johannesburg and 100% Design South Africa have been amazing, and in the upcoming days I’d like to share everything that caught my eyes. While the stands themselves are certainly inspirational, even more so are the incredible people behind all of these wonderful products that you see on display.
I loved hearing the stories… Sitting down with people and talking about their journey and passions. I had time to catch up with a few industry friends such as the lovely Katlego from House of Melori and Colette from Colette Living. It was also wonderful spending time with Madodo Fani from Fani Ceramics and Lesego Shika from The Design Café. Two great days filled with stories and laughter.
Before we take a look at some examples of local design talent; just a quick note about The South African Craft Collective in view of Women’s Month. I love all things local, and what I see at every show is that we have great talent in our country. I picked up the 2016 Buyers’ Guide, and in the foreword by Lindiwe Zulu (Minister of Small Business Development), she explains the role that the department played in bringing together 80 SMMEs (exhibiting in individual stalls) and 20 SMMEs (exhibiting in the big collective stand) to showcase their products at Decorex.
In this Women’s Month it is really encouraging to see that 66 out of the 100 participants are owned by women. What a great assurance from the department that there is commitment to the economic advancement of women in South Africa.
THE SOUTH AFRICAN CRAFT COLLECTIVE
In no particular order, here is a summary of some of the standout local design seen at the South African Craft Collective expo.
Beautiful, simple designs made from a mix of wool felt and natural fibers. Razaan and her team play with colour and create not only beautiful naturals, but also vibrant colourful pieces that work wonderfully to brighten up your home. They have also introduced silk into some of their scarf design. Their pieces are not only beautiful, they are also luxurious.
Visit their website www.chicfusion.co.za for more information. They are based in Woodstock, Cape Town.
Guess what I’ll make one of my non-negotiable stops next time I visit the Mother City?
Ozzys Eco Décor
Not only colourful, but very functional as well. Ozzys Eco Décor is a recycling company that gives new life to waste products. The company is led by Yolanda Msutwana and Sazi Mkunqwana, and they have won international awards for their products. Visit their website www.ozzydecor.co.za to see more.
All the ceramics in this collection are inspired by traditional beer pots, and the patterns are inspired by beadwork. Fani Ceramics is based in Woodstock, Cape Town, and first opened its doors in 1996. Fani Ceramics does not have a website, but you can email Madoda on firstname.lastname@example.org.
What a visual delight the whole South African Craft Collective experience was. Not only the beautifully crafted pieces, but also all the wonderful people I met on the stand. I just could not get enough of playing with the colours for my photographs (Claire Bond did tell me afterwards that I rearranged the whole stand 😉 )
Part of this photo (above right) was taken from the Plascon House stand: the colours are from the Prism Colour story of the new 2017 Plascon Colour Forecast.
How on-trend are the colours at Vusanani Co-Operative – fits in beautifully!
Bring on spring and summer… I can’t wait to use these beauties as accent pieces for my outdoor dinner parties.
House of Melori
For months now I have been looking for an opportunity to get myself a pair of Melori earrings. I heard my name shouted whilst doing my rounds, and low and behold – there is House of Melori and one of my favourite people in the world, Katlego.
Edgy, colourful and oh so gorgeous… this is the only way to describe the range. I love, love, love!
From all of us at Plascon, we hope you had a fantastic Women’s Day. I leave you with one of my favourite quotes by Simone de Beauvoir:
One is not born a woman, one becomes one.