Art room

Art room

Art room

A gallery for art, photography, design, books, film and poetry. Explore the extra layers that not just the new, but some new, some well-trodden, some extra-mossy. All of it quite wonderful we think.

Dressed to quilt

I have always admired the quilted trend. The craft of quilting has utilitarian roots that date back to the Crusades, but as far as fashion history is concerned, it all began with Chanel’s iconic 2.55 bag. Quilted fabric gives objects […]

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The Metal of the Moment

Black has always been one of my favourite colours. The colour resonates in many of our products, but the black metal trend is hardly new. In fact, medieval nobility were the first to use wrought iron as decorative accents in their homes. […]

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Set in Stone

  • 22 December 2015    
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Concrete comes in from the cold Having recently completed an extensive building project at Misty Cliffs near Cape Point, I consider myself intimately acquainted with concrete. It really is the humblest of materials: a hard wearing blend of gravel, sand, […]

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The Stylish Stone Age

  • 14 December 2015    
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It used to be the Italians who had the edge on the marble business. But returning from a recent trip to India, I couldn’t help notice how things have changed. My travels led me to Jaipur, where towering, seemingly insurmountable […]

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Flashes of Brilliance

  • 1 December 2015    
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THE BURNISHED PRECIOUS METALS TREND When it comes to my home, I’ve never been much of a fan of the flashy stuff. I personally prefer natural, earthy tones over the bright and burnished. However, I’ll make an exception for copper […]

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Black and White and Chic all over

  • 22 June 2015    
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Black and White is an iconic colour scheme in the style scene. I consider it to be the most classic of combinations, representing a modern, cool and assertive look. From catwalks and closets, to interiors and style blogs, it’s making […]

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Portraits Of A Ceramicist

  • 28 January 2015    
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A ceramicist’s conversation with his materials at the wheel results in achingly simple, inspired forms.

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Whatever You Are, Be A Good One

  • 11 January 2015    
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As the cogs begin to turn on this newly minted year, I’m enjoying revisiting Irving Penn’s ‘Small Trades’ series, a study that includes more than 200 different artisans and traders. Romancing the idea of old school graft in a way that makes it no wonder the artisan-maker is now so in vogue – and bigger than ever.

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THE LADY WEARS TM

  • 2 December 2014    
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A short film interview with Teresa Martins, designer in chief of TM Collection clothing of Portugal. Official supplier of apparel to Weylandts, and creator of this rather extraordinary dress for Lady Gaga, made of cork, gold and silver.

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HIGH DESIGN-ART: THE AFROMODERNS

  • 22 November 2014    
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The royalty of Southern African design-art, as showcased by Southern Guild. An extra special package of cleverness, beauty and style.

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