Mungo Micro-Mill, Cape Town

 

I absolutely love the new Mungo store and inner city Micro-Mill in the heart of Cape Town. The idea behind this store was to create an experiential retail space where customers can interact and learn about the wonderful art of weaving. Although the majority of their production still takes place at the mill in Plettenberg Bay, they have brought down one of their oldest looms; a Hattersley Domestic loom that was made in the 1890’s. Their aim is to bridge the gap between the maker and the market, and to introduce customers to a part of their process.

The store and Micro-Mill is situated in their new beautiful four-story 1900s heritage building on Hout Street. They have carefully refurbished it, keeping all the original architectural features including Oregon Pine floors, wooden staircase, and sash windows.

The shop spans across the ground floor and into a glass atrium. The Micro-Mill is below the shop, and can be seen from the street. Here you’ll find their antique loom, managed by their Resident Weaver. The clacking sound of the loom captures the attention of passers-by as it reverberates up the street. The second floor features an office and photographic studio, which has become the marketing hub for Mungo. The top floor has been turned into an open plan loft apartment for guests, obviously kitted out in Mungo.

How gorgeous!

Mungo
78 Hout St
Cape Town

Kamers Vol Geskenke 2016

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Make sure you don’t miss this year’s Kamers Vol Geskenke Market at St. John’s College SA’s pop-up treasure trove of handcrafted creativity. It’s on until this Sunday.

“We’re not into the perfectly made or the mass produced – it’s about high end true craft, slightly imperfect, timeless and originally designed… that special something that is only found at the show.”

http://kamersvol.com/

Hertex winter blankets

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I just love this new range of Hertex blankets. Their baby blanket range feature whimsical illustrations of penguins, flamingos, owls and drifting balloons are paired with a muted colour palette of silvery greys and dusty pastels. Made from gentle microfibre, the blankets are long lasting and easy to wash, guaranteeing warmth, comfort and more time to spend with your little one.

They also have a trendy new collection of microfibre blankets in bold geometrics prints, stripes and block patterns in elegant monochromatic colour palettes of lemon, grey sky, duck egg and eclair.

Bring on winter!

www.hertex.co.za

The Linden Market

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This past weekend we took part in the second Linden Market and it’s safe to say that it was an overwhelming success. Perhaps too successful. The organiser, my talented sister Gerbri (Bibi) Schwartz, had no idea that people would be driving from all over Gauteng to attend the little market!

But, she has big plans for this small neighbourhood market and the next one will be at a much bigger venue.

“This market is all about showcasing local talent. Quite a few of our exhibitors are from the Linden community, it’s all about giving entrepreneurs a platform to showcase their goods. It’s also about uplifting our community. The market creates many jobs for locals and the spill over effect was tremendous. All the local restaurants were buzzing on Saturday. We also donated all the proceeds from the parking fees to Ry Ma In the Independent Living Centre for quadriplegics and paraplegics, based in Linden.

We had many success stories as quite a few of our vendors sold out completely before the end of the day. No one could’ve anticipated the incredible turnout! We’re already planning the next one in May and we’re taking all the feedback from visitors onboard. The venue will be much bigger and we will make sure there’s an exciting range of food and beverages.”

Follow the Linden Market on Facebook to stay updated on future markets.

Online vendor applications at http://thelindenmarket.com/

 

Illustration and ceramics by Dayfeels

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Shygirl series by Dayfeels illustration

Dayfeels illustration

Shygirl series by Dayfeels illustration

Dayfeels Illustration

Shygirl series by Dayfeels Illustration

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Shygirl series by Dayfeels Illustration

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Bodies series by Dayfeels Illustration

Dayfeels Illustration

Bodies series by Dayfeels Illustration

Dayfeels ceramics

Dayfeels ceramics photo by Cass Collett

Dayfeels ceramics

Dayfeels ceramics photo by Cass Collett

Dayfeels ceramics

Dayfeels ceramics photo by  Cass Collett

 

This morning I stumbled on the beautiful Instagram feed of Amor Coetzee and I rushed over to her website.

Dayfeels is the creative sobriquet of South African artist and photographer, Amor Coetzee. Amor grew up in a small Eastern Cape seaside town, Gonubie and later moved to the beautiful city of Cape Town where she has been living and working for the past 6 years.

The inspiration for her work stems from a deep appreciation for the landscape, the ocean and the properties of water. These elements have had the most significant influence on her current artworks.

The hues, ripples and reflections, the immense power and the calm. It is her muse. Amor is very drawn to a clean and muted aesthetic and work through a process of elimination, starting out with a lot of detail and removing bit by bit until only the very essence remains. Her work tries to communicate a sense of calm, as subtle as susurrus.

Dayfeels Illustrations are based on aphorisms- a metaphorical phrase which embodies a feeling, these phrases are used to create simple line drawings.

Bodies, explores the simple gestures exchanged between lovers

Shygirl, is an ongoing narrative of a charming recluse trying to come to terms with big city life.

An extension of her artworks, the ceramic side of Dayfeels, lets her experiment more with texture, contrast, abstract shapes and patterns to create hand-made, one of a kind earthernware pieces.

http://dayfeels.co.za/

https://www.instagram.com/dayfeels/

Benji + Moon | Handcrafted dog and cat products

Benji + Moon | Handcrafted merino wool ombré doggy day beds

Handcrafted merino wool ombré doggy day bed

Benji + Moon | Handcrafted merino wool cat dens

Handcrafted merino wool cat dens

Benji + Moon | Handcrafted merino wool doggy day beds

Handcrafted merino wool doggy day bed

Benji + Moon | Handcrafted merino wool cat dens

Handcrafted merino wool cat den

Benji + Moon | Ceramic Cat Food Bowls

Ceramic cat food bowls

Benji + Moon | Handcrafted leather dog collars

Handmade leather dog collars

Benji + Moon | Handcrafted leather dog collars

Handmade leather dog collars

Benji + Moon | Handcrafted dog leads

Handmade dog leashes

Benji + Moon | Handcrafted wooden dog bowls

Hand carved wooden dog bowls

Benji + Moon | Handcrafted wooden dog bowls

Hand carved wooden dog bowls

Benji + Moon | Handcrafted leather dog collars

Handmade leather dog collars

Benji + Moon | Handcrafted leather dog collars

Handmade leather dog collars

Benji + Moon | Handcrafted crochet cat den

Crocheted cat dens

Benji + Moon | Handcrafted leather dog walking bag

Leather dog walking belt bag for your phone and poo bags

I’m very excited to announce that my friend Karen Carr and I will be launching our very first business venture called Benji + Moon at the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair in Hyde Park.

Our pets are part of our families and we’ve noticed that most pet products out there are badly designed and covered in cheesy paw prints.  Whenever we have guests over we always hide the ugly dog beds and cat dens.

So we decided to collaborate with talented local artisans to create beautiful handcrafted products for your beloved cats and dogs. Our products  will complement your design aesthetic and become a talking point, rather than an eyesore.

Crafting each product takes time, skill and attention to detail. A basket weaver, a woodcarver, a jeweller, a leatherworker, a potter, a crocheter and a small group of merry needleworkers make each product by hand.

Our artisans consist of a wonderful mix of top local talents like Ronel Jordaan and a few unknown, but equally talented, local craftsmen and women.

It’s a small artisanal collection for people who, like us, love their pets to the moon and back.

We’re currently running a competition where you could win 2 VIP tickets to the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary fair next week. Check our Facebook page for more details.

https://www.facebook.com/benjiandmoon

A few weeks after the fair we will be launching the shop as an online store so please sign up to our newsletter to receive news and updates.

http://www.benjiandmoon.co.za/

https://twitter.com/BenjiandMoon

Benji + Moon | Handcrafted things for much-loved tails.

Arkivio handmade decor and lighting


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I absolutely adore the Arkivio range of lighting and as well as their Glass Garden range of succulent vases. Everything is handmade in Durban using sustainable materials.

They’ll be exhibiting at the 100% Design South Africa alongside Johannesburg Decorex at the Gallagher Convention Centre from the 6 – 10 August.

Go check out their beautiful wares: http://www.arkivio.co.za/

Handmade and bespoke tiles by Shaw Tec

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Shaw Tec Tiles

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Shaw Tec Tiles

Shaw Tec Tiles

Shaw tech Tiles

Shaw Tec Tiles

Shaw Tec was founded in 1960 by Alan Shaw – a very talented potter & artist. He started this business on a small holding in Fisantekraal where we are still operational today. Alan used the land and bounds of available clay. He put the raw clay through its processes and sold it to all other potters that shared their love for pottery. He decided to extend the business and started making glazes to compliment the clay & pottery sold.

Alan decided he wanted to move to the amazing town of Greyton and offered for Andy (his son) to take over the existing Shaw Tec. Andy took the bull by the horns at the age of 22 and took the business lock, stock & barrel! There were many challenges – but Andy was determined and took the business to new heights. He focused heavily on growing Shaw Tec, through Clay & glaze sales and very importantly the clay Terra cotta tiles that we are most known for.

Shaw Tec has now decided to launch a ceramic bespoke tile range, which has been inspired by Andy’s daughter Olivia – having a 3rd generation perspective & input has been refreshing and has inspired us to keep Shaw Tec relevant and top of mind.

 Our vision is to keep our brand relevant, with a consumer looking for hand made products, products made with love, and a passion for design, ceramics, & tiles in general.”

This beautiful range is now also available online at Hello Prettyhttps://hellopretty.co.za/shaw-tec

http://www.shawtec.co.za/

Lovely new furniture at Milkshed

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I’ve featured the lovely range of Milkshed furniture here before – remember, the wonderful NGO with a simple story: they take reclaimed wood and transform it into works of art and then they use all the profits for social change.

Go check out the rest of their new range and support this fantastic NGO.

http://www.milkshed.co.za/

https://www.facebook.com/MilkshedZA

Handcarved wooden Clonette dolls by Noush

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I just saw these beautiful wooden Clonette Dolls by Noush on the Visi webiste. These dolls are all hand carved from untreated wood. The lady behind Noush, Manoushka Kraal, was born and raised in Netherlands but now lives in South Africa. She collaborates with various Master crafters in Kwa-Zulu Natal to create her range of handmade products.

“I decided to make work inspired by Clonette dolls. These popular African dolls are nowadays made out of plastic, but were originally carved out of wood. We decided to transform them back to where they once came from. They are known as little “angels” that will look after your baby. As a little friend they will guide your little one through life.”

http://www.noush.co.za/

 

Bibi’s Antiques

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Bibi's Antiques | Linden | Handsome Things

Bibi's Antiques | Linden | Handsome Things

Bibi's Antiques | Linden | Handsome Things

Bibi's Antiques | Linden | Handsome Things

Bibi's Antiques | Linden | Handsome Things

Bibi's Antiques | Linden | Handsome Things

Bibi's Antiques | Linden | Handsome Things

Bibi's Antiques | Linden | Handsome Things

Bibi's Antiques | Linden | Handsome Things
There’s a brand new little antique and retro shop in Linden called Bibi’s Antiques. The owner Gerbri Schwartz (Bibi) left the world of banking to start her own passion project. Oh, and she’s my sister. So pop in and say hi. The shop has literally just opened so it’s still a bit deurmekaar and she’s still waiting for her credit card machine.

They also do upholstery and make custom-made retro couches, ottomans and chairs (see the navy couch above). You’ll find her opposite Paputzi’s and the Linden Library at the top of 4th avenue, Linden. 

She’s constantly acquiring new stock so join her Facebook page to stay updated.

http://bibisantiques.com/

 

 

Leg Studios

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I love this locally made range by Cape Townian installation designers Leon Erasmus, Giulia Odendaal and Tim Richert from Leg Studios. Giulia tells us a bit more about their new, innovative range of furniture smalls.

“For the past decade, Leg Studios’ core focus has been installation design for various national and international brands. Our work regularly features locally sourced products and elements from which our latest [ad]venture has bloomed.

 Leg Studios now proudly introduces the LSD range – a quirky, contemporary, on-trend collection of furniture smalls designed in-house and manufactured locally.

We love experimenting with different substrates and textures. Our current range includes laser cut steels plated in bright polished copper, brass or dark chrome layered over honest raw materials like concrete, ply, and exotic woods.

Our eclectic think-tank comprises the architecturally-studied Leon Erasmus, theatrical set designer Giulia Odendaal and industrial designer Tim Richert.

 Apart from the goodies on the website we are currently prototyping the concrete “Brut Table” and the copper plated Vanity Shelf.”

Available from: http://legstudios.co.za/shop/ as well as https://hellopretty.co.za/leg-studios

Photo credits: Leg Studios and Hello Pretty

 

 

The Artisan


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I’ve been noticing these great lamps by The Artisan on Superbalist for a while now. The company was founded by Jovan Geldenhuys in 2013, a senior architectural technologist with a passion for beautiful, functional design and an eye for detail. Later joined by Ingrid Auret, interior designer by qualification, freelance exhibition designer by trade. Together they are building a brand that promises continuous innovation, inspiration and beautiful handmade goods.

http://the-artisan.co.za/

http://superbalist.com/brands/the-artisan

Wallpaper and Textiles by Room 13 Collection

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I discovered the lovely Room 13 Collection of wallpaper, textiles and cushions via Lanalou Style blog.

Based in Cape Town this collection is a unique range of interior products designed and produced by Room 13  Graphic Design Studio.

“For a long time, it has been our dream to branch out into a new business where we could be our own client, and design a range that was true to our unique style; a collection that we would want in our very own homes.

Developed over a period of two years, the Room 13 Collection is inspired by a vast compilation of concepts and ideas collected over time. These were then lovingly tailored by our talented designers and art directors into the drawings, collages and graphics now featured in this one-of-a-kind collection.”

http://room13collection.co.za/

Washibug Washi tape giveaway

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Washibug recently launched a competition asking local designers to create their very own Washi Tape design. There were some lovely entries  and the winner was Surita Brink with her Candy Stripe Protea design. I was one of the judges of the competition and Washibug was kind enough to donate one of these lovely little washi tape hampers as a giveaway on Handsome Things.

So how do you win it? Answer the following question on the Handsome Things Facebook page and I’ll let you know whether you’re the winner by next Wednesday.

The Question:

Who was the winner of the Washibug competition?

For more great washi tape designs visit: http://www.washibug.co.za/