The beauty of sustainable design Silindokuhle crèche

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The blog is officially on hiatus until I finish my next film, but I just had to pop back in to support my nomination for the Design Indaba’s Most Beautiful Object in South Africa.

The Silindokuhle crèche is a Joe Slovo West Community Project spearheaded by the Port Elizabeth based NGO Love Story. When the crèche Patricia Piyani was running from her shack started overflowing with kids and the structure became unsafe, the architect studio Collectif Saga, in partnership with Indalo and Love Story decided to step in and design and build a brand new structure.

The project, which was led by Kenyan born architecht Kevin Kimwelle, placed emphasis on the involvement of locals to assist in the design and building of the crèche. Part of Indalo’s aim was to transfer skills and ultimately register a woodwork SMME that will sustain the community.

The building was created using recycled materials which included 1500 wine bottles, 260 wooden pallets, multiple skate boards and 15 plastic corrugated sheets and was built for the price of an RDP house.

I just love the innovation, the community involvement and the sheer beauty of the place.

Here’s a video to tell you a bit more about the project. (Please excuse my shiny face!)

You can vote and also read more about the project HERE – please note that you can vote up to 10 times!

Design Indaba’s Most Beautiful Object in South Africa.

Photos by Joubert Loots

 

Bun and Bunee

 

Bun and Bunee is a new local skate brand that has launched a cool line of skate decks, T-shirts, caps and components. And as the proud official sponsor of One Love Central, they’re also doing a whole lot of good.

One Love Collective is a Collaborative Effort that aims to uplift the community through facilitating alternative recreational activities for the inner-city youth to have diversity in their choices, beyond the usual soccer / netball or basketball.

One Love Central has a new Skate Academy at the Drill Hall which is situated in Johannesburg’s inner-city. Bun and Bunee donated 10 full skateboard completes and accessories to their cause. Shortly after the donation a workshop took place, and kids from different backgrounds got together to be taught the basics of skateboarding, as well as the skateboard assembly process.

The skateboards are now available for the kids to use during the day, but they stay at the academy for the programme. Therefore, they can be used by many kids on an ongoing basis.

If you’re in Jo’burg you’re in luck cause Bun and Bunee will be at the next Linden Market on the 7th of May where they’ll be selling their goods and giving skate lessons to kids, so bring your skateboard along.

http://www.bunandbunee.co.za/

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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/

Shibby Beats

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How beautiful are these eco-conscious portable bluetooth speakers by local brand Shibby Beats. This local speaker company was started in Port Elizabeth by husband and wife duo Michelle and Grant Tomlinson.

“The Shibby Unwind is the kind of speaker that will make you want to call up a group of friends and get everyone down to the beach for a bit of a party. It boasts clear, quality sound and naturally enhanced bass, perfect for getting a vibe going with a group of mates.”

Features:

– Latest Bluetooth technology, 10m range

– Up to 10 hours playback from a single charge

– Size: 22.5cm x 11.5cm x 5.5cm

Accessories:

– 1x micro USB charging cable

– 1x Aux cable

http://shibbybeats.com/

Guild Design Fair | Cape Town

Guild Design Fair

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Southern Guild Design Fair

If you’re in Cape Town next week be sure to check out the incredible Guild Design Fair from 25 Feb to 1 March.

More than just a fair for beautiful objects, GUILD represents the coming together of dedicated, focused curators, designers and institutions who are striving to preserve and provoke exceptional, groundbreaking design. GUILD will introduce highly respected design authorities and work from Africa, USA, the Middle East, Britain and Europe, and present these unique viewpoints to a fresh audience.

http://www.guilddesignfair.com/

Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair

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Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair | Handsome Things

Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair | Handsome Things

Last night we went to the opening of the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair at Hyde Park Corner. As always we had a beautiful evening under the stars at the boutique outdoor market with more than 100 talented winemakers, designers and food artisans treating guests to the best of South African produce. The fair is on until Sunday so make sure to go check it out.

Here’s a list of all the exhibitors.

Hyde Park Corner
Shopping Centre Rooftop
Johannesburg, 7-9 November 2014

Opening times:
Friday 7 November: 12pm – 10pm

Saturday 8 November: 10am – 10pm

Sunday 9 November: 10am – 4pm

Tickets are R90 from Webtickets.
Limited tickets available at the door for R100.

The Sheds Artisanal Market


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On Saturday we popped round to The Sheds@1Fox. It opened on the 2nd of October 2014 as a pop-up marketplace so it’s still in its infancy, but it’s a gorgeous space and I’m convinced it’s going to be a huge success.

“While retaining the original character, the The Sheds@1Fox is refurbishing the historic warehouses into a thriving marketplace – an artisanal food and produce market, surrounded by eateries and bars. This lifestyle emporium is designed to serve the corporate workforce of the city as well as the many travellers visiting Jozi for a vibrant, African urban experience.

Hubert Davies opened these mining warehouses in 1893. While most of the buildings on site date from the 1920s and 1940s, the centre part of the main shed is possibly the oldest industrial structure in all of Joburg City. Oregon pine posts and trusses suggest that this part was built before the South African War (Anglo Boer War).

There is much history and legend associated with the location. A liquor license was granted for the Ferreira’s Bar on this site in 1893 and for the Good Luck Bar in 1895. One can only speculate that Charles Glass himself peddled his original Castle Larger here.

Located on the Western Edge of Joburg City, in an area known as Ferreirastown where Joburg’s first miners pitched their tents during the gold rush – and neighbouring historic Marshalltown where many mining corporations and banks still have their offices – The Sheds@1Fox is about to bring a new lease of life to a historic corner of the city.

Trading from 10:00 – 18:00, Thursday to Sunday every week, the market will operate until 24 December 2014. The stunning event spaces and two bars may well trade into the night (check operating times before arriving).

Plans are already being put in place to extend trading hours to a daily basis in 2015. Phase 2 also include permanent retail, production and entertainment spaces in the surrounding buildings.”

http://www.1fox.co.za/

Lighthouses of Southern Africa by Studio Muti

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Lovely selection of Southern African Lighthouses by Studio Muti.

“Lighthouses are a symbol of exploration and embody the spirit of adventure. We decided to research and illustrate these landmarks which dot our coastline across Southern Africa. We created a poster with custom lettering and a vintage nautical feel, depicting lighthouses from South Africa, Mozambique, Angola and Namibia.”

www.studiomuti.co.za

Says Who 2014 Mailer

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I recently received the new Says Who 2014 Mailer. And as always it’s packed with awesome illustration.

Our new mailer was made from a  variety of left over paper stocks, such as brown cardboard, an old analysis accounting books, newsprint pad, red and yellow poster board, and some old brown envelopes.  Each element was drawn and run through our photocopier, then finished by hand. Included in each Says Who Junk Mail pack is a Take-out Menu, Junk Flyers, 14 page illustrated booklet, a poster and a pack of 20 chicken stickers. The illustrations and designs are made up from various sketches and and photocopy experiments.”

Thanks Lauren and Shaun!

http://sayswho.co.za/

Simon and Mary

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I’ve been meaning to feature these Jo’burg based milliners for a while. It’s a story of tradition and craftsmanship. My kind of story.

“The milliner title has been passed down from generation to generation. Hats are in our blood, it is more than a clothing item, but rather a way of life.

Simon and Mary is a heritage brand established in 1935. The hat roots were first planted in South Africa when Mordechai Pozniak (Simon’s father) brought his cap factory from Poland to Johannesburg. 

Simon Pozniak eventually took the leading role in the company and grew it into one of Africa’s most renowned wool felt hat manufacturing plants. Simon’s wife Leah (whom he lovingly coined Mary after reading a novel) joined the business working alongside Simon and attending to all non-manufacturing needs. In 1973, Simon’s youngest son, Julian, eagerly entered the family business with Robert his oldest son joining in 1988. Today a fourth generation Pozniak, Dean, who entered the business in 2008, heads the brand & factory with the aim of continuing the legacy created by Simon.

Simon and Mary is based on a family bond within the hat factory. Using machinery bought in the 60’s and continuing the legacy created by the original milliner, Simon Pozniak.

Zana

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Zana, is a fresh and fun home decor brand, based in Cape Town, South Africa.

“Zana was born out of a love for textiles, creating & online. We are obsessed with colour, fun, symbols, typography and pattern.

We have a new studio in Woodstock where we do some of our own screen printing, sewing, testing, packaging, making and many other things dreams are made of.”

You can buy their products online.

http://zanaproducts.co.za/

Shred by Ryan Frank

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Ryan Frank is a South African born furniture designer with studios in London and Barcelona. Over the past years Ryan has advanced to one of the industries leading sustainability designers renown for his edgy free-range furniture.

His work often includes cultural references to his African roots giving Ryan Frank’s collection a depth and texture not always found in contemporary design.

Sustainability has been at the heart of Ryan’s work since the company’s inception in 2005. Today he has a wide range of products, from computer accessories to farmhouse tables.

His new SHRED range again references his South African background and is made from Ecotex, a material made from 100% recycled textile waste derived from old, unwanted clothes and household fabrics.

Recycling clothing is a fantastic way to prolong a products lifecycle thus reducing the need to produce new cotton or synthetic fibers.

http://www.ryanfrank.net/

http://www.tapegear.com/product-category/shred/

A course for creative business owners by Nadia van der Mescht

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Jo’burgers listen up. The talented Nadia van der Mescht is running fantastic workshops aimed at creative business owners in a variety of fields from photography and design to crafters or even bloggers.

If you have your own business and want to learn and prosper, then the workshops are ideal. The topics range from social media to creative marketing ideas and there are two types of workshops – one for beginners and one for intermediates. The Beginner’s Workshop is ideal for business owners who would like to learn the basics. The Intermediate Workshops are for those who are in the industry and on the right track, but would perhaps like step it up a notch.

The workshops started in Durban with sold out dates and an amazing array of creatives joining in. All the past attendees have given wonderful reviews. Creatives who attend can look forward to a day of learning with practical examples and case studies of successful businesses. The day is the ideal platform for networking within a creative environment. All the courses include a delicious lunch, snacks, a really lovely goodie bag and a host of giveaways from wonderful brands.

Dates

19th Nov Intermediate

21st  Nov Beginner

23rd Nov Intermediate

For more info click here.

http://www.nadiavdmescht.co.za/2013/10/jhb-workshop-dates-details.html

Sanlam Food Wine and Design Fair

Food Wine Design Fair

 

We went to the opening of the Sanlam Food Wine and Design Fair at Hyde Park Corner last night and it’s bigger and better than ever. This boutique outdoor market features the best local furniture crafters, artisan products, top wine labels, micro breweries and speciality foods. Top SA chefs also educate and inspire with on-site demonstrations.

Make sure you get there this weekend.

Pictured here:

The Food Goddess

Studio No 19 – Mia Widlake

Maker Studio

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