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
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Hertex winter blankets

Hertex

Hertex Baby

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

Koba Nieuwoudt Illustration

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I’m absolutely smitten with Koba Nieuwoudt‘s illustrations. Koba studied graphic design at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and she’s doing her Honours in Illustration at Stellenbosch University.

Can’t wait to see what she does next.

You can find her on Facebook, Behance or Instagram.

Her products, which as far as I know include pillows and mugs, are available for purchase and you can either check out her website or contact her at kobie.nieuwoudt@gmail.com for more info.

http://www.kobanieuwoudt.co.za/

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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Arkivio

Arkivio

Arkivio

Arkivio

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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/

Guild Design Fair | Cape Town

Guild Design Fair

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Design Fair Shuttle

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/

Lovely new furniture at Milkshed

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 Milkshed | Handsome Things BlogAll nighter handcrafted wooden chandelier

Milkshed | Handsome Things blogThe Triad Stool/Side Table

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

Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair

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Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair | Handsome Things

Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair | Handsome Things

Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair | Handsome Things

Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair | Handsome Things

Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair | Handsome Things

Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair | Handsome Things

Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair | Handsome Things

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


The Sheds Market Johannesburg | Handsome Things

The Sheds Market Johannesburg | Handsome Things

The Sheds Artisanal Market | Handsome Things

The Sheds Market Johannesburg | Handsome Things

The Sheds Market Johannesburg | Handsome Things

The Sheds Market Johannesburg | Handsome Things

The Sheds Market | Handsome Things

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/

Bibi’s Antiques

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

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

Play Play by Renee Rossouw & De Steyl

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Play Play Pattern is a delicious new modular range that was launched at this year’s Design Indaba. The range is  the result of a collaboration between architect Deánne Viljoen from De Steyl Furniture Design and Manufacture and pattern designer Renee Rossouw of RR Studio Pattern Lab.

Play Play 2014 is a modular storage concept made from Birch Plywood finished in natural oil. The chests of different sizes has drawer boxes that are removable, interchangeable and reversible and is perfect for almost any use from lounge, bedroom, studio and office storage to kids furniture.

All units are available in a plywood base or with castors.

They deliver this range all over South Africa and you can request a pricelist with sizes from info@desteyl.co.za

http://www.desteyl.co.za/

http://reneerossouwstudio.com/