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.
Television Cabinet R2500
Left: Filing Cabinet R1190 Right: Walnut Chest of Drawers R2750
Television Cabinet R2500
Right: Vereeniging Hotel bedside Tables R1250 each (love the name!)
Kidney Table R450
Finally some cool upcycled and custom made furniture right here in Jo’burg. Those of you who’ve been to the Market on Main recently would’ve seen these great retro pieces by Brak Furniture. Screenwriters by day, furniture designers/restorers by night Wolfgang Muller and Zoe Laband have worked double shift to bring us Brak.
Do you design and make the furniture yourselves?
We design and make a lot of the furniture ourselves. My dad, a Swiss cabinet maker, actually does the manufacturing, and we do the design. The rest of the furniture are pieces that I have upcycled myself and are one-offs.
How did you decide to take the plunge, I believe you’re screenwriters by day?
We started upcycling pieces for fun and relaxation, as it’s a different type of creativity to writing, which occurs entirely in your head. Part of the fun with Brak is actually getting your hands dirty. We then got so many pieces that we decided to sell them at Market on Main on Sundays at the Main Street Life complex and the response was really good. Before we knew it, the company was born. Because my dad is a cabinet maker, we realised we didn’t have to limit ourselves to upcycling and he joined us in our company. We then started making our own pieces. As our company grows, we’re really going to focus on creating more designs.
Where can we buy your furniture? (Any plans for a store?)
Right now, we’re selling primarily off of our website – but we can deliver anywhere in SA. www.brakfurniture.blogspot.com. We also have a stand at Market on Main on Sundays if you want to see the furniture first hand. http://marketonmain.co.za/ A retail space is on the cards for the future, but we’re only 6 months old so all in good time!
Thanks Wolfgang and Zoe!
You can join their Facebook page here.
Mint began its life as a real-life shop, selling everything from retro ice-cream scoops to 50s light-fittings and Scandinavian dining room tables, with the idea that everything in our homes should be beautiful and functionality alone is never good enough.
Sadly Mint’s byline ‘The Retired Goods Company’ proved a little too literal, and after 8 short months owner Kirsty Machen was lured back into the corporate world. Despite her new career direction, she continued trawling for treasure in obscure pockets of Durban, and soon realised that she needed a a way of passing on some of her collection. And so the online version of Mint was born.
(We have a confession to make, we’ve already snapped up the penguin milk jar!)
This SA company revive bicycles! They rummage through markets and second hand stores for classic bikes and give them each a second chance at riding into the sunset. Each bike is also given a name – only fitting seeing that they’re man’s best friend (okay second best). They also work with local basket weavers to produce these beautiful baskets with leather straps (just add baguette). The baskets go for R300.