Design Joburg, featuring Rooms on View, did not disappoint and I am so glad I made the trip from Durban to visit the show. Instead of rushing around, like I normally do at design shows trying to see everything, the comparatively smaller Design Joburg meant I could spend more time not only getting inspired but also getting to know some of the amazing designers we have in this country.
These are a few of the lovely stands and colours that caught my eye.
Fabrics and Wallpapers
On entering the show I was greeted by the Romo stand and was immediately drawn to the striking Geronimo collection by Zinc Textile featured on the stand.
Stephen Black of Black Fabrics travels the world to ensure his new ranges of fabrics and wallpapers are fresh and on trend. I found myself surprisingly gushing over the new range of beautiful wall papers, Indigo Marvel -Dutch blauw was featured on the stand.
TheUrbanative is one of the Instagram accounts I love to follow. It was great to get to know the founder Mpho Vackier in person. Mpho has a degree in engineering and worked in the mining industry earning a good salary for a while but knew in her heart she wanted to design furniture. With her husband’s support she left the stable job she had to study interior design and follow her passion of furniture design.
The African Crowns Collection is a range of furniture dominated by organic lines, textures and shapes inspired by historical African hairstyles. The colour palette is in multiple shades of natural clay terracottas and ochres inspired by the gorgeous red locks of the Himba women in northern Namibia and the Hamar women in Ethiopia.
Interior Designer Ashleigh Harrington, the owner of Flaunt concepts showcasing her bespoke hand-crafted furniture. The furniture has a hint of Scandi Design – geometric forms, contrasting texture and invigorating colour.
Fired Earth Paints collaborated with 11 Designers on the show to create a luxurious palette of 11 bespoke colours.
La Grange Interiors
Visitors were loving the elegant living space designed by Sumarie Krige of La Grange Interiors. Blending the outdoor and indoor, the stand showcased what you can achieve when you step out of your comfort zone with deep and rich colours of petrol blue and green mixed with earth tones.
One of South Africa’s leading interior designers Donald Nxumalo collaborated with Hertex fabrics to create a space that was warm and inviting in an ultra cool way.
Designer Liam Mooney collaborated with Fired Earth to create a glowing mustard yellow paint colour for his bibliophiles library stand. Inspired by the rich golden tones from the 70’s. Warm, iridescent and autumnal.
I was drawn to Lalegno stand by the beautiful wood and custom furniture by Villa Africa (launching in June 2018 at 65 Loop Street cape Town). It was great to walk away learning a lot more about Lalegno and where the wood comes from – you can learn a bit about it in this video of the story of Lalegno.
Great show and lots of inspiration, was lovely to catch up with friends in the Design Industry.