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HL / ED’S NOTE Welcome to your new issue of House and Leisure, my first as editor of this proudly South African brand. x charl_edwards H ere at House and Leisure we often look back at past issues, reflecting on the design and style of the spaces featured in them (does anyone else remember the 1993 launch issue?). We’re always amazed at how some looks never seem to go out of fashion, while others really need the boot. But sometimes it’s more than just surface appeal or style. Reflection is always good for evaluating our present way of life, and to give us a nudge in the right direction, or simply just to explore ‘the new’ with a sense of understanding, appreciation and responsibility. So, what better way to introduce the theme of this issue than to signal a goodbye to luxury as we know it, and champion the new luxury: nature as luxury. Enter environmental activist and wonder kid Gretha Thunberg, and the #climatestrike movement… Our last luxe issue captured that year’s zeitgeist of all things bling and shiny (so long, 2018). As you know, we’re living in a rapidly changing world, so it should be no surprise that in just one year the nature of luxury has shifted dramatically. We find ourselves in a time of appreciation for things that speak of a simpler way of life. In today’s world of constant expansion and mass consumption, we’re seeing a desire for the opposite; what we want is a simpler and gentler approach in terms of how we produce, consume and experience design, decor and our surrounds. In this issue, we explore and uncover this shift in the world of design and how we experience it. We begin by unpacking the concept, with our first Round Table discussion (page 36), and our Trend feature (page 32), which introduces and explores the cause of ‘anti-luxe’. We also take you inside the seaside home of design duo Gwen and Gawie Fagan, for the first ever intimate look at their home, Paradys, in Langebaan – the ultimate embodiment of the ethos that ‘less is more’ (page 74). This couple has consistently shown how design and home life are interlinked and quite inseparable – just as they are. Their life and work speaks to this new movement, and the best thing about it is that they have been doing it all along. It is nothing new really: Sometimes we just need to look back, to look ahead. PHOTOGRAPHY SARAH DE PINA Until next time then! (When our jam-packed Forecast 2020 issue hits shelves at the end of November).’ Join the conversation at: houseandleisure houseleisureSA HouseAndLeisure houseandleisure OCT 9 NOV
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HL / MOOD BOARD BAREFOOT LUXURY New luxury villa on the island of Cabo Verde. STYLIST TO FOLLOW @gabrielescamez from Cobalto Studio BANANA FEVER! SUN-KISSED Jacquemus Banana bowl by artisinal campaign Portuguese brand Bordallo L’aMour Pinheiro. D’un Gitan shot by David Luraschi. COLOUR CRUSH Grecian Gold Y4-B1-1 Plascon Our new Editor Charl Edwards introduces this issue’s theme with his “behind-the-scenes” style mood-board, a visual feast documenting the team’s start and process for the pages to follow; a teaser for what’s to come and a literal snapshot of HL’s motto: HERE / NOW. Enjoy :) * FOLLOW OUR PINTEREST BOARD AT HOUSEANDLEISURE, AND SEE WHAT OUR ED IS PINNING AT CHARL_EDWARDS FRENCH AFFAIR SUN’S OUT! French brand Atelier Vime Sunny Side range by @ateliervime. Skinny laMinx. DOWN TO EARTH GET THE COVER LOOK Cobalto Studio for Zara. Monet High Back Chair from Pezula Interiors (see page 82 for more of this style in our Ibiza home). OCT 11 NOV
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PHOTOGRAPHY SUPPLIED VIEW / TRAVEL What makes for a luxury travel experience today? These destinations each feature unique guest experiences as well as thoughtful, site-specific design WORDS ISHANI CHETTY WHERE Singita Kwitonda Lodge is set in the lush wetlands of northwestern Rwanda, right on the edge of the Volcanoes National Park. WHAT There are eight luxurious suites at the lodge, and each is filled with elements that celebrate local artisans – from hand-fired terracotta brickwork to woven ceilings. With ecotourism at the heart of the lodge’s reason for being, the farm-to-table food journey celebrates local Rwandese cuisine and features vegetables freshly grown in the lodge’s kitchen garden. WHY This is the place to go for that once-in-a-lifetime gorilla-trekking experience. Kwitonda Lodge has been conceptualised to make guests feel as if they are immersed in the surrounding landscape, and designer Geordi De Sousa Costa, from Cécile & Boyd, has done a stellar job with the meticulously crafted interiors. It’s all about handcrafted pieces such as woven panels, handmade tiles and clay feature pots, with all the elements working together to create a richly textured appeal. rwanda.singita.com OCT 21 NOV
MEXICO WHERE Punta Caliza Hotel is situated on Holbox Isle, a car-free island on the north coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. WHAT Family-owned and designed to showcase the simple beauty of red cedar wood and natural thatch combined with crisp white, Punta Caliza is the epitome of bohemian chic. The hotel has just 12 intimate rooms and also sports a panoramic view tower. Designed by rising Mexican architectural firm Marcia Peredo, the hotel’s pared-back simplicity combines with its very special location to create a dreamy romance-filled affair. WHY The freshest coastal cuisine you’ll ever experience will serve as a consistent reminder that you’re in the midst of an island paradise. puntacaliza.com
UNITED STATES WHERE Amangiri Hotel and Spa is located on 243 hectares of majestically beautiful land in Canyon Point, southern Utah, USA. WHAT Blending seamlessly into untouched ‘red rock’ country, Amangiri lies in an area that boasts the greatest concentration of national parks in the United States. The alluring design of this hotel and spa features a lofty rock escarpment around which the main pool curves, and offers majestic views of the expansive burnt dusty surrounding landscape. WHY The desert-view spa has the sort of stone-lined step pool we all dream of, surrounded by a mountainous vista. As spa goers soak in the temperature-controlled water, the full experience offers the kind of relaxation that resets the soul. aman.com/resorts/amangiri
NORWAY WHERE Situated in the Steigen Archipelago off the coast of northern Norway, Manshausen Island is home to the world's largest population of sea eagles. WHAT Considered design has effectively merged the Manshausen Sea Cabins with the surrounding landscape. Everything has been done to prevent the resort from having a negative impact on the environment, from the location of the rooms – picked to minimise impact on natural vegetation and with possible future rises in sea levels in mind – to the use of hydro-generated power and the fact that all the interior pieces have been custom designed in line with a ‘green’ ethos. The cabins are designed for shelter and comfort while at the same time showcasing the elements: the natural show provided by the sea, landscape and ever-changing light and is simply breathtaking. WHY The in-house restaurant grows its own produce and is focused on Nordic cuisine, as well as ensuring that virtually no waste is produced. manshausen.no/en
BOTSWANA WHERE Situated in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, San Camp is located within the dry savannah landscape at the edge of Botswana’s Ntwetwe Pan. WHAT Billowing white tents stand out against the dusty backdrop of the pan; San Camp’s ultra-romantic embrace of the safari is what made this very special destination pop up on our radar. The interiors of the bedroom suites are a luxurious contrast to the stark surrounding landscape, with leather armchairs, Persian rugs, soft blankets and a mahogany desk among the fixtures in each of the tents. There is complete privacy and seclusion here, and guests are able to connect with the true feeling of wilderness under a star-filled sky. WHY San Camp enables you to experience all aspects of the thriving wildlife of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, from meerkats popping up in the desert dust to the brown hyena’s cackle sounding across the salt pans. naturalselection.travel/camps/san-camp
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VIEW / TREND THE NATURE OF LUXURY African makers are redefining the meaning of luxury, and the world is paying attention WORDS ZODWA KUMALO-VALENTINE PHOTOGRAPHY JOHN EDWARDS & LRNCE THIS PAGE RE ON THE CREATIVE Nkuli Mlangeni-Berg holding material she SCAN dyed using onions, SCAN FOR MO in preparation for a .ZA ‘weaving and dying’ HUB PROJECTTHE CODE designer-maker HOU workshop hosted in SEA N D L E IS U R E.C O collaboration with the CIPRO-Group Creative Hub in Luanda, Angola. OCT 32 NOV
xclusivity has patterns, the label’s unique it’s more sustainable,’ says always defined selling points are not only the Mlangeni-Berg of the process, luxury – and beauty of the pieces it makes, but explaining that this makes for a in turn, luxury its commitment to sustainability ‘more durable’ textile – but also brands have and the exploration of a time- adding that ‘it’s ultimately about come to dictate and labour-intensive craft. preserving a craft. Working what consumers with the warp and weft, the should possess Mlangeni-Berg’s original mathematical calculations that k or maintain motivation, she says, was not go into weaving to interpret the a certain status. But now a to make rugs – or products in digital designs and the time it trend has emerged in which general. Rather, The Ninevites takes, makes the rugs luxurious.’ consumers desires have little is a collaborative project to do with labels, or even with and platform that ‘explores Recently, Mlangeni-Berg was premium prices, simultaneously under-told narratives of life invited by the CIPRO-Group the world’s gaze has fallen in Southern Africa through Creative Hub initiative in on the African continent, where makers are not simply MAKERS ARE NOT SIMPLY CREATING PRODUCTS FOR creating products for the sake THE SAKE OF CONSPICUOUS CONSUMPTION; THEY of conspicuous consumption; ARE DEVELOPING COLLECTABLE , BESPOKE ITEMS AND they are developing collectable, BRANDS AROUND EXPERIENCES. bespoke items and brands around experiences. The art of textile, imagery and design’. Luanda, Angola, to be part of telling the story of a traditional When it became clear that a a month-long designer-maker craft or expressing the beauty of rug would be one result of the residency there. CIPRO-Group a culture through the details of a project, Mlangeni-Berg first is a high-end interior design and finished object, is capturing the tried producing these in China architectural design firm that market’s attention. – where creating a prototype creates bespoke furniture and Founder of local collaborative and the production process were interiors for its clients, and its design label The Ninevites, Nkuli both quick and painless – but Creative Hub aims to promote Mlangeni-Berg, explains: ‘I the end product was nowhere and support Angolan designers used to think luxury was a fancy near the quality she had in mind and attract makers from the thing you buy, but it’s shaped by and even though it was clearly African continent and its a whole lot more. For example, going to be costly and time- diaspora. in South Africa, freedom of consuming, she collaborated movement is a luxury for many with a Fair Trade organisation The month-long residency saw people. Not taking that luxury of artisans in Peru to learn Mlangeni-Berg experimenting for granted makes you see things more about ancient techniques with food dye and recycled differently. Having the space and of rug-making, discovering the time to do things you enjoy doing process of how this collective redefines how you see the world uses local resources and creates – and the choices are determined employment while preserving a by things that matter to you.’ dying craft. Deep in the heart of the Karoo, a collective of women work Now The Ninevites rugs are with Mlangeni-Berg to create mostly produced in South Africa the already iconic Sankara by a collective based in the rugs that put her on the design Karoo, and again, all the work is map when they were voted the done by hand. The wool is hand- Most Beautiful Object in South spun, hand-dyed, interpreted Africa in 2017. A marriage of into a unique textile pattern and bold but simple contemporary, finally woven into a rug. The geometric design with Ndebele production of a single Sankara rug can take up to eight weeks. ‘We use natural mohair so THIS PAGE A new rendering of the ‘The Luanda Rug’ Mlangeni-Berg designed while at the Creative Hub in Luanda, inspired by the colours – blue, white, and ochre, and patterns seen throughout Luanda.
fabrics to create furniture and Not-Rich-Yet). According to the Design Studio, Houtlander and a design items such as cushions and report, HENRYs ‘are a critically group of rural Zulu weavers worked benches. She and Angolan weaver, important customer segment, [and] together to create the covetable artisan Maria Belmira Gumbe, loyalty could be built by endorsing piece of furniture – its handmade hosted a weave-making process and their core values, such as authenticity, appeal, tactile natural materials and exhibition together. ‘She was coming relatability, commitment to do[ing] curvilinear design combine to create from an older generation and I was a new take on luxury. coming from a new contemporary design perspective, so we had many At the other end of the African conversations about craft in the space continent, Belgian designer LRNCE created to share knowledge with the designs handmade products – from local people,’ says Mlangeni-Berg. rugs to ceramics – in collaboration with Moroccan artisans and runs So who is in the market for a rug the brand almost entirely via by The Ninevites? As they begin to Instagram. Like the Hlabisa bench, hit their financial stride, millennials and The Ninevites rugs, LRNCE (aged between 23 and 38) are the pieces combine a commitment to group to court and capture. These making by hand and protecting or trendsetters, who have been the reviving ancient skills. subject of many a research paper, do things differently. And one such thing In The Luxury Report 2019: is the way they view luxury. For these Redefining the Future Meaning of new consumers of luxury, originality, Luxury, author Dr Martina Olbertova, inspiration and sustainability are writes that due to recent global, social trumping ‘exclusivity’ and price point. and economic events, the luxury game has been rewritten for good. People In addition, according to a are less willing to respect and support McKinsey & Co report, nearly 80% luxury institutions just because they of luxury sales today are digitally have a long-standing legacy. influenced. These new consumers of luxury are defined by Deloitte’s Olbertova argues that the key to the 2019 Global Powers of Luxury Goods heart of the new luxury consumer is report as HENRYs (High-Earners- personal relevance. In short, products that connect with their audience- HENRYS (HIGH-EARNERS-NOT-RICH-YET) ARE ‘A CRITICALLY IMPORTANT CUSTOMER SEGMENT, [AND] LOYALTY COULD BE BUILT BY ENDORSING THEIR CORE VALUES, SUCH AS AUTHENTICITY, RELATABILITY, COMMITMENT TO DO[ING] THE RIGHT THING, AND FOLLOWING SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES.’ the right thing, and following conumers through evocative sustainable practices.’ storytelling – while offering premium quality – are shifting what luxury It’s not only the concept of luxury has traditionally been understood to that is evolving, then: so is the market. mean. And the good news for African Growth in sales is being driven by creatives is that they are uniquely this important, mostly millennial positioned to take advantage of this customer segment, and high-end moment of change. O brands are taking note and making adjustments accordingly. Given all of the above, it isn’t surprising that the Hlabisa bench – a curvilinear seat with a woven basketry backrest – has been captivating audiences worldwide since its launch. The inspiring story behind the bench – as seen in the last issue of HL; collaborators Mash T THIS PAGE, FROM TOP Handmade rug designed by LRNCE; this curvliniear seat with woven basketry backrest, a collaboration between Thabisa Mjo of Mash T Design Studio, Houtlander and Hlabisa weavers, inspired a new take on luxury.
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VIEW / POINTS ROUND TABLE FROM TONIC DESIGN, FOR SUPPLIERS’ DETAILS SEE THE STOCKISTS PAGE ROUND TABLE THE LUXURY DEEP DIVE Join House and Leisure and three of the country’s top design minds as we look beyond the tropes that have come to define the luxury conversation WORDS GARRETH VAN NIEKERK PHOTOGRAPHY SARAH DE PINA OCT 36 NOV
et three leaders in the field of is what I would consider a definition narrative, or heritage. I think a lot of the luxury around a beautifully of luxury, is the intelligence and really famous luxury brands have this way designed table, and we figured consideration that went into the design. of claiming a lineage, almost, that they that something good would Rather than designing a myriad of things, are drawing on this long culture that they happen. But even we were surprised by you gave yourself the space to really have an authority to represent. I think our first Round Table discussion – a new consider a piece that was going to be there’s something about that that’s really regular feature in which you can expect special. And the audience sees that genuine compelling. bright minds talking about big ideas while intelligence that’s gone into the design, Cathy Completely. I think all successful surrounded by some of the continent’s whether they know design or not. luxury brands have that heritage, that finest furniture. Garreth So you can’t really fake luxury? lineage, they have excellent craftsmanship, With this month’s issue being all about and that handmade, beautifully crafted luxury, we asked African design doyenne ‘ O’ experience of it. Cathy O’Clery, this year’s 100% Design A ‘Designer of the Year’ Mpho Vackier, and But I think in the African context WITS University media studies professor AAO generally it’s a really interesting field Mehita Iqani to gather around Tonic O DO to watch, which is why I’m interested in Design’s beautiful Alberto table. your book, Mehita – because what I see For 45 minutes we looked back, we R happening here are quite raw forms of learnt, laughed, and tried to look forward, O RA developing a heritage story, but I think it’s and there simply isn’t enough space to a journey that needs to happen. squeeze everything that we covered in Cathy Well, you can try. But I always think here. So read below for the highlights that novelty has a short shelf life, and that And what I’m excited about is that we’re reel, and keep your eyes and ears open for the enduring pieces, the classic pieces, the starting to see the next layer, the next upcoming podcasts and films that will take seminal pieces – which Mpho’s piece that interpretation of what our heritage means. the discussion even deeper. she debuted at 100% Design this year is – Mehita What Sime [Simidele Dosekun], they will stand out. my co-editor, and I were really trying to Garreth I think a lot of us see luxury do is write back against a strand in social differently, but how would you each define Brands can try and make a lot of theory and critical studies of consumption what luxury is? noise and tell stories that are slightly that we often took for granted, or made Mpho I think authenticity has a lot to do disingenuous, but really the good design an assumption on, that luxury was this with the luxury conversation. For this that has to be part of a luxury item always inherently Western thing. year’s 100% Design I stopped myself from shines through. designing a million things, and rather When it was discussed in the context designed one piece, which was quite So yes, I think you can create a lot of of African cultures, or consumers, it was luxurious from the point of view of hype around a luxury item so that people often, we argue, unfairly treated as a form a designer. feel that it’s luxurious, but… of mimicry. It was like, ‘Oh look, these Mehita …it may be hollow. African consumers also now want to be I feel like if you are creating from an Cathy Yes, exactly, it often is. luxurious.’ authentic space, if it’s clear, then you will Mehita It’s interesting, and something that hear that voice in the piece. It has to be you said that really struck a chord with We were actually annoyed with that kind from all angles for it to be luxurious: you me was when you both spoke about the of scholarship. So we tried to write quite need to ask how it feels, if this is the perfect integrity of the design process, which you forcefully against that notion, and make a material, if this is the perfect form? But summed up really nicely, Cathy. claim that luxury is inherently African, and people are in the know – they receive it, always has been, and that there have always the message. But you also spoke about some sense of been elite forms of material culture, forms Cathy What they are seeing also, which of craftsmanship, forms of beautiful objects being made and exchanged in all African cultures around the continent, so that it would be theoretically problematic to start OPPOSITE FROM LEFT CATHY O’CLERY is the founder of Platform Creative Agency and Network Africa, former associate editor of House and Leisure, and former editor of Elle Decoration. MPHO VACKIER is the creative director and founder of The Urbanative, a furniture design company. MEHITA IQANI is Associate Professor of Media Studies at the University of the Witwatersand and co-editor of African Luxury: Aesthetics and Politics.
‘ T KA RA , A R RA D AV A A’ with an assumption of a sort of West- about how luxury markets, manufacturers, ‘R FURNITURE FROM TONIC DESIGN, FOR SUPPLIERS’ DETAILS SEE THE STOCKISTS PAGE versus-the-rest. and products start to dovetail with the R Mpho I agree. I think if we don’t tell our ethical and sustainable movement, because stories the way we want to tell them then they actually have a lot in common. AR A , someone is going to come and tell our stories, A DA A and sell it back to us. And then that is going to Some would define luxury as wasteful, as be our story internationally. excessive, or not needed, but actually there’s A’ something about luxury that’s not wasteful So by taking ownership of our stories and because it’s locally made, using bespoke high feeding from heritage we start to own history quality, instead of the waste that happens in as well, and then we imbue the products that mass manufacture. Moving towards really we design with it, and that is exciting for me. knowing what we’re buying and, like you Garreth If we had to throw our visions were saying Mpho, having a connection with forward, what do you think the future of the product, and with its story, and not only luxury design in Africa might look like? appreciating it because it’s something you Mehita From a critical, analytical perspective want to own. I would like to see more writing being done Cathy I would like to see more technology that explores some of the complexities come into our market, because we have of what luxury means and how it is used opportunity to leapfrog. I think what’s in African markets and cultures. And for really fascinating is when you get traditional that writing to be written for our sake, not methods that marry with new technology. for some perceived Western or Northern framework. I’m constantly looking at the African design space, because it’s my passion, but [I’d like to see] us start to enter into more I think the space that is really going to South-South dialogues, so for us to learn influence everyone is one where science from their scholars, thinkers and makers, and design start working in tandem. I think and ask what they are doing in Nigeria, Latin there’s huge scope in the African market for America and South Asia, and to try bring that to happen. The language and the design those conversations together. style is always there, but I think we have a continent with the most amazing nature, and I also think there is something to think the future of how designers think about that I am excited about. The marrying of design education and technology. Mpho I agree with both points. I believe in order for us to start competing on a global scale we have to put technology and craft together. I’m busy with research on that, as there are a few products we are currently working on where the technology to make what we’re designing isn’t available locally. And, in terms of sustainability, the fact that I started The Urbanative to create an heirloom, and that to me is sustainability. To hand things down that have a story… Cathy …and that what you made will last seven generations, or more. That’s luxury. O
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VIEW / SPOTLIGHT FRESH EART A remake of conventional cutlery from Joburg’s talented Tinsel collective WORDS GARRETH VAN NIEKERK DECOR CHARL EDWARDS PHOTOGRAPHY SARAH DE PINA ouse and Leisure’s collaboration with South Africa’s leading creatives continues this month with a special collection of cutlery designed by the talented Tinsel family – a collective of jewellers based in Johannesburg operating out of the Tinsel Gallery. The collective is made up of historian and silversmith Geraldine Fenn (1), Eric Loubser (2), Sirkel’s Jan Bekker (3) and Eric’s mother Liz Loubser (4) of Studio Loubser. Using silver, precious stones, titanium and copper they have reimagined what a table’s eating tools could look like, and the results are simply breathtaking. 1. The full collection was on display at House and Leisure’s stand at Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair in Joburg (10-13 October 2019) – along with a few of the other exciting collaborations House and Leisure has created with our friends in the design world. O 2. 3. E CODE TO FIND OUSCAN TH .ZA SCAN T MORE 4. THE CODEHOU SEA N D L E IS U R E.C O IF YOU WEREN’T ABLE TO VISIT US AT THE FAIR, FIND THESE PIECES ON SHOP.HOUSEANDLEISURE. CO.ZA OR SIMPLY SCAN THE QR CODE TO VIEW AND SHOP THE FULL COLLECTION. OCT 41 NOV
VIEW / STYLE PROFILE TA Retail entrepreneur. Africanist. Superhusband. COMPILED BY GARRETH VAN NIEKERK I am a creator and Odrin is a result of that. was a fashion designer and being exposed contemporary African art and design) and PHOTOGRAPHY: ISTOCK, SUPPLIED Creating something that pushes the world to the sound of sewing machines, garment Monocle is a ritual for me. My hidden gems in the city are are ReTrend forward. Odrin is a shopping solution/ patterns and witnessing garments being and The Mødernist. My perfect weekend is Netflix and chill with my wife. My dream experience that takes the guesswork created. My father also used to read a lot of dinner party guests are Steve Jobs, King out of shopping. I grew up in Benin City and Lagos, Nigeria. My favourite memory fashion magazines. David (from the Bible), Chimamanda of those years is the camaraderie of my Manufacturing in Africa was a big part of Ngozie Adichie, Trevor Noah and Kanye time as a boarder at Igbinedion School. It the reason I started Odrin, but it’s also been West. My favourite artworks in my home are the pictures that I’ve taken over the helped me form lots of great friendships. I one of the biggest challenges we have faced years. Recently I took a series in Makoko, a fishing village in Nigeria. I’m reading Shoe eventually left Nigeria for the US to go to as a company. With that said, the most Dog (Simon & Schuster) by Phil Knight, college, first the University of Houston to exciting changes in the African fashion which has been hugely inspiring. Nike was study engineering, and then to Harvard scene since we started have been access to in Boston to do my MBA. I loved the Rice better manufacturing. A good suit should started by normal people who just kept pushing. And I’m currently listening Village in Houston – there were great be comfortable and easy to maintain. to III by The Lumineers. O odrin.com coffee shops to study and hang out. I left Odrin recently popped up in Lagos the corporate world to build something that THIS PAGE, to expose the brand to a different FROM LEFT forms part of the world that I want to see. demographic. My dream destination for the Taire I wanted to be part of the solution of this next pop-up would be Morocco. Style for me Avbovbo, continent. I felt like I could only do that by personally must be practical. I started my owner of store at 44 Stanley because it’s a unique and Odrin; a being an entrepreneur. Living abroad for belt from inspirational environment that has a lot of his range; those years taught me to be open-minded. current music character and is also accommodating and III by The It gave me a different perspective. Lumineers; I’m not really a fashion designer. I’m welcoming. Winkreative My favourite purchase at 44 Stanley is Design a retail entrepreneur. As a retail the food and coffee from Bean There. To Stories. escape I read coffee table books. I just got entrepreneur I make beautiful things, but Winkreative Design Stories, by the agency I play matchmaker between people and responsible for Monocle magazine. I also their perfect products. My love for fashion love magazines like Luxe Noir (about started from my early childhood; my mom OCT 42 NOV
VIEWS / WINE FOR OUR INAUGURAL WINE COLUMN, PORT2PORT’S DALÉNE FOURIE CELEBRATES THE RETURN TO ANCIENT SUSTAINABILITY PRINCIPLES BY A NEW GENERATION OF WINEMAKERS o hold an item of haute away believing in magic. Not sleight- sophisticated ecosystem, at that. couture is to think of the of-hand magic, but supernatural Elgin Ridge, a boutique winery on skilled people who made intervention. Grieve ascribes to the it – the human beings who cut, hand- bio-logic approach – an intriguing Appletiser Road in the Elgin Valley, stitch and embroider garments of mix of the ancient biodynamic is another of the local producers such meticulous detail. And to hold principles of soil preparation (there shaking up the game. Their naturally a bottle of good wine is a similar are nine in all); planting schedules as made Cabernet Franc, is currently thing, though I’d contend that the determined by the cycles of the moon, one of SA’s most expensive wines. nature of luxury wine is evolving. planets and constellations; and state- Just like some fashion houses, some of-the-art technology that regulates Elgin Ridge is in the hands of wine estates are moving toward irrigation and planting. Brian and Marion Smith (of London, sustainability, mindfulness and the UK) and winemaker Kosie van der joys of slow wine. What Grieve’s approach makes Merwe (of Porterville, Western The premium wine industry’s use clear is the importance of balance, Cape). Marion, as the founder of of natural, organic; and biodynamic and while his beautifully made range Biodynamic and Organic Wines techniques is on the rise, forming of organic wines is one of the key of South Africa, is another avid outcomes of his endeavours, they are advocate of all things organic and THE PREMIUM WINE also merely a part of a much larger biodynamic and the estate sports a INDUSTRY’S USE OF NATURAL, ecosystem in which everything host of farm animals. contributes to everything. ORGANIC, AND BIODYNAMIC The current state of luxury wine in TECHNIQUES IS ON THE RISE At Avondale, nomadic working SA then, is perhaps a little more – and cows and chickens are moved every a little less – than you’d think. O part of the efforts to protect the day to graze and fertilise each block port2port.wine environment and sustain the of earth as they go (the chickens have longevity of agricultural projects. their own ‘egg mobile’). A troop of THE (LUXURY) WINE LIST pest-controlling ducks is seasonally Within the field there are released into the vineyards, and a Navitas 2009 multiple schools of thought, but it huge vegetable garden supplies their Avondale R1 800 is my view that while many of them FABER restaurant and 20 families remain uncertified as organic and living on the farm. the. 2014 biodynamic producers, a number Elgin Ridge R5 000 of estates are participating in some Lowerland – on the banks of the form of sustainability. If that sounds Orange River in the Northern Cape, Chaos White 2018 confusing, organic certification is near the town of Prieska – also Elgin Ridge R350 a detailed and costly exercise, and subscribes to the idea that ‘organic’ biodynamic certification is yet means that everything contributes Tolbos Tannat 2018 another step up from that (you need to everything, with wine making up Lowerland R350 the former to attain the latter). only three percent of Lowerland’s total concerns. From the Lowerland This is not a new thing , of course. Rietskaap (pasture-fed lamb), to Organic farming is an ancient Lowerland Pampoenvark (pumpkin- practice – though a number of South grazing pork) and the farm’s pecan African winemakers have put their nut trade, to their heirloom, organic, own new spin on it. stone-ground grains and flours, each aspect contributes to the overall Case in point: Johnathan Grieve ecosystem within which the wines of Avondale Estate in Paarl. I spent are produced. A luxurious and a marathon day with him and came OCT 44 NOV
VIEW / LIFE IN DESIGN TRE TSTYL The recent House of Vans pop-up experience in downtown Joburg brought the local skating, design and music communities together WORDS GARRETH VAN NIEKERK PHOTOGRAPHY ANDILE BUKA OCT 46 NOV
ouse of Vans events are well- THIS SPREAD The edgy cool of known around the world for Venice Beach in Los Angeles came to their colourful celebrations downtown Johannesburg at the House of street culture, and heady of Vans popup experience, where interdisciplinary mashups of art, food, fashion, street art and skate culture all music and design. And true to form, the met against the backdrop of agency, The brand’s most recent popup – in downtown Bread’s, pastel-toned exhibition design. Johannesburg – took the city by storm. For three days the festival’s art installations, exhibitions, skating demonstrations, musical performances and design stands restored life to the tin buildings at 1 Fox in a manner reminiscent of how these sheds must have pulsed with life during the gold rush itself. The coolest kids were in town for a weekend of fun. The event, put together by agency The Bread (with whom House and Leisure collaborated with for our Joburg Issue in 2018) took its design and decor cues from the offbeat charm of California’s supercool Venice Beach. This iconic skateboarding spot is also known for its boardwalk of design shops, buskers and street art murals, and 1 Fox was accordingly transformed into a pastel-infused village – complete with a millennial-pink lifeguard shack, a lounge celebrating the best in local furniture design, a traders’ village where the best in local skating products found a home, and a market. ‘Venice Beach was at the centre of California skateboarding culture as it developed in its early days,’ says Carl Ashcroft, a creative at The Bread. ‘The combination of art, skate and culture that manifests in the area is inherently inspirational for a brand such as Vans, and in many ways it felt like bringing the brand home.’ A major highlight of the event for House and Leisure was a retrospective exhibition of the country’s skating history, which highlighted South Africa’s little-known skateboarding heritage and the evolution of the skating-dedicated Session magazine over the years. ‘For this exhibition we partnered with Session skateboarding magazine, who were founded in Johannesburg in 2002,’ says Vans South Africa marketing manager, Warren Talbot. ‘They have been a pillar of the SA skateboarding scene and the exhibition
VIEW / LIFE IN DESIGN THIS SPREAD The heritage and legacy of local skating culture were celebrated by an exciting exhibition (hosted by House of Vans) that looked back on and celebrated many years of Session magazine, whose dedication to the skating subculture of South Africa has captured a unique perspective on the scene since its founding in 2002. wall paid homage to all the skaters and In between all of the design bits and experienced anything like this in Joburg. photographers that have been a part of the pieces, which included stores by the likes The youth were given an experience they local scene as it has gone through its ups of Dead, Baseline, Khaya Records, Sk8 will never forget. Vans did a brilliant job and downs over the years.’ Shades, Sealand and Roastin’ Records, of celebrating local and international acts, festival-goers were lining up for (totally while exposing and introducing the kids He adds, ‘When the brand shows up in free) tattoos by Palm Black, and they could to different genres, artists and bands. The a city for House of Vans it’s imperative get their fades freshened up by Legends youth are always looking for something that we make sure that we support the Barbershop too. new and Vans gave them that.’ local communities within that local scene – which is why we worked with other Event host LootLove summed up the Make sure you keep up to date with brilliant creatives. These artists have come weekend: ‘House of Vans Johannesburg Vans on social media to ensure you’re first up in the local scene and it makes sense definitely woke up the game. The event to hear about their exciting news on the for us to give them a platform to express put the brand in a beautiful space in terms future of House of Vans, as well as the rest themselves.’ of urban culture, and I don’t think I’ve of their electrifying events. O @vansza
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