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ELLE Decoration South Africa July 2018

ELLE DECORATION South Africa is directional, informative, stylish and beautiful – a trend and lifestyle magazine that encourages readers to express themselves and their tastes through their surroundings.

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publisher’s note

Versace dress R21 895 Steve Madden shoes R1 499 Thula Sindi dress Khanyi’s own Roller table lamp R10 000, Legs11 powder-coated stool R3 900 (excluding fabric) and Nesting bronze crescent table R9 500, all Studio 19 Diamond Shuttle Weave Dhurrie carpet R2 995, Weylandts ‘In Africa, with its amazing palette of brilliant colours, we’re surrounded by inspiration in our natural environment and a profusion of diverse cultures’ Midwinter is the perfect season to reappraise our living spaces: we spend more time indoors, out of the cold, where we become more aware of ways to uplift rooms and create a fabulous new environment. And while considerations like scale, fabrics, texture and balance are all essential, nothing has greater power to transform a home than colour.In this issue, we…

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ed-in-chief’s note

‘A colour refresh on interior walls has an immediate impact on how one feels’ As a person who’s always been naturally drawn to the darker end of the spectrum in my personal dress (can you ever actually have too many black jackets or LBDs?), I understand the powerful effect of both a restrained approach to colour in one’s choice of clothing and decor, and the glorious emotions unleashed when dipping into the opposite end of the scale. A white shirt, like freshly painted white walls and crisp new linen sheets, for example, energises in a completely different way, compared with being wrapped up in a soft winter scarf in this season’s super-hot mustard yellow, or re-upholstering a favourite sofa in the richest emerald green.Like a lick of…

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the stylish life of mapitso thaisi

Herman two-seater sofa in Sunday Curry R7 999, Sofacompany.com Wrap dress by Diane von Furstenberg MaXhosa by Laduma Genuine soft sheepskin rug in Black R1 950, Design Store Thabo Makhetha x Shweshwekini Originally from Lesotho, Thaisi is an occupational therapist with a love of fashion who wanted to pay homage to her Basotho culture in the form of shweshwe-inspired swim-and activewear. ‘The idea came to me after a year of not buying swimwear because I felt frustrated that there weren’t many African-printed options available locally that catered for most South African women,’ she says. So in May last year, she launched Shweshwekini Active Wear and, only six months later, won The Foschini Group’s #SebenzaGirl Competition and the opportunity to have her corporate identity professionally designed.It was the exposure Thaisi…

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TRUE HUES Young global designer-to-watch Daria Zinovatnaya, who hails from the Ukraine, works on projects ranging from interiors to furniture and lighting designs. ‘The basis of my work is colour and geometry, a combination of coloured planes,’ she says, attributing its style to the Russian Suprematism art movement and iconic 20 -century names like Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand and Jean Prouvé. Her first furniture concept Cherokee, notable for its ‘simple form in an unusual execution and design’, received a Red Dot Design Award in 2017. Current ranges include Itten, named in honour of Swiss painter and theoretician Johannes Itten, and makes bold use of colour in the manner of its namesake. ‘Itten said that when we give colour to the subject, we give it life,’ says Zinovatnaya. ‘Since…

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true tactility

(PHOTOGRAPHS ADAM LETCH) HEART OF THE HOME Not only has luxe kitchen brand bulthaup relocated its Cape Town showroom to the V&A Waterfront’s Canal District, but it’s also partnered with three international brands under the umbrella name of Domum. The capacious showroom, designed by Three 14 Architects and with lighting design by Martin Dolle, is the perfect setting in which to see the ingenuity of bulthaup’s kitchen systems as well as its partners, Italian lifestyle brand Rimadesio, Danish furniture designers Carl Hansen & Søn and Danish flooring company Dinesen. You’ll also find products on display from Mae Artisan Rugs, Mervyn Gers Ceramics, Yuppiechef, Nicolson Russell, Le Creuset and FLOS, whose Round String lights by Michael Anastassiades hang in the showroom. Waterway House, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.…

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full circle

Storied Italian brand Minotti, which this year celebrates its 70 anniversary, continues to push the boundaries of design, while staying true to its legacy of classic sophistication. Among its new collections launched at Salone del Mobile were designs by groundbreaking Japanese studio Nendo, bringing its eclectic sensibility to the fore. Referencing the undulating profile of the ocean, the Waves coffee table consists of a smoky-hued glass top supported by a painted aluminium structure in sand or bronze tones, while Ring is a family of five tables that play with contrasts between straight lines and curves, and metal frames with customisable tops in bronzed glass, Calacatta marble or Licorice brushed ash. minotti.com ■…