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ELLE Decoration South Africa May 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.

South Africa
Ndalo Media (PTY) Ltd
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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, Studio 19 Legs11 powder-coated stool (excluding fabric) R3 900, Studio 19 Nesting bronze crescent table R9 500, Studio 19 Diamond Shuttle Weave Dhurrie carpet R2 995, Weylandts ‘There are no rules besides personal taste, budget and a realistic relationship between essential requirements and visual appeal’ I’m really excited about this issue’s theme – ’the art of design’ – because it expresses the flashpoint between art and utilitarianism, which is the ideal outcome for both pursuits. Our pages showcase not just the ingenuity of architects and designers who’ve transformed their living spaces into aesthetic marvels, but also their practicality and ability to produce homes that are as functional and…

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ed-in-chief’s note

(PHOTOGRAPH ADAM LETCH) ‘All the interest continues to fall on our continent – and with good reason. Design and art are thriving here’ It’s opportune that as we wrapped up this issue, the DECO team was preparing to head to Milan for the world’s biggest design fair, Salone del Mobile, not only to take note of the latest releases in furniture, lighting, bathroom and kitchen innovation, and – always a favourite – the intersections between interiors and fashion (watch out for our in-depth report-back), but also to attend the ELLE DECO International Design Awards (EDIDA).We got the scoop on the EDIDA winners just in time to make it into our May issue, a round-up of design – both global and local; then there were the star-struck moments when…

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the stylish life of moran munyuthe

munyuthe.com Munyuthes Mashirbirya chair and side-table Between the Margins, 2017 by Toyin Ojih Odutola Jorn Utzon Pietro Chiesa floor lamp Lamu, Kenya Munyuthe began designing furniture serendipitously, after considering the decor that would fill a house he was in the process of building. Having graduated from London’s Central Saint Martins and completed stints at architectural firms in the UK and Italy, he moved to Lamu, Kenya, where he set up Saba Studios – close to the culture and artisans who inspire his collections of handmade chairs and tables. One artist everyone should watch? I really enjoy Toyin Ojih Odutola’s paintings; I’m a big fan of her figurative work. Her striated textures are mesmerising. An important element of your everyday style? Lamu’s very hot, so I like…

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INSIDER'S GUIDE Take a video tour through interior designer Sue Bond's contemporary Georgian Villa in the Cape Town suburb of Fresnaye. DESIGN INTEL DECO dishes up the latest in kitchen design, from the greatest new trends in materials, tech and configuration to expert know-how and designer tips for a cooking space. CREATIVE CONNECTION Meet local artist and visual activist Zanele Muholi, among other inspiring creatives and designers. TREND WATCH With a finger on the pulse of local and international trends, DECO will keep you up to date with what's trending, from the season's It colour (bye-bye Millennial pink, hello blood orange) to the latest shopping finds and furniture must-haves. Follow DECO to find out what's hot and what's not. WHAT'S…

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spotlight: trend

GOOD THINGS COME IN PAIRS Creative sister duo Sanet Stegmann and Korine Kruger will be exhibiting their ‘Halau’ bench as part of a group show at this year’s Salone del Mobile. Sanet, an interior architect and Korine, an architect, established their company, Kassa Studio, in 2017 after gaining experience working for big names locally. Their debut range comments on modern communication. ‘With a keen interest in people and the way they interact with objects, we posed the question: What would a contemporary interpretation of a piece of furniture used purely for communication look like?’ explains Sanet. ‘Our “Halau” bench is a simple interpretation of a traditional telephone bench that was used to facilitate a moment dedicated purely to communication. It encourages one to sit mindfully and slow down…

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spotlight: word of mouth

History repeating itself In February 2017, fabled chef Rene Redzepi closed the doors of the world’s most revolutionary restaurant, Noma. The question on every epicurean’s lips was: ‘What now?’ Fast forward to 2018 and the opening of Noma 2.0. Located on an island 2km from where it all started, the stark new restaurant – by Danish architecture firm BIG – has already dazzled food pilgrims from across the globe (again). The set-up includes an urban farm, as well as dedicated rooms for meat, fish and fermentation. And with space for only 40 diners, the queues are long. The locale’s also inspired a new way of working in the kitchen: there are only three menus, each not merely influenced but defined by the season. Closer to nature,…