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House and Leisure June - July 2019

House and Leisure – For those who want to celebrate all aspects of contemporary, stylish living in South Africa. House and Leisure is more than just a décor magazine. It’s the local premium brand with authority on Stylish SA at Home and Play. A source of warmth and pride, loved for celebrating the positives of life in South Africa, it’s the only decor home magazine that also offers strong leisure and lifestyle editorial content. Please note: this digital version of the magazine does not include the covermount items you would find on printed newsstand copies.

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in this issue

2 min.
letter from the editor

Design, in general, is a strange concept to get your head around. It relies on so many abstract components and it’s so difficult to decide objectively if it’s ‘good’ or ‘bad’ – or maybe it’s just difficult for me. I have sat with my peers in many sad and uninspiring convention centre back rooms during design fairs, figuring out who did something new this year, who did it better and what innovative design consists of at the moment. There’s the whole question about design answering a brief, and the issue of whether design can make the world a better place, but I’m more interested in beautiful design or inspirational design. Which is a whole other tricky conversation – what is beautiful and what inspires? For this Design and Architecture Issue,…

1 min.

DESIGN JOBURG HIGHLIGHTS Discover all the HL team’s highlights from the third iteration of this annual design fair. SUBSCRIBE AND SAVE Subscribe to House and Leisure in print and get 35% off. WIN A ONE-OFF The custom Woodbender chair in our Curate shoot on page 17 is up for grabs to one lucky HL reader. Scan here to enter the competition. MODERN MASTER Take a video tour through the Modernist gem of a home by Portuguese architect Pancho Guedes on page 66 of this issue. Subscribe to the House and Leisure YouTube channel for more exclusive videos. MEET THE #HLNEXTLEVEL Our 2019 Next Level of up-and-coming local design talent is featured on page 40 of this issue. Scan here to meet these creatives and watch them go about their daily practice. IT’S TIME TO GETSMARTER Want to re-design your career? HL…

1 min.
top shelf


3 min.
unpack this

INTO THE BLUE CLOCKWISE FROM BOTTOM LEFT Dwaine chair R4 900, Cécile & Boyd; Blue tray from the Gone But Not Forgotten collection by Eric Loubser R20 700, Southern Guild; Pett table lamp by Diesel for Foscarini R6 917, Créma; ‘Sketch 1’ from the Sketches for the Cathedral of Johannesburg series by David Brits R28 750 (framed), Robert Sherwood; Harris desk with turned legs in solid oak R13 800 (50×160cm), James Mudge; Medium handpinched vase and Tall handpinched vase both by Imiso Ceramics R19 210 each, Southern Guild; ‘Home 1’ (2016) photographic print by Benjamin Stanwix R10 925 (framed), Robert Sherwood; Wire storage basket R229, H&M; Butterfly stool by Sori Yanagi for Vitra R10 412, Créma; Entwine runner R15 985 (85×400cm), Lund Rug Gallery. SIMPLY RED CLOCKWISE FROM BOTTOM LEFT Stool R5 200,…

2 min.
imaginary cities

When a stranger enters the imaginary South African city, the first thing she notices is the differently coloured, pulsating lights that mark the Identity Loops. In this hyper-stratified, constantly evolving society, neighbourhoods are described according to the prevailing identity choice of their inhabitants, and you can flit from one identity to another as the mood takes you. At night, it’s a beautiful sight, and the massive buildings that house the millions of city dwellers throb with colours like a child’s crude toy keyboard. There is no map for the imaginary city, and no guidebook. Our stranger has to navigate in the moment. The imaginary city doesn’t even have a fixed name. Instead, it has a menu of names from which you choose, depending on who you are and who you’re talking…

1 min.
imaginary cities in literature

ZOO CITY BY LAUREN BEUKES Zoo City is a ghetto in a gritty, dystopian Johannesburg, where the animalled live – people guilty of murder who have an animal familiar attached to them for life. THE SCULPTORS OF MAPUNGUBWE BY ZAKES MDA An imaginary telling of the (real) African kingdom of Mapungubwe, where the famous gold-plated rhino originated. Two brothers vie to create the greatest sculptures: the one of realistic animals; the other of fantastical, unearthly creatures. EMBASSYTOWN BY CHINA MIÉVILLE Existing at the edge of the known universe on a distant planet named Arieka, Embassytown is a futuristic city whose native inhabitants cannot speak an untruth, and when they wish to communicate in allusion, they have to act out literal similes.…