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House and Leisure January - February 2017

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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6 Issues

In this issue

2 min.
editor’s letter

Just as I started at House and Leisure, I was invited to an intimate presentation by international trend forecaster Li Edelkoort, where she shared her take on future trends. All the big retailers were there, furiously taking notes and secretly screen-grabbing some of her amazing visuals to take back to their teams to assist them with tweaking their tired formulas. I got it – the pressure was on! She opened her presentation last year with a bold statement, announcing, ‘Fashion is dead! In a rut! Going nowhere slowly! [It’s] the end of creativity!’ I have to be honest; I freaked out a little. Firstly, I was annoyed that she was right about the fashion industry’s rut (but at least she had the balls to say so); secondly, that she demanded…

2 min.

MELISSA ATTRIDGE is House and Leisure’s managing editor. What do you hope 2017 holds in store? A less frenetic pace than 2016. More downtime, plenty of yoga and hopefully a bit of travel. Any trend you think will be big in the coming year? The ̓80s. We’re talking crop tops, aerobics and movie remakes (as well as ‘1980s-inspired’ series like Stranger Things ). Worst trend of 2016? Making spaghetti out of every possible vegetable that can fit in a spiraliser. And New Year’s resolutions? Less is more. Last year I made a resolution to buy only the things I need, to declutter my space on a regular basis and give away everything I don’t use. I’m going to continue with that in 2017. Best thing about what you do? Working with creative…

1 min.
considered contrast

3 min.
la vie en ritz

FORTUNATELY, A VERY CHARMING WOMAN ASKED WHY I WAS CRYING AND TOOK ME BACK TO SAFETY. THE WOMAN, I WOULD LATER FIND OUT, WAS CATHERINE DENEUVE. One of my first memories of the legendary Ritz Paris Hotel goes back to the age of five. My mum occasionally took my sister and me to the L’Espadon, the hotel’s top restaurant, and one of the best in the city. It looked out onto the very green courtyard garden full of the smell of fresh flowers, a beautiful fountain and a statue of a woman pointing towards the sky. It was one of my favourite parts of the Ritz. There was a natural sophistication in the gracious 18th-century interiors. The lobby, which wasn’t a single room but an expansive space that spilled from room to…

6 min.
on the scent

AGATA KAROLINA HOUSE OF GOZDAWA Established in 2015, House of Gozdawa is a small-batch perfumery of natural essential oils. Six unisex fragrances make up its Confessions collection. The seventh, launching next month, is founder Agata Karolina’s first collaboration. Each is based on a story, not simply the ingredients, which Agata describes as the vessels for expressing the protagonists. What does Gozdawa mean? Gozdawa is the name of my family’s crest; I gave it to my company because it was my grandparents and my mother who taught me to work with natural tinctures, oils and processes of distillation – part of my family owned pharmacies in Europe for generations. How did you become a perfumer? Perfume was part of my life long before I knew it would be my job. After many years…

2 min.
body of work: alice toich

‘Artist and tartist’ is how Alice Toich sums herself up in her Instagram bio – and if you take a look at her feed, you’ll know why. A fine artist and baker extraordinaire, Alice began painting at a young age, but started taking her work seriously and exhibiting only a year ago. Her first solo exhibition – Alice Toich: The Icing Pink Ether – took place in October 2016 and beautifully combined her love of baking and painting in a series of artworks. She has recently been accepted to study at The Florence Academy of Art. ‘This has been a dream for a long time. I’d like to bring back the skills I learn to share with fellow artists in South Africa,’ says Alice. FEET ‘I stay grounded by taking afternoon walks along the…