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House and Leisure July 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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Associated Magazines (Pty) Ltd
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6 Issues

In this issue

1 min.
editor’s letter

I hate renovations! I hate spending a Saturday morning walking around a bathroom showroom making last-minute decisions in an attempt to pick the ‘perfect showerhead’, when you know you would much rather be enjoying a late brunch with friends. Then there are those anxious Bill Murray Lost in Translation hotel-phone conversations with your wife about the suggested Pierre Frey fabric samples sent over WhatsApp Messenger for the two chairs in the lounge, when all you want to do is dive into your takeaway from Downtown Ramen. Needless to say, renovations can be testing at the best of times. But in this special monochrome Renovations issue, we show you four homes that make the whole process seem effortless. Stylish Anina Malherbe-Lan takes us through her glamorous overhaul, showing how striking touches of…

1 min.
houseandleisure .co.za

LESS IS MORE TAKE A PEEK INSIDE FIVE SPECTACULAR HOMES AROUND THE WORLD THAT EMBRACE A LIMITED COLOUR SCHEME. MEET THE MASTERS From greyscale photographs to stark illustrations, there’s something so alluring about monochromatic pieces. We sit down with top South African creatives working DESIGN FIX Don’t miss our weekly hit list of the iconic black-and-white collectibles you need to know about. Want a CURATED dose of HOUSE AND LEISURE ONLINE? TO Sign GET up at OUR houseandleisureweekly newsletter .co.za STRAIGHT TO YOUR INBOX. #HLPICKS We’re dedicating our Instagram feed to strong, monochrome architecture. Share your snaps with us using #HLpicks. houseleisureSA HouseAndLeisure houseandleisure houseandleisure…

2 min.

LAYLA LEIMAN Layla Leiman is an independent art, culture and design writer currently based in Johannesburg. She was previously editor-in-chief of South Africa’s largest online creative culture publication, has curated several group exhibitions and this month, wrote about artist Francois Knoetze for us (page 43). What’s the one thing you can’t live without? Art. And extra-spicy hot cross buns. Netflix or YouTube? YouTube. Who is your favourite designer? Porky Hefer. Do you have any renovation horror stories? We lived in a rented caravan on our property for eight months in the mid-’90s while we renovated our house, and the neighbours threatened to report us for squatting. And any big successes? I helped install my own kitchen. What’s the best thing about winter? That summer is on the other side! Where would you…

2 min.
midnight feast

‘THE SIMPLICITY OF A monochromatic palette ENVELOPS YOU IN A comforting and calming SPACE.’– Mia Widlake, Studio 19…

3 min.
old school, new cool

I love the idea of preserving the character of a building while reinventing it in a contemporary way. My favourite places are renovations of historical structures and sites that have been reinterpreted by some of the world’s most cutting-edge architects. Even Trappist monks in the Czech Republic want to add a modern aesthetic to their ancient monasteries. After seeing photographs of architect John Pawson’s Calvin Klein store on New York’s Madison Avenue – and thinking that its tables looked like altars – the monks commissioned him to recreate the Abbey of Our Lady of Nový Dvůr in Bohemia. The result is the merging of minimalism with breathtaking monastic architecture. Another master of breathing new life into old buildings is Axel Vervoordt. I admire his interpretation of the Japanese philosophy of Wabi Sabi,…

2 min.
body of work david bellamy

HEAD I enjoy the biographies of artists and designers, and am currently reading a biography of artist Gerhard Richter and one of Josef Frank, whose joyous designs emerged in the harsh 1930s. Then there is the book The Letters of Samuel Beckett, which I’m reading because our times seem so uncertain and I want to learn what it was like for him living in a difficult period. EARS Drawing can be lonely, so I listen to music when I work. Meredith Monk’s modernist vocals resonate with the sparseness of execution in my textile designs. MOUTH Taking fabrics from a rough idea to finished lengths involves much talking with many people. Precision in descriptions is key, especially with regard to production in the studio. As for food, I like dishes with crunch and texture, such as…