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House and Leisure May 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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in this issue

3 min.
editor’s letter

Compiling this family-themed issue has really made me think a great deal about how my life has drastically changed – for the good! – since having a family. Gone are the lock-up-and-go days of my little bachelor pad, whose interiors I painted pitch black and scattered with fashion books, tan leather modernist pieces and heavy wooden family heirlooms. Now, my wife and I live in a white cube filled with our toddler son Raf’s toys and ‘decorated’ with my art books covered in his scribbles, with dummies and soft toys on the server in the entrance hall instead of objets d’art. It’s clear that I live a very different life these days. (Of course, I still have standards: I continue to loathe the branding on most toiletries, only ever allow plain…

2 min.

SARAH BUITENDACH Sarah Buitendach is the innovation project director at Times Media. She counts House and Leisure as her first real ‘work family’, having been our Joburg bureau chief and our digital editor in the past. For this issue, she interviewed designer Andrea Kleinloog about the latter’s Johannesburg home (page 58). What does ‘family’ mean to you? Sitting around the kitchen table, arguing with my folks and extended family about the news of the day. What three words best describe your home? Colour, books, sunlight. Which is your favourite room in your home? My bedroom. It opens onto a balcony, the light is wonderful and I spend happy hours there reading, sleeping and watching Netflix. What’s your earliest design-related memory? My aunt’s couches upholstered in William Morris fabric. I adore his work…

3 min.
of the earth

3 min.
the breakfast club

In today’s busy world, breakfast is the one time when my family, friends and I can sync our lives and meet up. It’s our favourite meal in a restaurant and a casual way to spend time with those you love. One of the best breakfast experiences in the world is at Babylonstoren, near Cape Town. We always arrive early in the morning and walk through the scented gardens on a tour with head gardener Gundula Deutschlander, and afterwards settle in for the harvest-table breakfast feast at their restaurant, Babel. Another Western Cape family favourite is at Plettenberg Bay’s Kurland Hotel. Some of our happiest memories were created here on their outdoor veranda, where we’d spend hours eating beside huge vases of their homegrown roses, sipping on endless cups of rooibos tea.…

2 min.
body of work nkuli mlangeni

HANDS I’ve rediscovered how awesome it is to work with my hands, away from the computer. I like the feeling I get when interacting with real materials, whether it’s water, fabric or plants. Lately I’ve been experimenting with using plants to create natural dyes, which is a technique I learnt from a weaver I met in Peru. FEET I enjoy walking around the markets in Istanbul and Peru – with their great textiles, rich colours and people eating and laughing – as well as the streets of Barcelona, which feature incredible historical architecture. EARS I love listening to podcasts like Voices on Cloth by Maiwa Textiles, Women Of The Hour by Lena Dunham, The Music Snobs and The Urbanist by Monocle. And I really like the sound of prayer from mosques. It always reminds me…

2 min.
cemented luxury

Standing in The Silo Hotel at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, it’s almost impossible to remember that this concrete build was once an operational grain silo – until you stumble upon vestiges of the past such as rusty shoots and time-worn materials that run a thread of history through the establishment. Having fallen into disuse in 2001, the centuries-old band of towers – once the tallest in the city – became a hollow network of tubes and tunnels. Imposing and intimidating, they stood dormant until three years ago, when British architect Thomas Heatherwick announced his vision to turn the bulky construction into a hub of contemporary culture. Since then, Capetonians have watched in awe as boxy windows were replaced with fragmented puffs of glass, and an outdated tower was reborn as a…