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Off-the-grid Style
Ever wondered why so many pro chefs prefer cooking with gas? For the most part it definitely has the edge over electric alternatives in supplying instant, highly responsive heat with total control for enhanced cooking quality all round, but it’s also
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No/06 Knock On Wood
DANIEL Grobbelaar studied interior design and went on to work in the industry for nine years before he established Profurn in 2016 to focus on his passion for furniture design. Besides original pieces made of high-quality timber, mostly locally sourc
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No/24 Beauty And The Beach
“I grew up in a small coastal town on the Indian Ocean and, after university, spent 13 years as a designer in the then-thriving and soulful surf industry in Durban,” says Kathy Burns, founder of Bungalow Living. “I now live on the Atlantic coast, and
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Gas-tronomic!
BRING the ultimate cheffing experience into your kitchen with Smeg’s effortlessly elegant Symphony cooker. You expect great design from Smeg, and this cooker most certainly delivers. Not only is it remarkably energy-efficient but you also no longer h
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No/07 Out Of Africa
A group of multitalented architects, designers and artists from across Africa have, together with five designers from IKEA, created the ÖVERALLT collection, a range of furniture, accessories and textiles inspired by modern urban rituals. The collabor
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No/25 Women Inwine
Hazendal Sémillon/ Sauvignon Blanc 2017, R295, hazendal.co.za Clarise has built up an impressive CV, with international harvest stints in New Zealand, the USA, Australia and locally at Windmeul, Vilafonté, Avondale and eventually Eaglevlei, where
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Uncrating The Artwork
Space has never been important to me. The manifesto written by my 12-year-old self about my future digs featured a single garage with a single bed. The rest of the space would be taken up by my Porsche. Years of travelling and working in countries th
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No/08 A Philosophical Approach
WHETHER it’s been residential projects, monasteries, museums, bridges or objects, John Pawson has spent more than 30 years championing simplicity in his work. Here, he highlights standout projects and shares how spatial themes continue to inform his
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Hometown Glory
A green pitched roof on a street named Green held the contents of my childhood for a little more than 15 years. Casually, my entire life at that point. I remember the last night we spent in our Kimberley home: The moving trucks had taken just about e
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No/09 Rock Art
SINTERED stone has quickly gained popularity. Created by fusing raw clay, feldspar and silica at an extremely high temperature, it is natural, recyclable, hygienic and stain-resistant. Plus, it’s lightweight and easy to install, just two of the reaso
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A Plain Little House
The house is real, not imaginary. But it is also a place lodged deep in the imagination, a dream place whose actual coordinates have been forgotten. In the last years of her very long life, my mother’s memory, eroded by time and general anaesthetics,
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No/10 Desert Rose
ARCHITECTS often claim that they draw inspiration from nature. The final construction may echo the subject with a set of similar curves or with artificial simulations of natural functions. The new National Museum of Qatar by architect Jean Nouvel doe
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No/27 To Hell And Back
WHENEVER I hear the name Hilux I think of one of my favourite Top Gear episodes. Aired several years ago, when the motoring show was still innovative and cool, then-host Jeremy Clarkson tried his best to destroy a red Toyota Hilux, which he had dubbe
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Moonlight After Midnight
My haven is not imaginary. Double volume, reaching far above the surrounding rooms. Four large glass panels to the east, glass bricks randomly placed near the high ceiling. A watchtower onto the night skies. The walls pearly grey. Cold, cold tiles be
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No/28 The Artof The Book
published by the Jack Lugg Art Gallery, R1 500 This is a biography of artist and art teacher Jack Lugg, who was the head of the East London Technical College Art School for 35 years. From his first exhibition at the age of 17, before he volunteered
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The Light Box
WHEN Dominique Fourie of Indy Spirit Worx refers to herself as an “extreme minimalist” with a love of concrete, she means it. She describes her dream home as one that is bare, a functional and stripped-down space. It’s easy to understand – the mental
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No/12 Winning Combination
OVER 12 weeks, three design duos were challenged with designing the interiors of three brand-new apartments at Balwin Properties’ Paardevlei Lifestyle Estate in Somerset West. Each week, the teams had to transform a specific space and impress the jud
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Work This Way
AngelShack creates innovative, agile office furniture and makes it easy to buy.  AngelShack is pushing boundaries within the office space by challenging conventions and using a leading German designer to develop prototypes of great-looking office f
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Natural Order
THIRTY years ago, when designer Anke Stegmann and her husband, civil engineer Johnny Cullum, bought a piece of open land on the slopes of Table Mountain, they were taken with its location in a glen. Situated between two rivers, the property offered v
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No/13 Shape Shifters
IN preparation for their new role as creative directors of Design Joburg, featuring Rooms on View, presented by Sanlam Private Wealth, Greg Gamble and Philippe van der Merwe analysed the show format from the ground up – quite literally. They have set
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Homecoming
IN 1964, when I was 14 years old, my family was forced into exile. For most of his life my father, Joe Slovo, lived under the shadow of imprisonment and assassination. In 1982, my mother, Ruth First, was murdered by agents acting on behalf of the apa
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No/14 THE ROYAL TREATMENT
CRAMMED with armoires, linen presses, cabinets, tables, chairs, sofas, gilded furniture, mirrors, chandeliers, lanterns, candelabras, and silver and crystal accessories, The Crown Collection in Bryanston is every antiques lover’s dream come true. “Ou
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Good, Better, Less
TASHA Tyler isn’t one for trends. That said, she’s been uncannily adept at being ahead of them. She was, for example, an early adopter of the Balinese decor trend in South Africa, having established a successful business importing and selling one-of-
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No/15 Drawing Meaning
THREE-TIME semi-finalist for the international Adobe Design Achievement Awards, Tafadzwa Bero is an artist to watch. How did you get into illustration? I could draw from a young age. I was always discovering beautiful vector graphics on social med
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River Cottage
When you own a share in a farm just outside Joburg with the Crocodile River running through it, setting up a weekend getaway place makes more than a little sense. But the owners of this property took their time. In fact, years went by, says architect
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No/16 The Mercury Effect
“WORKING with stainless steel is a daily conversation with an unruly child, and I love that,” says Bulgarian-born Rado Kirov. Rado developed an interest in metal art at an early age and apprenticed with a Bulgarian master craftsman. He moved to South
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Branching Out
WHEN Fiona and John Whitfield moved back to the Port Elizabeth suburb of Fiona’s childhood in 2001, they were so smitten with the 1940s house at the top of the property that they scarcely took note of the tantalising treasures below. They would later
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