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Sep 27, 2019 | Lifestyle

Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen teamed up with Hertex to create interior magic

Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen has made a name for himself as a man of many talents and skills. From Michelin star chef, to photographer and publisher, his abilities encompass a variety of disciplines. In all his endeavours he surrounds himself with a strong team of creatives who share his passions.

This approach naturally lends itself to collaboration. The latest endeavor that he’s undertaken with local interior and fabric house Hertex is a testament to the power of combined creative forces. Coming together to create a range of homeware under the brand’s HAUS label, Jan and Hertex have pooled their collective strengths in a collection of evocative products that showcases the chef’s inimitable flair.

Ranging from table linens (tea towels, tablecloths, napkins) to crockery and cutlery, the pieces have standalone appeal and also complement each other to form an entire look. Inspired by the concept of decay, the textile designs (which are printed in Europe and stitched locally) depict rich still lives reminiscent of the masters of old. The idea behind the visuals is to allow an acknowledgement of death – by confronting us with the natural process of decay, we may better appreciate life.

The crockery is simple and organic – double smoke-fired and imprinted with indigenous Kalahari grass – and complements the natural theme of the linens. Likewise, cutlery is elemental and pared-back – and offers a pleasingly simple counterpoint to the complex patterned textiles.

The range, in Jan’s true jack-of-all-trades fashion, was also styled and photographed by his talented team. The range is available online and in store.

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