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The Hit List: Part 1

Apr 11, 2019 | Trends

Things to see, trends to spot and places to be

1 DESIGN DEMOCRACY A collaboration between 10 African designers and IKEA’s in-house creative team, conceived at Design Indaba a few years ago and launched at the 2019 festival, was a way to bridge cultures through design. The result is an exciting new homeware and furniture range, called Överallt, that will hit IKEA stores soon. The bench above, made of stained eucalyptus wood, was designed by Bethan Rayner and Naeem Biviji of Nairobi-based Studio Propolis in collaboration with IKEA’s Mikael Axelsson.

2 AFRICAN ODYSSEY Travelling to more than 48 countries in Africa over the last four decades, Angela Fisher and Carol Beckwith have documented the sacred rituals of dozens of African cultures, many of which have disappeared since their visit. Building relationships with these communities and their leaders over time, they’ve been allowed access few are granted. In their book African Twilight they share the beauty and mystique of these ceremonies with the world.

3 ON THE UP A stylishly simple accessory designed to add versatility to your planting display, the new Arise stand from Gold Bottom Pots is an elegant solution to giving height to your planters. It is available in natural or black, so you can choose the look to best suit your foliage aesthetic.

4 IT’S A JUNGLE IN HERE Two new fabric ranges from Hertex, Clarke and Clarke Exotica (pictured above) and the Rainforest collection, celebrate fauna and flora in a big way. Exotica heroes birds of paradise, jungle creatures, flowers and opulent textures in a range of jewel and earth tones; and Rainforest’s outdoor plains and intriguing prints combine influences from the Amazon and the Orient in natural colourways.

5 BE A SPORT An elegant old building on busy Buitengracht Street in Cape Town, The Athletic Club & Social is a one-stop venue for socialising, dining and drinking. It offers various spaces to choose from: an elegant ground-floor restaurant and bar; a basement bar area for live music and DJs; and a top-floor lounge, bar and balcony. Sports memorabilia, vintage sporting equipment and archival photos give the decor depth and a sense of fun.

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