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What’s Hot This Season: Part 1

May 31, 2019 | Trends

Things to see, trends to spot and places to be

TEXT Julia Freemantle | PHOTOGRAPHS Hayden Phipps, Tegan Smith, Daniela Zondagh and supplied

1. STAR QUALITY The 2019 instalment of 100% Design South Africa is set to take place from 7 to 11 August alongside Decorex Joburg at the Gallagher Convention Centre. As always, the show will feature a lineup of exciting design talent, which this year will be headed up by Feature Designer Laduma Ngxokolo (pictured above). The man behind the fashion brand MaXhosa by Laduma has branched out into homeware – he will present a collection of rugs, cushions and throws; his new trade-friendly offering of upholstery, wallpaper and curtaining; as well as a few surprises.

2. IT’S ONLY NATURAL Nature has never been more in vogue. Bring the outdoors further in with wallcoverings from the Jungalow collection by Hertex. From delicate floral designs perfect for a nursery to large-scale wall panels created for mural applications (think zen-like lotus designs or a landscape of evocative palms), there’s a flora-and-fauna-inspired design for every taste and space.

3. LIGHT WORK British brand Anglepoise has recently made great strides to keep its range of lamps up to date by partnering with exciting designers from various disciplines. The new Margaret Howell colour palette, developed with the respected fashion designer, includes the best-selling Type 75TM lighting collection in some striking new shades: Yellow Ochre, Saxon Blue and Sienna. Floor-standing Type 75TM lamps in all three colours will also be added, expanding the Anglepoise + Margaret Howell collection to six pieces.

4. THE WHOLE PACKAGE Ever the innovator, Tom Dixon opened a permanent restaurant and showroom, The Manzoni, in Milan during Design Week 2019. It allows his brand to have a permanent base in the city for exhibiting his designs to their best advantage. One of the new ranges shown during Design Week was the Spring series of three pendant lamps, made of pliant stainless-steel strips arranged like a whisk around a custom-made LED. The lamps can be adjusted into various silhouettes, from a flat arrangement to a flying-saucer configuration.

5. EBB AND FLOW In the Absence of Light is an upcoming solo exhibition at Southern Guild by sculptor Stanislaw Trzebinski. Born in Kenya, the artist’s life long fascination with the sea has informed his captivating body of work. He’s the son of an artist, Tonio Trzebinski, and a fashion designer, Anna Trzebinski, so his exposure to creativity from a young age shaped his destiny, and time spent fishing and diving with his father (who passed away when he was nine) gave him a lifelong love of and respect for the sea. In the Absence of Light will include an installation of standing chandeliers, suspended “sea heart” lights, a series of tables and other works. The exhibition opens on 26 July 2019.

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