A clean slate for de­sign­ers

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signer James Mudge will por­tray the earthy colours us­ing his love for solid wood.

A creative co-lab tap­ping in on the trend to­wards do-good de­sign is the M-net Cares Café at the show. “We urge vis­i­tors to bring their sec­ond hand chil­dren's books and be part of this won­der­ful new ini­tia­tive,” says Nika Smit, se­nior man­ager of Decorex’s spe­cial projects. This part­ner­ship be­tween M-net Cares, Decorex Cape Town, Salvo­corp (the of­fi­cial dis­trib­u­tor of Staron by Sam­sung) and lo­cal de­sign­ers sup­port the MNet Naledi Chil­dren's Lit­er­acy Project. Ai­dan Ben­netts, Katie Thompson of Recre­ate, Joe Paine and Goet will de­sign be­spoke chil­dren’s book­shelves, us­ing lit­er­acy and ty­pog­ra­phy as their cue.

At the Con­tem­po­rary Coun­try Fab­ric Trend In­stal­la­tion an­other col­lab­o­ra­tion ex­presses the yearn­ing of ur­ban­ites to get grounded in the great out­doors and bring the ru­ral spirit to their hard-edged city dwellings. Weav­ing to­gether this fu­sion of coun­try and city the Lau­rence Brick Creative Di­rec­tion team leave no room for the bland. “It’s about tex­tured fab­rics with touch-me knit­ted up­hol­stery, raw linen, nat­u­ral wood and punches of acid yel­low come to­gether against a back­drop of the lat­est in wall cov­er­ing — in­clud­ing ’70’s style wood-panelling,” says Smit.

Com­bin­ing celebrity with creative col­lab­o­ra­tion is an in­no­va­tive way to tie trends and char­ity. “This is what the Op­er­a­tion Man Cave de­sign ini­tia­tive is all about,” ac­cord­ing to Smit. “It com­bines do­good de­sign with men’s fan­tasies of their own space with­out a woman’s touch. Lo­cal celebri­ties rep­re­sent­ing char­i­ties of their choice team up with de­sign­ers to build their ul­ti­mate ‘Man Cave’.”

Pic­tures: DECOREX SA

Global in­flu­ences and creative part­ner­ships meet their match in brightly coloured spa­ces, above. Col­lab­o­ra­tive part­ner­ships flour­ish in the de­sign world as in this room set­ting by Goet and Plas­con.

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