Living in the material world
It has been a year si nce Anne Richardson of Annapatat f i rst f lung open the doors of her textile shop in a restaurant-studded road in Muizenberg, in Cape Town’s False Bay. Richardson’s partner owns a book dea l er s hip i n t he t own, which is considered the home of South African surf ing. Before that, on the days that she’d be asked to keep an eye on the book dealership, Richardson would often stare out across t he road and wonder what it would be like to own her own shop.
As a c r e a t or a nd maker who specialises in home décor and textiles, Richardson began her career by studying clothing design at a technikon and working in the South African garment industry, before moving to London to try to get into the fashion industry.
But London’s trendy clothes sector proved to be a closed shop for a freshfaced girl from South Africa, so she reinvented herself and found a new career path ‒ interior home furnishing. Today Richardson ‒ through her brand Annapatat Home Decor ‒ works with homeowners and interior designers to create curtains, cushions, linen and other fabric design elements.
For s ome 15 years, Richardson consulted to the wealthy elite in London. She met her partner, Andrew Berki, a dealer in rare books, at a market in the UK. The couple eventually decided to make the move to Cape Town. Berki set up shop in Muizenberg, and Richardson continued her i nter i or decorating business, making curtains and doing whatever she could with fabric.
“I’m passionate about textiles,” says Richardson. “The moment I picked up a sewing machine I was hooked, at the age of 18, I just loved it. I loved the fact