BAROM­E­TER

STOP TO SPOT THESE TRENDS ON THE RISE (AND FALL)

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - AGENDA -

GO­ING UP

Wall­pa­per and hand­painted sur­face dec­o­ra­tion

The Kassena Server by Dok­ter and Misses is a great ex­am­ple – painted by hand by de­signer Katy Taplin, in the tra­di­tion of the Kassena peo­ple of Ghana and Burkino Faso where the women paint their own huts. De­sign­ers such as Atang Tshikare and Ni­cole Leven­berg are on our radar.

Over­scaled weav­ing, with grass, plas­tic, wire…

A mix of con­tem­po­rary lines and pro­duc­tion meth­ods jux­ta­posed with age-old weav­ing tech­niques. Porky He­fer’s Fallen Bird’s Nest for South­ern Guild was a run­away suc­cess at De­sign Mi­ami/Basel, while Mali de­signer Che­ick Diallo’s seat­ing made from fish­ing nets is awe-in­spir­ing. Fel­low De­sign Net­work Africa mem­ber Gone Ru­ral, in Swazi­land, has taken weaved home­ware to a new level.

African tex­tiles such as Kuba, Yoruba and mud cloth are big. They have such rich, his­tor­i­cal as­so­ci­a­tions.The Yoruba women of Nige­ria cre­ate their Adire in­digo-dyed cloth through tech­niques that have been de­vel­oped over hun­dreds of years, while the DRC’s pres­tige Kuba tex­tiles are dyed with twool, a red sub­stance ob­tained from trop­i­cal trees be­lieved to have mag­i­cal, pro­tec­tive prop­er­ties.

African retro graph­ics and African-in­spired jew­ellery The pop­u­lar­ity of Pichu­lik’s bold neck­laces says it all. Givenchy’s mo­saic-print jersey dress and the geo­met­ric pat­tern on one of Burberry’s lat­est Pror­sum bags has us con­vinced that de­sign­ers are tap­ping into our con­ti­nent for in­spi­ra­tion.

GO­ING DOWN

Knock-offs Orig­i­nal­ity will al­ways re­main king.The cheaper ver­sion of an orig­i­nal de­sign may seem like a bar­gain, but it’s bound to de­te­ri­o­rate fast. We sup­port au­then­tic orig­i­nals!

Mass-mar­ket items Who wants to walk around in the same top as every­one else? We’re all for cus­tom-made pieces.That’s why the Water­shed at the V&A Wa­ter­front has us ex­cited.

Beige There’s a world of colour out there, and this is def­i­nitely the sea­son to flaunt it – in your home dé­cor and in your wardrobe. Bye bye, bor­ing beige.

Guard­ing your ideas The spirit of col­lab­o­rat­ing with like-minded cre­atives is the way for­ward.That’s how de­sign hubs like Mabo­neng in Jozi and Wood­stock in Cape Town are formed.

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