Generations’ popular drinking corner is where a lot of the soapie’s action goes down.
Since getting out of prison last year, ex-convict Lucy Diale (Manaka Ranaka) has been trying to stay on the straight and narrow for the sake of her teenage daughter Namhla (Thulisile Phongolo)… but with little success. However, one good thing that’s come from Lucy’s wheeling-and-dealing talents is being able to renovate her once-struggling shebeen. We’re taking a closer look at the improved hotspot of Alexandra township with Generations – The Legacy’s art director Inamari Swanepoel.
“Lucy’s old shebeen was renovated to have an outdoor and indoor section,” explains Inamari. “Both of the sets are based loosely on shebeens that I visited in Alex.” For this outdoor section, with its unusual and funky tyre seats, the design team used wooden poles and a screen around the shebeen
with pillars in-between.
The artwork on the bar depicts township life in Alex and that’s why art director Inamari Swanepoel had it hand-painted by a local artist. And don’t think that the alcohol is real – “It’s usually apple juice if it’s going to be drunk onscreen or tea and colouring if it’s just there for effect.”
“The colours and design are striking, so the dressing is a bit simpler with couches and chairs in monotone shades like white and blue,” says Inamari of the colour scheme that she chose for the pool table corner of the VIP section. She adds that the triangle lights on the wall “were a lucky find as they reflect the angles of the design perfectly”.
The shebeen’s colour scheme was carefully chosen. “I used red on the walls because it’s a proven fact
that red makes a person eat and drink more,” Inamari reveals. “It also provides a cosy setting.” As for the interesting choice in furniture, she sourced it as is and didn’t create the concept. “The furniture I bought in Bela Bela, Limpopo Province and it’s made of car tyres put together with colourful cord making it industrial, very
practical and comfortable too.”
Welcome to the VIP section, where the kasi’s finest citizens wine, dine and live it up on Generations. Inamari explains that the VIP section is a bit more
upmarket, for selected clients. “This section is filled with huge geometric patterns on the walls – they’re not tiles because that would be too heavy. So we created the effect using paint,” says Inamari.
“Those are dustbins that I turned into lights,” Inamari says of the lampshades. “I liked the woven effect. It’s rustic, like the set.”
Lucy’s making her mark in business with her shebeen.