She­been queen

Gen­er­a­tions’ pop­u­lar drink­ing cor­ner is where a lot of the soapie’s ac­tion goes down.

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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.

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