Financial Mail - - LIFE OUTBOX - Sarah Bui­ten­dach

Whether you have se­cret Pin­ter­est boards that you spend hours pin­ning im­ages of your dream kitchen on, are hap­haz­ardly house-proud and like the odd scat­ter cush­ion, or mo­ti­vate your dé­cor and DIY choices based on keep­ing up with the Jone­ses, you should take note of this up­com­ing event.

In its sec­ond year, and fol­low­ing on from a de­but re­ceived with much en­thu­si­asm, De­sign Joburg, fea­tur­ing Rooms on View, is back. It takes place at the Sand­ton Con­ven­tion Cen­tre next week (May 25 to 27) and prom­ises to be a gilded nugget on the City of Gold’s dé­cor and de­sign cal­en­dar. The idea is that you browse the de­light­ful stands, ooh and aah over a cou­ple of things, bump into ev­ery­one you know and then sit down for a snack and a cock­tail. Here are some high­lights that we plan not to miss.

Rooms on View

Those in the creative loop will look for­ward to this dis­play of fancy sim­u­lated room set­tings, which was a fix­ture on the lo­cal de­sign scene for years. When it stopped in the 2000s, it left a pala­tial, wall­pa­per-be­decked hole in the in­te­ri­ors of our col­lec­tive hearts. For­tu­nately, un­der the ex­act­ing eye of its founder Su­mari Krige, it re­turned as part of De­sign Joburg last year. And was as top-notch as ever. This year, ex­pect room sets from high-end in­ter­na­tional brands like Kartell, Roche

Bobois and Porce­lanosa along­side lo­cal in­dus­try lead­ers like Black Fab­rics and Anatomy De­sign.


This is a space where lead­ing in­te­rior designers and ar­chi­tects have teamed up with in­dus­try brands to cre­ate evoca­tive room sets. We’re es­pe­cially keen on the fact that they’ve worked with Fired Earth to cre­ate their own paint colours, which you’ll be able to see in all their glory and buy at the show (and af­ter it too). Ex­pect work from designers like Liam Mooney, Don­ald Nx­u­malo and Erica Schalk­wyk, and cre­ations by up-and­com­ing young­sters who’ve been men­tored for the pro­ject.

Co­lab by Mar­ble and the Hen­dricks Gin Bar, in as­so­ci­a­tion with Ardmore

Much-adored chef David Higgs and the Mar­ble restau­rant team have con­jured a pop-up food ex­pe­ri­ence, also called Co­lab, that will take its cue from both food and de­sign fronts. In­te­rior de­signer Irene Kyr­i­a­cou will cre­ate a sit-down space to match the top-notch food.

The show’s creative direc­tors An­drea Klein­loog and Me­gan Hesse have taken their in­spi­ra­tion from zany film direc­tor Tim Bur­ton to cre­ate the Hen­dricks Gin Bar. They’ve used the in­sanely pat­terned, wild-an­i­mal cov­ered fab­rics by Ardmore in the mix — “If Bur­ton went on a sa­fari, this is what you’d get,” they say.

Ar­chi­tects Gallery

One of our favourite designers and ar­chi­tects Shaun Gay­lard has cu­rated the new

Ar­chi­tects Gallery. This will be a thought­ful celebration of the very best projects from var­i­ous SA ar­chi­tec­tural minds — fea­tur­ing both print and ar­chi­tec­tural mod­els. Bel­go­tex has worked with lo­cal star­chi­tects Stu­diomas to cre­ate rugs for the space — to be com­ple­mented by be­spoke fur­ni­ture pieces by Lu­varre.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit de­sign­

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