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- An­drea Nagel Arts · Amazon · Cape Town · Michael Chandler

Filled with bac­cha­na­lian de­lights, the San­lam Hand­made Con­tem­po­rary Fair, now in its ninth edi­tion, is back to res­cue those who long to suckle the ar­ti­sanal bo­som.

This year’s event is a Skit­tles packet full of the most eye­brow-rais­ing, de­li­cious and ar­rest­ing food and de­sign that SA has to of­fer. There will be every­thing from small-batch gin to hand­crafted jew­ellery as well as a gen­er­ous help­ing of snob-iety (and not so much so­bri­ety). So while we can’t help you dodge the in­evitable back­handed com­pli­ments from as­sorted socialites, we can help you nav­i­gate which de­sign stalls Alexa, Ama­zon’s cloud­based voice ser­vice, would choose if she was pro­grammed by the best in­te­rior de­sign­ers in the busi­ness. The theme of this year’s event is “a re­turn to mak­ing” — about the mak­ers who trans­form raw ma­te­ri­als into mean­ing. While each ex­hibitor has been care­fully hand­picked by cu­ra­tor Cas­san­dra Twala for their unique skill and the beauty of their prod­ucts, I think that these three de­sign­ers de­serve a spe­cial men­tion:


The good peo­ple at this Cape Town-based stu­dio col­lab­o­rate with all-girl il­lus­tra­tors and artists to cre­ate a unique range of lim­it­ededi­tion blan­kets and throws to hang on the wall as art, use on the couch, for a pic­nic or on the beach. Each piece is de­signed to re­flect some par­tic­u­larly South African as­pect, with a con­tem­po­rary twist, and each piece cel­e­brates lo­cal crafts­man­ship, us­ing fi­bres sourced from lo­cal farm­ers.


Ce­ram­i­cist, il­lus­tra­tor and cu­ra­tor Michael Chan­dler – the man be­hind Michael Chan­dler de­signs, Cape Town’s Voorkamer Gallery and Chan­dler House, a shop show­cas­ing lo­cal de­signer’s home­ware – is cham­pi­oning the Home­ware Pavil­ion this year and is a first-time ex­hibitor him­self. He says: “At the end of the day noth­ing can com­pare to an item crafted by a hu­man be­ing’s hand; it is com­pletely unique, which I think makes it sa­cred.”


Based in Mar­rakesh and sur­rounded by palm trees and over­sized djellabas, LRNCE is in­spired by the cults and rit­u­als of African tribes. The brand was es­tab­lished in 2013 by Bel­gian sun chaser Lau­rence Leenaert, who cre­ates beau­ti­fully tex­tured cush­ions with in­trigu­ing line de­signs, mag­nif­i­cent blan­kets and car­pets and ceram­ics that are works of art. See

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The San­lam Hand­made Con­tem­po­rary Fair (SHmC) takes place from Oc­to­ber 12-14 at Hyde Park Cor­ner.
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