It was with much excitement that Ninene & I set out on our annual trip to Decorex Joburg yesterday. Decorex is the largest décor & design show in Southern Africa. It features the latest on the local and international front with a fresh perspective on spaces in which to live, work and play.
A typical day at Decorex is always a long one and part of the excitement is bumping into friends we haven’t seen for a while. We end up back home late afternoon, feet on the couch and chatting about our finds & new discoveries until we are drop dead tired! Exhausting, but fun.
We’d love to share all of it with you, but it is simply too much. Hence the decision to do this post in 2 parts. This is part 1 and features “all things uniquely South African”. Be sure to catch up with us tomorrow for part 2. Apologies upfront for the poor quality of some of the images.
Uniquely South African
Photography as art is gaining popularity fast. Jan & Jay Roode of Skyhawk Photography is a couple with an intriguing story, living the African dream. He is a pilot and she a nature conservationist (to name but one of her qualifications) and together they take breathtaking aerial photographs. The story is one we’ll definitely share in another post, but here’s a little of what you can expect.
The creative talent on display is unbelievable and this year we were especially impressed by the South African Handmade Collection — a new initiative by the Department of Trade and Industry. It celebrates the fusion of heritage with the future, and tradition with the imagination. This definitive collection represents the highest quality, handmade and environmentally friendly South African craft products.
Beautiful Nguni Cattle rugs from Majayimile Trading.
Ace Maize flour packaging in a quirky duvet design by Wozobona Cultural House
Unique hand embroidered tableware and cushions made by the women of Sophumelela Women’s Co-Op
Laura Hewgill of Veldt draws on Nature for inspiration to make her gorgeous home textiles and ceramics — simply to die for.
Craig Stowe of Stowe & so. hangs yet another one of his unique handprinted tablecloths. Available in a variety of unique designs and an absolute must have!
Beautiful laser cut homewares and gifts from Doodles.
Yda Walt with some of her handprinted textiles, art and ceramics.
Johannesburg based ceramic artist, Julia K specializes in Contemporary hand painted ceramic pieces. We loved Julia’s bright, colourful shapes.
The adorable Ann (spelling!) Gadd with her equally adorable Ewe’s