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The Spark of Life
I don’t know where you are right now, or where you were when I wrote this. I’m not going to spin platitudes on the new normal, motivate you to embrace your altered state, or say it’s okay to hate it. I don’t know how your life has changed, or if it h
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The Dark Side
Great lighting design has the ability not only to uplift an environment, but also to inspire all those who are present in it. Which is why local lighting company DARK has a mission guided by a single-minded assertion: give light the room to shine, an
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Decantathon
With many of the recycling depots not functioning during lockdown, we found a way to repurpose interesting bottle shapes – by removing the branding, creating new labels and reinventing the corks. Mobilising the steady collection of empty bottles pili
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Collectibles
These are some of the things I bought online during lockdown, “for delivery later”: a vintage sequinned jacket with high shoulders; a bronze signet etched with a pincushion protea flower; an antique men’s ring with an onyx face and a large gold “B” o
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Design Journey
Made with bamboo and powder-coated mild steel, the Thulani loveseat for two is a multifunctional seat with integrated side tables. I always design with function in mind, and never let the aesthetics dictate such function. This seat was a marriage of
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Zoom and Zeal
Hi my name is Mohale and I am anxious. I am here because… well, you know why. There has been a lot of talk about being okay with not being okay. Fair enough. I live with Generalised Anxiety Disorder, so that’s how I’ve been navigating the world for m
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Cover Version
PHOTOS STUDIO MIRU, MAIKE MCNEILL, JEANNE VAN HEERDEN, MARIANA LANCASTRE AND SUPPLIED ■
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WIN a Limited-edition Lounger!
South African Cap Classique producer Pongrácz recently collaborated with local designer Seboni Abner Makgamatha (aka Sir Abner) on three prints unique to the brand – including the winning Bold Print of the Year 2020. The winning design, entitled Popu
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Home Office 101
1. Location, location Consider your working style, and the needs of the people you live with. How much storage do you require? How much time do you spend in Zoom meetings? If you can’t dedicate an entire room to your office, answering these questions
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Moroccan Modernist
HIDDEN FROM VIEW BEHIND HIGH RAMMED-EARTH WALLS, this two-hectare estate offers a welcome respite from the tumult of the “Red City” – a nickname Marrakech has earned thanks to its red sandstone buildings and city walls. Villa Ouidane is a short drive
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Work It Out
1. CREATE A HUB “People tend to gravitate towards the centre of the house, and children don’t like to feel left out – so we’ve constructed dedicated ‘creative hubs’ in which mom, dad and kids can all work together,” says architect Wynand Wilsenach. “
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Space Exploring
Architecture is the thoughtful making of space,” declared the legendary American architect Louis Kahn. In other words, it’s not always so much the “look” of the exterior of a building that is important, but how it organises space: the manner in which
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Some Light Relief
As working from home becomes a key part of “the new normal”, Luxaflex has been giving some thought to getting the most out of the space in which we do so. Now, the masters of stylish window treatments share their best advice for making your home offi
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Tropicool
Uhen architect Lisa Rorich and her partner, Garth Robinson, bought their iconic home on Durban’s Berea four years ago, it was the realisation of a long-held dream.“I’d put the word out that we were looking for a mid-century modern home,” says Lisa, w
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Personality Driven
Standing out in a crowd is easy for the Kardashians, but can be difficult for modern cars. Save for variations in the grille/headlamp combo, modern vehicles in each segment tend to have a similar silhouette. And it’s not because automotive designers
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Oldsouu
Above the front door to Stefan Rupperti and Alexander Yazdi’s Victorian villa in Cape Town is an inconspicuous brass plaque that reads, “At this site in 1860 nothing happened.” This declaration is as comforting as it is intriguing. In the 160 years t
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New and Now
Designed to complement a diverse range of interiors, Mobelli’s latest furniture offerings are both cool and colourful. 1. The Carnegie extendable dining table transforms from a four-seater to a six-seater in moments, and is ideal in compact spaces. R
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Ed's LETTER
So. Quite a lot has happened since the last issue of VISI. That one was made pre-lockdown. The issue that you’re holding in your hand, however, was created without any of the VISI team being in the same building. Not that you can tell, right? In term
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Isdot Nieu
ONCE YOU’VE HAD THE ELEPHANTS COME OVER TO SIP FROM YOUR private splash pool, going out on safari will never be quite the same. “We wanted to give our visitors something they hadn’t experienced before,” says Quintin Wiehahn of the property he co-owns
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Pattern Perfect
In his essay On Confinement, Alain de Botton writes about how the ability to revisit and savour past travels can be a source of great pleasure – especially now that cheap and easy travel is a thing of the past. So I revisited my memories of a 2016 tr
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Contributors
What’s the newest skill you’ve learnt, and why did you learn it? I’m learning to speak French. I’m going to France for a residency, and I thought I’d learn the basics because I’ll be there for a few months (once the world is less scary). I love lang
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Shared Space
My vision was to create a place of happiness, love and wellbeing for our extended family,” says co-owner Boyd Ferguson, founder of Cécile & Boyd, the design studio that single-handedly revolutionised the safari-lodge aesthetic 25 years ago. Located i
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Easy Pieces
With a fresh take on designs that customers have known and loved for years as well as entirely new styles, Coricraft’s updates to its couch range feature a strong focus on the key pillars on which the company is based – creating products that are han
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Visi English
Editor-in-Chief Steve Smith Deputy Editor Robyn Alexander Editor-at-Large Annemarie Meintjes Creative Director Mark Serra Managing Editor Samantha Charles Online Editor Lindi Brownell Meiring Content Producer Michaela Stehr Contributors Adéle de Lang
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Great Design...
DESIGN, ART, ARCHITECTURE, TECH, TEXTILES AND HOME-OFFICE KIT ■
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Blue Mood
An AGA oven is iconic, acting as the centrepiece of luxurious kitchens around the world. But did you know that the brand also makes beautiful ovenware? And the latest addition to the exclusive Portmeirion range for AGA is this gorgeous Spode Blue Ita
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IN THE FIRST OF OUR VISI COLLAB SERIES, WE HAVE COLLABORATED WITH LOCAL DESIGN STUDIOS SKINNY LAMINX AND PEDERSEN + LENNARD ON TWO EXCLUSIVE PRODUCTS. WE’RE STARTING SMALL, WITH BIG THINGS TO COME! VISIT SHOP.VISI.CO.ZA TO BUY ONLINE NOW. ONE LUCKY
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Organic Dynamic
LILY PATINATED BOWLS BY CONRAD HICKS FOR SOUTHERN GUILD, POA These unique, hand-forged copper bowls are made using traditional blacksmiths’ methods. southernguild.co.za UFO COFFEE TABLE BY DOKTER AND MISSES, R8 500 The way in which the obelisk pi
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Safari Style
The Latin phrase Laudator temporis acti refers to a person who holds up the past as a golden age. But the romance of a time gone by is more than just a motto for Melvill & Moon – it is the guiding compass for everything this local safari-inspired lug
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Design Deconstruction MAXIMALISM
The importance of home has never been as apparent as in the past few months. Isolated and hibernated, we’ve been engulfed by the things that decorate our dwellings. If you’ve noticed a mark of your personality emerging in the way you brought vintage
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