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Good, Better, Less
TASHA Tyler isn’t one for trends. That said, she’s been uncannily adept at being ahead of them. She was, for example, an early adopter of the Balinese decor trend in South Africa, having established a successful business importing and selling one-of-
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No/14 THE ROYAL TREATMENT
CRAMMED with armoires, linen presses, cabinets, tables, chairs, sofas, gilded furniture, mirrors, chandeliers, lanterns, candelabras, and silver and crystal accessories, The Crown Collection in Bryanston is every antiques lover’s dream come true. “Ou
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River Cottage
When you own a share in a farm just outside Joburg with the Crocodile River running through it, setting up a weekend getaway place makes more than a little sense. But the owners of this property took their time. In fact, years went by, says architect
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No/15 Drawing Meaning
THREE-TIME semi-finalist for the international Adobe Design Achievement Awards, Tafadzwa Bero is an artist to watch. How did you get into illustration? I could draw from a young age. I was always discovering beautiful vector graphics on social med
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Branching Out
WHEN Fiona and John Whitfield moved back to the Port Elizabeth suburb of Fiona’s childhood in 2001, they were so smitten with the 1940s house at the top of the property that they scarcely took note of the tantalising treasures below. They would later
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No/16 The Mercury Effect
“WORKING with stainless steel is a daily conversation with an unruly child, and I love that,” says Bulgarian-born Rado Kirov. Rado developed an interest in metal art at an early age and apprenticed with a Bulgarian master craftsman. He moved to South
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Circle Of Life
FOLLOWING a fire that tore through the heart of &Beyond Phinda Homestead two years ago, the safari villa recently reopened with a bold new look. While retaining the original footprint of the building, architect Nick Plewman cleverly re-oriented it to
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No/17 Quick On The Draw
What began as a creative outlet for graphic designer Quentin Horn – “something other than logos and corporate identities” – has seen him turn his doodles into art. How did you develop your style? I was about to recycle a notebook when I noticed my d
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This Is Your Visi 101!
AFTER the enormous success of our bumper VISI 100 edition, it feels a little odd to produce our regular-size 192-page magazine again! But we have enjoyed creating a very inspiring Issue 101 for you to delve into somewhere cosy as the seasons change.
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No/01 The Chef’s Table
COOKING shows like Chef’s Table and MasterChef have turned many home cooks into amateur chefs and fostered an interest in cookware and tableware with a difference. Cookbooks outsell all other categories, and these days it’s all about eating in rather
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Contributors
This is VISI’s 101st issue. If you were to live to 101, what do you hope will have been invented by then? A deep-tissue robot masseuse. I’d never have to leave the house. Quoting Marie Kondo, tell us about a treasured possession that sparks joy? I w
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No/03 Like A Boss
Area: Cape Town CBD. Designed by: Andrea Graff. Work perks: Hot desks; shared and private offices; meeting rooms; a mobile office pod; tiered all-inclusive membership and day rates. workandco.co.za Area: Cape Town CBD. Designed by: Alan Alston. Wor
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No/20 Comforts Creature
IT takes only a few clicks to set in motion the creation of a stylish, affordable custom-made carpet that suits your space. Yudu has designed a way for you to create a rug in the size you need, the style you want and with a trim of your choice. From
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#readerlove
#visimagazine #earlymorning #inspiration #laidback – @oupacoetzee Daily therapy @visi_mag #visimagazine – @itaboutmon The colours and textures in the 99th issue of @visi_mag make me so happy. #design #blessed #seasonchange #inspiration #g
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No/04 Reality Bytes
THREE-dimensional visualisation techniques – renders, panoramic imagery and fly-throughs – are not new to the architecture scene, but the latest technological advances allow architects to present their design concepts to clients in a highly visual wa
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No/21 Ottoman Empire
THE inspiration for Kehumile Mate’s Kopano ottoman range struck while at his grandmother’s house as matriarch Mokgonyeng Mate sat weaving a carpet from recycled plastic. “She exposed me to weaving from an early age,” Kehumile says. His creative backg
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Off-the-grid Style
Ever wondered why so many pro chefs prefer cooking with gas? For the most part it definitely has the edge over electric alternatives in supplying instant, highly responsive heat with total control for enhanced cooking quality all round, but it’s also
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No/22 That’s Awrap!
THE word mantua, from the French manteau for a cloak or mantle, refers to a loose gown worn by women in the 17th and 18th centuries. It is also the name of the Italian city to which Shakespeare’s Romeo was banished. And it’s the name Juandi Andrag’s
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Gas-tronomic!
BRING the ultimate cheffing experience into your kitchen with Smeg’s effortlessly elegant Symphony cooker. You expect great design from Smeg, and this cooker most certainly delivers. Not only is it remarkably energy-efficient but you also no longer h
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No/06 Knock On Wood
DANIEL Grobbelaar studied interior design and went on to work in the industry for nine years before he established Profurn in 2016 to focus on his passion for furniture design. Besides original pieces made of high-quality timber, mostly locally sourc
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No/24 Beauty And The Beach
“I grew up in a small coastal town on the Indian Ocean and, after university, spent 13 years as a designer in the then-thriving and soulful surf industry in Durban,” says Kathy Burns, founder of Bungalow Living. “I now live on the Atlantic coast, and
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Uncrating The Artwork
Space has never been important to me. The manifesto written by my 12-year-old self about my future digs featured a single garage with a single bed. The rest of the space would be taken up by my Porsche. Years of travelling and working in countries th
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No/07 Out Of Africa
A group of multitalented architects, designers and artists from across Africa have, together with five designers from IKEA, created the ÖVERALLT collection, a range of furniture, accessories and textiles inspired by modern urban rituals. The collabor
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No/25 Women Inwine
Hazendal Sémillon/ Sauvignon Blanc 2017, R295, hazendal.co.za Clarise has built up an impressive CV, with international harvest stints in New Zealand, the USA, Australia and locally at Windmeul, Vilafonté, Avondale and eventually Eaglevlei, where
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Hometown Glory
A green pitched roof on a street named Green held the contents of my childhood for a little more than 15 years. Casually, my entire life at that point. I remember the last night we spent in our Kimberley home: The moving trucks had taken just about e
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No/08 A Philosophical Approach
WHETHER it’s been residential projects, monasteries, museums, bridges or objects, John Pawson has spent more than 30 years championing simplicity in his work. Here, he highlights standout projects and shares how spatial themes continue to inform his
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A Plain Little House
The house is real, not imaginary. But it is also a place lodged deep in the imagination, a dream place whose actual coordinates have been forgotten. In the last years of her very long life, my mother’s memory, eroded by time and general anaesthetics,
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