Top home decor trends

By Lifestyle Reporter Time of article published Jun 23, 2018

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Unveiling Durban’s passion for design and style

Passionate about local decor and design, this year the show will highlight local design talent by introducing Discover Durban Design, featuring Durban’s top locally curated products, furniture and fashion by “home-grown” designers, curators and crafters.

The concept of home is often reflected through familiar reflections of experiences, places and memories, while also tailored to unique interests, hobbies and habits.

Shaping the look and functionality of a space, in line with these individualised elements, is what makes a home.

These are trendsetters and their revolutionary concepts you can expect to encounter:

Interior designer Wendy-Lee Douglas, has a passion for designing a home around its inhabitants and founded Douglas and Douglas, a company that creates authentic, distinctive and charismatic living spaces to fulfil her love for Africa’s natural beauty.

Douglas’ work is exemplified in the spaces she creates, including Zambezi Grande Private Lodge, Ogilvy & Mather Durban, as well as numerous residential projects.

Douglas also manufactures a line of furniture, lighting, decor, planters, and kids’ collections, as well as bespoke commissions at their Durban-based factory.

Perfect_Imperfect was started by two friends with a love for woven baskets, pom-poms and tassells, who celebrate the ilala palm (or gingerbread tree) that grows abundantly along the coast of KwaZulu-Natal by employing talented weavers living in isolated areas to showcase their craft by creating a selection of woven baskets, home decor and mats.

Noush Projects, a collection of exquisite, handmade dolls and figures, was founded by former Dutch actress and Durban product designer Manoushka Kraal. Inspired by her two daughters and a love for Clonette dolls, popular during the ’70s and ’80s in West Africa, her specialised decor products are made out of jacaranda wood and resin composite casts.

Homestead Decor sources handcrafted, naturally-made items that enhance personal style and blend well with existing decor.

Situated in Mount Edgecombe, their range of woven baskets, wooden carvings and signature rugs connects the crafter to their unique consumer locally and globally.

Kloof-based artist Victoria Verbaan takes her inspiration from her surroundings, emotions and aspects of everyday life.

Featuring strong yet sensitive women in a quirky and provocative manner, her studio offering includes posters, typography, portraits, monochromatic artwork, limited edition fine art, as well as her collection of “wearable art”: her unique work that features on T-shirts, umbrellas, scarves.

Celebrating the arts and crafts of the Zulu Kingdom is Ooh Khamba, a Siyasiza Trust member that develops rural communities and promotes food security through craft enterprise.

Sibusiso Shelembe and Lulama Donga, the driven team behind the initiative, supply urban markets with traditional and modern, handcrafted Zulu beaded products, woven grass products, creative clay pots, dolls, wirework, wooden products, jewellery, leatherwork and embroidery.

Winner of the 2017 1st Functional Prize in KZN from Ceramics Southern Africa, Bur Ceramica, owned by Colin Cameron, creates handmade ceramic light fittings and objets d’art that are functional and artistic.

Inspired by nature, they use hand-thrown slipcasting, bisque firing, and glaze firing techniques to mimic nature.

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