The Fagans

hello! please excuse the radio silence since last week, but we just got back from an epic road trip (which you might have noticed on Instagram, more on that tomorrow) so there is a LOAD of catching up to do around here! and what better way than sharing a beautiful home of two inspirational people – a place i am quite familiar with and have been dying to visit myself.

Gwen and Gawie Fagan are a somewhat legendary local couple who have a home called Die Es (The Hearth) in Camps Bay that they designed and built themselves in 1965. Gawie is an incredibly accomplished architect with a career spanning over 6 decades. Gwen was a medical doctor who changed professions and joined Gawie’s architectural firm in 1969 as a historical researcher & landscape planner. in 1995 she received her PhD in landscape architecture. they have 3 honorary doctorates between the two of them. they’re both almost 90 and haven’t stopped working.

in short: legends.

so it was really nice to see their home featured on FvF recently, interviewed and photographed by local photography couple Antonia Heil and Desmond Louw. Die Es is regularly open for architectural tours, which you can find out about here.

The Fagans, Cape Town. Photographed for Freunden von Freunden by Antonia Heil & Desmond Louw
The Fagans, Cape Town. Photographed for Freunden von Freunden by Antonia Heil & Desmond Louw
The Fagans, Cape Town. Photographed for Freunden von Freunden by Antonia Heil & Desmond Louw
The Fagans, Cape Town. Photographed for Freunden von Freunden by Antonia Heil & Desmond Louw
The Fagans, Cape Town. Photographed for Freunden von Freunden by Antonia Heil & Desmond Louw
The Fagans, Cape Town. Photographed for Freunden von Freunden by Antonia Heil & Desmond Louw
The Fagans, Cape Town. Photographed for Freunden von Freunden by Antonia Heil & Desmond Louw
The Fagans, Cape Town. Photographed for Freunden von Freunden by Antonia Heil & Desmond Louw
The Fagans, Cape Town. Photographed for Freunden von Freunden by Antonia Heil & Desmond Louw
The Fagans, Cape Town. Photographed for Freunden von Freunden by Antonia Heil & Desmond Louw
The Fagans, Cape Town. Photographed for Freunden von Freunden by Antonia Heil & Desmond Louw
The Fagans, Cape Town. Photographed for Freunden von Freunden by Antonia Heil & Desmond Louw
The Fagans, Cape Town. Photographed for Freunden von Freunden by Antonia Heil & Desmond Louw
The Fagans, Cape Town. Photographed for Freunden von Freunden by Antonia Heil & Desmond Louw
The Fagans, Cape Town. Photographed for Freunden von Freunden by Antonia Heil & Desmond Louw
The Fagans, Cape Town. Photographed for Freunden von Freunden by Antonia Heil & Desmond Louw
The Fagans, Cape Town. Photographed for Freunden von Freunden by Antonia Heil & Desmond Louw
The Fagans, Cape Town. Photographed for Freunden von Freunden by Antonia Heil & Desmond Louw

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Resort 2015

i was looking through the Resort 2015 shows, preparing to do a bit of a round up of my favourite designers, when i noticed a lot of themes jumping out at me. so here they are. if someone asks you what you thought of Resort 2015, you can just respond – oh you know, lots of big stripes, crazy prints, birds, cats. the stand outs for me were Karen Walker (almost entirely because of that cat print) and Valentino because – duh.

all images courtesy of Style.com

Resort 2015

karen walker / stella mccartney / tsumori chisato / valentino

Resort 2015

valentino / stella mccartney / giles / jc de castelbajac

Resort 2015

band of outsiders / peter jensen / orla kiely / rachel comey

Resort 2015

issa / roksanda /marni / eudon choi

Resort 2015

valentino / tome / roksanda ilincic / alice & olivia

Resort 2015

paul & joe / rodebjer / antonio marras / giles

Resort 2015

valentino / jill stuart / rodebjer / erdem

Resort 2015

tsumori chisato / tome / honor / erdem

Resort 2015

the row / nili lotan / band of outsiders / maiyet

Resort 2015

the row / jonathan saunders / elizabeth james / barbara bui

Resort 2015

nili lotan / alice & olivia / adam lippi / the row

Resort 2015

band of outsiders / elizabeth and james / timo weiland / tibi

the-monochrome

alc / elizabeth and james / alice & olivia / marissa webb

Resort 2015

jenni kayne / band of outsiders / paul & joe / rachel comey

Resort 2015

karen walker / jill stuart / jenni kayne / valentino

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Joel Tettamanti: Lesotho

we are going on a last-minute trip on Friday, driving from Durban to Cape Town over 3 days. our route will take us up into the Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands, along the southern border of Lesotho, through the Eastern Cape, down to the Karoo and back home. more on the later! but considering we will be travelling through the mountain range that south africa shares with Lesotho, i thought this would be a great post to share.

for those of you who don’t know – Lesotho is a landlocked country within South Africa, home to the Basotho people. it is an absolutely breathtaking place with amazing highlands that form part of the Maloti mountain range, one of the few areas in southern africa that has regular snow in winter. so it can get pretty damn cold, which meant that the local people have traditionally used furs and skins to stay warm for hundreds of years.

in 1860 King Moshoeshoe I was gifted a thick European blanket, and he was so taken with it that it has since become a part of every day life in Lesotho – as well as a status symbol. blankets are given to people in important stages of their life: e.g. birth, marriage and initiation.

The trademark four ‘pin-stripes’ synonymous with the Basotho blanket, and typically worn with the strips running on the vertical, apparently originate in an early manufacturing flaw that over time has become de rigueur. Once wrapped around the body, the blanket is secured at the wearer’s shoulders and affords comfort in extreme temperatures, as well as protection from the elements and open fires. From birth to death, the blanket plays a central role in South Sotho culture.Shnu

photographer Joel Tettamanti, who is from Switzerland but spent part of his childhood in Lesotho, took these photos of the country & its people in 2013.  you can actually buy these blankets online here, royalties go to the Lesotho Kingdom and its people.

Joel Tettamanti: Lesotho
Joel Tettamanti: Lesotho
Joel Tettamanti: Lesotho
Joel Tettamanti: Lesotho
Joel Tettamanti: Lesotho
Joel Tettamanti: Lesotho
Joel Tettamanti: Lesotho
Joel Tettamanti: Lesotho
Joel Tettamanti: Lesotho
Joel Tettamanti: Lesotho
Joel Tettamanti: Lesotho
Joel Tettamanti: Lesotho
Joel Tettamanti: Lesotho
Joel Tettamanti: Lesotho

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Oliver Munday

i found book cover design to be one of the most challenging tasks when i was studying. we’d see all these brilliant, often very simple, cover designs and think – of course! but getting there is such hard work (as with anything in design, of course). i am so impressed by the work of NY based designer Oliver Munday, whose book covers are so good i would buy them regardless of what the book was about. he has a tumblr too.

Oliver Munday
Oliver Munday
Oliver Munday
Oliver Munday
Oliver Munday
Oliver Munday
Oliver Munday

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Double Tap: Justina Blakeney

i first discovered stylist & designer Justina Blakeney last year when she did this creative living room makeover (those colourful shelves have since become a signature of hers). i have been enjoying following her ever since, especially on Instagram which i find to be a good litmus test for how creative a person – is not only in their work life, but in their daily life too. Justina started experimenting with foliage portraits and her #facethefoliage series has since kinda exploded. they started off simply enough, but have progressed into elaborate portraits of real and imaginary characters and now regularly appear in her feed.

follow Justina Blakeney on Instagram. see more Double Tap.

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Lately

in light of yesterday’s post you can probably imagine that things are quite busy around here, so in lieu of a regular blog post – here’s another lately. these are all taken in my iPhone 4S and they are usually always posted on Instagram.

first, i have a poll of sorts running on this photo i posted on Instagram, asking if people would potentially be interested in buying bags like this on the blog. please weigh in!

Miss Moss // Bags

my most popular photo on IG lately, this insanely picturesque winter scene at Dornier Wine Estate. go there for the wine and the scenery, but not the food – it’s crap.

Miss Moss // DornierMiss Moss // Dornier

speaking of food, we had the BEST MEAL EVER at Hallelujah, a tiny asian tapas / champagne bar in Tamboerskloof. uuuuugh my mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Miss Moss // Hallelujah

some evening scenes from walks around my neighbourhood, Sea Point.

Miss Moss // Sea PointMiss Moss // Sea PointMiss Moss // Sea PointMiss Moss // Sea Point

just another winter’s day in Cape Town.

Miss Moss // Hout Bay

i am enjoying all the old buildings that surround my office in the CBD.

Miss Moss // Cape Town

and the scenes i come across walking around some days.

Miss Moss // Cape TownMiss Moss // Street Food on BreeMiss Moss // Cape Town

we went to see Daniel’s exhibition at the Stevenson (now finished) amazing in person.

Miss Moss // Stevenson

i got a new desk made by Stokperd – it is white and glossy and beautiful, and i am constantly worried i’m going to chip it.

Miss Moss // Desk

some more vignettes from the studio, which i share with this gal & this gal.

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Miss Moss // Bag from Country Road
Miss Moss // Studio
Miss Moss // StudioMiss Moss // Studio

really enjoying winter….

Miss Moss // Winter

still buying too many plants.

Miss Moss' Home

my husband got into bread baking this month. i’m trying not to blame Masterchef Australia.

Miss Moss // Bread

not only does he bake us bread, he bought me this beautiful limited edition Momo!

Miss Moss // Momo

been thinking of getting my scarf from Klaus Haapaniemi framed and hang it on the wall. it’s too amazing to wear around my neck - so big and beautiful and detailed.

Miss Moss // Scarf by Klaus Haapaniemi

got some nice things in the mail lately. a lovely thank you package from Wsake:

Miss Moss // Wsake

and the new edition of Spaces by Frankie Magazine:

Miss Moss // Spaces

and, my incredibly pertinent to-do list:

Miss Moss // To Do List

(i really do have more to do than that, though)

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Oums

today is a sad day for us. Anton’s beloved grandmother passed away in the early hours of the morning. she was a true matriarch, who lived to 91 and left behind a legacy of 4 children, 11 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and countless more loved ones. she handmade our wedding rings, even though her hands were crooked with arthritis. she had the best, loudest, naughtiest laugh; a dry sense of humour and a straight forward matter-of-fact manner that made everybody grin. she was the first person in Anton’s family that he introduced me to, a loving and creative woman who made a lasting impression on his life and so many others.

goodbye Marie Jeanne Neilson, Oums, you will be missed.


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Paradise is Here

Skinny laMinx (aka Heather Moore) was probably the first south african whose work i saw on international design blogs back in the day. which makes me immensely proud, especially because she is such a lovely and hardworking person. if you follow her on Instagram you will see how she notices design in every day life, and this kind of constant exploration is what makes a creative person’s work great. her new collection Paradise is Here launched last night, and it was this exact exploration of the world around her that influenced the designs.

Following a recent trip to Tokyo, Heather Moore’s eyes were opened to the importance of plants in the city environment. Inspired by her surroundings, and a heightened awareness of the relationship between concrete spaces and urban foliage, she set to work on a new Skinny laMinx fabric collection. Paradise is Here expresses the energy and exuberance of city plants, and how they afford us respite, escape, encouragement, and an opportunity for expression. Their zig-zag softening of hard lines, the gentle shade they make, the exuberant wildness they evoke as they grow from sidewalk fissures, all help us to remember that we’re not machines in this relentless urban world.

you can shop online at her south african store or international store, or visit her shop.

Skinny laMinx: Paradise is Here
Skinny laMinx: Paradise is Here
Skinny laMinx: Paradise is Here
Skinny laMinx: Paradise is Here
Skinny laMinx: Paradise is Here
Skinny laMinx: Paradise is Here
Skinny laMinx: Paradise is Here
Skinny laMinx: Paradise is Here
Skinny laMinx: Paradise is Here
Skinny laMinx: Paradise is Here

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