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Stokperd

you will remember Monya from Stokperd who made my Peggy cabinet and my Megan coffee table for me (yes, i named them after Mad Men characters). i sent her a few reference images and ideas and she knocked together these beautiful pieces in no time. those pictures are all from my old apartment  - i kinda miss that tiny place! and it was two years ago, unbelievably.

at the moment our current apartment is full of furniture, so there’s no space for something new… but as soon as the need arises i’ll be contacting Monya again. if she’s not TOO busy making new stuff. which she has been, as you can see on her website. i love these new desks that she’s been churning out. well, i do have a new studio space that needs future furnishing. WINK.

she also has a cool blog, and a category called House Envy with some local home tours. check it out!

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Anatomy Design: Blueberry Café

Anatomy Design is one of my absolute favourite design companies in South Africa. they are the geniuses behind some incredible products, and boast an interior design portfolio that makes me weak at the knees. they recently completed some outstanding work for The Blueberry Café in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, including refreshing the interior, the product range and the café’s brand identity. i asked founder Andrea Kleinloog about the inspiration behind the project.

Blueberry Cafe is this little hidden gem in the KZN midlands. We decided to overhaul the traditional idea of a ‘sweet country café’. So we painted the walls a crisp bone colour, painted all the steel work of the traditional shelves black (it’s normally rust red). We designed elemental shelving units that were literally made by the farm welder. They are so simple, but came out fantastically.

We wanted to create an interesting, curious space, with a retail element that offers the best available, not just what is easy to get. We had great fun toying with beautiful and fragile botanical logos/packaging elements – and even found the most remarkable set of prints from an antique store. Another great extension of the design language was being able to develop a whole range of home-ware for them – plates, crockery, tea towels.

the creative team also included Wendy Dixon (branding and graphics), Mia Widlake (product development & styling) and chef Bianca Davies, who developed the new menu. Photography by Samantha Maber.

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365 Postcards for Ants

Lorraine Loots is an artist based in Cape Town who wrapped a highly successful project called 365 Paintings for Ants at the end of 2013. as you can guess from the title, Lorraine painted a tiny painting every day for 365 days and, well, you have hopefully seen that scene which explains the name.  she posted a painting every day on Tumblr and Instagram (where you can browse all 365 paintings in the archive). most of the time the subject stemmed from her own imagination, but as it gained momentum people booked dates that were special to them and commissioned paintings, like this portrait of Ron Swanson painted for a couple who got engaged after an episode of Parks and Recreation.

i enjoyed seeing such a talented person’s dedication to her work being celebrated in local blogs and magazines, and all over social media, and i wondered what Lorraine was going to do when she had finished. well, she’s not stopping. 365 Postcards for Ants is the next phase of the project, celebrating Cape Town in honour of it being the 2014 World Design Capital.

be sure to read this wonderful interview by Lior Phillips to learn more about Lorraine and her work. you can follow the new project on her Instagram & Tumblr and you can also book a painting if you’d like to own one of these tiny delights.

paintings c/o Lorraine Loots. video by Gareth Pon. photographs by Frances Marais for MBLife.

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Lately

as much as i protest against summer (it’s the heat! the heat) it does make for gorgeous photo opportunities, especially if you live in a very snap-worthy place like Cape Town. i’m quite amazed by what i can capture, just wandering along on a daily walk or whatever, with my iPhone. here’s the evidence of that. you can follow all my snaps over at Instagram.

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a colourful brolly on a sunday morning – Queen’s Beach, Sea Point.

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Saunder’s Rock in Sea Point, many people go here for a dip in the afternoons after work.

view of Clifton beaches, Cape Town by Miss Moss

the view looking over Clifton’s beaches

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benches along the promenade

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the detailing on some of the apartment buildings is just wonderful

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probably one of the grandest places in CT, the Mount Nelson

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enjoying some fresh flowers at home

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baskets we brought back from the Transkei

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yellow MOMO in the bedroom

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new Nikes!

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a yellow corner (Manhattan poster now looming over us after everything that has happened this week…)

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a weird plant that i bought on a whim, for its weirdness.

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so classic, so eighties.

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indulging in too much Aesop (gifts, they were gifts.)

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eating home made bread….

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…then trying to make up for it by not having any carbs for a day.

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making zucchini pasta! get a spiral slicer, it will be your new best friend.

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eating the best food at The Table.

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…and actually enjoying summer, i guess.

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Selfi SS14

if you’re a Capetonian (or just a South African girl, really) you’ll be more than familiar with the wonderful Selfi, whose clothing i just a-d-o-r-e. designer Celeste has done it again with her new SS14 range. how sweet is that peplum cut out dress? i also absolutely love the flap strap dress. see more at their website & online shop. the shoes are by Diomande.

The name Selfi was created from the word self which stems from the dreamlike, juvenile part of the self which remains dormant to most. The idea was to unlock this state through playing with pattern, form and shape. Recreating, manipulating and ultimately capturing an essence or a spirit of the time. Ideally each piece should reflect a nostalgic, dreamlike connection between the wearer and item. And ultimately create form and shape from an essence which is formless and shapeless.

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MOMO

i have been so excited to write this post because it has been weeks (months?) in the making. i first met Neira Zahirovic last year through my husband Anton (he works with her significant other Adrian) and she had been developing a range of bags whose journey i had eagerly been following on Instagram.

Neira is a stylist & wardrobe designer working in Cape Town, and she told me that the idea for the bags came out of the need for and love of a perfect bag – one you could sling on her shoulder, but the straps would be just the right length for digging around in when you’re on the go, the interior would be white so you could actually SEE your keys (genius), you can just give it a wipe in case anything accidentally spills in there (perhaps the bottle of wine you’re carrying to the beach for sundowners?) you could basically carry your world in it, and everything would be okay. and so MOMO was born.

MOMO is an expression of fun and lightness. It’s channeled into whatever captures our imagination and expresses the mood we love – a mood that takes its cue from the colourful, sportif elegance best embodied by the late 80’s. Our first adventure is the Momo “Bag of Paradise” and MomoRomo sandal with MomoJumps (A classic Esprit-Style Jumpsuit) to follow. We encourage a ‘joie de vivre’ approach to fashion that is rooted in sustainability. The notion of classic pieces that are never trend orientated but speak rather of a deeper attachment to a particular sensibility. It is for this reason that our current range of products, as well as those to come, are never seasonal and, as time goes only subject to play and innovation.

i attended a soft launch at the end of last year and picked out my own yellow MOMO, which you may have spotted on Instagram. i’m betting that i am going to be seeing a lot of MOMOs around Cape Town this year. you can contact Neira or Donnet on info@momojumps.com to find out more, or visit their online shop.

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Kei

thought i’d share some photos of our current holiday at Kei, Anton’s family’s holiday home where we got engaged this time last year. Kei Mouth is a small town on the banks of the Kei River, which used to be the border of the old Transkei. this area of the Eastern Cape, known as the Wild Coast, is the traditional home of the Xhosa people. it is beautiful, rugged, wild and tropical. yesterday we took the ferry across the river, drove up the hills past herds of Nguni and 4×4′d our way to The Gates at the Qolora river. it reminded me, once again, how much there is to see on our own doorstep. i think a perfect new year’s / life resolution would be to explore more of South Africa.

all photos shot on iPhone, edited with VSCO / Afterlight. more on my Instagram.

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Simon and Mary

Simon and Mary is a Johannesburg based millinery that i have been following with eager anticipation on Instagram, where they have slowly been releasing imagery from their AW14 campaign, launching this year. Simon and Mary has a 70 year history, beginning in 1935 when Simon Pozniak’s father Mordechai brought his cap factory from Poland to Johannesburg. Simon grew the business into Africa’s most renowned wool felt hat factory, and today the fourth generation Pozniak, Dean, is continuing his legacy. the name Simon and Mary comes from Simon’s pet name for his beloved wife Leah, he read the book War & Peace while recovering from heart surgery, and Mary is the lead female character.

Simon and Mary was started as a tribute to my grandparents, built on their history of the finest millinery traditions, family values, craftmanship and creating opportunities that contribute to society. Inspired by the styles created by Simon in the past, we aim to constantly reinvent the hat for the modern hat lover. The milliner title has been passed down from generation to generation. Hats are in our blood, it is more than a clothing item, but rather a way of life.

the first feather in the proverbial felt cap of Simon and Mary is being invited to exhibit at Berlin’s Bread and Butter expo, the only South African brand to do so. it’s being held from 14-16 January, so if you’re in the area and you’re keen to see their wares visit their website for more info.

their AW14 campaign features young professionals, artists, curators, sartorialists, creative spirits, entrepreneurs and hat lovers who love, work and play in Joburg. photographed by Aimee Pozniak and Gareth Place.

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