Visits: Hoi P’loy

Visits: Hoi P'loy | Miss Moss

this is the second instalment of VISITS, a new series in collaboration with Monya Eastman.

before visiting the Hoi P’loy studio i had no real idea what goes on behind the scenes of this inspiring company. i had, of course, seen their beautiful Vintage Edison lightbulbs all over Cape Town, and they hang in the window of the shop right next door to my office – so i always stop and admire them on my way to work, not realising how much work goes into them.

An Office

An Office // Miss Moss

i have had some exciting news to share for a while now, but because this past month was so busy i kinda kept it on the back burner. after working from home for too long i finally found a studio space in the centre of Cape Town – and we move in next month! we being my friend Pauli and i. even though working from home has its obvious perks, it can also be kinda depressing. you have to make an effort to get out of the house, but sometimes it’s not that easy when you’re tied to your computer all day long. i have, of all things, been craving the routine of getting up, getting dressed, and just going to work. walking to the office and grabbing a coffee on the way – these are the weird little rituals i have been missing since working from home.

Gisèle

gisele

Gisèle d’Ailly van Waterschoot van der Gracht is her full name – and only fitting for a 100 year old artist who grew up in an Austrian castle, studied at the Paris École des Beaux d’Arts (which was interrupted by the financial crisis in Europe  in the thirties & the oncoming war), provided shelter for Jewish Germans in her canal house apartment in Amsterdam during WWII – where she still lives today, rebuilt and lived in a ruined monastery on the island of Paros in Greece with her husband… she sounds like a remarkable woman, and her beautiful eclectic art filled home (she actually owns the entire building now) is a perfect reflection of that. do yourself a favour and read the entire article at Freunde von Freunden. what a treat for a random Tuesday morning.

Environments

Environments is a book of photographs documenting studio spaces of eleven creative people, most of them working in and around Melbourne. the photography is by the talented Olga Bennett with interviews by Sarah Caldwell. you can buy the book here along with beautiful prints of the individual spaces.

ceramic house

the design of this attic to maximise space & provide for various living areas on different levels is pretty darn cool.

instead of taking the existing rooms as a starting point, the architect placed a large three-dimensional object in the space, creating a play of heights and a second level. the mezzanine-like structure not only provides a separate sleeping area and extra storage, but also screens off a kitchen area and bathroom.

small is cool

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if you choose to live on your own as a young person (and i say this assuming that you don’t earn major bucks or perhaps you live in an expensive city – or both) you will probably be faced with the reality of renting a studio apartment. unless you’re an investment banker, or you won the lotto, or your granddad left you a sweet inner city pad the size of an ark that he bought back in 1950 for R500, or you’ve found some 3 bedroom palace with wooden floors and a working fireplace that’s being rented out for tuppence. if you’re one of those people, please don’t pity me. for i might be jumping on the studio flat bandwagon one of these days, and of course in lieu of that, the first thing i consider is HOW TO DECORATE.