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.

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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.

needless to say i have been hoping to find an affordable studio for a LONG time! i don’t have any pictures of the space to share just yet, but we’re talking wooden floors and white walls and big windows that let a lot of light in. squueeeeeeee.

now there’s the matter of furnishing the place. i know it’s going to be a work in progress for a while, and i probably can only afford a trestle table at this stage… but the dream is always nice! and if there’s one place i can dream, it’s here.

all images c/o of their respective owners. please click  on the links for sources.
you can see more inspiration on my office space pinterest board.

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above: love these glossy white table tops and yellow chairs. c/o Homestyle Magazine photo by Duncan Innes.

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left: the Collector’s Shelving System by Amuneal | right: the Butler Table Lamp by Mia Widlake

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above: the Din Desk by Gompf Kehrer. desk + shelving in one = yes.

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above: offices of 95 Yesler c/o Coco + Kelley

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above: shelf by New Tendency

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above: the Saw Horse Desk by Hedge House

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above: a colourful shelving system / room divider by Raul de la Cerda

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above: absolutely love the colourful studio of Home-Work as featured by The Design Files

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above: hanging desk organizer

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left: faceted planter by Raw Originals | right: pencil holder by Chocolate Creative


above: the Of A Kind offices


above: the workspace of Lotta Nieminen


left: marble bookends by e15 | right: DIY shelf by Scandi Home


above: foldable shelf by Meike Harde


above: love these incredible storage + seating pieces by Muller van Severen.

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above: the home office of Madelynn Furlong

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above: home office styling by Trendeser

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above: moodboard of Sarah Sherman Samuel c/o A Beautiful Mess

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left:  pegboard image c/o Zenz Homestore | right: DIY pencil block by Weekday Carnival

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above: love a simple trestle table & the colourful workspace of Katherine of Pichulik c/o Elle Deco



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.

Photography: Jordi Huisman for Freunde von Freunden

here is a picture of Gisèle during the war – thanks to Francesca Rheannon, whose father was part of the underground artist community that congregated at Gisèle’s home in WWII.


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


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.

zach motl lives in a 178 ft² studio apartment in brooklyn. that’s 16m² folks… he’s an interior decorator, which explains why his flat looks the way it does. “the more stuff you put in a room, the bigger it seems”

probably one of the cutest apartments i’ve seen is this one that won the second prize in apartment therapy’s small cool contest in 2007. more for the use of space than the actual decor (though i so love the chaise). in actual fact it’s bigger than the one above – at 293.5 ft² (27.27m²), yet it actually looks kind of smaller:

another apartment that abides buy the “more is more” rule and pulls it off, is this one (also a 2007 small & cool winner) – it is roughly the same size as the one above (300 ft²):

i think what the americans have going for them in terms of apartments (large & small) is that they usually have built in cupboards (sorry, closets) and i don’t mean the ugly ones we have here that are just plonked in the corner of the room, but actual cupboards that are recessed into a wall. sometimes with a light! oh how i wish to step into my tiny built in closet and tug on the dangling light switch to reveal all my stuff crammed up sardine style. like so:

oh, anything for a royal tenenbaums reference. anyway don’t distract me…

this couple has a really inspiring little studio in NYC (400 ft² = 37 m²), and they did all the DIY themselves:

this NYC couple‘s apartment is only 200 ft² (18 m²!!!)

delving into the archives, i once posted about this studio apartment from light locations, which is lovely:

and, further into the archives, these wee houses – i wouldn’t mind a tiny pre-fab studio sized house that is placed slap bang in the middle of a forest or somewhere else awesome.

or perhaps a tiny beach chalet

sigh. either way, small can be cool.