Today’s home is a reflection of its people, gone is the need to look like the Joneses. Our homes are authentically us, stripped of pretentiousness. Product transparency is also a growing trend; we shop with a higher conscience focusing on wellness and sustainability, wanting to know the person or story behind our purchase. Pretoria HOMEMAKERS Expo will celebrate authentic homes at Sun Arena, Time Square from 24 – 26 May 2019.Read More
Earlier this year Marcia Margolius of SA Decor & Design attended the biggest home and décor shows in Europe, Ambiente in Zurich, Germany and Homi in Milan Italy. Here is her take on some of the top global trends to expect for 2019 and 2020. (more…)Read More
Ahead of Johannesburg HOMEMAKERS Expo, Marcia Margolius of SA Decor & Design has returned from her annual break in Asia and a month absorbing the latest trends in Europe. In January she attended Homi in Milan Italy, then it was a stop in Zurich, Germany for Ambiente. A visit to Holland gave her time to look back at the month she has had and give us a preview of trends to come.Read More
Updating your floors is a guaranteed way to bring new life to your home. Although flooring trends are fairly constant, new technology and a move towards environmental responsibility have made way for some new options when it comes to your floors. Here is some inspiration and ideas to liven up your floors this year. (more…)Read More
Cape Town HOMEMAKERS Expo exhibitor, Adriaan Lochner is renowned for unmistakable, luxurious and characterful interiors. We caught up with him to talk about his long and illustrious career, where it all began and what inspires him to continue creating.
Tell us more about yourself and what you currently do.
I grew up on the banks of the Olifants Rivier in a small farming community. I matriculated from Paarl Gymnasium and went onto pursue my passion studying fine art. My professional career started in 1979, where I joined the world of academia, lecturing in fine art at Johan Cairns Art Centre, as well as lecturing part-time in Art for the Department of Education and Rhodes University. Thereafter, I lectured at the Jack Meyer Art Centre in Paarl.
I was appointed Director for the Tygerberg Art Centre in Cape Town and taught jewellery design at the Cape Town Teachers’ College until 1994, when I was seconded by the Cape Town Education Department to the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Western Cape to establish the offices of the Minister and to act as private secretary to the Minister.
Three years later, I established my own interior design business in De Waterkant, offering bespoke services to private clients. In 2002 the global stage called and I was invited to join internationally renowned Italian Passementerie, Castellano-Beltrame. I joined the company as creative manager to lead product vision and direction. During my time at Castellano, I was responsible for product interpretation and colour development for all custom-made projects worldwide, collaborating with the design team and ensuring the production of all new collections throughout 63 countries.
New collections were launched annually at the major European International Exhibitions, where I became known for my elaborate exhibition stands, taking on the responsibility for the design, layout and styling of Castellano-Beltrame’s five to six national and international stands every year, which took me around the world to Maison des Objects and Biennale des Editeurs in Paris, Abitare Il Tempo in Verona, Decosit in Brussels, High Point in North Carolina, Proposite in Como, Heimtextil in Frankfurt and Decorex in South Africa.
Between constant travelling, I also had the responsibility for new Marketing and Development proposals for international and national markets. Major clients with whom I worked included, Dedar, Elitis, Etro and Nobilis in Europe, Ralph Lauren, Robert Allen, Kravet and Stroheim & Romann in America, Andrew Martin, Osborne & Little and ROMO in the United Kingdom.
In 2007, I returned to Cape Town and continued my interior design business, Adriaan Lochner Interiors, offering a bespoke service to private clients.
Currently, I work on various interior projects (commercial as well as residential). Lately, I work on an almost on-going basis in Kenya on very exciting projects. I design from South Africa, have everything manufactured locally, ship it over and then I go over with a team of installers to unpack and to put it all together.
What determined your passion for design? Tell us about the moment when you decided this is the way to go
I guess I grew up as a young boy with an exceptional passion for design in all spheres. Since a very young age on a remote farm, I have been fascinated by all things beautiful. Our beautiful flower garden, the way it was designed and the compositions and varieties of plants together as well as the repetition of colour and certain species. Aunt Ella’s (our neighbour) wedding flower arrangements and the funeral wreaths – she indirectly taught me about some of the elements and principles of designs. Fashion – the way people dressed. I was fascinated about the ladies’ hats in church on a Sunday, analysing it while the sermon was on and not understanding much about what the “dominee” was preaching about!
I loved visiting all the elderly ladies on the neighbouring farms – sitting next to them while they did embroidery, making dresses, smocking, knitting, crocheting, doing patchwork quilts – these were just about the only creative things (crafts) I was exposed to.
Nature was as a young child, great inspiration to me and so it still is today – I experienced every leaf, flower, seed, etc through the eyes of a creator!
Local magazines way back like “Die Huisgenoot”, “The Fair Lady” and “Die Sarie” was exciting – that was our only way of connecting to the world – seeing what was happening far away!
As young child, I would rearrange the furniture in our farmhouse at least once a month and group things together in unusual ways. I guess, my incredible childhood and my awareness of discovering beauty in almost everything, determined my passion for design. With me there was not a specific moment where I have decided to go into design – I have “lived” design all my life and this was and still is my passion and what I love most.
What did you study – was it in this field or something different?
I studied Fine Art and lectured Art & Design for about 20 years of my career, contributing to the development of the youth in all spheres – emotionally, intellectually and spiritually and what satisfaction and joy it brought to me – so glad I could enrich and change people’s lives for the better.
I am always grateful for my experience, knowledge and background in Fine Art and Design as all creative “things” are based on the same elements and principles of design, which of course, should always be executed in a very unique and individual way.
What was your first job in the Industry and other highlights?
My first project in the world of Interior Design was to design the interior of a residence in Bloubergstrand as well as the lobby of the Western Cape Legislature. Every project is a highlight for me as each one has its own unique challenges and each one are executed completely different.
What is the most frustrating aspect of your job as designer, and the most rewarding one?
The most frustrating aspects happen when clients do not want to determine or set a budget for a project (which bring about that one has to re-do the work several times.) When clients insist on a look / concept / idea which is completely out of place for the architecture and location of the property or residence. And finally when clients do not understand the difference in value, quality and craftsmanship between mass production, ready-made furniture and excellent custom designed and manufactured furniture.
The most rewarding moments are when clients can visualize “where I am going” with a project and love and are appreciative of the end result.
What do you still want to achieve?
To design and develop my own range of timeless, decorative table lamps. I also want to write a book about my incredible childhood on the farm, next to the river, in the valley – what and who inspired me and sharing the gift of giving which I truly love to do. I want to continue inspiring others for as long as I possibly can.
What inspires you?
Nature, music, people, travelling – all things pure, honest, simple and beautiful – and challenges!
What are some of the trends we will see in home décor and design this summer?
First of all, I need to mention that I am not a trend follower, as most trends area seasonal.
I used to attend most of the interior trend prediction lectures in Europe, the States and the UK and strangely enough, it always “covers” just about all the different “looks”. There are always the main colour trends and colour nuances but at the end of the day it is up to every designer to decide what you are going to do with the latest trend information. I firmly believe that there is nothing new and nothing old any more, it is all about how one combines it. I always pursue the route of “longevity” for all, high fashion trends should be introduced in accessories which could easily be changed and which is affordable.
Share something you would like the world to know about you or your ideas
“There is a multitude of design ideas and concepts in my head and I hope and trust that there is enough time left and that I would be fortunate enough to be flooded with many challenging projects for these ideas and concepts to be “born” and to take shape, as a true designer never “runs out” of ideas!”
What are the “secrets” for your success?
- To always be honest, sincere and humble and always to walk the extra mile
- Executing each and every project as if I am doing it for myself in a very special, unique and individual way, reflecting the clients’ lifestyle and personality and a thorough understanding of the location and architecture
- Never to force any personal preferences onto a client
- Not to follow trends slavishly as they manifest only one particular style
- To be able to execute any design style from contemporary to classic to historical to transitional to eclectic (suitable to every individual client or project.)
- To create timeless interiors with longevity
- Always working together with a design team from initial stage
Visit Adriaan Lochner Interior’s stand in the INTERIOR spaces feature area at this year’s Cape Town HOMEMAKERS Expo. Read more about the show here: www.homemakersonline.co.za/expo/cape-townRead More
A proud sponsor of the Sustainable Living area at this year’s Port Elizabeth HOMEMAKERS Expo is Nolans Flooring, showcasing the new, environmentally friendly and irresistible Softology™ Range by Belgotex. The Softology Range is made using a higher count of finer filament creating a feather-like and plush feel. These carpets are also durable and stain-proof; making it ideal for a busy family home.
The carpets are available in a refined palette of colours – all inspired by the inherent beauty of nature.
Softology range carpets come in 8 mm, 11 mm and 13 mm pile, making it suitable to all rooms in your home. We recommend the thicker pile for the bedroom for a truly luxurious underfoot experience.
Belgotex‘s Pietermaritzburg-based factory is renowned for its sustainability practices in all aspects of plant and carpet manufacturing operations. The brand constantly pushes the limits for operational efficiency, seeking out ecologically sustainable manufacturing methods and developing eco-friendly products.
Don’t miss the 2018 Port Elizabeth HOMEMAKERS Expo happening from 2 to 5 August 2018 at the Boardwalk Exhibition Centre. The show will bring a huge variety of features and exhibitions – sure to tantalize every taste. Learn all about it here: www.homemakersonline.co.za/expo/port-elizabethRead More
Plantation Shutters thrive on the latest trends and have a habit of remaining a step ahead, so when they needed to build a new exhibition stand, they put their heads together to create something completely unique.
With their love for interacting with homeowners, designers and architects at the many expos held around South Africa every year, it’s always top of mind to find innovative ways to showcase their premium shutters, but it wasn’t until they met Herman and Clifford Hoffman of Container Rental and Sales that their dream became a reality.
Under the guidance of Sam Lurie from Sprout Design, Plantation Shutters designed a trendy, funky and utterly gorgeous pod from a re-purposed utilitarian high-cube shipping container that’s 6m long, 2.4m wide and extra tall at 2.89m.
“This is something we have wanted to do for a long time,” says Briggie Kirchmann, Marketing Director of Plantation Shutters. “We are fortunate to have creative professionals work with us on exciting projects like this. Although rooted in the most meticulous manufacturing standards, our brand is all about being on-trend and topical. Container Rental and Sales have worked on really interesting projects from the WOOF dog-adoption container, to the “Pigcasso the Painting Pig” art gallery container, to computer labs in Africa, to mountainside holiday pods. The possibilities are endless!”
Plantation Shutters’ first exhibit at the Johannesburg HOMEMAKERS Expo in February incited a huge amount of interest from the public including one visitor wanting to buy the container “as it was” as a gin bar for his upmarket home.
“This was such an exciting project to work on, and the turnaround time was very slick. Time pressure meant that our design had to be simple, and I believe that it’s ultimately this simplicity, the height of the high cube and the inherent structural details of the container we’ve left exposed, that allows the structural beauty of the container to shine through,” says Briggie. “We look forward to sharing our designer Pod with the public.”
Be sure to visit their stand at the Cape Town HOMEMAKERS Expo from 30 August – 2 September 2018 at the CTICC.Read More
You may have noticed these visually striking, organic light fixtures featured in our marketing material this year. The gorgeous pendant light belongs to a design house making waves in sustainable home goods. Exhibit-Art are passionate about preserving our planet and promoting natural home and garden décor products that are not only environmentally friendly but beautiful too.
Their sisal line offers dramatic lighting and functional home décor products that will transform your home into a vivid, natural and earthy space.
Harvested from the Karoo, sisal trees are brought to their workshop in Wilderness where the Exhibit-Art team prepare the products in an open workshop at Timberlake Organic Village, halfway between Wilderness and Sedgefield on the N2. If you are ever in this beautiful part of South Africa, we encourage you to pop by and view their products in the making.
Once harvested and having gone through a rigorous process of stripping, cleaning and polishing, this amazing plant showcases a wood so warm and inviting that it can literally be used in any styled environment, both home and office. Using only natural materials, and no molds during the creation of their products, they are all truly one-of-a-kind!
Discover more about the Sisal range and other Exhibit-Art products here: www.exhibit-art.co.zaRead More
Bamboo blinds embody style, richness and warmth. The look of organic and natural elements in the home have become increasingly popular, and a perfect example of this are bamboo blinds as a window treatment. It offers an attractive, functional and eco-friendly alternative to ordinary blinds.
Bamboo blinds, flooring and furniture are widely perceived as eco-friendly products that, while just as attractive as their timber counterparts, present manufacturers with a chance to develop a more sustainable industry. There is no longer any denying the effect of wholesale deforestation for fuel, paper pulp and wooden furniture that, in combination with toxic emissions measured in megatons, now threatens the continued existence of all life on our planet.
If the needs of consumers are to continue being met, there needs to be a concerted move away from both non-sustainable, natural raw materials and toxic synthetics by both the public and the manufacturers. In this endeavour, installing bamboo blinds rather than a timber or a plastic product, unless obtained through recycling, will definitely amount to a move in the right direction.
Having felled a mature tree for commercial use, it could take from 60 to 120 years for a newly-planted replacement to reach the same level of maturity. By contrast, this giant grass species with a strength that rivals concrete and steel is fully-grown and ready for harvesting within 5 to 7 years after it is planted. In addition to its use in the manufacture of flooring and furniture, it’s now being used in the construction of buildings with great success, so there’s no doubt that bamboo blinds are at least as durable as those made from timber or aluminium.
As a wholly natural product, wherever you choose to fit them, they will create an equally natural and restful ambience, filtering the light and casting subtle patterns across walls and ceilings that serve to further enhance their effect. The slats are held in place by jute, an equally sustainable, natural material. Supported by an integrated wooden head rail, they are available with either a roll-up or a Roman fold action.
Whether your existing décor is ultra-modern or of a more classic style, you can rest assured that the fashionable rustic appearance of these high-quality window accessories will compliment it to perfection. In addition, the tendency of these plants to exhibit colour variations in response to their age and growing conditions means that there is a surprisingly wide range of shades from which to choose that which will best suit a given room.
Tough, attractive and functional, bamboo blinds are also really affordable, making their appeal even greater than before.
Our exhibitor, Top Carpets and Floors stock bamboo and other blinds in standard sizes. However, if necessary, they can also arrange to have them tailor-made to fit any non-standard window in your home or office.Read More