As one of the early adopters of craft beer brewing in South Africa, Darling Brew have been pioneering the craft beer revolution for almost a decade. Once again, they will be bringing their range of favourites and some special treats to d’VINE life at Cape Town HOMEMAKERS Expo.
We spoke to owner, Philippa Wood to find out more about the journey.
How did Darling Brew start?
My husband and I had resigned from our jobs to embark on an epic road trip, which ended up being 34000kms and 9 months long. On day 3 of this trip we went to Nieu-Bethesda and met a small scale brewer for the first time. We already lived in Darling and when we came home, we came home with a plan. 2 years later after blood, sweat, tears and arms full of red tape we sold our first beer.
What makes Darling Brew so popular and different?
Kevin loves branding and has a very good eye. He is somewhat of a bunny hugger and we have named all our beers after endangered animals. It started off as an idea and it has really worked for us. We have a very conscious sustainability journey in our brewery and the match between our passion for what we do, our story and our brand turned out epically. I also think that along the way people have met us, seen our brand, heard our story… it is a true story and I believe that people like to support real brands with a real story and that is us.
Why do you think craft beer has had such an explosion in popularity?
Craft beer started getting attention in about 2010. We were part of the first kids off the starting block of the craft beer revolution in SA and it was really about amazing timing for us. At the same time artisanal markets made a rising and consumers starting asking for local, traditionally made products. The boom on artisanal products was really were attention turned to beer and a whole new industry surfaced in SA
Where does the inspiration for your brews come from?
Our brands are inspired by endangered animals which has always been a passion of ours. The inspiration for the beer itself comes from a combination of styles of beers. Our brewing team and ourselves get a lot of exposure to locally sourced products that we like to experiment with.
What trends are you seeing/setting at the moment?
It is all about sustainability… moving to locally sourcing and as little carbon footprint as possible, recycling. We were named Africa’s first carbon neutral brewery in 2017 and in July 2019 we received our green star rating (first brewery in South Africa) from the South African green building council.
Another beer trend is cans, which is happening now in SA. It’s lots of fun having a new space to brand and again a more environmentally friendly product. Some super fun and funky stuff happening in the canned beer space.
Which craft beer is the most popular and which one do you recommend people try?
Slow beer was our first beer and is still our biggest seller. Mainly because us South Africans love a lager. I usually recommend that if someone is trying a Darling Brew for the first time they start with a slow beer. Everyone loves it and if they try something from our more radical range first they might not be sold and may never drink a db again… so we like to ease people into the craft beer way of life. If someone is a big crafter then we jump right in with some of our radical winners like our Blood Serpent or a limited edition like our Marula Noir Bone Crusher!
The theme for this year is Raw Comfort, what does Raw Comfort mean to you?
Raw for me means getting things back to basics… it is winter fires, good food with good comfortable in simple but beautiful spaces.
Which craft beers will be available on tap and for purchase at HOMEMAKERS Expo?
We will have our core favourites like slow beer and bone crusher and then will keep the guests wanting more with some of our specialities like our Black Mist Orange.
Why did Darling Brew get involved with HOMEMAKERS Expo again this year?
As part of our sustainable journey we re-purposed the wooden crates that transported our brewhouse by ship in 2015 to build our Tasteroom at the brewery in Darling. We created part of this look at HOMEMAKERS and people loved it, always very special for us to bring part of Darling to the city. We are very proud of our brand. HOMEMAKERS is great exposure for us, and with all that walking from inspiring stand to inspiring stand folks get thirsty!
Don’t miss Darling Brew in d’VINE life at the 2019 Cape Town HOMEMAKERS Expo from 29 August to 1 September 2019 at the CTICC. Get your tickets at Quicket here.Read More
For the second time, HOMEMAKERS Expo has partnered with the University of Pretoria (UP) in the creation of the theme for next year’s show. The partnership tasked UP’s third-year Information Design students to come up with a visual design concept that would become the theme for HOMEMAKERS Expo 2020. This year the winning design went to Dian Labuschagne with InHabit.
As part of their studies, the project once again gave the students an opportunity to gain experience on pitching their vision to a large organisation. The students could ultimately see their designs come to life through the visual designs, decor and focus of HOMEMAKERS Expo 2020. Continuing partnerships and collaboration with young designers helps HOMEMAKERS Expo stay at the forefront of trends. It also provides a platform for students to showcase their ideas at a national event. A total of R6000 is awarded to the top three designers chosen by HOMEMAKERS and UP’s Information Design lecturers.
We asked Dian a few questions to find out more about his design. (more…)Read More
The Cape Town HOMEMAKERS Expo is known for showcasing the top talents in design, décor and home lifestyle. To ensure we only bring you the best, each year we put together an impressive panel of expert industry leaders who judge and award our exhibitors for their efforts. This year, our four judges are top names in interior design and lifestyle journalism.Read More
The Thrive For Good Theatre with Lifestyle Chef Izelle Hoffman is an exciting new addition to Pretoria HOMEMAKERS Expo. Aside from bringing you top tips on living a healthy lifestyle during demonstrations and the Thrive for Good Challenge, this special feature will also contribute towards giving children the support they need to thrive in life.Read More
This year Pretoria HOMEMAKERS Expo is putting interior designers to the test with the Designer Spaces Challenge. The interior designers need to create a living space inspired by the interior design styles of a country of their choice. The display rooms aim to inspire visitors to include global style in their homes. Jozua Meyer, Owner and Designer of The Guys will be showing off his and his teams interior design skills in a Mauritian inspired living space. We asked him a few questions to get an idea of what he has planned for the Designer Spaces Challenge.
How long have you been an interior designer and how did you get into it?
The Guys have been active in the Interior Design & Décor industry for 16 years. Our inspiration comes from seeing the change in the lives of our clients when our projects are complete.
Why did you choose Mauritius as your inspiration country, what makes it unique?
Mauritius is the fastest growing economy in Africa at the moment. We are currently also on the interior team of a brand new Resort being developed on the South coast of the Island.
What is the one piece every Mauritian styled room needs?
I believe that bright colours reflect the diversity of this beautiful island country in the Indian Ocean. Natural elements combined with uplifting and fresh colours will surely set the mood to that of the beautiful island of Mauritius. Soft flowing curtain fabrics, with bright splashes of colours on scatters are a must for very Island styled room.
Why should visitors to Pretoria HOMEMAKERS Expo visit the Designer Spaces Challenge?
Inspiration comes from various aspects, but none so impressive as these types of platforms that enable us as Designers and Decorators to showcase our work and to inspire the world to Enhance their Spaces to Enhance their Life!
Ask questions and see Jozua and The Guys final design at The Designer Spaces Challenge during Pretoria HOMEMAKERS Expo. 24 – 26 May at Sun Arena, Time Square.
International Celebrity Chef, TV Personality and Entrepreneur, Lorna Maseko has captivated audiences on stage, television and online. Having built a fabulous, powerhouse brand from the ground up, she proves that with passion, hard work and a great team anything is possible. Lorna will be sharing her story along with some tips and tricks in the Books and Banter Theatre at Johannesburg HOMEMAKERS Expo on Saturday. 2 March from 12:00. We asked “The Hostess” a few questions while she was travelling home from presenting The World Restaurant Awards in Paris this week.
We know that you are always busy with different projects and business ventures. What is the most exciting project you are working on at the moment?
How do you manage to run a business and build your brand at the same time?
Having worked in different industries, why did you choose to focus your brand on being the culinary princess?
Book tickets for Johannesburg HOMEMAKERS Expo here.
See the programme for Books and Banter here.Read More
Patio Warehouse have once again created a beautiful display at Johannesburg HOMEMAKERS Expo. We spoke to Mia Delport, Patio Warehouse Marketing Manager about the Patio Warehouse story and the top patio trends for this year.Read More
This year’s Expo sees the return of the popular “for the love of CONCRETE Design and Art Competitions. Designers and artists from around the Western Cape will present their concrete creations in the hopes of winning a portion of the whopping R36 000 in prize monies. Cape Town HOMEMAKERS Expo invited three distinguished names in art, architecture and interior design to judge this year’s competition. We chatted to Mardre Meyer, Marilyn Martin and Martin Kruger.
Tell us a little more about yourself.
Mardre Meyer: I really like black. Unless there’s grey. I fantasize about reinventing houses from the mid-century South African sub-urban sprawl while still secretly considering running away to join a trapeze troupe.
Marilyn Martin: In May 2001, after eleven years as director of the South African National Gallery, I was appointed director of Art Collections for Iziko Museums. Prior to my career in the museum sector I became a senior lecturer for the Department of Architecture, Wits University. Since my retirement from Iziko Museums in 2008 I have has been working as an independent writer, curator and lecturer in art history at the University of Cape Town. In 2016 I was appointed as the Honorary Research Associate at the Michaelis School of Fine Art at UCT. I have curated exhibitions of South African art in this country, as well as in Brazil, Denmark, France, Mali and the USA, serving on many selection panels and written extensively for national and international publications.
In 2002 I was admitted to the Legion of Honour of the Republic of France at the rank of Officer and in 2013 I received the medal of the Fondation Alliance française in Paris.
Martin Kruger: I am an architect and urbanist. I have been in practice for 35 years and have a curiosity for city structure and heritage, and how contextually sensitive, urban architecture can make a difference.
Where is your hometown and has this been a source of inspiration for you? How?
Mardre Meyer: Growing up in a rural setting on the Garden Route has not just inspired me, it has shaped my point of view. While many claim it, we literally grew up building tree houses, playing in muddy ditches and building fantasies out of what we could gather. This core belief that everything has the potential to transform into true beauty through the power of imagination has driven much of what I do professionally.
Marilyn Martin: I was born in McGregor and went to school in Robertson (primary) and Heidelberg High School (Cape). Inspired by a trusting, loving family and teachers who went way beyond what was expected of them to provide a solid education for learners, even in a small town.
Martin Kruger: Cape Town has been my home for 27 years. I was born in Paarl and grew up in the Witwatersrand. The Cape is a continuous source of inspiration from the traditions of Cape architecture and place-making, to the cultural landscape, the mountains and the sea… and so many other creatives, good food and good wine.
How do you feel about concrete as a medium, for both design and art?
Mardre Meyer: Its fluidity and range has the ability to realise anything the creative can imagine. Depending on its composition it can be smooth, textured, crude or refined. It can range from fluid and embracing to stark and indifferent. It really is a medium with few boundaries. It is also a material that is utterly democratic. In my professional travels across the African continent it is often the building material of choice as it is accessible and easy to work with. This makes it both the high-end technical choice as well as the favourite of grassroots builders. I love these contrasting personalities.
Marilyn Martin: It is a great medium, but perhaps more than many expressive vehicles, the quality of the concrete and the execution have to be excellent.
Martin Kruger: I am fascinated by the virtuosity of concrete – the plasticity, achievable textures, finishes and forms. Also the structural capacity of concrete to deal with innovative and creative forms.
The organisers aim to promote innovative design attitudes related to concrete. Do you agree that the medium shows room for improvement and development? Why?
Mardre Meyer: Innovation and constant development is what the design industry is built on, so there will always be a need for it. As a medium concrete can be relevant is so many spheres – from furniture to jewellery to art, design and its more traditional uses in the built industry.
Marilyn Martin: Concrete may be perceived as hard and cold, and there is always room for improvement; again, it depends on how it is used.
Martin Kruger: There are recent industry innovations in concrete that we have to explore: such as light weight concrete, light in concrete, textures, pre-cast innovations, basically anything that you can think of…
In your opinion, what is the most important trend in concrete?
Mardre Meyer: Unconventional uses. By stretching the material’s boundaries new applications are being tested. Solid vs translucent; heavy vs light; rough and refined vs smooth and sophisticated.
Martin Kruger: Computer software and 3-D printing will be opening up new worlds.
How do you feel about your participation as a judge in the for the love of CONCRETE Design and Art Competitions?
Mardre Meyer: I have been involved in judging panels for HOMEMAKERS Expo for a few years but this presents a new challenge – a more focused approach that will be less formulaic and more opinion-driven.
Marilyn Martin: I am excited about seeing innovative and creative designs in the medium.
Martin Kruger: I am curious and intrigued, looking forward to the process.
What will you be looking for in the designs and artworks? Any specific criteria?
Mardre Meyer: Integrity and fully realised thought-process.
Marilyn Martin: I like to keep an open mind.
Do you have a favourite concrete item or product?
Mardre Meyer: On the small scale I have a longstanding love-affair with air bricks. On a fantasy scale, Tadao Ando is the god of concrete. The density of concrete is often used to accentuate the delicacy of natural light.
Marilyn Martin: Since 2017, Olu Oguibe’s obelisk in Germany.
Martin Kruger: The wood-cast ceiling of a house we recently completed in Franschhoek, and also the honed concrete floors of the house done by the World of Decorative Concrete and JJ Dempers Construction.
In your view, what is the biggest décor/art trend this year? (Going into Spring & Summer)
Mardre Meyer: Familiarity. Elements that feel collected, reinvented and tell a unique story.
Martin Kruger: I think the environment and recycling should always be important, but who knows?
The Design Competition will feature functional concrete design, whereas the Art Competition will be a visual expression of all things art – both using concrete as a medium. The top entries in both categories will be on display and visitors will be invited to bid on their favourite design or artwork, with funds raised going to DARG (Domestic Animal Rescue Group). For more details on the competition, click here: www.homemakersonline.co.za/expo/cape-town-homemakers-expo-and-wodc-launch-concrete-design-and-art-competitionsRead 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