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Tropicool
Uhen architect Lisa Rorich and her partner, Garth Robinson, bought their iconic home on Durban’s Berea four years ago, it was the realisation of a long-held dream.“I’d put the word out that we were looking for a mid-century modern home,” says Lisa, w
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Personality Driven
Standing out in a crowd is easy for the Kardashians, but can be difficult for modern cars. Save for variations in the grille/headlamp combo, modern vehicles in each segment tend to have a similar silhouette. And it’s not because automotive designers
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Oldsouu
Above the front door to Stefan Rupperti and Alexander Yazdi’s Victorian villa in Cape Town is an inconspicuous brass plaque that reads, “At this site in 1860 nothing happened.” This declaration is as comforting as it is intriguing. In the 160 years t
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New and Now
Designed to complement a diverse range of interiors, Mobelli’s latest furniture offerings are both cool and colourful. 1. The Carnegie extendable dining table transforms from a four-seater to a six-seater in moments, and is ideal in compact spaces. R
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Ed's LETTER
So. Quite a lot has happened since the last issue of VISI. That one was made pre-lockdown. The issue that you’re holding in your hand, however, was created without any of the VISI team being in the same building. Not that you can tell, right? In term
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Isdot Nieu
ONCE YOU’VE HAD THE ELEPHANTS COME OVER TO SIP FROM YOUR private splash pool, going out on safari will never be quite the same. “We wanted to give our visitors something they hadn’t experienced before,” says Quintin Wiehahn of the property he co-owns
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Pattern Perfect
In his essay On Confinement, Alain de Botton writes about how the ability to revisit and savour past travels can be a source of great pleasure – especially now that cheap and easy travel is a thing of the past. So I revisited my memories of a 2016 tr
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Contributors
What’s the newest skill you’ve learnt, and why did you learn it? I’m learning to speak French. I’m going to France for a residency, and I thought I’d learn the basics because I’ll be there for a few months (once the world is less scary). I love lang
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Shared Space
My vision was to create a place of happiness, love and wellbeing for our extended family,” says co-owner Boyd Ferguson, founder of Cécile & Boyd, the design studio that single-handedly revolutionised the safari-lodge aesthetic 25 years ago. Located i
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Easy Pieces
With a fresh take on designs that customers have known and loved for years as well as entirely new styles, Coricraft’s updates to its couch range feature a strong focus on the key pillars on which the company is based – creating products that are han
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Visi English
Editor-in-Chief Steve Smith Deputy Editor Robyn Alexander Editor-at-Large Annemarie Meintjes Creative Director Mark Serra Managing Editor Samantha Charles Online Editor Lindi Brownell Meiring Content Producer Michaela Stehr Contributors Adéle de Lang
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Great Design...
DESIGN, ART, ARCHITECTURE, TECH, TEXTILES AND HOME-OFFICE KIT ■
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Blue Mood
An AGA oven is iconic, acting as the centrepiece of luxurious kitchens around the world. But did you know that the brand also makes beautiful ovenware? And the latest addition to the exclusive Portmeirion range for AGA is this gorgeous Spode Blue Ita
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IN THE FIRST OF OUR VISI COLLAB SERIES, WE HAVE COLLABORATED WITH LOCAL DESIGN STUDIOS SKINNY LAMINX AND PEDERSEN + LENNARD ON TWO EXCLUSIVE PRODUCTS. WE’RE STARTING SMALL, WITH BIG THINGS TO COME! VISIT SHOP.VISI.CO.ZA TO BUY ONLINE NOW. ONE LUCKY
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Organic Dynamic
LILY PATINATED BOWLS BY CONRAD HICKS FOR SOUTHERN GUILD, POA These unique, hand-forged copper bowls are made using traditional blacksmiths’ methods. southernguild.co.za UFO COFFEE TABLE BY DOKTER AND MISSES, R8 500 The way in which the obelisk pi
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Safari Style
The Latin phrase Laudator temporis acti refers to a person who holds up the past as a golden age. But the romance of a time gone by is more than just a motto for Melvill & Moon – it is the guiding compass for everything this local safari-inspired lug
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Design Deconstruction MAXIMALISM
The importance of home has never been as apparent as in the past few months. Isolated and hibernated, we’ve been engulfed by the things that decorate our dwellings. If you’ve noticed a mark of your personality emerging in the way you brought vintage
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Get in Touch
A plush new range from The Mill Fabrics, Hygge is a versatile upholstery collection with casual yet sophisticated elegance. It features a natural-cotton base weave contrasted with a tightly constructed chenille, and a textured slub yarn that further
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Open Dialog
“Miele’s Dialog oven is like no other smart kitchen appliance on the market,” says Mercia de Jager of Miele. “Using it gives you an idea of what it must’ve been like to use the microwave oven for the first time back in the 1950s.” Featuring the sleek
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New Moods
One of the highlights of this prestigious annual trade fair is the Ambiente Trends exhibition, which this year was researched and curated by trend forecasters Stilbüro Bora Herke Palmisano for Messe Frankfurt. The Trends show is always the first stop
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The Return of Rattan
Try to keep rattan, cane and wicker furniture out of direct sunlight. If they have to be in a sunny spot, rotate pieces regularly to ensure they are exposed to the sun equally on all sides. Clean these natural fibres every few weeks: wipe down with
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In the Mix
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of fresh bed linen from local textile company Mungo – one of the few remaining linen weavers in South Africa. Their European-grown linen can be traced from seed to spun yarn, before making its way to Plettenberg
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Plastic Fantastic
Light, mouldable and inexpensive, plastic was one of the 20th century’s iconic materials, and was widely used in furniture, as designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, Verner Panton and Robin Day created fabulous plastic seating. But all manner of ot
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X+O +Bloem
Free State architecture is getting a shake-up with two of its independent architects joining forces. Bloemfontein-based Sergio Nunes and Paula Gutter last year established XO Architects, combining their offices to expand their practices and take on l
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Baking News
The kitchen has a way of drawing a family together – and our recent experience of lockdown has shown us some of the ways in which the space could work better for us. To put it another way, being confined to our home has made many of us realise what a
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Travel Diary DOOK
CHOOSE THE PLACE AND TIME Whether it’s a dramatic Namibian desert, the Lala palm-studded Okavango Delta, a theatrical view of the Karoo, or the sweeping plains of the Serengeti and Maasai Mara, the dramatic uniqueness of each area is worth seeing at
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Foxy Number
VISI /REASONS Is this what modern African architecture should look like? It certainly is a modern African design in a modern African city – Johannesburg’s eastern CBD, on the peripheries of Maboneng – shaped according to the real needs of real peopl
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On the Tiles
Hub – a new tile range by Italian brand Naxos – is all about original graphic elements, natural inspiration and eclectic visual impressions, combined in clean, sometimes asymmetrical patterns. With Hub, Naxos has created a versatile collection that r
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The Spark of Life
I don’t know where you are right now, or where you were when I wrote this. I’m not going to spin platitudes on the new normal, motivate you to embrace your altered state, or say it’s okay to hate it. I don’t know how your life has changed, or if it h
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The Dark Side
Great lighting design has the ability not only to uplift an environment, but also to inspire all those who are present in it. Which is why local lighting company DARK has a mission guided by a single-minded assertion: give light the room to shine, an

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