African Design Magazine September 2016 | Page 2

Editor’s view A melting pot of African design From the enigmatic sculptures and the bold iconography to the understated and the minimal, Decorex Joburg, which took place last month, presented captivating inspiration from the cradle of humanity. The vivacious prints, artefacts and designs of Africa, from Algeria to Zimbabwe, were under the spotlight in the brand new African Inspired Designer Trend Pods installation. “While previously reserved for high-end hotels and upscale game lodges, African design influences can now be found in homes all over the world,” says Sian Gutstadt, Portfolio Director of Decorex SA. “The Mother Continent is itself a melting pot, reflected in a variety of societal and cultural expressions,” she adds. “In this vast expanse we find examples of the most primitive traditions and the most contemporary art and architecture.” Gregg Cocking Karen Richards of K Interiors noted, “African style is no longer limited to ethnic prints and wooden masks. Inspired by the pulse, geography and energy of this continent, African style is modern, fluent and dynamic. It truly encapsulates the best of both worlds: hand-made, artisanal fabrics and furnishings, on the one hand, and high-tech, modern influences, on the other. This gives designers the platform to translate African style into a sophisticated, elegant and eclectic space where one ultimately finds complete serenity.” CREDITS The above sums up perfectly many of the projects we feature in this issue – from hand-built orphanages to multi-million Rand offices – African design showcases the best of both worlds. Enjoy reading and sharing the latest issue of African Design Magazine! #AfricanDesign. Published by African Design Magazine (Pty) Ltd, PO Box 9802, Edenglen, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1613 Editorial Gregg Cocking Cell: +2782-870-6390 Email: gregg@africandesignmagazine. com Advertising Lesley Shapiro Cell: +2782-508-7338 Email: lesley@africandesignmagazine. com Cover photograph: 1948 Houghton Estate, South Africa, Barry Goldman Photography While precautions have been taken to ensure the accuracy of its contents and information, neither the editor, publisher, or its agents can accept responsibility for damages or injury which may arise therefrom. All rights reserved. © African Design Magazine. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form, photocopying, electronic, mechanical or otherwise without the prior written permission of the copyright owners. OUR PARTNERS