I am so pleased to see Berea Court in Glenwood has been given a lick of paint which enhances her magnificent Art Deco design. Doesn’t she look as proud as the recipient of of a great make-over? Warms my heart, it does.
If you are interested in Durban’s Art Deco heritage, have a look at the brilliant website of the Durban Art Deco Society which allows you take take a virtual tour of Durban’s Art Deco buildings. There are pictures of the building and text which tells you the history of each spot. A really fascinating insight into a type of architectural style that Durban is renowned for. These screen shots will give you an idea of what the website is like. Do go and have a look.
This pic was taken at the end of a fabulous day touring Durban’s townships with Street Scene Tours. More about it later in the week when I have time to write about it at length.
Interpret Durban is one of those great events that acknowledges and encourages the creativity of Durbanites. The main event is happening on 29 September (more about that later) but one of the most exciting aspects of the event is already underway: the Art Competition, where we get to see just how this city is being thought about, talked about and portrayed.
Don’t you love the Art Deco style of this poster?
The Art Competition is broken up into four categories this year:
· Video – “A moment, a time, a place” (Open)
· Photography – “What is a Postcard?” (Open)
· Mix Medium “Windows of Durban” (Open)
· And T-shirt Design “Enter Durban” (invite only)
“The T-shirt design element was the corner stone of Interpret Durban from its start in 2010, building on that they have decided to up the ante this year and make this particular category an invite only affair and as such will be inviting some of Durban’s freshest, most forward thinking and talented designers to compete. The top 3 design entries will be put onto O’Neill shirts along with the artists name and signature. These shirts will then be sold at the O’Neill concept store as well as independently by the event organisers. Proceeds of these shirt sales will be going to a phenomenal organisation by the name of Umthombo who do some kickass work rehabilitating street kids in and around the Durban using high intensity sports such as surfing as part of the rehabilitation process,” say the organisers.
Entry forms for each of the three open categories can be found on the Interpret Durban website ( www.interpretdurban.com )and submissions close the 25th September at 12h00.
As usual, I am always keen to support an event with a social conscience so, for more information about all things Interpret Durban see
On Friday, I promised a report-back on the East Coast radio House and Garden Show after my visit over the weekend, so here it is:
In a nutshell, there is not an awful lot that’s new at the show this year, with the notable exception of the lovely Home Grown Fair, but this is not necessarily a bad thing. As they say, if it ain’t broke, why fix it? The House and Garden Show has been following a successful recipe for many years and I think the addition of the Home Grown Fair and the Food Market areas are enough to liven things up for those of us who like a little variety.
The usual exhibitors are all there – you know who I mean: the bright orange mops, the Hall of Frames, Natural Nail Care and Mangwanani Spa. What is interesting, though, is how your focus as a visitor changes each year. Suddenly the Gardener Pavilion holds endless fascination for me whilst a few years, I wouldn’t have spent a moment there.
The Home Grown Fair was my favourite area by far and I am always tempted by all the tasty treats in the Food Court and, this year, the Food Market area.
The Home Grown Fair features many of my favourites fromt the i heart market and I mentioned them in my post anticipating the show last week.
To read more about what I thought and to see some more pics, have a look at the post I wrote for House and Leisure.
Durban has a new spot to visit when you are looking for that perfect gift or ideal object to zoosh up a dull corner: Shoppe in Marriot Road. Owner Sonia Vosloo is one of the best things about the store – she is as friendly and helpful as she is stylish and knowledgeable about her products.
The shop itself is beautifully appointed and provides a dose of inspiration every time you pop in, which I will be doing regularly for a fix. Stocked with the creations of some of South Africa’s best designers, Shoppe finally gives Durban design aficionados a place to source products from all over the country. Durban deisgn is by no means ignored, though, and you will find many of your local favourites on the shelves here, too.
Shoppe is in the courtyard opposite Market in Marriot Road – you can’t miss the wonderful black and white striped walls and colours spilling out from the interior.
For more information and lots more pictures, pop over the the article I wrote for the House and Leisure website.
On Wishful Wednesdays I share something beautiful, innovative or exciting that I have discovered online or in life. Most things have a price tag beyond my budget for art, jewellery or accessories but that can’t stop me from adding them to my wish-list.
Today I am delighted to share Florian Junge’s intricate sculptures with you. I came across “My Pond” at the Imbizo Gallery in Ballito and was fascinated by the items with which this little bird has been created – bits of metal that we would all overlook have been combined to make this proud creature presiding over his granite pond. I just loved it!
I then visited Florian’s website and discovered a whole menagerie of creatures that would be welcome to come and live in my home. He even does miniatures!
All pictures are from www.florianjunge.com. I am amzed at the movement and humor he has managed to capture through simply combining bits of metal. Don’t you just love them?
Durban’s Wonder Market normally takes place on the first Sunday of every month but due to Hurricane Irene’s shenanigans in the Indian Ocean on the first Sunday of this month, March’s market was postponed until the 18th.
Held at Chris Saunders Park near Gateway, it’s well worth a visit. The park provides a relaxed setting for food, music and fabulous finds.
For more information, have a look at the piece I wrote for the House & Leisure website.
On my trips around the shops of Durban and the retail passages of the internet I so often come across beautiful, innovative and exciting items that I wish I could own.
So, I thought I would start a practice of sharing some of the things I covet with you on a Wednesday – welcome to WISHFUL WEDNESDAY.
The item I am wishing for this Wednesday was voted the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa (MBOISA) at the recent Design Indaba. It is, of course, Kirsten Goss’ exquisite Lily Pad Ring.
Jeweller Kirsten’s gorgeous creations are popular all over the world and she has a store in London, with one soon to open in New York. I love the fact that she is still a Durban girl at heart and lives here between travelling.
All of her jewellery is gorgeous and, apart from the Lily Pad Ring, several of her gemstone necklaces are on my wish list.
The pictures below are all from the Kirsten Goss London website and you can click on them to go straight there.
Isn’t it breath-taking? No surprises that it is 2012’s MBOISA!