“I just love concrete and its versatility. It looks great on anything, from floors to furniture to light fittings,” says Sophie Kelly of By Dezign Interiors. “We recently designed a 4m-long concrete patio table for a client and the result was dramatic yet timeless. It’s a wonderful medium for DIY projects too.” Sempre dining table, R19 995 from Weylandts. weylandts.co.za
Faceted finishes are adding intriguing visual interest to interiors. Look out for this detail in wallpaper designs, ceramics and furniture, like this Davel side table in antique brass, R1 995, from La Grange Interiors. lagrangeinteriors.co.za
“The adage of reduce, re-use, recycle has never been more pertinent,” says Claire Clarke of By Dezign Interiors. “I’d add ‘re-cover’ to that; it’s so satisfying to reinvent a good quality chair or sofa. We’re also encouraging our clients to change old underfloor heating thermostats to digital programmable versions. This helps to conserve energy without constant monitoring.”
The true value of archival designs continues to manifest in stunning new fabric and wallcovering ranges. Take the Archive III Wallpapers from Morris & Co, based on the distinctive patterns created by William Morris and John Henry Dearle. See the range at St Leger & Viney. stleger.co.za
It’s seen countless incarnations, but blue and white (and blue and black) continues to be a high-impact combination. From block prints and ikats to delicate paisleys and crisp stripes – it’s a winning mix no matter your style. All items from Head Interiors. headinteriors.com See more inspiring blue and white rooms on page 52.
Made from recycled plastic, these chic patterned rugs are perfect for outdoor spaces. UV stabilised to prevent fading, they’re waterproof too, so can be hosed down when they need cleaning. R1 299 for a 1,8m x 2,75m rug. fabhabitat.co.za
Outdoor fabrics are becoming increasingly versatile, offering so much more than traditional stripes and plains. The new Go Fish design from Mavromac is a stylish solution for sunbaked spaces. mavromac.co.za
“The traditional dyeing of black-toned indigo cloth fascinates me,” says interior designer Tessa Proudfoot.
“The range of shibori and dip-dyed atterns found in this ancient art form work beautifully in contemporary spaces.” Scatter covered in Shibori Ink fabric by Romo Black Edition, R3 950, from Tonic. tonicdesign.co.za
Copper’s warm rose tones continue to make a statement, from pendant lamps to tableware. The Copper Cipher table with mild steel frame, R7 200, from Egg Designs, adds a lustrous gleam. eggdesigns.co.za GH