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Hometown Glory
A green pitched roof on a street named Green held the contents of my childhood for a little more than 15 years. Casually, my entire life at that point. I remember the last night we spent in our Kimberley home: The moving trucks had taken just about e
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No/08 A Philosophical Approach
WHETHER it’s been residential projects, monasteries, museums, bridges or objects, John Pawson has spent more than 30 years championing simplicity in his work. Here, he highlights standout projects and shares how spatial themes continue to inform his
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A Plain Little House
The house is real, not imaginary. But it is also a place lodged deep in the imagination, a dream place whose actual coordinates have been forgotten. In the last years of her very long life, my mother’s memory, eroded by time and general anaesthetics,
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No/09 Rock Art
SINTERED stone has quickly gained popularity. Created by fusing raw clay, feldspar and silica at an extremely high temperature, it is natural, recyclable, hygienic and stain-resistant. Plus, it’s lightweight and easy to install, just two of the reaso
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Moonlight After Midnight
My haven is not imaginary. Double volume, reaching far above the surrounding rooms. Four large glass panels to the east, glass bricks randomly placed near the high ceiling. A watchtower onto the night skies. The walls pearly grey. Cold, cold tiles be
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No/10 Desert Rose
ARCHITECTS often claim that they draw inspiration from nature. The final construction may echo the subject with a set of similar curves or with artificial simulations of natural functions. The new National Museum of Qatar by architect Jean Nouvel doe
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No/27 To Hell And Back
WHENEVER I hear the name Hilux I think of one of my favourite Top Gear episodes. Aired several years ago, when the motoring show was still innovative and cool, then-host Jeremy Clarkson tried his best to destroy a red Toyota Hilux, which he had dubbe
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The Light Box
WHEN Dominique Fourie of Indy Spirit Worx refers to herself as an “extreme minimalist” with a love of concrete, she means it. She describes her dream home as one that is bare, a functional and stripped-down space. It’s easy to understand – the mental
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No/28 The Artof The Book
published by the Jack Lugg Art Gallery, R1 500 This is a biography of artist and art teacher Jack Lugg, who was the head of the East London Technical College Art School for 35 years. From his first exhibition at the age of 17, before he volunteered
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Natural Order
THIRTY years ago, when designer Anke Stegmann and her husband, civil engineer Johnny Cullum, bought a piece of open land on the slopes of Table Mountain, they were taken with its location in a glen. Situated between two rivers, the property offered v
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No/12 Winning Combination
OVER 12 weeks, three design duos were challenged with designing the interiors of three brand-new apartments at Balwin Properties’ Paardevlei Lifestyle Estate in Somerset West. Each week, the teams had to transform a specific space and impress the jud
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Work This Way
AngelShack creates innovative, agile office furniture and makes it easy to buy.  AngelShack is pushing boundaries within the office space by challenging conventions and using a leading German designer to develop prototypes of great-looking office f
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Homecoming
IN 1964, when I was 14 years old, my family was forced into exile. For most of his life my father, Joe Slovo, lived under the shadow of imprisonment and assassination. In 1982, my mother, Ruth First, was murdered by agents acting on behalf of the apa
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No/13 Shape Shifters
IN preparation for their new role as creative directors of Design Joburg, featuring Rooms on View, presented by Sanlam Private Wealth, Greg Gamble and Philippe van der Merwe analysed the show format from the ground up – quite literally. They have set
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Good, Better, Less
TASHA Tyler isn’t one for trends. That said, she’s been uncannily adept at being ahead of them. She was, for example, an early adopter of the Balinese decor trend in South Africa, having established a successful business importing and selling one-of-
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No/14 THE ROYAL TREATMENT
CRAMMED with armoires, linen presses, cabinets, tables, chairs, sofas, gilded furniture, mirrors, chandeliers, lanterns, candelabras, and silver and crystal accessories, The Crown Collection in Bryanston is every antiques lover’s dream come true. “Ou
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River Cottage
When you own a share in a farm just outside Joburg with the Crocodile River running through it, setting up a weekend getaway place makes more than a little sense. But the owners of this property took their time. In fact, years went by, says architect
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No/15 Drawing Meaning
THREE-TIME semi-finalist for the international Adobe Design Achievement Awards, Tafadzwa Bero is an artist to watch. How did you get into illustration? I could draw from a young age. I was always discovering beautiful vector graphics on social med
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Branching Out
WHEN Fiona and John Whitfield moved back to the Port Elizabeth suburb of Fiona’s childhood in 2001, they were so smitten with the 1940s house at the top of the property that they scarcely took note of the tantalising treasures below. They would later
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No/16 The Mercury Effect
“WORKING with stainless steel is a daily conversation with an unruly child, and I love that,” says Bulgarian-born Rado Kirov. Rado developed an interest in metal art at an early age and apprenticed with a Bulgarian master craftsman. He moved to South
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Circle Of Life
FOLLOWING a fire that tore through the heart of &Beyond Phinda Homestead two years ago, the safari villa recently reopened with a bold new look. While retaining the original footprint of the building, architect Nick Plewman cleverly re-oriented it to
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No/17 Quick On The Draw
What began as a creative outlet for graphic designer Quentin Horn – “something other than logos and corporate identities” – has seen him turn his doodles into art. How did you develop your style? I was about to recycle a notebook when I noticed my d
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This Is Your Visi 101!
AFTER the enormous success of our bumper VISI 100 edition, it feels a little odd to produce our regular-size 192-page magazine again! But we have enjoyed creating a very inspiring Issue 101 for you to delve into somewhere cosy as the seasons change.
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No/01 The Chef’s Table
COOKING shows like Chef’s Table and MasterChef have turned many home cooks into amateur chefs and fostered an interest in cookware and tableware with a difference. Cookbooks outsell all other categories, and these days it’s all about eating in rather
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Contributors
This is VISI’s 101st issue. If you were to live to 101, what do you hope will have been invented by then? A deep-tissue robot masseuse. I’d never have to leave the house. Quoting Marie Kondo, tell us about a treasured possession that sparks joy? I w
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No/03 Like A Boss
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