From a mesmerising rainwater sculpture and a new locally produced linen range to design studio nendo’s take on a handbag for Longchamp, these are VISI’s top picks of the week.
1. Mungo’s Kamma Linen in Verdite
Local textile brand Mungo has added a new colourway to its 100% linen bedding range. Woven at the Mungo Mill in Plettenberg Bay, Kamma linen bedding now comes in a soothing leafy tone, available as flat and fitted sheets, duvet covers and pillowcases.
Images courtesy of Mungo
2. John Grade Studio’s Rainwater Sculpture
Artist and sculptor John Grade has created a fascinating net sculpture made up of 5 000 little rainwater collectors. The droplets, which together look like an ornate chandelier, collect rainwater, making the nets drop towards the forest floor. As the water evaporates, the nets lift up again into the trees. Beautiful!
Images via designboom.com
3. Chef Peter Tempelhoff X Ellerman House
Renowned chef Peter Tempelhoff has been appointed Culinary Director at luxury local retreat Ellerman House, where, together with Executive Chef Grant Daniels and the hotel’s talented team, he will champion local ingredients as part of an exciting new menu. “South Africa’s food culture inspires me daily, and guests can expect to be taken on a delicious journey through our country’s landscape,” he says.
Images courtesy of Ellerman House
4. nendo Katachi Collection for Longchamp
Japanese design studio nendo has created a handbag collection for French luxury goods brand Longchamp. The shapes – a cube, a cone and a circle – are inspired by origami, which is also the inspiration for Longchamp’s iconic Le Pliage collection. The nendo versions come with additional functionality in a range of new colourways and sizes.
Image credit: Akihiro Yoshida via nendo
5. Studio H Named 1 of 100 Designers Shaping The Future
Studio H, a local multidisciplinary design studio, was recently named as one of 100 designers shaping the future as part of the Icon Design 100 issue. Highlighted was S/ZOUT, a food design project created in 2017 in response to the Cape Town water crisis. The project, which looks at the possibility of using seawater to irrigate crops, included the S/ZOUT Pantry, a group of products that could be found in the kitchen of the future. The Pantry will now form part of the permanent collection at the MAK Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art and will also be exhibited at the Dutch Institute of Food and Design exhibition in Canada, curated by designer Marije Vogelzang.
Images courtesy of Studio H