Picks of the Week

picks of the week

From locally designed bookends and creative collage art to adorable pet houses and a South African lodge that recently won a prestigious award, these are the VISI team’s top picks of the week.

1. PerezOchando Pet Furniture

These super-cute cat and dog houses by PerezOchando are constructed from felt for the walls and doors, with a soft padded cushion for little paws. The bed has a door that can be clipped open or left closed. Lightweight and portable, the beds are also available in two sizes, for tiny critters or their bigger counterparts.

Images via designboom.com

2. Hollie Chastain’s Collages

Tennessee-based artist and paperphile Hollie Chastain uses mixed media, paper and collage to tell stories through her tactile and graphic artworks. She draws inspiration from folklore, music and the unknown.

Images via holliechastain.com

3. Natal Collective’s Bookends

Local design brand Natal Collective, headed up by Nkule Mabaso, has launched a set of sculptural bookends, made out of mild powder-coated steel. Available in a variety of shapes and colours, the bookends retail at R450 each, and are available to purchase at The Atelier, 44 Stanley, Milpark; Love Books, 53 Rustenberg Road, Melville; and KZNSA Gallery, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood.

Image credit: Casandra Jacobs, courtesy of Natal Collective

4. Book a Street Art Tour

The 4th International Public Art Festival (IPAF) took place in and around Salt River, Cape Town over the weekend and acts as the opening event of Art Month in Cape Town. You can book a tour at any time here to view all of the amazing new murals created by local and international street artists.

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Yesterday was our Official Opening Day! 🇿🇦📸 After short introductory speeches from partaking officials @cityofct @cwb_paris @business_and_arts_sa, Italian Embassy South Africa, @prohelvetia_johannesburg, attendees were given an official guided tour. During the tour, we visited both local and international artists who were busy painting large scale murals throughout the neighbourhood, under the theme “DIGITALISATION”. This year is a little special, as the residents of Salt River took the initiative to build an indigenous garden, replacing a dump on an abandoned property in the neighbourhood. In partnership with
@unicef_southafrica and @progresslondon , we have helped them to clear more ground to create a Safe Park for kids, including a playground area and a vegetable garden. We are extremely proud to show how a resident initiative can be considered a pilot model for international development.
The aim of the official ‘Opening day’ was to illustrate how transformed urban spaces benefit a community – a key mission of @bazart_ngo and the International Public Art festival (IPAF) @ipaf_festival_sa. The theme of this year’s festival is “DIGITALISATION”. Through this simple but powerful theme, IPAF will once again use the power of street art to pass on a strong message and raise awareness about Digitilisation, its impact on the present, the future of our children and generations to come. • • • • • #streetartcapetown #streetartdaily #capetownetc #capetownbest #capetownsouthafrica #capetownart #capetownartists #capetownliving #saltrivercapetown #streetartoftheday #capetowntourism

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Images via @ipaf_festival_sa

5. Singita Lebombo Safari Lodge Named as Matador Network’s Top 5 Most Spectacular Hotel In The World For 2020

The Matador Network’s 25 Most Spectacular Hotels In The World: 2020 list has announced Singita Lebombo Lodge, in the Kruger National Park, in its top five. Lebombo, designed in collaboration with GAPP Architects and Cecile & Boyd, draws inspiration from nature and the surrounding landscapes.

Images courtesy of Singita Lodge