Picks of the Week

picks of the week

From a brand-new boutique hotel in Joburg and a sustainable textile dying solution from PUMA to an art drive by local illustrator Christopher MacClements and reimagined furniture from the ’30s, these are the VISI team’s top picks of the week.

1. PUMA’s Design to Fade Collection

PUMA’s latest biodegradable lifestyle and performance collection “Design to Fade”, made in collaboration with Dutch design project Living Colour and Swedish design studio Streamateria, explores sustainable and alternative methods for dying and creating textiles. Living Colour makes use of bacteria to bring shades to fabrics, while Streamateria makes fabrics using a production chain with zero tolerance to waste. While it’s not yet available commercially, Romain Girard, Senior Head of Innovation at PUMA, says, “With Design to Fade, we are working on a future, which focuses on sustainable production methods and recyclable materials.”

Images courtesy of designtofade.puma.com

2. New Boutique Hotel: Daze House

Daze House, which opened its doors in February 2020 before having to close for the duration of lockdown, is a new 10-room boutique hotel in Joburg. The hotel features commissioned pieces from artists like Dennis Osadebe, Banele Khoza, Maite Maponya and Sinque. The hotel’s offering includes a swimming pool, unlimited Wi-Fi, secure parking, cooking classes and 24-hour security. It is now open to the public for essential and business stays.

Images courtesy of Daze House

3. MacClements Art Drive

Artist Christopher MacClements, known for his detailed architectural illustrations, is running an art drive, where his prints, originals and commissions will be discounted by 10% –15%, with 10% of each piece sold donated to one of three NPOs: Save a Business, Ladles of Love or Give a Home. You can find out more at macclements.com.

Images courtesy of macclements.com

4. Bottleship Mark 2 by Ernest Race for Isokon Plus

This 1963 redesign saw Ernest Race reimagine Egon Riss’s original 1930 Isokon Penguin Donkey and Bottleship. Today, the new linear shape also houses a secret drinks compartment. A limited number were produced in the 1960s with a resurgence in production by Isokon Plus in 2015. It is now available in walnut and birch.

Images courtesy of isokonplus.com

5. Cole & Son Paris by FormRoom

London-based creative design agency FormRoom is behind the look of luxury wallpaper brand Cole & Son’s Paris showroom, an Andalusian-inspired space designed to promote the brand’s Seville collection.

Images courtesy of formroom.com