Two-sister act

PHOTO Sean Calitz PRODUCTION Tara Sloggett HANIGING PLANTS Opus WORDS Debbie Loots

Siblings Michelle and Nina van Reenen’s new Room 13 Collection of textiles and wallpaper are inspired as much by the whimsy of botanics and organics as by the gravitas of graphics and geometrics.

The collection, consisting of six gorgeous and very different ranges of textiles and wallpaper, is the exciting new extension of the sisters’ graphic design agency in Cape Town, Room 13. While Michelle is the managing director, Nina is at the creative helm of the agency founded back in 2003, and today boasting some of South Africa’s top brands as clients.

The two have always nurtured a dream to extend their love for beautiful graphics into the home space, and so years of clipping, cutting and collecting their favourite images and colours were finally turned into their first range for the Room 13 Collection. Collaboration and input from their agency team also ensured that personal taste was balanced by commercial rigour.

Although varied in design, from detailed organics to simple geometric lines harking back to the 70s, the Room 13 Collection ranges are carefully curated to work together beautifully.