Designing the Essentials: Subtle, strong, yet nostalgic interiors:

June Edition

Introducing a monthly guide to designing the essentials for your home, with local artisans, designers and craftsman. This month we start strong and nostalgic with incorporating a crafted dining table, contemporary art, comfort seating and meaningful ceramic sculptures.

Simplistic and thoughtful designs are often the most sophisticated. Textured walls with stream line furniture, a raw ceramic vase with a juxtaposed branch or a plushy seat that makes us want to cozy up on a Sunday afternoon. Bring through elements that are easy on the eye and practical through story telling. With what’s happening around the world our homes have become our safe havens, where we look for comfort, serenity and safety. The outcome is a crafted space that is subtle, strong and nostalgic. Here we celebrate the understated pieces that bring us meaning and hope, with a light airy colour palette, plushy textures of fabric, raw artisan vases and a less controlled floor composition.

Subtle, Strong yet Nostalgic

Feast your senses by incorporating these 4 elements into your home to create simplistic yet striking spaces that are sophisticated and crafted by South African artisans.

Dining Table and Seating

Incorporate solid pieces of timber with sleek designs that will fit your space, have the chairs and table in a different finish. Example, expose the timber for the table and paint the chairs all in on tone.

James Mudge Round skinny harvest table & hardwood chair


Invest in contemporary art pieces that are timeless and environmentally friendly.

Plamena Danieli “Spaces”


Discover local artisans and ceramic pieces that have meaningful stories and intention in your home.

Ceramics Vessel XL

Occasional Chair

Opt for comfort and longevity with carefully curated furniture that is cosy and plush.

Murrmurr Full Moon Arm Chair

What makes a good design? Great craftsmanship and a good story to follow. Share your experiences and your favorite South African designers. For any tips on “Designing the Essentials” or sustainable topic ideas tag @plamena_danieli on Instagram.

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