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No/30 Aristocat
The luxury family sedan market is dominated by Germans. So one tends to forget there is another worthy player in this segment, apart from the Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7 Series, Audi A8 and Porsche Panamera. I am talking about Jaguar’s XJ model, which ce
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Vanishing Act
Turning off the Hemel-en-Aarde Road, it’s a bumpy, winding assent to this unconventional house overlooking the valley and Fernkloof Nature Reserve. It appears all of a sudden on the rise above you. Well, its narrowest side does. Around another bend a
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No12 Common Thread
Lesego Maloka’s vibrant textile brand began as an experiment when she covered a notebook with fabric. In 2016, she started her textile design studio, doing digital printing on fabric, before pursuing jacquard weaving. Since then, Pone Creatives has g
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No/32 Celebrating A Century
KitchenAid, the number-one mixer brand in the world* , is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Since the launch of its first Stand Mixer in 1919, the Model H-5, the brand has become renowned for its kitchen appliances and accessories, specifically its
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Speakingvolumes
When it comes to spotting potential, architect Jürgen Kieslich and interior designer Etienne Hanekom are blessed with 20/20 vision. Take their latest collaborative project. While Jürgen was looking for an apartment in Cape Town for his retired parent
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No13 On The Up
For more than 25 years, Tessa Sonik Fabrics has spearheaded local interpretations of international trends and forged new ones. The company was the first to pair high fashion with “bland” corporate fabric – a game changer for the office aesthetic. Wel
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Design Showcase
Every apartment-style suite at Stock Exchange features a host of designs by well-known local designers: The striking wallpaper, called Cape Town Weave, is a design by Fabricnation for Robin Sprong, matched with a strip paint effect by Tess Metcalf. P
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No15 Scent Of The Wild
Wild Olive Artisans’ philosophy is to offer customers 100% natural cosmetics and perfumes that assist in preserving their health and beauty for as long as possible. These products are inspired by traditional African remedies and indigenous botanicals
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No18 Hot Commodity
The annual Design Foundation Awards recognise the industry’s top achievers in design, manufacture, commercial success and innovation. Each of the seven categories is sponsored by a supporter of local talent, and this year VISI was the proud sponsor o
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Nat Ural Law
Made up of private concessions, Sabi Sand Game Reserve is the undisputed sharp edge of safari in South Africa. It offers almost-guaranteed up-close encounters with leopards, lions and other predators. With the opening of Tengile River Lodge (“tengile
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No19 Shaping Up
M More than a skater, a shaper, an artist and a photographer, Kent Lingeveldt is also an inspirational figure in a growing community of people – those picking up a board for the first time as well as those finally getting back on one. You’ve been sh
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Editor’s Letter
EVERY YEAR, ROUND ABOUT MID MAY I dig out my plush floral velvet tablecloth and cover my very sleek Gregor Jenkin metal table with it. Sorry, Gregor, but it is the only way I can make it through winter. The full-blown roses and peonies, stripy tulips
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No/20 Art Of The Home
Through collage, printmaking and video, Sitaara Stodel’s experimental solo exhibition for SMITH gallery at Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2019 reflected her experience of domestic spaces and the role of movement and settledness, not only in the exhibiti
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Contributors
What is your favourite space at home in winter? My couch, with a good movie and a glass of red wine. Which city in the world would you most like to visit in winter? Norway. I’d love to snow-shoe through the icy forests and sleep under a dome, observ
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No2 Art Meets Design
Kartell has been nurturing an ongoing dialogue between art and design for more than 70 years. Its exhibition “The Art Side of Kartell” wound through 11 rooms in the Palazzo Reale, each characterised by an identity acquired from the combination of mem
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Real Style Icons
With their pleasing curves and vintage colours, appliances in the Smeg ’50s Style Retro product line have changed the way we look at fridges, washing machines and dishwashers. Standard appliances may seem positively bland in comparison. The Smeg rang
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No4 Instagrammable Art
Being a somewhat devoted (but unable-to-quote-character-dialogue) sci-fi fan, I was instantly drawn to the Instagram visuals of humans frolicking in some futuristic museum space with lights and sensory projections that reacted to movement and sound.
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No/22 Into The Light
When the Gaiduk family bought Quoin Rock in 2012, the first order of business was to focus on the wines. Denis Gaiduk, son of the owner and MD, spent four years working with a new team to replant vineyards and modernise the cellar. Eager for the venu
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#readerlove
We received a record number of pics sharing VISI’s 100th collector’s edition Enjoying the latest issue just as much? We’d love to see your snaps on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Remember to tag us so we don’t miss it! :-) Get to stay in bed with t
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No5 High Fidelity
His love of “basic geometry” informed the novel design, says Michael Anastassiades about the convention-bending Beosound Edge speaker he designed for Bang & Olufsen. The coin-like speaker can be rolled on its base a few degrees to either side to cont
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When An Architect Dies
About seven years ago, when my wife and I were expecting our first child, my in-laws suggested to us that we move into their house. We decided to turn some of the additions into a garden cottage, which they now live in, and we moved into the main hou
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No3 Travel By Design
Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades is a limited-edition 45-piece collection of meticulously crafted travel-inspired pieces that pay homage to iconic LV designs. Since 2012, renowned designers have been invited to imagine innovative functional furniture and
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No/25 Stories Of The San
Opened on Heritage Day, 24 September 2018, the Heritage Centre at !Khwa ttu is an exciting new museum that tells the story of the San people “in their own words”. The building is called The Way of The San. Some of the themes explored in the various e
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The House At The Edge Of The Forest
It sat at the edge of a forest, a squat, ordinary house made beautiful by love. Behind the house, just beyond the chicken coop and the vegetable garden, a thick carpet of pine needles nudged the fence, an introduction of sorts to the forest itself. S
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