Paul Street East l Shoreditch l London

 

In the urban garden of the Paul Street East contemporary student living apartments, our Verandah Collection outdoor poufs have been placed in a pretty cushy spot indeed.

The perfect urban home away from home, centrally located within the capital’s trendy Shoreditch district this student living is by far the best in London.

Paul St. East is a new kind of student accommodation in the heart of London’s exciting East End.

Featuring two floors of inspirational social, study and networking spaces, an urban garden and 24/7 fitness facilities. Accommodation ranges from single suites to penthouse apartments.

Oh yes, how we’d love to be a student living in London.

http://www.paulsteast.com/

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New Collection l The Fantasy Collection

 

Once upon a time in a land far away, there was a little house, in a small village in the realm of Cambridge. The house had a tiny garden, where a dog liked to lay in the sun. From the outside the house looked quite normal, but inside it was very different, inside it was curious indeed.

The house belonged to two artists who loved to make and fix things, and it is there the Fantasy Collection begins. The Persian cowhide is unlike any cowhide you have ever seen. It’s from a very exotic breed of beast that lives in the fantasy world of designers Young & Battaglia.

Fibre Designs are proud stockist of the Mineheart Fantasy Collection in Cape Town. Please pop into our showroom in De Waterkant, we are officially open for the New Year!

 

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Renaissance Cowhide Rug, Artists: Young & Battaglia, 150cm x 165 cm

Gypsy Cowhide (Purple) Artists: Young & Battaglia, 150cm x165 cm

Blue and Brown Persian Cowhide rug, Artists: Young & Battaglia, 150cm x 165 cm

 

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Design Time l Product Design Competition 2016

 

We have had an exciting year and have indeed had a rather busy one behind the scenes.

In April of this year we partnered up with Design Time School of Interior Design, Pierre’s long standing friends at Madi a Thavha Craft Art and the National Arts Council of South Africa (NAC). The challenge for the creative students : to design a functional piece of art within the strict parameters of available traditional skills and local raw materials of rural Limpopo.

Our very own Pierre (blood, sweat and tears involved) mentored the students and translated the challenges we posed to the 38 first and second year students. The piece to be specifically designed for the national and international markets within the parameters of the available traditional skills and local raw materials of rural Limpopo. All this was to be done to specifically to promote the work of the rural artisans in Limpopo.

We were adamant that students’ designs include a signature of Limpopo’s cultural heritage, an aspect the National Arts Council passionately endorses.

To read the rapidly changing trends in art and interior markets can however be tricky. For rural Limpopo artists, it is bit like guiding the Titanic to dock at a trendy global port every month. With the internet now virtually reaching the remotest villages in Africa we are increasingly in need of translators to explain the practicalities of ‘local-rural’ and ‘global-urban’ to each other.

 Madi a Thavha also restricted students to the size of their designs and by the specific traditional use of material and techniques like beadwork on textile and baskets, traditional open firing of local clay, available twines for weaving and on top of it, were told that eco-friendly and recycling elements will count in their favor.

These were all adding to quite a tough reality check for the creative youngsters.

The students could focus on the following media and techniques:

  • Textile: beadwork, embroidering, fabric dyeing and painting
  • Wood: and woodcarving
  • Clay: traditional firing, using kilns, glazing
  • Grass: weaving
  • Recycling: with various mediums and techniques as mentioned below

The following product groups could be developed:

  • Soft furnishings: cushions, bedroom textiles, table ware, stools
  • Interior (extending to patio under roof) functional art, craft and decorative products: clay and wooden bowls, vases, stools.
  • Woven products: baskets, mats and grass objects
  • Wall art: embroidery, bead work, textile painting, clay, wood.

Our discerning judging panel, Tracey Lee Lynch (leelynch.co.za), Julian Hartley (The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester) Greg Truen (SAOTA), Althea Shlessinger (Madi a Thavha) and Pierre Antione had the tough task of marking each and every students design.

The winners were announced at Design Time School of Interior Design’s annual prize giving ceremony in Cape Town at the end of November.

The results where as follows :

  • 1st place – Carla van Rensburg’s Likela light fitting
  • 2nd place – Paula Maytham’s Baobab light fitting
  • 3rd place – Shani Bijleveld’s Raw Ornamental pot

Shortlisted (in no specific order) were:

  • Brenda Kabeya’s Le Tabouret
  • Joe Throssell’s Totem Jo
  • Justine Adair’s Clay Vase
  • Ariana Brogneri’s Synergy Pendant
  • Cherise Minnaar’s The Motherbead

It was a wonderful project to be involved in and we are ever so very proud of each and every Design Time student.

We’re delighted to say that Marcelle Bosch of the NAC and Althea Shlessinger of Madi a Thavha are already hard at work on the prototypes and we can’t wait to see the products evolving. We’ll be sure to keep you posted with images as soon as we have them.

 

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1st place – Carla van Rensburg’s Likela light fitting

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2nd place – Paula Maytham’s Baobab light fitting

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3rd place – Shani Bijleveld’s Raw Ornamental pot

 

100% Design I Flashback

 

Vibrant hues, daring designs & celebrated curated features – here are look at a few highlights from this year’s 100% Design South Africa exhibition which took place earlier on this month.

Fibre Designs’ proudly showcased a few of our Verandah Collection Indoor/Outdoor rugs on the 100% Color stand.

This annual event, which runs alongside Decorex, showcases high-end design featuring both local and international furniture, fabrics and accessories.

We were approached by Cathy O’Clery from Platform Creative Agency to exhibit a few of our Verandah Collection rugs on the 100% Colour stand in association with House & Leisure and Plascon.

Our pieces on display were:

  • Bone Origami Outdoor Lounger (a brand new item from us),
  • Patchwork design rug in the color Graphite
  • Chevron Design in Bone and Black with a red linear motiff
  • Lines design in the colors Teal and Bone

This years show was an exceptional success, a hearty congratulations to everyone involved and we are already looking forward to next year’s show.

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House & Garden I August Issue

 

A little boast from us but hey! We’re just a little bit proud today!

Thanks to Shannon Pittman for the mention in this month’s August issue of Conde Nast House & Garden issue.

Shannon’s favorite contemporary interior design love is rugs, particularly our Verandah Collection. “Not only do these handmade pieces empower local craftswoman, but they are also beautiful and durable” she says.

Thrilled our collection is getting recognition in South Africa as well as the UK and Australia.

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Hello there Summer 2016

 

Summer is upon us!
Picture yourself on a sun lounger next to the pool. There is no reason to move other than to re-position yourself, maybe propping your feet up on a pouf – as cool as a cucumber.

Imagine walking to the poolside, dipping your foot into the water and then on your return feeling your tactile and weather resistant Robala rug under your feet. Envision your favorite drink, whether it be a coca cola or a cocktail, resting on your ottoman an arms-reach away. With our Veranda Collection, this fantasy could become a reality for you, add some sunblock into the mix and voila! What more could you need this summer?

This post was written by Georgia Croesér

A few of our installation images are below to inspire.

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It’s here! New Collection Launch

Our new collections have taken blood, sweat and tears to bring into our Cape Town showroom. But we are brimming with pride and so blerry happy they are finally home.

We are proud to introduce to you our Moroccan Berber Rugs, the High Atlas Vintage Originals and our Moroccan Reed Mats, the Tuareg Collection.

A few images are below to get the creative juices flowing.

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Layering like a champ

Rugs are a tricky thing. People usually pick them out last but they really need to be picked out first. It’s much harder to match a rug to your paint color than pick out a paint color to compliment your rug. Get it?

Found the perfect rug for your living room but it’s just not the correct size? Layering may just be the answer. It’s also the perfect way to add a little texture, lighter on the pocket, define space,

Just a few pointers from us here to remember when attempting this in your own home:

1. Make sure your base rug is large enough. Remember, in living room front furniture legs sitting on rug, dining room all chairs even when pulled out sitting on the rug.
2. Make sure the layered rug sizes are proportional, you don’t want a huge base rug and then a little rug sitting under the coffee table.
3. Pick rugs that have at least a little contrast in color. You don’t want the same color because then it will look like it is just layered to look like one rug instead of being really intentional.

A few images are below to help inspire…

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Verandah Collection compliments

So, everyone loves a compliment now and again!

Here’s one for our hand braided Verandah Collection Outdoor rugs from a rather content client :

“These rugs are absolutely beautiful! And even more importantly and impressive how they support local communities, teaching people new skills and at the same time producing a first world class product. Wow!

I had bought a polypropylene rug as we live near the beach and have a few dogs. So I needed something that was practical to clean, weather / mould resistant, and beautiful. I’ve been looking for other options that is how I came upon your site.”

A little more info on our Woman’s empowerment project up in Limpopo…enjoy the read & please mail us should you wish to access our site. Strictly for our specials!

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Get the textured look

Keeping our look fresh but cozy this week, after all it’s not Winter just yet.

A few of our textures which would cozy up this white & grey interior just perfectly. Who needs pattern when you have textures to play with?

Fibre Design’s Wool Structure, Wool Looped and the Berber flat-weave.

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