DOKTER AND MISSES ROCKING CHAIRS

If they dump rubbish outside your studio/showroom, paint the bastards a colour and make them behave like members of the furniture family. These are called Rocking Chairs. Seen outside Co-Op / Dokter & Misses showroom in Joburg.

Love the colours. I started picking out a few colours in case I ever have rocks that need repurposing – ones that need to act like chairs.

Colours by Midas Envirolite – Zero VOC paint, from Paint&Place paint shops in South Africa

MADE IN THE KAROO

Koedoe Jumping, by Johan Slabber

My sister just returned from a Karoo road trip. I love the olive oil she brought home. There’s lots to love about the Karoo.

My great great great grandfather Earnest Collett, who farmed in the Karoo

Karoo Sand – one of 300 colours from the Midas Envirolite Zero VOC range

A GARDEN WALL IN MASIPHUMELELE

I was in Masiphumelele on Sunday.

Everyone knows that Masi is famous for its gardens. But do they mention the garden walls?

This patterned wall hit a high note for me. I purr when I see how colours work on such basic plastering.

Masi was once an informal settlement near Kommetjie in the deep south. Now it’s much less informal. The people of Masi are building big walls around their (double storey, often) places and painting them with feeling.

Ok, that’s decided. I’m going to Masi again this Sunday. If that truck moves off the pavement I’ll shoot all 12 metres of this pattern magic. Hopefully the artist will be in residence too.

1% MORE YELLOW

Jenna Lyons’ Brooklyn home – the nursery [Image via Fashionologie]

Yellow and black are two of my favourite. I’m not talking trend-schmend. What I mean is how, as colours, they contextualise the bigger picture. The yin-yangness of life.

In a room, Y & B can also be lovely. Like the look in J Crew creative boss Jenna Lyons’house – up top. I say yes.

But getting back to the bigger picture, now that the winter solstice has passed, I have to say how much I love this week. Once June 21 has come and gone, life gets 1% yellower by the day.

Koeks, come on. It’s midwinter. Bleak. And mizzzerable.

Well, yes. It’s been raining on us today, and the sun still sets before suppertime. We have two heaters going in one room, and a fire in another.

But scratching off the winter solstice in my diary makes me want to do flickflacks. After 21 June, the days will get longer by a couple minutes every day. Until one morning you realise that it is the sun and the birds, not the alarm, that wake you up. And the street lights are off when you leave for work. And there are freesias nodding their heads in the pot outside the door.

So maybe we’ll all still be freezing our butts off till September, and be glued to our hot water bottles and drink tea in bed – but whichever way you look at it, we’re on the right side of winter.

Soon we’ll be at 70% yellow, 30% black. It’s downhill all the way.

Some of my favourite blacks and one yellow: from the Midas Envirolite palette of VOC-free paints

More shots of Jenna Lyons’ Brooklyn house: images via Fashionologie

ACKROYD & HARVEY: PAINTING WITH GRASS

Not instant grass, this time, but the actual real living stuff. I’d also like to stand in front of this face and stroke it, or mow it, or hell, even water it. The art is made by photosynthesis and grass seedlings, by a pair of artists called Ackroyd & Harvey,who according to Wiki have been responsible for ‘growing landmark buildings with seedling grass.

Flytower, London

The art is made by photosynthesis and grass seedlings, by artists Ackroyd & Harvey who have been responsible for growing landmark buildings with seedling grass. One of their most ambitious installations is this. FlyTower, on the National Theatre’s Lyttleton flytower. Here they worked directly on the exterior of one of London’s landmarks, turning the architectural icon  building in a massive living artwork. So incredible amazing and wonderful.

INSTANT GRASS, LICORICE AND LOLLIPOPS

Cape Town agency – Instant Grass

In 2011 when this project started, I promised to post a proper BEFORE&AFTER, so here it is. The revamp shots of Cape Town agency Instant Grass. All this fun was the doing of interiors man Jaco Janse van Rensburg – thanks also to the supakeen (and hugely trusting) Instant Grass agency bosses who gave him carte blanche to do whatever – along with some interesting licorice-like paint from the people at Earthcote.

BEFORE: lobby meeting room

AFTER: lobby meeting room

BEFORE: The viewing room

AFTER: the viewing room

AFTER: the viewing room – coated in Midas Envirolite, customised turquoise ‘Song of Norway’.

BEFORE: storage and executive meeting area

AFTER: storage and executive meeting area. Earthcote Dorado textured metallics were used on the cupboard fronts.

BEFORE: studio area

AFTER: studio area

BEFORE: kitchen

AFTER: kitchen

Paints by Midas & Earthcote: Customised turquoise keys with the viewing room curtaining / Gritty Earthcote in charcoal ‘Ja Boetie Johan’ was used on most walls. Ceilings painted in flat matt Midas Envirolite ‘Liquorice’

Go to http://www.jacojansevanrensburg.com/recent-projects/ to see more and see Jaco’s moodboards on www.elledecoration.co.za 

All ‘After’ images by Russell Smith

Check out Instant Grass at www.instantgrass.com

FORTUNE FAVOURS THE HELVETICA BOLD

Designed by Ian Mason

We’re going big on taking it easy today.

Leg of lamb in the oven, four bars of chocolate on top of the fridge. Glen Grant single malt and a bucket of ice. Pile of Sunday papers to choose from. Cool DVD’s to pick from.

It’s Fathers Day. The poster above makes me smile. Designed by a dad who I know rather well.

NO WORRIES: one of 300 colours by Midas Envirolite Zero VOC paint

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COLOUR CHIPS YOU CAN EAT

My friend Paige Nick showed me these. They make me want to make knit a pair of socks with linguine for Fathers Day, or sculpt a bicycle out of licorice – or something.

The visuals are from Lucky Pony, created originally by Emilie Griottes who runs a food blog called Griottes.

One of 300 colours by Midas Envirolite – Zero VOC paint

NEON PINK, LIKE SAFFRON.

Image: ‘A Drifter’

These images from ‘A drifter off to see the world’ remind me of the pink neon bowl by Kerstin Eser and Kim Bougaardt that’s part of the current installation at the Freeworld Design Centre.

Installation by Kerstin Eser & Kim Bougaardt – currently at Freeworld Design Centre

The story about ‘Saffron Sunsets‘ is lovely. So is Kersti and Kim’s colour pod at Freeworld Design Centre. A little neon, like a strand of saffron, makes a big impact.

The current installation comes down today in preparation for the next exhibition opening on 26 June, called ‘Street Style’ – in collaboration with Ed Suter’s book Sharp Sharp.  Save the date.

FRESHLY STARCHED

Photo: By Antonio Iubatti, Italy. Simply Beautiful Photos From Sony World Photography Awards 2012

‘Starch’ – Zero VOC paint by Midas Envirolite

When you go overnight to Joburg from Cape Town on a certain special train, they give you starched jackets like these ones, pretending to be napkins. We liked that.