Mind if I have a little lie down on a slab of Linteloo chocolate?


I know, I know. My vacation from this page has gone on way too long. They kept asking: ‘But what happened to you, koeks ?’ The short answer, that thing that has a way of coming at one between 6am and 11pm. Scribbling tasks. Projects and things.

But I saw this thing today that made me want to pop off a quick postcard from my dashboard.

When I grow up, I will wear pearls and brown leather lace-ups more often than I do now. In the afternoons, I will read all the Bill Bryson and Wally Lamb and Hello Magazines I haven’t read in ten years, and I will drink tea on the sofa. To do that, I will need something like this. No, please. I will actually need this exact thing. A sofa by the collection of impossibly beautifully designed sofas called Linteloo. Goodness, this sofa is so expansive, so encompassing, so begging of one to flake out on it, one hardly even needs a house anymore. Just the sofa, please.

One day. When I’m really grown up.

A previous associate, who knows her sofas from her chaises, told me she thinks Linteloo makes what could be the most comfortable sofa in the world. And then a little bird told me that Mr Linteloo (who is from the Netherlands) is coming to town tomorrow. So tonight I am going to Weylandts to inspect a few sofas. And, I hope, to catch a glimpse of Mr L himself. There will be Dutch food by a famous name chef and, what’s the bet, all manner of temptation to sip, snap and shop. I’ll be back with a few postcards after the event.

PS. Going onto Linteloo.nl I notice that the name of Italian designer Paola Navone (who designs for Linteloo) is linked to the sofa of my dreams. This is her Paris apartment. No wonder the sofa works. I’m sure you’ve seen this apartment before, but you can always look again. And again.


And this is what the Linteloo pages say about Paola.

Paola originally graduated as an architect at the Polytechnic of Turin in 1973, but became famous as a designer with her projects for important international brands. But Navone also proves to be successful as an art director, interior decorator, industrial planner and creator of events.

Paola is Straightforward, a dreamer and eclectic: her mind and soul are a combination of flavours and colours of the south of the world – known, loved and lived – together with the taste and forms of the West, rich in traditions, open and continuously in movement. All of this produces her untiring curiosity in her search for matters and materials, forms and structures. In her search for the present, the past and the future.

Someone who doesn’t want to design systematically, in order to be always just a little bit more curious than the others (in the words of the motivation of the International Design Award won in Osaka in 1983, first of all)

who wants to be a citizen of the world in order to look and discover

who is a little bit of an anthropologist

who doesn’t want to throw away the past but make it relive

who wants to cultivate the East and its spontaneous manual skills (as she has learned to understand after working for years together with craftsmen in the Philippines)

Paola Navone apartment images via http://www.yellowtrace.com.au/2012/04/27/paola-navones-apartment-in-paris/ 


Afro-Pop goes to America. The work of Mr Somebody & Mr Nobody

The Readers Digest version of the story goes like this. My old best friend’s brother and sister in law, Gareth and Heidi Chisholm, win a Green Card in the US lottery. So off they go.

Now they’re living in Brooklyn, NYC, and Heidi is carving out her name in lights with Mr Somebody and Mr Nobody. Big names in Afro-Pop culture here, there and everywhere.

Before that, Heidi was a founding partner of Daddy Buy Me A Pony along with Peet Pienaar. (Man behind The President.)

Heidi is the design mind behind the Shine Shine range and those wonderful Obama prints, amongst many other extraordinary gifts both to the world at large, and the world of design. (They tell me Michelle Obama had an apron in one of her prints. How cool is that?)

Heidi’s new work was exhibited at the “Afropolitan” show the V & A in London, helping to making a name for Mr Somebody & Mr Nobody – a design concept that’s a colab between Heidi and Miami-based artist Sharon Lombard.

I love the Afropolitanness of Mr S & Mr N.  Below are some more shots of the work, and the official Mr Somebody & Mr Nobody press release in triplicate with a purple ink rubber stamp. Kwaai.

Mr Somebody & Mr Nobody is lugging his clobber to market at the New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF), August 18-22, 2012. This “very important business man” from the Gold City in Southern Africa, is hawking and hipping contemporary African inspired products so everyone can wallow in the African Renaissance—like hippos in mud!

Mr Somebody & Mr Nobody flies and drives and carves and spends to bring to you plucked wood chickens; graphic radio cushions; “heirloom” doilies; and “to die for ” boxes made by Co”n carvers in Ghana. His multiuse khanga cloths emit warnings about quick love and whirling snakes plus advertise a bicycle ride with a piggyback goat. These khangas are a new spin on a clever old African idea with a “less is much more” approach to life, since one top notch cloth serves many purposes. A wet one keeps you cool on a hot day, or it can be worn, sat on and then made into a bag. But that ’s not all, since a khanga can quickly become a tablecloth, a curtain or a towel – it is said there are 101 uses for one!

About Mr Somebody & Mr Nobody

Mr Somebody & Mr Nobody LLC is a creative collaboration between New York based South African designer Heidi Chisholm and Miami based artist Sharon Lombard. Their home design line playfully blurs boundaries between design and contemporary art with African-inspired, tongue-in-cheek goods. There’s something for everyone in products that explore ideas of home, humour and style, making do with less, immigration, globalization and living abroad! Find these global tastemakers in booth #5508 in the New York’s Newest division — look for the Afro-Pop-Up-Shop that stands out in a crowd and catch the glint of Mr Somebody & Mr Nobody’s gold filling when he flashes his smile!

Visit Mr Somebody & Mr Nobody at www.mrsomebodyandmrnobody.com

About The New York International Gift Fair

The New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF) is the USA’s premier gift, home and lifestyle marketplace, with 2,800+ exhibiting companies featuring an extraordinary breadth and depth of design-driven home fashion products and complementary gift ware. The summer market takes place from Saturday, August 18 to August 22, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Passenger Ship Terminal Piers 92 and 94. 35,000 attendees from all 50 states and more than 80 countries worldwide, are expected. Information online atwww.nyigf.com.

Golden: one of 300 colours from the Midas Envirolite range of VOC-free paints.


About a month from now, it will be almost-Spring down on the bottom half of the planet. Unlike now, when what we mostly are is shivery, we’ll surely start getting hot and thirsty. Cool thought: how they serve lemonade in Consol honey jars, at Arts On Main. Beam me up to Jozi please. I want one.

Cool Thought 2: The Bird & The Bees Honey from California. Killer old school logo, designed by James T. Edmonson.

‘Sliced Lemon’ is from Midas Envirolite Zero VOC paint collection.

Thanks Pippa Hetherington & Tania Barker for the inspiration. 


The bowls club at Kelvin Grove, Newlands, Cape Town

When I’m an old lady, I might not wear a purple hat. But I might shout over the fence and ask if they’d let me join their cool as an icecube bowls club. This might be the hippest bowling club in the Southern Hamisphere. Maybe the hippest in the entire world? Do they not know the extent of their coolth, at this club? And where do I sign?

When I’m not playing bowls, you’ll find me in my little glass box suspended in the trees. Close to the birds, and easy to keep clean. A sexy overnighter for grandchildren who will want to visit often, because it keys well with their latest music player / ear phones / tablet / ……. stuff.  With them and the house, I’ll be kept young and un-crotchety.

Treehouse photo: Treehotel – source: thesethingsarefun.wordpress.com  

  These things are fun is a blog from another whole galaxy of blogging. Please scope out the joys that await at TTAF. A more beautiful kind of fun would be hard to find. 

City of Trees – from the Earthcote Heritage Collection


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


Inspired by the stupidity of cars with eyelashes, these are a few things that a push the limits of stupidity.

1. Cars with eyelashes. Top of the stupidity leader-board.

2. Baby On Board stickers.  Why? 

3. Ornamental sculpted candles that you don’t want to light because you had to pay so much for them. (Remember, Price’s candles.)

4. Christmas presents for dogs. Also, Christmas presents from dogs.

5. A phone made almost entirely out of glass. One day we’ll look back on this stupidity and wonder how we could have thought such a stupid thing could seem so smart.

Five is enough for one day. Tomorrow I’ll be back looking at beautiful things again.


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



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.


Jaco Janse van Rensburg's house of gold

What a floor. Jaco used Earthcote Shalestone - a gritty coating that contains beach sand and other bits of marine material. Great foil to the elegant exotica.

A Fall of Copper - by Tracy Glass and Lindy Cohen. Love the rain of leaves against a backdrop of Midas Envirolite soft buttery yellows, in earth-loving Envirolite Zero VOC.

Kim Boogaardt and Kerstin Eser used flashes of neon to punch through a misty, winter-white and foggy grey theme. These seductive bowls were coated in pure white Earthcote Skimfill, then given a stunning, eye-blinding neon treatment inside.

This pod showcased the work of Amy Ellenbogen, Katherine Spindler and Dale Lawrence's. I loved the panels of cut-out wallpaper (all done by hand) and the forest themed 'floorpaper' below, overcoated with clear epoxy. I want that floor.

It’s been a big weekend, and it’s not over yet. No malls, no retail bump and grind. I refuse to spoil it by shopping on Labour Day. We will eat bread and eggs and linguine until Wednesday. Nobody complain, please.

What I do want to do, though, is a little window shopping and art-scoping. I’m thinking an outing to the SA National Gallery – maybe – then a walk down Bree Street to the Freeworld Design Centre, where I’d like to have a second through-the-window scope-out of their latest design-decor exhibition. (Note: they’ll be closed on Tuesday, I’d say, but everything that’s beautiful can be seen through the glass on Waterkant St in Cape Town and stored in memory.)

I’ve posted a few snaps of the four new pods that recently popped up there. The latest exhibition is called Soft (Im)Possibilities. Go here for more pictures and the whole story on the FDC’s blog. Visit Freeworld Design Centre, 71 Waterkant St, Cape Town. See the blog for opening times and other details.


Ballpoint Boy has taken to guerilla crochet projects, yarnbombing smartphones and things.  His friends have seen how a crochet sock can instantly make a boring old Blackberry totally sick and insanely awesome. So in just one day, demand for more of the same has suddenly spiked.

It looks like Ballpoint Boy is going into production. And that’s not all. While you’re texting with your Blackberry in one hand, you’ll need to have something in your other hand to keep the symmetry. Ballpoint Boy thought he’d expand the possibilities with these hand crocheted juggling balls to key with your phone sock. That’s it. I want a screaming yellow one.

Only while stocks last.

Big. But is not half as big as a nicely crocheted pure wool Blackberry cover.
From Midas Envirolite Eco paint palette - available at Paint&Place paint shops in South Africa.