25 Nov WISHLIST: Conceptual Design Duo Jana + Koos
You see those two wearing a bin bag and gold wrapping paper? That’s Jana Hamman and Koos Groenewald, a pair of information designers who joined forces as Jana + Koos a few years ago and have been making a regular appearance around here with their brilliant work ever since. This year the duo art directed not one, but two wonderful lookbooks for Simon and Mary, released a streetstyle range called DROL with me.plus.one, did the branding for production house Darling, and they had a solo exhibition of their work, City of Gold Diggers, in New York. Clearly, their own business thrives on collaboration, and so it’s fitting that a few of the items on their WISHLIST are colabs too. These are the local goods they’d love to call their own:
This is our favourite of the scarf collaborations for L’Mad, we’d probably frame it rather than wear it. The print is incredible.
2 / The CLOUD light by Makers of Stuff
Beautiful design, and the fact that it’s a light is a total extra – we’d happily just have this floating randomly like an actual cloud in our flats.
3 / Damn Good Looking’s round hanging mirror
These individually hand crafted mirrors come in a variety of sizes and delicate raw and painted wood finishes. They’re thin, slick and beautifully made (and very affordable as far as round mirrors go).
4 / Missibaba banana clutch/moonbag
A gold banana moonbag. Not sure we need to even elaborate on this.
5 / A Danielle Clough (aka Fiance Knowles) custom embroidery piece
Danielle Clough has actually managed to create really contemporary needlework. It’s not just cross stitching naughty words; her subject matter, bold threading and bright colours make her once-off pieces very different and very desirable.
Is it an event? Is it a label? Can we eat it? Who cares – we love the new clothing collaboration between YOH! and one of our top local restaurants, Beijing Opera.
7 / Signet ring or custom jewellery piece from Pierre-Estienne
We discovered Pierre’s tiny, almost hidden workshop in Cape Town a few years ago, and Jana can hardly visit without walking away with a new piece of jewellery. He custom makes and engraves practically anything you want.
8 / Sootcookie ceramics boxing glove vase
We’ve loved these forever. A boxing glove with flowers inside! They can also be strung up and hung from your ceiling. Perfect!
We could very easily have made our entire list up of Dokter and Misses products. They can do no wrong. But this collaboration that they did with master of felt, Ronel Jordaan, is such a exceptional product of complementary materials and craftsmanship – it deserved a special mention. It’s flawless.
10 / An illustration by Nina Torr
Nina just recently did an exhibition called Again and Again at In Toto Gallery. We love her illustrations because they are so arbitrary.
Alongside our guest curated WISHLISTS (see Daniel Ting Chong’s and Siki Msuseni’s) we’ve also launched an online directory of SA products and the stores that sell them. Keep an eye on it, there’s lots more on its way!