Wishlist: Chris van Niekerk of Africandy

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Chris van Niekerk is the co-founder of Africandy, ‘The Definitive South African Design Emporium’. The recently launched online store stocks the best of locally designed and made decor, furniture and products.

 

Chris is a big believer in buying local and shared the South African products he’d most like to receive this festive season, all available on Africandy. Take a look at his picks and read why he chose them:

 

1. Regular table in gold anodized aluminum by Pieter Henning from MockMock

 

This piece is so beautiful in the way that it adheres to minimalist principles in an effort to achieve a balance between structural and aesthetic reduction.

 

 

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2. Ruan Hoffmann for Clé: Lithography print on limestone tile, signed and authenticated by the artist

 

These tiles are a brilliant re-interpretation of the Delft craze that has had designers enthralled lately. Ruan’s trademark iconography and sharp commentary is brilliantly executed in this and all of his other work which is revered internationally.

 

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3. Small Herb Planter by Imiso: set of 3

 

These are a brilliant and cost effective way to bring s touch of summer right into your kitchen; why buy herbs when you can easily grow your own in these unglazed bisque planters evoking natural geometries by Imiso Ceramics.

 

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4. Fourthwall Books

 

I’m a sucker for books and can’t stop collecting them; the selection of books published by Fouthwall books is often controversial and always immaculately presented.

 

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5. Jaco Haasbroek printed posters: archival ink on cotton rag

 

These posters speak for themselves: clean lines and witty one-liners are bound to strike up conversation.

 

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6. Bekind Carlito Expresso Cups

 

Guranteed to bring a smile to the breakfast table, these make for the perfect gift.

 

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7. Tune Collar Bones By Appointment To

 

I don’t often wear collared shirts but if I did, I would definitely invest in a set of these, as they strike the perfect balance between whimsy and attention to detail.

 

 

Find more local gift ideas here.

 

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