African Interior Design

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We thought we’d celebrate African inspired interior design this week and take a look at adding a touch of earthy class to your commercial spaces.

Africa is beautiful! With her rolling green hills, sprawling savannahs, multi-cultural people and sheer diversity on every level, it’s hard not to want to incorporate her into design. Africa is known for its exquisite wildlife canvasses, its bold animal textile prints, handmade masks and its beautifully woven baskets. Incorporate these along with textures and fabrics in the style of African artisans to create vignettes throughout the space. Tip: Hanging woven baskets on a wall is a great and easy way to showcase textures from Africa.

Vivid colors combined with earthy tones are the basis of this style. Masks and wooden figures made by local craftsmen can give the space a traditional and even mystical air. The recipe for this decorating style is simple – you should feel the warmth of the sun and sand, but also a wealth of flora, fauna and African heritage.

Other ideas for introducing African style are to use rough and simple wood or wicker furniture with a rough surface finish or animal prints used as artwork pieces or textured wall coverings.

All of these ideas would look absolutely amazing, and give any space a beautifully unique African feel.









100% Design SA Show 2015

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Previously we featured the build up to the much anticipated 100% Design South Africa Show 2015. We thought we’d take a look at the outcome and bring you a round up of who the movers, shakers and wave makers were at this year’s show.

Design lovers aplenty turned up to enjoy 100% Design South Africa 2015, which was held alongside Decorex Joburg at Gallagher Convention Centre from 6-10 August 2015. Now in its second year, the curated design showcase again wowed the crowds with the stellar local design talent alongside top international design brands.

There was a diverse collection of curated feature displays that fell under different themes including 100% Colour, 100 Beautiful Things and 100% Upliftment to name a few. Some of the standout designers were Renée Rossouw, Mia Widlake and guest designer Julia Day. The event was supported by Dauphin HumanDesign® Group and The Home Channel.

Have a look at some of the colourful and innovative displays below. You can also visit to feast your eyes on the 100% Design South Africa show highlights of 2015.

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Images supplied by 100% Design South Africa.

Choosing a colour palette for commercial spaces

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Choosing the right colour palette for the flooring in a commercial space is an important decision to get right. Every space is unique and every corporation has a unique vision and brand identity. As such, there are many factors to take into account. In a nutshell, choose the colours that will work with the décor and the brand, also ensuring that your choice works for the overall feeling in the office or building.

When deciding on the colour palette for the floor, here are a few simple guidelines to follow:

1. Consider the corporate/ brand identity

While it might not be necessary to incorporate the company’s brand identity in the choice of flooring colour or style, the flooring must complement the overall décor, which, in all likelihood, will reflect it.

2. Define the colour palette according to the category of colour scheme:

– Do you need to opt for a monotone, or single colour, palette, such as greys or beiges?
– What about a monochromatic palette consisting of a single vibrant colour, eg reds?
– An analogous palette incorporates colours that are adjacent on the colour wheel, eg red, orange and yellow
– A complementary palette is made up of contrasting colours, eg red and green

3. Consider the lighting and size of the space when selecting the flooring colour. Do you need to pick a warm, cool or neutral colour?

– Lighter / neutral colours can be used successfully in big areas
– Brighter colours are usually best reserved for accenting an area

Remember that natural light will change colours and their intensity throughout the day.


100% Design South Africa

100% Design South Africa – having launched in August 2014, 100% Design South Africa is a high-end curated showcase of the most inspirational designs and designers. Set to take place alongside Decorex Joburg each year, 100% Design South Africa is the perfect platform for South African and international furniture, lighting, interiors, fabrics and product design, covering the residential, hospitality and office industries. This year, 100% Design takes place from 6-10 August 2015 at Gallagher Convention Centre, Joburg. To find out more, go to

Be sure to catch us at this year’s show!


Bespoke designs and solutions

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As the worlds of fashion and décor get ever closer, so the terms used in fashion filter into the décor industry too. Bespoke is one such word and it seems to be gaining in popularity.

The Oxford Dictionary defines ‘bespoke’ as an adjective, referring to goods, especially clothing, made to order, eg a ‘bespoke suit’. In other words, it’s custom made, made to measure, or specially customised. Definitely not ‘run of the mill’!

Bespoke carpeting

In décor terms, one area that is increasingly getting the bespoke treatment is carpeting. Customers today want décor, furnishing and lighting that is made according to their particular specifications, customised to suit their individual needs and carpeting is no exception. Architects, interior designers and decorators are working closely with customers to give them freedom of choice and a custom carpet tile design is an important area in which to do so – for a brand, it can provide a strong link to the brand identity, allowing for a larger than life brand presence. Furthermore, carpeting is not just easy on the eye, it’s durable, hardwearing and practical. It acts as insulation and absorbs sounds. All of which are vital considerations in the commercial space.

Custom design

Choosing a company with custom design and product development expertise is essential. They will be able to create bespoke design carpet tiles or broadloom carpeting encapsulating your choice. This enables you to emphasise a customer’s brand colours, co-ordinate the flooring with the interior or even communicate a message.

Check out Avance’s Customiser tool, which has been designed to give you creative freedom and the ability to visualise the design of your choice in a variety of room scenarios.

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2015 Office décor trends

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With 2015 already halfway through, it’s interesting to see that many of the office décor predictions for the year have become a reality. Here are a few of the trends we love that are being seen in South African and international office spaces in 2015:

1. The evolution of the ‘good old open plan’

Increasingly, office spaces are becoming shared spaces, with the focus on open and collaborative, rather than cordoned-off and enclosed. But it’s not just rows of individual workstations; it’s more about comfort, ergonomics and flexibility. This is in keeping with today’s more open communication and the need for information sharing, brainstorming and collaboration. Smaller private places are still important though, for those meetings or phone calls that require confidentiality or quiet.

2. Flexibility

With the open spaces comes a rise in flexibility – as employers become more flexible with working arrangements, so the need for a more adaptable office environment increases. Offices are including different workspaces for employees who are at the office fulltime, for those who come and go, and for those remote-access employees who only occasionally need a desk.

Breakaway areas are being provided for relaxation, meetings and sometimes just a different place to do your work – who wants to spend an entire day in one strictly defined work area? The ability to work using multiple devices opens up all sorts of interesting, multi-purpose workspace possibilities.

3. Using colour and patterns to reflect the brand

Mix and match is out, simple, clean décor with pops of colour and pattern is in! Colour is introduced stylishly to echo the personality of the company’s brand, while patterned carpeting adds interest and a further way to link to corporate colours in terms of design.

With the breaking down of physical barriers comes the need for noise management and that’s where carpeting comes to the fore. It absorbs noise pollution from clicking heels, scraping chairs, loud voices and telephones. Check out Avance’s range of commercial carpeting for your next commercial space!