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.

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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 http://www.100percentdesign.co.za/100-design-south-africa-2015-show-highlights/ 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.

Shed a little light

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Today’s workplace is a complex and fluid environment, involving a wide range of visual tasks. Companies and their employees can benefit from efficient and effective office lighting to increase productivity and elevate morale. Practically one looks for minimum glare on screens, low luminance contrasts around the workstation and energy cost reductions as just a few of the key requirements. But of course much of the ambience and mood of a space is dictated by the lighting so its psychological effects on both clients and employees must be taken into consideration as well. Your lighting design will also express a lot about the character or personality of your business itself, whether you’re clinical and minimalist or perhaps a little warmer and more welcoming or maybe trendy and artistic. Let’s take a look at some pretty cool and vastly varied commercial lighting designs. Enjoy.

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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.

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Source: http://officespacedesignaustralia.tumblr.com/post/16853231298/commercial-interior-design-colour-palettes

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 www.100percentdesign.co.za

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


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Source: http://www.100percentdesign.co.za/.