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African Decor│Wall Art│Photography

Photography is the perfect African decor and wall art for any space.

In 1998, Heinrich van den Berg left his profession as a civil engineer to become a full-time wildlife photographer.  Since then, Heinrich has won several national and international awards for his photography. He was the first photographer to win the Eric Hoskings Award of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year for two consecutive years. Van den Berg has also won the international Camel Trophy Photographic Competition, and was one of the official international photographers for the Camel Trophy

in 1998. Additionally he was the overall winner of the international Fuji Getaway Photographer of the Year award in 2005.

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Van den Berg has traveled the world photographing wildlife, culture and adventure sport with a uniquely artistic eye. In his bid to ‘tell a story in every picture’, he has climbed icy volcanoes in Argentina and Chile, tracked endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda, searched for rare chameleons in Madagascar, wandered through the sacred temples of Cambodia, and walked the steamy forests of Borneo and Sumatra to photograph the elusive orangutan. He has photographed extensively in Southern Africa, where he lives, capturing on film the mysterious leopard in Kruger National Park, the desert elephant in Namibia’s Kaokoland, and the captivating birdlife of Botswana.

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His photographs have graced numerous books, calendars, magazine portfolios and photographic products worldwide. Van den Berg has done photography assignments for GEO, Terra, GQ, The Peaceparks Foundation, bhp billiton, National Geographic Books and Discovery Communications. Assignment photography done for Discovery’s Animal Planet includes still images for the Meerkat Manor and Bio Recon series. Van den Berg was the keynote speaker at the GDT – The Society of German Nature Photographers in 2008 and the keynote speaker for Canon South Africa’s Road Show in 2009.

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© Heinrich van den Berg

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© Heinrich van den Berg

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© Heinrich van den Berg

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© Heinrich van den Berg
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© Heinrich van den Berg

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Van den Berg’s photographs are known for breaking boundaries and depicting the natural world in a fresh and evocative way. Although he specializes in environmental photography, Van den Berg has a gift for photographing the charm and idiosyncrasies of people in their natural environment. He is an experimental photographer always on the lookout to capture his subjects from a unique perspective.
Apart from his photographic skills, which cover both analog and digital media, he is experienced in the field of publishing, having photographed and published 21 highly acclaimed photographic books. To ensure that the quality of images is maintained from the field to the printed page, Van den Berg is intimately involved with the production process – from colour correction, to the design and final proof copy. He is the founder and owner of HPH Publishing.

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2019-11-08T08:36:16+00:00

Photographer│Obie Oberholzer

 “Few SA artists can productively be called raconteurs, as in a skilful teller of anecdotes. Most are simply too glum – solemn, too – when spinning yarns around their work. If only more artists, in particular photographers, could be like Obie Oberholzer.”
Sean O’Toole, Financial Mail
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© Obie Oberholzer Diesel And Dust
“I love to travel and look – to look at people and places and things. To journey somewhere, to watch big things get smaller, mingle, change hue and disappear. To look so far that it hurts . . . and smell Africa.  There’s freedom in not knowing quite where you’re going – I mean, what’s another 100 kilometers if you’re making your way towards Swartwitpensbokfonteinberg?”
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© Obie Oberholzer Diesel And Dust

Diesel And Dust (2011)

Visually stimulating images of Africa offer a multifaceted view of the continent in this recollection that is at once a history, a meditation, a travel memoir, and a tribute.“Diesel and Dust is a philosophy. The smell of diesel and dust early in the morning give me a feeling that I’m far away, and this book is about that – interesting people and places; about wonderings and passing’s through.
Round The Bend  (2006)
Obie Oberholzer is acknowledged as one of South Africa’s best-loved photographers. A modern troubadour with a camera, his latest book titled Round the Bend: Travels Around Southern Africa tells his stories of journeys through Southern Africa in the last two years. This is Obie Oberholzer’s seventh book and it has been hailed as his magnum opus.
Round the Bend is a splendidly produced travelogue of 190 colour photos in 176 pages, mostly accompanied by zany stories of a number of journeys through South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, Swaziland and Mozambique.
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© Obie Oberholzer Round The Bend
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© Obie Oberholzer Round The Bend
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© Obie Oberholzer Round The Bend
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© Obie Oberholzer Round The Bend
Beyond Bagamo 1998
Obie Oberholzer began this, his fourth major photographic odyssey, in Cape Town, on the 1st of April 1994. He meandered his way north, across plateaus and plains, through valleys and over mountains up along Africa’s eastern side. There were jungles to come and vast deserts and roads that were no longer roads. He traveled the byways through South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritria and Sudan to Egypt (via Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Israel). In the parking lot near the Great Pyramids of Giza, he wiped the dust from his dashboard. The distance read 40,000 kilometres and the time said 9 months and twenty days. This is his story.
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© Obie Oberholzer Beyond Bagamo
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© Obie Oberholzer Beyond Bagamo
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© Obie Oberholzer Beyond Bagamo
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© Obie Oberholzer Dam Wall with Cactus – Zimbabwe
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© Obie Oberholzer Desert Road Near Terrace Bay Skeleton Coast Namibia
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© Obie Oberholzer Roermond
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© Obie Oberholzer Siwaoasis
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© Self portrait Obie Oberholzer 

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2019-10-13T09:09:06+00:00

Award-Winning Architectural Firm

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Elphick Proome Architects Studio KwaZulu Natal

Established in 1989, by George Elphick and Nick Proome a partnership that’s lasted for 23 years;  today, Elphick Proome Architects (EPA), has seen their multi award winning company currently located in Westville, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa grow to approximately a 60-person practice.

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Elphick Proome Architects Studio Interior KwaZulu Natal
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Elphick Proome Architects Studio Interior KwaZulu Natal
 EPA received an Award for Excellence for their current studio, as well as seven national Awards of Merit, including four SAISC Awards.  They also received an International Award for Investec Regional Office building and a National Overall Winner Award and one Special Commendation, just to name a few. 
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Investec Regional Office KwaZulu Natal
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Investec Regional Office KwaZulu Natal
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Investec Regional Office Interior KwaZulu Natal
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Vaal Studio by Elphick Proome Architects
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Vaal Studio Interior by Elphick Proome Architects
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Vaal Studio by Elphick Proome Architects
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Hardy Boys by Elphick Proome Architects
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Hardy Boys Interior by Elphick Proome Architects
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Hardy Boys Interior by Elphick Proome Architects
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Western Cape Beach House (closed) by EPA Architects
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Western Cape Beach House (open) by EPA Architects
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Elphick Studio by Elphick Proome Architects
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Elphick Studio Interior by Elphick Proome Architects
EPA’s vision; to strive to create exciting buildings, environments and spaces that respond to the unique nature of each project with integrity and purpose to generate design solutions which are enduring, innovative and functional.  Their philosophy emphasizes an appropriate architecture that responds to context, region and climate.  They endeavor to design intelligent solutions which rise to the diverse challenges of our social and economic context and that make a significant contribution to the African reality.

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2019-10-13T11:04:59+00:00

Prominent South African Architectural Firm

Grosskopff Lombart Huyberechts & Associates Architects – based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and have been in practice since 1945.
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© GLH – Architects – Four Seasons Gate of Kuwait Tower

Rodney Grosskopff – Founder

In 1959, while still a student, Rodney joined Manfred Hermer’s practice, established in 1945. Soon after qualifying in 1966, he became a partner in Manfred Hermer Grosskopff. This was the foundation of the practice known today as GLH. Rodney has designed and been associated with some of the firm’s most notable buildings over the last half-century. His architectural philosophy has been To Add Value, which remains the company’s credo to this day. Rodney is a Professional Architect registered with SACAP and SAIA.

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© GLH – Architects – House Westcliff 3
Pierre Lombart – Chairman

Pierre qualified in Belgium at the ISA St Luc in Brussels, and joined GLH in 1984 as an architect and urban planner. He became a partner in 1987, and chairman in 2006. During his tenure, the office became an internationally recognised practice, proud to build some of the most notable buildings, and be involved with some of the largest corporations in the country. He continues his influence on the urban and conceptual design stage of the major projects and maintains the firm’s liaison with major clients. Pierre is a Professional Architect registered with SACAP.

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© GLH Architects – Vodacome

Xavier Huyberechts – Senior Partner/Member

Xavier qualified in Belgium at the ISA St Luc in Brussels. He joined GLH in 1994, became a partner in 1997, and the senior member in 2005. Xavier is a Professional Architect registered with SACAP and SAIA.
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© GLH Architects – Vodaworld
Andrew Wood – Partner/Member

Andrew joined GLH in 1995, whilst still a student at the University of the Witwatersrand. He became an associate in 1999, and a partner in the practice in 2006. Andrew is a Professional Architect registered with SACAP and SAIA.

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© GLH Architects – Investec Property Group – 345 Rivonia Road
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© GLH Architects – The Sandton Emperor
Briget Grosskopff – Partner/member
Briget qualified at the University of the Witwatersrand with degrees in both Architecture and Fine Arts. She joined GLH in 1994 and became a partner in 1997. Briget is a Professional Architect registered with SACAP and SAIA.
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© GLH Architects – Standard Bank Rosebank
Louise O’Raw – Partner/Member
Louise qualified at Technikon Witwatersrand with an N Dip Arch as the best student in the country. She joined GLH as a student in 1991, became an associate in 1999, and a partner in the practice in 2004. Louise is a Professional Senior Architectural Technologist registered with SACAP and a GBCSA Green Star Accredited Professional.
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© GLH Architects – Vodafone Site Solution Innovation Centre (SSIC)
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© GLH Architects – The Firs – Investec Property Group
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© GLH Architects – Park Inn Hotel

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2019-10-13T11:36:06+00:00

10 African Home Decor Ideas

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African Furniture and Decor Ideas

Today, collaboration between indigenous and European artisans residing in Africa, as well as, having access to the world wide web; brought about the fusion of ancient African crafting skills and techniques with modern day functional contemporary designs. South African resurgence in various types of design, duly noted around the world, brought about Cape Town being named “Design Capital of the World 2014.”   The featured image a hand weaved 100% Merino wool rug available at Phases Africa.
  1.     (image above) African Teak Table designed from recycled rail wood sleepers that use to be part of the original train tracks connecting countries on the continent of Africa, at the turn of the 19th century.  An 8 foot tall Rawhide Lamp designed by a South African artist, each lamp is handmade and no two lamps are alike.

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African Furntiure Ostrich Skin Wing-back Chairs

  2.     Genuine Ostrich Skin wing-back chairs available in a variety of colours. 

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Dining Room Table with matching benches – Rustic Style

 3.     Yellow Jarrah Wood Dining Room Table, with matching benches (also created from recycled rail wood sleepers).  The table can also be manufactured in: Panga Panga Wood (almost black), African Teak (brown hue), and Rhodesian Teak (Red hue), all these timbers, are recycled rail wood sleepers.  The genuine Ostrich Skin and Leather Ottoman in burnt orange are also available in a variety of ostrich skin colours.

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African Furniture and Interior Design Ideas

1     4.          Panga Panga Wood Table (almost black in colour and recycled rail wood) with carved African wood figures makes a dramatic statement in any room.  Can be used as a server, desk or even as a dressing table.  The rope chair is a comfortable seat and a conversation piece.  The Tall colonial gentleman in the right-hand corner is one of Phases Africa’s bestselling items.  We also offer Colonial women, and they can be placed anywhere in your home or office, and especially look great in pairs or groups. The wall decor is a feathered headrest from Cameroon. In the foreground is a hand carved African wood stool often referred to as a Bamileke stool.  Phases Africa, has a wide selection of unique patterns in this hand carved African stools, many not available anywhere ells; as well as, Bamileke Beds that can be used as coffee tables or a decorative item in any room, in your home or office.

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Bamboo hanging lights

        
5.   5.           These bamboo lighting fixtures, designed by an South African artist.

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African Interior Design Style Furniture and Decor

1           6.   A South African Sculptor created this driftwood coffee table and the driftwood swan sculptor.
1           7.     Cowhide handmade area rugs – all done by hand.   Phases Africa have several designs and colour choices available on their website.

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African Home Decor

      8.      These decorative scatter cushions, pillows – are made from felted Merino wool.  The pillows have 100% recycled polyester inners, 100% wool inners can be request. Special care should be taken. Not for use by children or high traffic. Available in a large variety of colours or just one colour.

glass chandelier, recycled glass chandelier, ceiling lights, unique lighting made from glass

Sustainably sourced recycled glass chandelier

1         9.   Recycled Tumbled Glass chandeliers.  The artist uses all recycled materials: driftwood, cow-bone, shells and other objects that he gathers from fields and beaches. Most of his work are commissions for 5 star hotels, as well as, some architectural award winning homes.

art decor wooden bowls

Hand Chiselled Wooden Bowl

        10.       Wood Vases by a world renowned artist and master wood turner.

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2019-11-04T16:18:42+00:00

South African Contemporary Arcitecture

Miska | Seychelles

This exclusive resort, spa and group of private residences, is situated on a dramatic peninsula on Mahe, the main island of Seychelles. The reception and leisure facilities form an amphitheater overlooking the sea edge. The restaurant building is inspired by the huge granite boulders strewn along the site.

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 First Crescent | Camps Bay

A minimalist home commanding a 270 degree view of Lions Head, Camps Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. All living spaces have a great connection to the covered or uncovered terraces. The living spaces are highly transparent to take full advantage of the views. The architecture is notable for its use of cantilevers, linear arrangement and limited palette of materials.

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Voelklip│Hermanus

Narrow 14m site was engaged to its maximum to achieve a generous and spacious home arranged around a large garden and pool courtyard. Extensive concrete spans capture the expansive panoramic sea views. Interiors by Antoni Associates.

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Zilwa | Seychelles

Zilwa, creole for ‘islander’, is a 5 star luxury island resort and Marina situated on St Anne Island, Seychelles. Comprising 2 exclusive Hotels, Marina restaurant and retail facilities, Beach and Sports clubs, Hillside villas and Fractional units, this development exudes both elegant sensuality and understated chic, the ultimate in ’barefoot luxury’.

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Sow | Geneva

A contemporary residence and office / guest annex on Lake Geneva, Switzerland. Powerful sculptural forms and lines and the use of bold colours and sheer materials result in a taut composition. Interiors by Antoni Associates.

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 Popenguine | Senegal

The eco-village of Popenguine is an untouched baobab oasis and coastal gem in Senegal, a prime site for a luxury beach and nature resort with an emphasis on sustainability and integration with nature.  The dramatic arrival vista reveals a signature building emerging from the landscape. The villa suites nestle in the natural surroundings, each offering unique spa/resort ambiance within the privacy of your own suite.

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 Medburn 17 | Camps Bay

Cape African in feel, this house focuses around a great outdoor garden space, relaxation pavilion and magical views. Clean lines, punctured openings and a combination of double volume and intimate spaces.

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Cove 6 | Pezula Knysna
Inspired by its magnificent setting on the cliff edges of ‘The Cove’, a private estate within the Pezula Estate, this home allows one to experience the spectacular setting.  The tactile and warm quality of the materials- rough, honed stone and timber enhance the overall experience.
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Victoria 73 | Bantry Bay

A sleek contemporary seaside villa set on a spur of land between Bantry Bay and Clifton this house epitomises elegance, luxury and great outdoor living. Interiors by Antoni Associates.

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Just Who Is…. Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
He completed his Bachelor of Architecture degree at the University of Cape Town in 1985 with a first class pass. In 1987 he set up the architectural practice Stefan Antoni Architects, which today is known as SAOTA (Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects).  SAOTA (Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects), is driven by the dynamic combination of Stefan Antoni, Philip Olmesdahl and Greg Truen who share a potent vision easily distinguished in their buildings and an innovative and dedicated approach to the execution of projects internationally, nationally and locally. The company has received numerous awards and commendations from some of the most respected institutions worldwide.

 

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2019-10-11T13:33:28+00:00

South Africa’s Renowned Sculptor

“I am interested in making things that prompt a sense of the complexity of the present.” Marco Cianfanelli – born in Johannesburg in 1970.

Marking the 50-year anniversary of what began Nelson Mandela’s ‘long walk to freedom’ – and the piece of land that, quite randomly, irrevocably altered the history of South Africa – is a quietly powerful new sculpture, set into the environment of this silently potent space. Made possible by the Department of Co-operative Government and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) the uMngeni Municipality, the Apartheid Museum and the KwaZulu Natal Heritage Council (AMAFA) in association with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, this historic memorial site was inaugurated and unveiled on the 4th of August 2012, by President Jacob Zuma.

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© Nelson Mandela Sculpture by: Marco Cianfanelli
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© Nelson Mandela Sculpture by: Marco Cianfanelli

The sculpture, by artist Marco Cianfanelli, significantly comprises 50 steel column constructions – each between 6.5 and 9.5 metres tall – set into the Midlands landscape. The approach to the site, which has been designed by architect Jeremy Rose of Mashabane Rose Associates, leads one down a path towards the sculpture where, at a distance of 35 meters, a portrait of Nelson Mandela, looking west, comes into focus, the 50 linear vertical units lining up to create the illusion of a flat image.

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© Nelson Mandela Sculpture by: Marco Cianfanelli
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© The Mind’s Vine – Tokara Wine Estate by: Marco Cianfanelli

Description

Title: the mind’s vine
Installation date: May 2010
Specifications
Dimensions:   height 3.72 meters, length 9.34 meters, depth 1.6 meters
Weight: 1.6 tons
Material; 4.5mm and 6mm Gr.304 stainless steel
Wine is a rich and complex phenomenon that touches on an extensive array of other subjects, which include art & history, religion & mythology, geography, politics and sociology, science and sensory perception, tradition & modernization. This complexity is the inspiration for the mind’s vine, which was commissioned for Tokara Wine Estate.
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© Mountain Leopard – Leopard’s Leap Winery by: Marco Cianfanelli
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© Mountain Leopard – Leopard’s Leap Winery by: Marco Cianfanelli
Mountain Leopard
COR-TEN steel,
Height 9.2 meters length 9.98 meters, depth 0.75 meters, weight 1.8 tons
2011
This sculpture of a leopard standing on a mountain-peak is intended as an Iconic landmark that has a visual and contextual relationship to the Leopard’s Leap winery, the surrounding mountains of Franschhoek and the protected mountain leopards that inhabit them. The method of creating form through construction of laser-cut profiles, which is common in the artist’s work, creates a dynamic between abstraction and figuration, moving away from conventional forms of representation.
The leopard strides forward proudly, set high up against the skyline of the surrounding mountains. It is slightly smaller than life-size, exaggerating the distance from the viewer. The three steel profiles that create the head of the leopard represent the logo of Leopard’s Leap.
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© Inner City – The City Within by: Marco Cianfanelli
Inner City – The City Within
Dimensions:   height 33.04 meters, width 16.24 meters, depth 0.7085 meters.
Material: Stainless steel
The title of the artwork is a reference to the image created by the reflective, perforated steel screen-panels that clad the catwalks and columns of the atrium. The image is a montage of several photographs taken during the construction of ABSA Towers West. The photographs were taken from the fourth-floor catwalk, of the view along Marshal Street, to the western side of the city. The resulting image is a representation of the city and the daily activities of the people that inhabit it. Larger figures are superimposed onto this image at the levels of the catwalks, creating a relationship between the image of the city and the people that work in the building.
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© DICC Sculpture document – by: Marco Cianfanelli
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© DICC Sculpture document – by: Marco Cianfanelli
DICC Sculpture document
Description
Two groups of figure profiles, mounted on the granite plinths, next to the stairwells (main entrance).
Title: Incarceration – emancipation
Installation date: October 2009
Specifications
Dimensions (Southern stairwell): 1750mm tall x 1190mm wide x 3310mm deep
Dimensions (Northern stairwell): 1760mm tall x 1015mm wide x 3310mm deep
Material: 10mm HRMS
Finish: Rusted metal polished with pigmented wax
Installation: Profile pins anchored to plinth with epoxy (2 to 3 pins per profile)
Figure profile colour: Customized variation of colour
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© Eternal pursuit – Marco Cianfanelli
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© DST Sculpture – Eternal Pursuit by: Marco Cianfanelli
Title: Eternal pursuit  – DST Sculpture
Rusted mild steel
Height: 6.2 meters, excluding plinth
Installation date: May 2006
The motivation for Eternal pursuit was to speak about science and technology in a manner that was bold and inspiring, yet familiar. The title symbolizes our ceaseless endeavors through science, to understand as well as control our universe.
The larger-than-life silhouette of a man, combined with arcs, creates the profiles that are repeated 24 times in a radial arrangement that is symmetrical. These profiles are connected to horizontal rings, creating a spherical structure that suggests measurement and analysis, be it molecular or universal. The view of the sculpture remains unchanged, always facing you, regardless of your vantage point, creating a sense of balance and continuity.
Science is a human preoccupation, which we define, and yet in return, we are defined by science. Within this dynamic, rests the value that science can have for humanity.
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© The sum of us: Forum Homini by: Marco Cianfanelli
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© Urban Being by: Marco Cianfanelli
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© Urban Being by: Marco Cianfanelli
“Standing man” sculpture, off Hilda Street
Title: Urban Being
Rusted steel with painted steel panels
Largest dimension approximately 11.9 meters talll (excluding concrete plinth)
The Fields
Weight: approx. 8 tons
Installation date: December 2010
The sculpture is a response to the Clients’ brief for a large and engaging work of art that would suit the allocated site of the traffic circle, to the north of the The Fields’ City lodge complex.
The sculpture is a large three-dimensional construction, derived from the silhouette of a man in a suit, which has been further translated into rectilinear shapes that form the faceted sculptural construction. This form alludes to the urban quality of The Fields and specifically to aspects of the northern façade of the building behind the sculpture. The painted panels attached to the sculpture enhance this architectural quality, as do the numerous “tiny” characters that inhabit the large form of the man. As one moves around the sculpture, this play on man as structure or place of dwelling becomes more apparent.
The monumental presence of the sculpture is a significant beacon or landmark, yet it benevolently welcomes the traffic and pedestrians, coming from the northeast and the northwest.

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2019-10-11T13:26:32+00:00

Passionate Environmental Custodians

Strey Architects, an award winning architectural firm, conceived by Friedrich and Johann Strey. The two brothers strive to create comfortable, and balanced spaces; all the while never losing sight of earth’s fragile environment and its limited resources.  The Strey brother’s creative endeavours are not limited to environment friendly architecture; their impressive portfolios also include green Interiors and Furniture Designs. The Strey brothers are based in South Africa, and boast an impressive international portfolio that includes: America, Australia, Lesotho, Mozambique, Botswana and Angola.

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© Strey Architects – Geerts
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© Strey Architects – Geerts
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© Strey Architects – Geerts

Years ago whilst still living in California, I mentioned to a developer friend of mine, that someone should fill the void and construct twin homes side by side, for the ultra trendy “LAT dwellers” (living together alone) of the word, and call it a He/She home.  So when I saw this “Twin Home” design by Strey Architects, I felt somewhat vindicated that my idea was not so “out there”, after all.  I totally love this design, and it is ideal for those “living together alone” advocates.

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© Strey Architects – Twin Homes
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© Strey Architects – Twin Homes
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© Strey Architects – Twin Homes

Friedrich Strey:

Friedrich Strey earned a Bachelors of Architecture at the University of Pretoria in 1997, where he was often the top student of his class, and recipient of many prizes and awards.
  •  A Merit Award for Architecture from the South African Institute for Architects.
  • An Honorary Mention for Architecture from the South African Institute for Architects.
  • An Award of Merit from the Pretoria Institute of Architecture.
Friedrich spends a lot of his time researching, lecturing and writing articles on the subjects of sustainability in architecture and passive design.  He attends most conferences and exhibitions and has lectured on pre-manufactured building systems and sustainability at Decorex 2008, with Nosizo Sebake (a researcher) at the CSIR http://www.csir.co.za
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© Strey Architects – Casa Del Padre
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© Strey Architects – Casa Del Padre
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© Strey Architects – Casa Del Padre
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© Strey Architects – Casa Del Padre
Johann Strey:
Johann earned a B.Sc of Architecture in 2004 and a Masters of Architecture at the University of Pretoria in 2006. Johann shared his passion of sailing yachts & architecture with his brother Friedrich, and spent 5 years working on motor yachts in The States, before pursuing his studies in architecture.  Johann and Friedrich have become a formidable team of architects, often taking architectural students under their wing, exposing them to good design principals and detailing.
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The Strey Brothers in Their Own Words:
 “The earth’s resources are limited, but the amount of people increase day-by-day. We believe in leaving the resources we enjoy on earth today for the generations after us to enjoy, as well. We, therefore, always take cognisance of what we do when we conceive new projects. We achieve this through implementing Passive Design and Sustainable Design principals by default in all our projects. Through research, experimentation and implementation, we have become a valuable source of information as ‘Green’ architects, which we incorporate into all our projects. We can also act as consultants on various ‘Green’ aspects.”
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© Strey Architects – Casa Mecano
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“For architects to grow and be able to, always improve their services, they have to push the boundaries of design sometimes. We have embarked on the development, and collaboration with companies which research, develop, build and erect pre-manufactured and hybrid building, made form ‘alternative’ materials ranging from timber, Light Gauge Steel (LGS), Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), pre-cast concrete and other new technologies. We believe that there is no, ONE solution for different climatic zones, building types and cultures and, therefore, believe that an off-site hybrid Manufacturing process is the solution. We also cross use materials and ideas from other industries, also appropriate in the making of a building, lending strongly from the yachting industry.”
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“Finally we believe that good design should be accessible to everyone and not only a privilege for the rich. We believe in the upliftment of the poor, uneducated, uninformed & under privileged through good architecture and design. We believe that pre-manufactured construction methods and it’s proven cost saving, quality and means of delivery, is a means to provide the under privileged and inaccessible with good solid buildings of a high standard.”

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Renowned Architectural Firm

Northpoint (Pty) Ltd, Architect, Urban Planners, Interior and Graphic Designers, originally known as Duxbury, Faerch & Associates; founded in 1987 by Raymond Duxbury and Ulrich Faerch.   Initially the firm operated in a focused niche market dealing primarily with concept design and interior design.  
Silverstar Hotel, Casino and Entertainment Complex, The contemporary, up-market hotel is the epitome of modern, affluent living stirring a neo-African architectural feeling. The brand “Not the usual” created for the complex stems from the overall concept design of the scheme – inspired around a lifestyle guest experience.
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Silverstar Hotel & Casino Johannesburg © by: Northpoint (Pty) Ltd
The complex has been designed to blend in with the environment while still making an impressive architectural statement. Feng Shui and green building design principles were also considered integral to the overall design of the building form. The scheme opens out and focuses on the water fountain feature.
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Silverstar Hotel & Casino Johannesburg © by: Northpoint (Pty) Ltd
The Hotel, Health Spa, and all the restaurants as well as the fast food court open onto a boardwalk creating a waterfront ambiance. The complex encloses the water feature creating an enchanted private space on to which all the activities focus and culminate.

The hotel’s 38 luxury rooms and suites overlook the beautiful signature water fountain, the 3rd largest musical fountain in the world, which is also a marvel of design excellence. This is also the hotel that never sleeps with its ultra modern casino, conference center (500 – 600 banquet seating venue) and restaurants. But when you do want to unwind or wind down, where better than at the Solstice Spa. The Spa and Wellness Center offers 15 treatment rooms for VIP pampering and its own gym. Facilities include a steam room, flotation tank, a state of the art razul for specialized mud bath treatments, hot and cold pools and hydro baths.

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Silverstar Hotel & Casino Johannesburg © by: Northpoint (Pty) Ltd
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Silverstar Hotel & Casino Johannesburg © by: Northpoint (Pty) Ltd
Monticello Hotel & Casino – Chile With a modern contemporary styled External and Interior Architecture, complemented by strong horizontal and vertical lines and controlled expansive uses of materials and colour, this facility is certainly a trend setter within the region.
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Monticello Hotel and Casino Santiago – Chile © by: Northpoint (Pty) Ltd
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Monticello Hotel and Casino Santiago – Chile © by: Northpoint (Pty) Ltd
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Monticello Hotel and Casino Santiago – Chile © by: Northpoint (Pty) Ltd
Food and beverage offerings are by way of a spatially grand buffet breakfast Restaurant with double volume dining floor and incredible views. A penthouse styled Lounge offers evening relaxation with an external terrace perched above all and vistas enjoyed and associated with “eagle nest” living. In house relaxation and entertainment is further enhanced by a temperature controlled indoor/outdoor pool terrace, fitness centre, Spa & Wellness facility.
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Monticello Hotel and Casino Santiago – Chile © by: Northpoint (Pty) Ltd
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Monticello Hotel and Casino Santiago – Chile © by: Northpoint (Pty) Ltd
The Casino Hotel boasts 155 keys, inclusive of a Presidential Suite and 3 Junior Suites with private pool terraces, with all rooms offering a modern interior aesthetics and pleasurable space to relax in.  
Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort The hotel which recently opened consists of 160 keys, 43 keys for villas and 10 keys for the Royal Pavilion Villas. The resort also offers restaurants, bar and grill, a gymnasium and spa facility.
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Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara –  United Arab Emirates © Northpoint (Pty) Ltd
A seasonally harsh environment and material restrictions compelled the design to withdraw further into tight, dim interiors, creating a longing for the freedom of open space – space without undue emphasis upon structure. The limitations imposed by structure become invisible under a veil of surface treatment, by polychrome paint, carved plaster, patterned inlay and glittering tiles.
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Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara –  United Arab Emirates © Northpoint (Pty) Ltd
Space is made dynamic and ambiguous by changes in levels and direction, by various degrees of openness, the contrasting of high and low, wide and narrow, bright and shaded. Light filters through screens or coloured glass and is diffused by reflecting surfaces, having a mellow, space dissolving effect. Lamps are fashioned to scatter the light and further a sense of ambiguity, as whiffs of incense and perfumes and the extended rhythms of Arabic music confirm the ephemeral quality of existence.
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Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara –  United Arab Emirates ©  Northpoint (Pty) Ltd

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