SHF offers beautiful, on-trend furniture and decor at incredibly reasonable prices, which is why we love their stores. From turquoise velvet trunks to floral armchairs, the 'Living' section includes seating, storage and ottomans, while 'Dining' has the biggest range of show-stopping tables and dining chairs, as well as sideboards and chic bar stools. Then there's the 'Bedroom' section with headboards and side tables in every shape, size and material, and 'Outdoor' furniture so sophisticated you'll feel like you've stepped into someone's penthouse balcony.
Fabric, fabric, fabric! As Exquisite Cuts says: We scour every corner of the fabric world to bring you the latest and greatest trends, colours, textures and designs. So, if you're looking for that stand-out piece of material for your ottoman, scatter cushions, curtains or tablecloth, this is the place to find it. Oh, and they have tables of fabric laid out so you can feel them as well as admire. Bliss.
These wood furniture experts offer bespoke designs for everything from wine cellars to beds, desks and libraries. Whatever you need built into your home, they can make it. And whatever made-to-fit furniture you need, they can do that too. They also create one-of-a-kind furniture pieces out of the roots of mighty trees. Pay them a visit to chat about your needs.
If you’ve reached that stage where your home or office is screaming for an overhaul, enlist the experts from Design & Decor Lab to help you. Not only do they customise the design to suit your lifestyle and taste, they will also make all the furniture, window treatments and anything else needed for the space. The bonus? They offer a one-year warranty on all their items.
The JVB Furniture Collection has a single-minded goal: to help South Africans create a timeless sense of occasion in their day-to-day living. Their pieces are striking and modern; easy to picture in a Maboneng loft or Sandhurst mansion. Think gorgeous stainless steel coupled with mustard velvets; upholstery in hues of greys and champagnes and cabinets made from wood. They also offer Interior Design Services, so give them a call if you're needing a home overhaul.
You've not experienced amazing sound and tech until you've paid Icons a visit in Kramerville. It's more than a music and audio store, it's an experience complete with a top notch kitchen staffed with people obsessed with pushing culinary boundaries. We highly recommend that you swing by Icons and experience it for yourself. To boot, Icon also hosts a wide variety of events: from cooking classes to movie nights, there truly is something for everyone. You can find them at Unit 4, Design on Appel, Appel Road Kramerville, Sandton, Gauteng.
Halogen International stocks and distributes local and international fabrics and wall coverings from over 30 of the world's most exclusive fabric houses, and they offer a range of over 200 hand-selected local fabrics to choose from. You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to fabric choice – woven, quilted, kelim, velvet, linen – and pattern. Go find something special.
Minimalistic designs have been making a strong stand in the design world. If you like neat, simple and classy, then Tonic Design is the place to go. We particularly love the Nova bed design – its clean lines will look good in any modern bedroom.
For artistic pieces, treasures with a rustic look or Africa inspired pieces, Amatuli is the place to go. We adore the African face mask display sets and the black and white fine art portraiture by David Ballam.
Looking for premium and high-end kitchen designers who have worked in southern Africa and beyond? Then look no further than Living Kitchens – Bulthaup. They understand that the kitchen is the heart of any home or, as they would put it, the focal point of your home. Who better to design your kitchen than them? Check out their showroom for inspiration.
Looking for elegant decor items that wont break the bank? Then we recommend you head to Classic Bond Decor. This classic Le Med mini chaise is just the piece for a cosy reading corner, while the contemporary white painted server will look elegant in any dining room.
Dejan Custom Furniture prides itself in designing quality and stylish bespoke furniture for its niche clientele. We absolutely adore the circle mirrors in their accessories section. Have a look and be dazzled.
Are you more of a wallpaper than paint person? Then Dreamweaver is the place to go. It's a designer's little haven as they offer both wallpaper and remarkable fabrics. Best still, if you need more time to ponder and decide what you like, they have sample books available.
If you've always had a thing for Italian design, Eurocasa should be your first stop the next time you're in Kramerville. Have a look at their gallery for stunning room sets, including kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms.
Have we missed your favourite design and decor store? Let us know below!
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Mark Valentine of Amatuli Artefacts has it tough. When I asked him what his business focus was he answered simply, “I’m a collector, and I’ve turned my hobby into my business.” He started some 20 years ago and has developed his passion from acquiring African artworks to collecting from all over the world. This means that he travels extensively, and he will shortly be leaving for a trip into outer Mongolia. He keeps extending his boundaries in search of the original and the unusual, and avoids Trade Fairs because “then you end up with the same things as everyone else!”
He has recently moved his business premises from Bramley to Kramerville, where he has two large showrooms fronting a spacious warehouse. I picked my way between and over a vast collection of different items that included carved giraffes, crocodiles and fish, wall hangings, grass baskets, unique and attractive benches, arrows, spears and knobkerries, carved figures and masks, horns and wooden antelope heads, large mirrors, wooden flasks and casks, jewellery, beadwork, pictures and a whole lot more. One of my favourites was the dugout canoes which fascinated me. I wondered what my family would say if they found one in the pool, filled with lush green plants shading some drinks and snacks!
Mark says that their business is split almost half and half between local and international outlets, with a small percentage of individual buyers. They send out between 200 and 300 items every day and their business has continued to flourish recently despite the general economic downturn.
What appealed to me so much was that I was not looking at curios that were mass produced in a factory somewhere for the tourist trade. Many of the items that I studied seemed to bear the imprint of the person who made them. They told a story of culture, beliefs, craftsmanship or rugged usefulness. There was something of life about many of them, a life that involved individuals with their hopes and fears, pains and joys. Spears were for hunting or defence, not for show, and on some the rough shafts bore the stains of use. Arrows looked as if they had known flight and impact. Small figures had a symbolic meaning. Heavy, carved round stones were for protecting the grain bins, and small pipes were for smoking. Behind each was a person, many knowing poverty and hardship, who were making their own way along the journey of life. I would never meet them, but a part of their life had impacted mine and needed to be respected.
If you are interested in history, people, Africa and unusual crafts and items you will take pleasure in wandering round. And if you are fortunate enough to find Mark there you will enjoy talking to him and hearing some of his stories. For those looking for something different to put in their homes or offices, something that has a story behind it, you might well find it here.
Keep your eyes on Kramerville. Mark tells me that a local version of 44 Stanley Road is being planned!
Some things only empty the wallet – others extend the mind and spirit.