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Carlo Massoud will be at Guild

Design stars head for Guild design fair in February

Carlo Massoud will be at Guild  As the world awakens to the economic potential of Africa, all eyes are on its sources and likely staying power. A leading supporter of design-driven economic growth, Southern Guild is putting the spotlight on the continent with GUILD, Africa’s only international design fair in Cape Town from 25 February […]

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The new Sasol headquarters by Paragon are scheduled for completion next year

Paragon’s vision for new Sasol HQ pushes the boundaries

Sasol, one of the world’s leading integrated energy and chemicals companies, is building its new corporate office on Katherine Street in Sandton, Johannesburg, and Paragon are the architects that took up the challenge. The vision for the new building was to somehow link the look of the new building to Sasol’s logo. The logo, which […]

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Lonza Wood Protection rebrands as Arch Wood Protection

Following a strategic review of the South African market, an innovative re-branding strategy has been introduced to dispel any confusion as to the identity of the Lonza wood businesses. Doug Sayce, General Manager of Arch Wood Protection South Africa, explained that when Lonza purchased the global Arch business in 2011, the company names of the […]

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Harold Johnson, this year’s winner from the University of Johannesburg is pictured with an illustration of his thesis project entitled The ‘Dark’City.

Corobrik honours architecture students

Energy efficient mechanisms and interventions to better sustain the environment are not just nice to haves – they are integral to a more sustainable future and building standards and regulations are likely to be revised and fine tuned going forward to support such an end. The architectural profession is central to the solution. Speaking at […]

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Decorex and 100% Design South Africa reveal extensive trade programme for 2015

  A major shift is about to take place in the interior decoration and design industry, with the launch of a new and extensive trade programme at Decorex SA and 100% Design South Africa next year. Cairey Baxter-Bruce, Head of New Business Development for Decorex SA says “the trade programme’s main purpose will be to […]

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Osram lights up the Sistine Chapel

Shedding light on history

The Sistine Chapel in Rome has been illuminated by a novel lighting solution from OSRAM. After 500 years, this extraordinary piece of art history can now be experienced bathed in the light of more than 7,000 LEDs. The installation that has been put in place over the last few months is designed to protect the […]

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Water Game Changer

Every now and then, a product or design comes along that looks set to change the way we live forever. We’ve seen “water bars” in offices; now there’s one for the home or small office kitchen that could alter how we design and use our kitchens and taps. It’s energy efficient, convenient, healthy and great-looking […]

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The All I Own House

What makes a home? In many instances it’s the things we own, the things that make us happy and the things that we’ve collected over time. If you’re prone to hoarding, the activity of homemaking can become a bit problematic, especially if you live in a small space. Madrid-based PKMN Architectures set about solving this problem […]

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Planting the Seed

  When it comes to pots for outdoor plants, the South African market has long since been limited to only two choices: faux-Italian terracotta style or the glazed traditional Oriental option. Design entrepreneur Peter van der Post spotted this gap and has very quickly filled it with a vast array of stylish and contemporary designer […]

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Better living Challenge Exhib large.

Butterfly wings for low cost housing

The Butterfly Housing Project is a systems approach to affordable housing that provides a generic load bearing product allowing for a range of different finishes and spatial configurations. The initiative, which was the joint venture of Dutch, Nigerian and South African architects and construction professionals, recently exhibited – together with USE-IT – at the Better […]

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