Floors for public spaces

When considering flooring for public high traffic areas, for instance shopping centres, hospitals and hotels, the factors influencing the choice tend to be a need for a hard wearing floor which is easily maintained. But what else are clients looking for in public flooring? Leading Architecture & Design approached the country’s top suppliers to find […]

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The spirit of Africa with a sophisticated twist

The hospitality landscape is constantly changing with many older hotels renovated into new hip designs. With 2010 under two years away many new hotels are going up or existing ones undergoing facelifts. Lodges are also unique to our continent and come with their own design trends Hotel design is currently an exciting area of architecture […]

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Shaping the kitchen

Two trends have tended to govern kitchen design in the last year – an upsurge in kitchen remodeling and an increased focus on appliances “More clients are coming in with renovations than new kitchens off plan,” says Marina Veiga of Kitchen Wise Designs. “I think this trend will continue for a long time until the […]

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Creating a kitchen

In this article we explore the differences between designing for the residential and the commercial environment. What are the standards for restaurant and hotel kitchens? What design facets need to be considered for these types of kitchens, and what products are more suited to these environments. The leading kitchen suppliers from across the country have […]

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A new way of thinking

The advent of light steel frame building in South Africa is one of the most exciting developments in recent times in the steel and building industries. SASFA, the Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association, a division of the SAISC, the Southern African Institute for Steel Construction, was officially launched on October 18, 2006 to […]

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Bucking the trend

The light steel frame building sector is bucking the recession trend with a growth forecast of 10% for the 2009 calendar year Compared with a 17% decline in the real value of residential buildings completed in the major municipal areas in South Africa during the first half of 2009, this forecast reflects a growing preference […]

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Quality not quantity

Interior lighting is eventually starting to get the attention that it deserves – the recent trends, focussing on occupancy sensors and lighting for the workplace – are testament to this. The link between light and human health is embedded in our molecular make-up. Lighting levels determine our body clock, affecting the biochemical, physiological and behavioural […]

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Investing in comfort

With offices continually moving away from the dour, staid atmospheres of yesteryear, Leading Architecture & Design approaches the leading manufacturers from across the country to find out what they believe are the latest and greatest trends in office interiors. Q In your experience, what is the latest trend that you have seen emerging in office […]

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Experimenting with colour

We live surrounded by colours, shades and light and sometimes we don’t even notice how it influences our mood. Yet designers have to notice this science and apply it for the benefit of their clients. Leading Architecture & Design quizzed paint suppliers about the latest trends in colour and found out that grey, purple and […]

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The diversity of water

Landscape architecture is a rich and complex discipline. As well as being capable of creating architectural forms and structures from natural elements, it also employs the almost infinite range and diversity of nature. And water has a unique position among the natural elements. The relationship that humans have with water is complex, ambivalent and ever […]

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