Voices of Africa – New Website Launched

voices-of-africa-websiteIf you, like me, tend to turn straight to the lifestyle section of the Sunday paper, if the news headlines get you down and you prefer to read stories with a positive vibe, personal stories, real people, then the new Voices for Africa microsite from the Mail & Guardian is for you.

Voices of Africa features stories from all over Africa, stories written by real people living there – not news but personal stories, funny stories, a peek into everyday life. It has a blog feel in the informal style and varied topics, great for browsing if you want to get a feel of the real Africa that doesn’t hit the headlines, the Africa that isn’t currently starving or fighting or politicking or striking. Continue reading

Shop Online for Stunning South African Design

Africandy design emporiumA fabulous new South African design shopping site has just launched – Africandy sources all the coolest products from established and emerging South African designers, so that you can find funky furniture, gorgeous cushions, cutting edge ceramic art and even luscious artisan body products all at the same place.

Browsing through the site it’s hard to resist adding item after item to your wish list, as fabulous bronze bowls and delicate jewellery all inspire “I want that!”s.

The store is carefully curated, every product chosen for its integrity and all made in South Africa by local artists, artisans and designers: so if you are looking for proudly South African pieces for your home, or for Christmas gifts, this is a great place to start shopping. Continue reading

Coffee Style

Origin Coffee Roaster logo-by-DEEPOrigin Coffee Roasting, Cape Town’s very own centre of the art of great coffee, now has a new logo and there is newly designed packaging to look forward to.

Not that their Cape Town de Waterkant headquarters isn’t already as stylish as you could ask for as a dedicated coffee aficionado!

With their own artisan roaster on site, a professional barista school an atmospheric cafe and a specialist tea room it’s a mecca for anyone who takes coffee seriously. Continue reading

Sustainable Design

Shift Sustainable DesignSustainable design is at the heart of true stylish living. More and more South African designers are embracing an environmentally friendly ethic, whether it is choosing natural, renewable resources for their products, recycling post-consumer waste, or ensuring fair-trade principles in their production.

So it’s great to see that the Shift is encouraging sustainable design at all levels with their annual competition. Young designers and creative spirits between the ages of 18-35 can submit their  sustainable design concepts that will address some of the challenges faced by communities across the world. Continue reading

Up and Coming South African Style Icons

Website for Mail and Guardian 200 Young South Africans projectUp and coming style icons are to be found a plenty in the 2012 Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans project. Every year they pick 200 people under 35, doing extraordinary work in their field, from music to business, to health to environment, politics and fashion.

So if you want to know who to be looking out for as the future movers and shakers in the world of style check out the website.

With stylish web design and web development by Deep Design, it pulls together 200 stories of these inspirational young people in a way that is easy to browse and easy on the eye.

So check out the latest South African fashion designers, dance divas, entrepreneurs, environmental warriors and groundbreaking medics and feel more hopeful for the future of our country with so much talent out there.

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