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

Safari Lodges, Style And LED Lighting

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Dinner on the fire deck - Mateya Safari Lodge

There are two main things you expect from a luxury safari lodge: style and a green approach to their decor. After all when the conservation of endangered animals is your primary objective, it makes sense to look at the overall environmental impact of your lodge. Energy saving measures, recycling initiatives, water conservation, growing herbs and vegetables on site are all measures that are being put in place by forward thinking safari lodges, but the style aspect is most evident in the lighting.

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Mateya Safari Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve

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Inverdoorn Safari Lodge - Ambassadors Suite

All important in the style, look and feel of  a lodge, lighting design can create the perfect ambience, or not. Two South African safari lodges that have got it right are Mateya Safari Lodge, in the Gabbro Hills of the Madikwe Reserve, and Inverdoorn, a private game reserve in the Karoo not far from Cape Town.

What they both have in common, besides the animals, is that both have sourced their LED lighting design from Cape Town-based Candela LED. It’s good to know that LED lighting technology has evolved enough for hotels and lodges to integrate it so beautifully into their decor – exuding style and green ethos in a luxury setting.

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