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February 19 / Uncategorised

Inhouse Shortlisted in the International Green Interior Awards 2015

We are thrilled to announce that the eco-friendly design for a top local investment firm by Inhouse Brand Architects has been shortlisted in the 2015 International Green Interior Awards.

“This year we have received truly amazing and inspiring entries from around the world showing us that the greening of interiors is a healthy way forward for interior designers, architects, building owners and our environment”, says Daphna Tal, Sustainable Interiors Consultant and Head Judge, Australian Living.

The International Green Interior Awards is a platform created by Australian Living in 2011 to inspire interior designers and architects to realise the beauty and benefits of integrating green interior products into projects.

These Awards also encourages manufacturers and innovators to design and make interior products that are healthy for us and our environment.

This year Australian Living has chosen to, once again, partner with Universal Magazines to deliver this unique Awards program.

2015 Categories
Aged Care
Product Education

Award judges have the enviable task to find the winners from a healthy shortlist.

The Judges
Kate St James, Universal Magazines
Bridget Taylor, Lendlease
Daniel Ryan, BMW Sydney
Shaynna Blaze, blackcanvas interiors and TV personality
Jason Wilson, Auswest Timbers
Daphna Tal, Australian Living
David O’Driscoll, Brightgreen
Simon Robinson, The Rug Collection
Billi Hayes, KE-ZU

Winners will be announced on Thursday 5 November 2015 at BMW Sydney, Rushcutters Bay. For information on the Awards night visit

February 19 / Uncategorised

Inhouse Provides Girls Kit for Rock Girl Roadtrip

From October 2 to 11, 16 teenage girls from South Africa and the United States traveled from Cape Town to the Kalahari Desert on the second Rock Girl Road Trip.  The girls interviewed girls and women along the way, documenting their lives through radio and photography, and kept blogs about their journey. They also visited community radio stations, sending out Public Service Announcements and messages of support to girls in places far off the beaten track. With little to no cell service or access to services, the girls in the Northern Cape have no way to share their stories or expose the challenges that they face. Rock Girl reached out to girls in Matjiesfontein, Upington, Calvinia, and Springbok, learning about the lack of high schools, youth programmes, job opportunities and about teenage pregnancy, drug and alcohol abuse, and sexual and physical violence.

The trip was made possible with the support from various sponsors, including Inhouse Brand Architects, who supplied the girls kit (jackets, hats, vests, etc.)

The third Rock Girl Road Trip is currently being planned for early 2016. For more information, please contact:
India Baird, Founder, Rock Girl
082 734 4569

Follow the Road Trip on Social Media:
Twitter @rockgirlexplore
Instagram #RockGirlSA

Donations to help the Road Trip via GoFundMe.

You can learn more about the trip at Rock Girl.

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February 19 / Uncategorised

Join us for trendtalk#10: It’s Elan (not Milan)

Held in Cape Town during the annual Milan fair period, the next trendtalk will serve as a dose of trends inspiration for local creatives and designers and takes place on 17 April 2015 at the Inner City Ideas Cartel Auditorium.

An on-the-pulse event co-hosted by and Inhouse Brands Architects, the line-up for trendtalk#10 sports seasoned trend forecasters and thought leaders who will share their insights on trends in lifestyle, decor and design.

trendtalk#10 is open to all parties at no cost, but the event is held in aid of design charity, Rock Girl. Voluntary donations are welcome. The session will run from 15h30 to 17h00.

Key speakers at the event include global shaper, Saint-Francis Tohlang, accomplished architect and head of GIFA, Daniel van der Merwe of PPC, and partner at Trend+Design Solutions, Peter Gordon.

In addition, Trend+Design Solutions will be running a pop-up bookshop that will carry the latest trend publications such as Viewpoint, View on Textiles, Bloom, Mix, Trend Bible, and others.

Guests can look forward to lucky draw giveaways by Church Original Projects and Rafaeli. Complimentary refreshments will be served by Sir Juice and Tribe Coffee.

Seating is unreserved so guests are advised to come early to secure a seat. The event carries two CPD points for IID members.


Date: Friday 17 April 2015

Time: 15h30 until 17h00

Venue: Inner City Ideas Cartel Auditorium, 71 Waterkant St, Cape Town

RSVP: unreserved

Cost: No fee, but voluntary donations at the door are welcome

CPD points: The event carries 2 points for IID members


Saint-Francis Tohlang


Saint-Francis Tohlang works as an independent trend analyst for various trend firms, both local and international, offering key insights into emerging market trends with an African focus. He has built a credible reputation in the field and provides commentary to national media houses and publications such as Bizcommunity, CNBC Africa, Finweek, Financial Mail and Tohlang was a contributor to a best-selling publication: New Urban Tribes of South Africa edited by Dion Chang, and also contributes trend insight pieces for Flux Trends.

Saint-Francis holds an Honours degree from Rhodes University and an MA from the University of Cape Town (with distinction) where he was the recipient of scholarships, most notably the Andrew Mellon Prestigious Scholarship and the “Rhodes Top 100 Students” award.

In 2013, he was selected as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, a plaudit for young global leaders and serves as the Deputy Curator for the Johannesburg hub.

Daniel van der Merwe


Daniel studied landscape architecture at the University of Pretoria and completed his studies in architecture at the University of Witwatersrand in 1988. He gained work experience in a number of design projects under Stefan Antoni Architects in Cape Town, Manfred Hermer as well as Grosskopff and Lombart Architects in Johannesburg.

Daniel has maintained a high profile as a seasoned speaker at university level frequently giving public lectures. His contribution to architectural and trade magazines has made him a favourite with industry media. He moved into a position at the Cement and Concrete Institute heading the architectural concrete focus area until May 2013 and joined then PPC Ltd as an Architect and a member of their specialist technical marketing division. He is the brainchild behind the PPC Imaginarium.

Daniel currently serves on the SA Institute of Architects Board (SAIA) and it’s Mancom as Convenor: Marketing, and is the current president of the Gauteng Institute for Architecture (GIFA).

Peter Gordon

Peter Gordon is a partner at Trendtrendtalk#10-image-04+Design Solutions, distributors and agents for some of the leading international fashion trend and design publications. Titles include Viewpoint, View on Textiles, Bloom, Mix, Trend Bible, Scout and TrendStop. Peter has been involved in retail and design for many years. Apart from Trend+Design Solutions, he consults to various companies on design and trend-related issues.






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February 19 / Uncategorised


The industrial look has long been a design staple. In recent years, as the cultural trend has shifted towards an increased green awareness, natural and organic finishes have to come to the fore in interiors. With their interior scheme and exterior treatment for new restaurant Bocca, on Bree St in Cape Town, Inhouse Brand Architects has successfully fused these two aesthetic directions to present an “organic industrial” look that is both appealing and up-to-the-minute. The functional severity of the industrial look is warmed and softened by the use of natural materials. It’s all very now and wow!

Bocca is the latest venture of well-known food and wine fundi Neil Grant, with his business partner Barry Engelbrecht. Grant’s other establishment, the award-winning Burrata, which is located in Cape Town’s Biscuit Mill, was also designed by Inhouse. This time round, Inhouse Creative Director Aidan Hart and designers Ernst Frame-Tolmie and Becky Kriedemann took their cue from the bustling Bree St dynamic, and neighbouring haunts, before framing their design solution. A hipster playground, Bree St attracts a sophisticated urban set and plays home to destination stores and trendy restaurants.

But Bocca is set to please. A tiered wooden deck spills from the interior out onto the pavement, creating an inviting point-of-intrigue. Outside walls are also clad in wood to create visual continuity, and are broken by fold-open glass doors, through which passer-byers can have a sneak-peek into the restaurant’s lively interior and patrons can people-watch or suck in the city-scape.

Bocca’s most striking feature is no doubt the wrap-around structure that cocoons the interior. It is constructed from a curved metal frame that supports a series of natural oak slats. Rising from the granite floor, it curves to form a bench for seating, continues up the double volume wall, curves over the ceiling and lands on the mezzanine level in yet another curvacious bench. There is a seamless visual connection between the two floors. An oak and metal staircase allows access between the two. On the ground floor the bench runs the full length of the wall. It is completed with leather cushions, and fronted by a line of square wooden tables.

The extensive use of natural materials, including wood, marble and granite, is thrown into bold relief by exposed metal pipes that crisscross the ceiling. Often sealed or hidden away, the pipes have been left exposed – a typical industrial look feature. Bocca’s corporate colours of burnt orange and deep blue – have been highlighted in that the extraction piping is deliberately turned into an eye-catching feature by painting it a vibrant indigo.

The ambience of the interior is enhanced by the open-plan design that places the kitchen at the heart of the restaurant. An imported Italian wood burning oven coloured in burnt orange and wrapped in Yves Klein blue tiles takes centre stage. According to Hart the wood burning oven is the hero of the restaurant. The intention of the design is to make dining a sociable experience and the wood burning oven was designed to make the diners feel like they are a part of the kitchen and the food making process”.

The wood burning oven is view of groundfloor diners and because it is situated close to the all-glass shopfront, also attracts the attention of passersby. The mezzanine level too offers a series of colourful perspectives. Sitting on a wooden counter, that encircles the mezzanine level, diners can view the theatre of food unfolding in the kitchen below. They can also enjoy the activity of the surrounds by gazing through the glass shop front, down Wale St and across Bree St.

While the interior boasts a pleasing blend of oak, marble and granite, the boldly black bathroom is an entirely different animal. Shiny black ceramic wall tiles and black and white patterned Moroccan flooring contrast with the wood, steel and leather that abound in the restaurant. While the bathroom is different to the restaurant floor, the common thread is fine attention to detail.

This boldness does feature elsewhere, though. The outside signage displays a hard-to-miss orange “O” in the name Bocca. The orange references the brightly hued wood burning oven within, and the shape of the O can’t help but bring the delicious circle of a pizza to mind. Warm, inviting and dynamic, Bocca’s custom-made environment provides a singular restaurant experience and offers laidback fare in a unique interior.

February 19 / Uncategorised

The GH Mumm outdoor lounges at Shimmy Beach Club invite guests to an ultimate summer hang-out

A new set of opulent GH Mumm Outdoor Lounges perfectly complements the glamorous nautical experience to be had at Shimmy Beach Club, an upmarket entertainment destination at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. Showcasing charming Catamaran-styled features, the lounges were designed for luxurious summer partying.

The GH Mumm lounges were commissioned by Pernod Ricard and created by brand experience experts NightVision, sister company to leading interiors firm Inhouse Brand Architects.

Thanks to creative input from Inhouse’s award-winning Creative Director, Aidan Hart, the GH Mumm lounges are more than just easy on the eye, boasting plenty of practical design elements. The outside frames can easily be disassembled and re-assembled ”so that the lounges can be moved around quickly and easily” and consist of waterproof aluminum. Reconstructed plastic composite was used to create a sleek faux timber look for the floors with the benefit of being stain and rot resistant, an added bonus when being so close to the sea and the corrosive salt air.

The lounge “roof” consists of a stretched canopy, creating a yacht-like look, complemented by high-end yachting fabric used for the upholstery. The curtains feature striking GH Mumm branding were designed for privacy and to provide shade. At night, the lounges are subtly lit by a concealed LED lighting system.

The opulent GH Mumm brand is celebrated right through, from the crisp red and white corporate colours used, to the cork-shaped space on the interior. Each lounge features a custom-made, oversized cork table in the centre, beautifully displaying the branding.

While the GH Mumm lounges were specifically tailored to suit the brand and the location’s objectives, they are fully customizable for future projects and can be adapted to suit any form of branding.

For now, however, as the heat rises, there’s no hotter place to cool off!