Mastery of Artistry

We love a celebration of local talent. on our radar right now is an explosion of colour and beautiful objects

By Ingrid Wood
Alexander Krenz piece © Supplied

A world leader in furniture design and interiors, Roche Bobois is famous for its iconic Mah Jong modular sofa, which was created in 1971. Whether as a corner sofa, straight sofa, armchair, bench seat or extra bed, the Mah Jong was intended to adapt in function and form. Fifty years on, and it is still as relevant as it was then. Today it is dressed in fabric by some of the world’s finest couturiers – the one pictured here is by Missoni Home.

Roche Bobois Mah Jong sofa © Supplied
Marco Olivier sculpture © Supplied

The first collaboration between acclaimed sculptor Marco Olivier and his daughter Lisa and curated by Leigh Rein, will take place at Roche Bobois in Cape Town’s De Waterkant from November. “Since the first day I saw my father’s incredible designs, I knew with my heart and soul this was where I belong,” Lisa says. “We created this piece together, titled The Two of Us, to represent our love for design.

Indulge in art and all things beautiful in Plett this season. British-born, Cape Town based artist Richard Scott trained himself. His works – semi-nude women, trees and animals – are playful and colourful. He describes his unique take as “naive meets pop art”. His work can be seen at Junction Cafe, 17 Main Street, Plettenberg Bay.

Richard Scott piece © Supplied

Look out for the vibrant colourful works of Alexander Krenz, who is exhibiting at tten BAZAAR, 29 Main Street, Plett. Grandson of Professor Alfred Krenz, one of South Africa’s abstractionist masters, Alexander is one of the top-selling artists in the country. His more recent works are acid neon abstracts. “I feel the need for radical, punchy colour to help inoculate ourselves against the post-Covid blues,” he says.

Alexander Krenz piece © Supplied
Lisa G figurines © Supplied

Top of our wishlist are these limited edition iconic figurines, beautifully presented by curator Leigh Rein and artist Lisa G. Each one is handmade from a quality resin and then painted and suitably dressed. Tom Ford, Frida Kahlo, Dolce&Gabbana… It’s a growing family of famous faces and local designs, and utterly collectable. Exclusive to tten BAZAAR and ELEVEN.

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