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The Beauty of Brass

Posted 30.06.2015

Malica recently had the amazing opportunity to design a family home in Illovo. The space allowed for loads of customised pieces, and this picture shows a close up detail of the dining room server.

We custom designed the piece to incorporate brass detailing, using Piet Boons handles sourced from Handles Inc in Hyde Park Johannesburg which compliment the brass edging in the joinery design. The rich, sculptural brass motif is reiterated in pendant lighting in the room adjacent to the dining area.

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The natural oak wood floors supplied and installed by Forrest Flooring create a beautiful backdrop for the joinery.

We have styled the area with large smoky glass vessels filled with fresh orchids.

The brass element was extended into the guest toilet in the design of the vanity - a Malica Design signature piece which can be customised according to size and choice of countertop material.

The accompanying wallpaper, which was chosen by the client, creates a slightly tropical feel within the room while maintaining a sense of sophistication.

Hallmark House: An inner-city skyline oasis

Posted 15.04.2015

A panoramic view of the inner city is captured in this image, taken from the 13th floor of Hallmark House in the Maboneng Precinct.

The 66-metre-high building was completed in the 1970s to house a growing diamond polishing industry in Johannesburg's inner city. Properuity, together with international architect David Adjaye, will be developing this landmark building into a range of luxury apartments and a hotel in the forthcoming months.

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The design of the building will incorporate plants on all the balconies, creating a floating green oasis, when it is completed in early 2016.

The ballustrading, as seen in this image, is designed by David Adjaye & Associates and beautifully defines the scenic view, simultaneously creating the structure on which the plants and creepers will grow.

Malica was responsible for designing and sourcing furniture for the 13th floor show apartment. Particular pieces were chosen from well known south African designers Dokter and Misses and Gregor Jenkins, as well as custom designed pieces fabricated by Malica Design.

Patterned fabrics were chosen to add texture and colour to the various rooms and answer the client's brief to create a African modernist city aesthetic. African-inspired outdoor furniture has been used together with a garden of succulents.

Malica also commissioned Shaun Gaylard of Blank Ink Design to draft an architectural sketch of the building for the client. As can be seen here, the balconies accommodate an exterior space for each apartment, which is quite unusual for modern urban living.