Last week I went along to the media launch of the new Rough Cuts collection by Skinny laMinx. It was held at Rivets & Rockets on Bree Street where the raw concrete, wood and metalwork was the perfect backdrop to showcase the new colourful fabric designs by Heather Moore. I had a great evening chatting to fellow bloggers, sampling the delish food from and even got to meet Heather herself! Here are a few pics of the evening…
According to Heather, Rough Cuts is a fabric collection inspired by her love of Scandinavian Style, but one that is quite at home in Africa as is evident in the simple geometric prints and earthy colours. The collection consists of five prints, called Pebble, Rough Diamond, Brancusi Stripe, Bowls and Woodpile.
The Rough Cuts colours include Sunny Sky (blue), Lollipop (coral red), Inkspot (black), Spruce (pale bluey green), Smudge (earthy brown), Pollen, Persimmon (burnt orange), Graphite, Taupe and Lemon Slice.
I’ve been looking to replace an old worn out lampshade for a while with no luck esp as the proportions of the cover are difficult to replicate so I decided this would be a great chance to add some Skinny laMinx style to my home and selected a piece of Sunny Sky Rough Diamond fabric. Now all I need to do is brush up on my sewing skills! Eeeek!
A geometric collection is capable of enormous versatility in application and the result is a collection that can work as well in a cool, restrained interior, as in one that’s all about mad pattern on pattern.
Moore has also teamed up with Binky Newman of Design Afrika who has for many years been designing and sourcing basketry from across Southern Africa and making it available to retailers, locally and abroad. Moore’s Scandi inspiration, mesh perfectly with Newman’s African aesthetic. The collaboration of using the baskets in the product shoot for Rough Cuts has been a great success and the experience brings the ideas of Dutch trend forecaster Li Edelkoort to mind, who has the following to say about the ‘design DNA’ of North and South:
“So far apart and yet so close in visual and aesthetic terms, the mirror of Northern purist design and Southern … craft leaves one perplexed and enchanted…an aesthetic norm seems to be genetically embedded in our collective memory, enabling us to (use)… a common design DNA, reaching out to formulate an organic visual language of archaic clear simplicity, a graphic design direction.”
In the meantime, the Skinny laMinx shop at 201 Bree Street will continue to bring North and South together, as a range of baskets and felt weavings from Design Afrika will be for sale alongside the Skinny laMinx range.
Want to know more about Skinny laMinx – you’ll love this sweet little animated video…
Visit the Skinny laMinx shop:
201 Bree Street
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Images: Kathryn Rossiter