Trends are always being set and fashionable bars are on a constant rise. This is true, not only for fashion, but for interior design. That’s why we have hand-picked a list of the best boutique homeware stores in Joburg and Pretoria for those who want to update their homes with the latest in design, but with a unique twist.
Consol, South Africa’s largest glass manufacturer, is having their Consol Shop RED HOT SALE currently running until 6 August. Everything in the concept store is 25% off with some higher price reductions adding some more spice to the hottest sale of the year.
Whether you’re an avid foodie looking to store your pantry essentials, an earth warrior hoping for some eco-savvy solutions to master that plastic-free life, or an entertainer extraordinaire looking to wow guests with the bar at your next house party, Consol provides options for you.
Don’t miss the RED HOT SALE, in-store only!
Time: Mon to Fri 9am to 4pm | Sat 9am to 1pm
Address: 16 Waterval Cres, Woodmead, Johannesburg
Amatuli showcase items and artefacts from around the world, so you can decorate your home in a truly global fashion.
From the Congo to Chad, and with Madagascar and Turkey recently added onto an already extensive destination itinerary, the team travels the globe to source a variety of unique decorative items for that fine-tuned exotic touch to your interior and exterior.
All products are available from their showroom in Kramerville, Sandton. Antique African figures and carvings are particularly popular, as are unique photographic prints on canvas and Paper, once-off furniture pieces, and pots of all sizes
Time: Mon to Fri 8.30am to 5.30pm | Sat 9am to 3pm | Sun 10am to 3pm
Address: 6 Desmond St, Kramerville, Johannesburg
Decorex SA is Africa’s largest décor, design and lifestyle exhibition presenting an annual decor expo with interactive displays and products from a collection of expertly curated designers and manufacturers.
From 7 to 11 of August, the finest concepts and lifestyle essentials will be on display for your perusal.
This year’s theme is ‘Designing for Africa – feels like home’, as the African continent is positioning itself as a global style icon. International trend-makers will fuse the unique colour and vibrancy that characterises the African people and cultures into their features and products.
Cost: R120 | Students/Pensioners R100 | U12s R20 | Weekend pass R280
Time: 7 to 11 August, from 10am to 6pm daily
Address: Gallagher Convention Centre, 19 Richards Dr, Halfway House, Midrand
Storm in a Teacup produces unique handcrafted ceramics. Each item begins on the potter’s wheel, a classic artisan technique dating far back in time.
For 10 years, founder Sue Weston and her team have been experimenting with different clay bodies, forms and texture. Recently they have developed their own clay body for extra strength; it has lustrous warmth seeping through the glazes.
The ceramic retailer’s concept store in the design precinct of 44 Stanley specialises in fully functional and durable ceramic design wares. Furthermore, the pottery range is removed from mass production. Through their work, the team aims to reflect the natural vibrancy and beauty of South Africa.
Storm in a teacup will also be launching their Cape Town outpost in the V&A Waterfront’s design marketplace, Watershed on 2 August.
Time: Daily, from 9am to 5pm
Address: 44 Stanley Ave, Braamfontein Werf, Johannesburg
RE-TREND is a popular store in Richmond that brings you refurbished, one of a kind, Mid-century modern and Retro furniture dating between the 1950’s to 1970’s. This style is versatile, all-inclusive and most of the time, timeless. What sets this furniture apart is the simplicity in design, function and form. The use of clean lines and classic shapes, makes decorating a dream, as the pieces are understatedly gorgeous and not over-designed. Most décor styles incorporate well with mid-century modern. The style is understood by many, hence the popularity.
At RE-TREND, the team strives for perfection when furniture is refurbished. Each piece is assessed individually as not one piece is the same and not the same wood is used. Mid-century and retro furniture was often veneered, which makes refurbishment tricky, but in most cases exceptionally well veneered and the craftsmanship involved in these pieces were often more complex and time-consuming than solid wood pieces
Time: Mon to Fri 9am to 6pm | Sat 9am to 5pm | Sun 9am to 3pm
Address: Shop 1, Rand Steam Shopping Centre, Cnr Napier St & Barry Hertzog Ave, Richmond, Johannesburg
Furniture is considered one of the most important aspects of a house, but mediating between style, comfort and practicality can sometimes be a difficult venture. At Block & Chisel, experienced décor consultants are on hand to offer advice and assist in finding that perfect furniture or décor piece for your home.
As well as imported pieces, the boutique design store in Illovo also offers locally manufactured home décor. Their Master Cabinet Maker Sibley McAdam has created innovative processes, such as the “antiquing” technique, which have been honed by the Block & Chisel team of artisans over the last two decades. This is inspired by classic lasting designs and techniques of the past and is accented with selected treasures to create an overall eclectic flair.
Tables, chairs, sofas, rugs, headboards, outdoor furniture and accessories are all available for purchase from their store. The store is over 2000 sq meters of curated settings to inspire you.
Time: Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm | Sat 9am to 3pm | Every last Sun of the month 9am to 1pm
Address: Block & Chisel Illovo, 40 Central Ave, Illovo, Johannesburg
Wonki Ware produces and sells pottery while making a difference. The small ceramicware retail store in Fourways started off as a small studio in the town of George 20 years ago. Owner Di Marshall kickstarted the studio to keep herself busy, but it soon became a hub for creatives to meet. She trained two locals in the art of pottery and the three became a team. Their enthusiasm for the clay helped the business to expand vastly and the collections are showcased in some of the most prestigious stores in South Africa as well as abroad.
Wonki Ware creates classic pottery, which is timeless and vibrant. Their unique variety of patterns and shapes have positioned them as trendsetters in the market.
The studio gives back to the local George community by teaching the art of pottery making. At present they employ over 70 people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Time: Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm | Sat 9am to 4pm | Sun 9am to 1pm
Address: Shop 36B, Broadacres Shopping Centre, Fourways, Johannesburg
CART is a unique combination of Plants and Barware! The combination creates a feeling which you will immediately feel when you walk into their retail store in Linden. For this reason, CART also stocks a curated selection of beautiful planters, baskets, gifts and décor items enhancing this feeling into your home. Specializing in carefully selected indoor plants, the Joburg homeware store provides an opportunity for everyone to create a green home. In between this curated mix, vintage items are also on display and available to purchase.
One of the shop’s most popular plants is the Philodendron Scandens. The CART team recommend this easy to grow house plant with it’s evergreen trailing foliage, making it a main-stay for city slickers. Fashionable choices such as Fiddle leaf Fig trees, Monstera’s, and other interesting variations of semi succulents like the Happy Bean are also available to add a touch of nature to your interior.
Address: 57, 3rd Ave, Linden, Johannesburg | Inside Re-Trend, Rand Steam Shopping Centre, Cnr Barry Hertzog & Napier Rd, Richmond, Johannesburg
Another source for decor statement pieces with an artisanal touch is the upcoming KAMERS/Makers market. This seasonal market, in partnership with Consol, celebrates all things fresh and unique- handmade artistry and face-to-face encounters with those who produce it. The idea is that the pieces are not perfect or mass-produced, but rather high-end true craft with an artisanal touch.
From hand-painted clocks to special edition timber bow ties, KAMERS/Makers provides a space for handcrafted creativity to get its time in the limelight.
Look out for one of their various design shows in Gauteng. The first is the Gala Moonlight Market on 27 August at St John’s College in Joburg. Then, their Joburg show runs from 28 August until 1 September at St John’s College. To close off the year, they host a final event at Cornwall Hill College in Pretoria, 3 until 8 December. And a small selection of items are available for online sale throughout the year.
Cost: Product prices vary | Event tickets R70 – R130 | Under 18’s Free Entrance | Tickets includes a shopper bag, Consol glass bottle and magazine
Time: Opening Night, 27 August, from 4pm to 6pm | Official Markets from 9am to 5pm daily
Address: St John’s College, St David Rd, Houghton Estate, Houghton, Johannesburg | Cornwall Hill College, Nellmapius Dr, Irene, Pretoria