Design Joburg

24 - 26 May 2019Sandton Convention Centre

CoLab Designers

Image by Copperleaf Studio

Fanie van Zyl, brought to you by Sunday Times

With 6 of the country’s most influential designers set to transform the Sandton Convention Centre on 24 May by way of their captivating room sets, Design Joburg featuring Rooms on View is raising the bar yet again.

This third instalment of what has become the continent’s most innovative and memorable exhibition of local and international décor and design, will feature a glut of exhibits bound to inspire.

Sunday Times has teamed up with Johannesburg interior designer Fanie van Zyl to create a CoLab feature that promises to get pulses racing.   

We caught up with van Zyl to uncover his plans on the room set as well as his musings on his journey thus far...

1. What do people associate you with?

Bricks...well, from last year’s show anyway! It’s fitting then that we’ll be collaborating with Corobrik once again this year and presenting their black klompie brick in a more elevated style.

2. Describe your CoLab feature in one sentence?

A well designed space that exudes confidence and sophistication for the eligible bachelor.

3. Can you expand on this concept?

We wanted to have a little bit of fun really. It’s not something I ‘ve done before and so the excitement of doing something different was alluring.

4. Who will you be working with on your CoLab?

As mentioned we’re working with Corobrik but also partnered with Ken Leiman Furniture and designed a kitchen that showcases their craftsmanship and skill, with craftsmanship being a focus for our CoLab stand this year. The idea was to design a living room where the eligible bachelor might live and entertain. We’re adamant that the space should feel homely since show-kitchens can often feel overtly showy, with very little life. Culinary Equipment Company will be supplying cutlery, crockery, Mauviel Pots and pans, as well as a Lacanche range cooker for a credible lived-in aesthetic. We’ve also been fortunate to partner with Ligne Roset for our dining and lounge furniture. We’re currently working on an exciting tech element to the stand which will seamlessly complete the visitor’s experience.

5. What single feature of your CoLab is going to make heads turn?

It’s probably going to be the klompie brick floor that will initially catch the viewer’s attention. I’m also confident that on closer inspection, visitors will be drawn in and surprised by the other elements on the stand.

6. What would your dream project be?

I recently realised the thing I enjoy most about the work we do is the clients. It’s fascinating gaining an understanding of what the business does for a commercial project and how to design in a way that enhances the user experience. The same applies to residential projects, getting to know the client and understanding their needs for the space. In that sense, a lot of my projects are dream projects.

7. What are you hoping to get out of being a part of this year’s show?

The show hasn’t even launched and I’ve already had so many takeaways from the Design Joburg experience.  I’ve partnered with a variety of industry leaders for the first time. I’m no good at social media and self-promotion and felt it was probably time to change all that. I’m very much a people’s person, so I look forward to the anticipated one on one interaction at the show.

8. What or who has inspired your signature style?

Tonic has had a massive influence on my style; they were my first employers and I learned so much from them. The high standard they set made it almost impossible to work for anyone else, which is why I chose to go it alone and maintain similar standards in my own interiors. Lunetta Bartz from Maker Studio has also had a profound influence on my style. We’ve worked on a couple of collaborations in the past and Lunetta has an interesting way of creating the unexpected, which makes the journey fun and yields spectacular results.

Fanie van Zyl, brought to you by Sunday Times