We have to admit, we’re heartfelt lighting lovers, which is why we’re eyeing the new collection of lamps that just launched at La Grange Interiors. Both the floor and desk lamps are from Europe and the designs are inspired by urban city life. They are simple yet statement-making, with a strong focus on pure materials.

La Grange, an HL favourite, is operating in its second decade as a leading supplier of luxury handpicked furniture. Founder and owner Sumari Krige, travels the world to find unique items that she can bring home to her showrooms.

The La Grange style is a mixture of old and new, classic and contemporary, as is reflected in their new lamps. The showrooms change regularly, which makes a monthly pop-in worth your while.

BLACK

1. Oxford desk lamp in black R4 950. 2. Cardiff floor lamp in black R3 995. 3. Sydney desk lamp in black and natural R3 995, all from La Grange Interiors.

GREY

1. Oxford desk lamp in smoke grey R4 950. 2. Cardiff floor lamp in grey R3 995. 3. Belfast floor lamp in grey-green R6 995, all from La Grange Interiors.

WHITE and GREY

1. Cardiff table lamp in white R2 995. 2. Cardiff table lamp in grey R2 995, all from La Grange Interiors.

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Nashville 6-arm hanging lamp in black R7 995, La Grange Interiors.

La Grange showrooms are located in Kramerville, Johannesburg and in Woodstock, Cape Town.

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If you’ve picked up a copy of our May 2016 issue, you’ll likely have noted that one of the homes we feature, a quirky 1960s flat owned by the discerning Frikkie Snyman and Braham van Wyk, is an ode to classic Mid-century Modern furniture.

Because this pair has such a great eye for this style, we asked them to offer up a few tips for anyone sourcing Modernist furnishings.

1. know your stuff

  • As with any design movement, it’s important to understand the style and how it originated.
  • Modernist design is represented by many movements and schools. Get to know the designers, their pieces and who holds the design rights.
  • Research prices online so that you know what to expect, but remember, you can still find bargains locally.
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A early 1970s Tizio lamp by Richard Sapper for Artemide stands on a classic adjustable sidetable by Eileen Gray, a pioneer of the Modern Movement in architecture.

2. know what you’re looking for

  • Ask yourself how the piece you plan on buying will fit with your existing furniture.
  • Know why you’re buying the piece – is it to fill a specific spot or just because you love it?
  • Decide whether you want vintage or a newly manufactured piece, and remember that you also have the option between restored or unrestored when you buy vintage.
  • Decide whether you only want authorised originals.
  • Ask yourself whether you want the piece to be functional or mostly to be admired as an object.

3. look in unexpected places

We have a great resource of original Modernist pieces locally. We have found wonderful treasures in pawn and charity shops on our travels though small towns. Some online sellers also don’t know the true value of what they’re selling. Lastly, don’t forget to look around in the store rooms of elderly relatives.

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Frikkie and Braham sit at a table in their dining area. Just visible on the right is an Indian lota, the water vessel that is the subject of the famous essay by American Modernists Charles and Ray Eames.

4. be patient but decisive

Don’t compromise if you don’t find what you want straight away. That coveted piece will eventually come around, in your favourite colour if you’re lucky. But when it comes around, don’t hesitate, buy it even if it breaks the bank – you don’t want to regret not getting the ultimate piece when you had the chance.

5. try these shops

  • Decade Midcentury Modern in Milpark, Johannesburg
  • Yesteryear antiques and collectibles
  • Jeremy Stephens, when you’re feeling flush
  • Remember, most manufacturers have agents locally if you want to order new or rare pieces.

Main image: The main living area of Braham van Wyk and Frikkie Snyman’s Bryanston home includes Mid-century classics such as the Noguchi coffee table and Le Corbusier LC2 couch.

If you’re in the market for new lighting solutions, you’re likely going to want to know about the new Diesel with Foscarini lamps that Créma Design has recently added to its Cape Town showroom display. The lights go far beyond being merely functional and are instead strikingly sculptural, unusual and full of personality. They’re a nod to the sort of edgy, unexpected designs that have come out of the collaboration between Foscarini and Diesel and they’d certainly make any home look a little rock star.

Here are four of our favourite lamps from the collection on display at Créma Design:

the crash and bell

These two sleek lamps are inspired by percussion instruments, with the one resembling a cymbal and the other resembling a bell. They come with bronze or aluminium finishes and can be bought independently or together depending on the look you want (though, we have to say, they look quite powerful as a set).

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the drumbox

This clever lamp, which boasts a look inspired by the kinds of lights used at photographic sets, has to be one of the most versatile creations out there. It can be used as a floor lamp, table lamp or suspension lamp and you can even position a few of the linen and nylon shades on one metal rod.

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the hexx

Made from varnished steel and silkscreen printed glass, this table lamp combines two perforated hexagonal prisms to create a feature light that is bold, sturdy and very unusual. It comes complete with two light sources, one that shines upward and one lower down that illuminates the surrounding surface and walls with an intricate patterned glow.

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the metafisica

This eye-catching table lamp is lovely to look at even when it’s switched off. It features a voluptuous form in ivory blown glass suspended from a steel rod cage, and when switched on, the light appears to float in mid-air, bringing a touch of magic to your living space.

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Visit cremadesign.co.za to find out more about these lights.