decor, inspiration

discovering the art of kintsugi

Chrizanda Botha; Supplied

I recently discovered a showroom so novel and unique, that the minute I stepped inside I immediately saw myself refurnishing my entire home with its contents... 'Can I win the Lotto and start over, please?'

The Bofred showroom, located in a charming Victorian house in Cape Town's hilly Vredehoek, is the place. I don’t dislike anything in it. From the beautiful Alberto armchair to the bronze Twins Mirror – everything is 100% my vibe.

Originating from a fine arts background, owner and co-founder Carla Erasmus is as lovely as the showroom's collection – and always ready for a chat (I heard a little bird chirping about a new range of mohair rugs by Bofred launching soon. But more on that at a later stage).

The term wabi-sabi – embracing beauty in imperfection – is currently on trend; you've likely spotted similar handmade ceramics by the likes of Clementina van der Walt and Mervyn Gers, and you can even find replicas at more commercial outlets such as @Home and Woolworths.

Beauty lies in imperfection – or the incomplete – and we are on board. 

The very talented ceramicist Jen de Charmoy wholly embraces wabi-sabi with her range of vases and vessels currently available at Bofred. Entirely hand-crafted, she also built the beautiful lamp bases for Bofred's Miro Buffet Lamp and Arch Table Lamp. 

One of my favourites in her collection is the Kintsugi bowl. Kintsugi, also known as ‘gold joinery’, is the Japanese art of repairing broken or cracked ceramics with gold, making each item even more precious as it now has ‘scars’.  There is no other way to repair a broken piece of pottery, as the potter can’t re-fire it. The gold therefore adds renewed beauty and character to each piece, which makes it imperfectly perfect.

Make an appointment to view these beautiful vessels by Jen de Charmoy, as well as all the other unique items at Bofred. They are based at 2 Windburg Avenue, Vredehoek, Cape Town. For more information visit