Design Kist, the Capetonian textile and surface design studio that focuses on South African themed wallpapers and fabrics, has released another original print that takes us straight back to our childhoods. They’ve chosen the famous Zoo Biscuit, everyone’s favourite treat back in the day, as the inspiration for this wallpaper. The colourful print could work well either as a quirky backdrop in a room or as the focus of a kids’ bedroom – we bet they’d have fun naming the different animals on each biscuit.
Each wallpaper and fabric is the result of a collaboration with specially selected local designers, photographers and artists. The aim is that the personality of that artist is reflected in the end product. Owner Kristen Morkel designed the Zoo Biscuit print, after being inspired by Stuart Bird’s ‘Zuma Biscuits’, an artwork using the iconic Zoo Biscuit to make a political statement. ‘It inspired me to create a Zoo Biscuit surface design which was personally nostalgic while also being aesthetically pleasing’, she says. ‘Wherever possible I try to insert a little ‘South Africanness’ into my designs, and aim to create designs that are outwardly simple yet contain a bit more of a story once the surface is scratched’. When asked what keeps her ideas flowing, she answers, ‘I take my inspiration from day to day life – a walk down Long Street, a page in a local magazine, antique shops, musty books at Cafda. I’m drawn to all things that speak of my personal today and yesterday’.
The wallpaper is custom-printed using UV digital printing on high quality matte wallpaper with a self-adhesive backing. This means it’s easy enough for DIY application, can be conveniently removed and repositioned, has no sticky residue, and can be wiped clean. Design Kist’s wallpapers are available directly from their online shop at R1 290 for six running metres with a 65cm width. Their lovely range of digital designs can be printed onto various surfaces, ranging from stationery to textiles and soft furnishings. Custom-made panels are quoted at R345 per square metre and can be made up to 1.3m wide, with various colour options to suit just about any interior. According to Kristen, their goal is ‘To fill the world with original, beautiful patterns from South African designers!’
If you’re in Cape Town make sure you pop into their showroom at 170 Upper Buitenkant Street, Gardens.