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5 reasons to get your hands on the #HLNextGenIssue

#HLNextGenIssue The August 2017 issue of House and Leisure has just hit the shelves, and it's bold, bright and beautiful. In our annual Next Generation compilation, we look at 12 creative women who're making waves in their respective fields. The future is female, and our new issue proves it. From celebrating personal styles to the new kids on the block – read on for a sneak peek inside the #HLNextGenIssue.

1. go the distance with prints

With luxurious wallpapers and sumptuous fabrics in rich hues and graphic patterns – not to mention an unusual setting – House and Leisure decor editor Chrizanda Botha showcases her favourite textile picks for the month of August on page 18. And on page 26, in a stylish mix of colour, pattern and shape, our shopping guide is inspired by Japan's evolution from tradition to modernity, as showcased by Louis Vuitton's 2018 cruise collection.

2. new kids on the block

Presenting the next generation of talent in Africa, on page 33 we meet the female rising stars who are causing a stir on the local creative scene, one project at a time. We discover cook Mpho Masango, product designer Manini Rampola, textile designer Alexis Barrell, architects Amina Kaskar, Sumayya Vally and Sarah de Villiers, performer Buhlebezwe Siwani, art advisor Kholisa Thomas, interior designer Kelly Adami, florist Jonette Engelbrecht, jeweller Gisele Human and fine artist Laylaa Jacobs. Catch our behind-the-scenes video on Facebook or sneak peeks on our Instagram. And be sure to keep your eyes peeled for exclusive Next Gen content on our website this month.

3. homes to inspire

Whether it's a penchant for antiques or a love of local art and design, the owners of our featured homes this month know a thing or two about personal style. On page 50, tour a Paris-inspired Atholl home that is a stylish showcase of contemporary art and cutting-edge design. Our story on Interior designer Liam Mooney's new Cape Town city-centre apartment (page 58) expresses his penchant for pared-down style, South African art and distinctive collectibles. Set in Soho, an elegant apartment designed by Studio Ashby combines carefully layered interiors with artful touches – read all about it on on page 66. Finally, on page 74, we explore a family home in Sandton that reflects what happens when Mid-Century Modernism is fully integrated into an African context.

4. walk the streets of durban

A favourite haunt for Durbanites at play, the Florida Road area has new food and leisure spots springing up all the time. Unpack our handy 'explore-it-on-foot' guide on page 94 for the best spots to pop in for lunch, dinner, breakfast, snacks or just general entertainment. Watch out for Roxanne Robinson's favourite hangouts in Durban on our site this week too.

5. (re)discover the big easy

New Orleans in Louisiana has recently seen a slew of cool new offerings open their doors – but the city shows no sign of losing its authenticity. Mary Holland shows us the best of the burgeoning city's top places to sleep, eat, drink and play on page 102.
Get your copy of the #HLNextGenIssue in stores or online.