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5 reasons to dive into House and Leisure's black-and-white issue

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The July 2017 issue of House and Leisure has just hit the shelves, and it's a bold one. Echoing a trend seen at this year's Design Joburg fair, we put colour aside for a while to focus on monochrome interiors, which we explore through the lens of innovative renovations. From glam overhauls to contemporary updates, black-on-black decor and modern, moody design, read on for a sneak peek inside the #HLBWIssue.

1. a curated space goes black-on-black

On page 16 of the new issue, House and Leisure decor editor Chrizanda Botha has imagined a series of inspirational interiors that take the darkest hue to the next level. With its myriad textures, finishes and styles, this moody collection of noir pieces proves that the best way to complement black is by adding more black. It's just as Mia Widlake of Studio 19 says: 'The simplicity of a monochromatic palette envelops you in a comforting and calming space'.

2. salone del mobile milano's cream of the crop

Salone del Mobile Milano is the world's biggest design and furniture fair, capturing the attention of thousands of visitors from all over the world for a solid six days every year. In our black-and-white issue, we ask three South African design heavyweights – Philippe van der Merwe of Tonic Design, Generation founder Julia Day, and Nicholas Criticos, head of Woolworths store design – to share their highlights. Turn to page 30 for the full story.

3. homes that embrace a monochrome palette

From modernising the interior of a traditional Victorian house to meticulously planning a small space, the inspiring homes in our July issue reveal why renovating is so rewarding. Dr Michael Lan and Anina Malherbe-Lan's house is a perfect harmony of old and new (page 48), while Pieter Ernst-Mare's wide-ranging interests turn his home into a resolved showcase for his collectibles (page 56). A compact Clifton apartment maximises abundant natural light and a neutral palette (page 64) and, finally, Anna Weylandt's home in Woodstock enhances its considerable heritage with a cool, contemporary update (page 72).

4. hitting the mark with hallmark house

From the developers behind Joburg's Maboneng precinct comes a new chain of lifestyle blocks that merge modern living with art and design. On page 82, we look at the newly revamped Hallmark House in Joburg's diamond district, and how it's forging the way for more innovative multi-use buildings.

5. the black beauties of gardening

As the little black dress is to fashion, so near-black blooms add a sense of depth and intrigue to modern outdoor spaces. Browse our guide to plants on the dark side of the spectrum (page 88) for tips on how to add impact and glamour to your garden.

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