Each month when we sit down as a team to plan our initial outline for an upcoming issue, I already have a few clear notions about what I’d like it to contain. But when the time came to brainstorm this Architecture & Design issue, I had no idea how we should tackle the theme. I knew what I did not want, however – a magazine dedicated to megastructures and ego. And so the conversation quickly turned to domed buildings and ‘softer’ spaces. The team were unanimously interested in structures and spaces that wrap and embrace their users, that reveal themselves slowly and that react to their surrounds in a gentle way. Quite the opposite of strict linear skyscrapers in Sandton clad in reflective glass…
Owing to this insight, the #HLArchitectureIssue is dedicated to grand-because-they-are-not-grand spaces made with honest materials that explore simple, uncomplicated form.
1. pause for thought
Pair soft leather and and crisp canvas in natural hues with tactile terracotta and glazed ceramics for a look that speaks volumes about your space.
2. body of work: laduma ngxokolo
The knitwear guru and founder of Maxhosa uses all his senses to create his pieces – including his gorgeous new rug collection. Turn to pages 36–37 for his insight.
3. mind in matter
Zimbabwe-born sculptor Michele Mathison’s work interrogates the ongoing social and environmental impacts of technology’s grip on the planet. Writer Alexander Dodd conveys Mathison’s vision on pages 38–40.
4. set in stone
With a strong connection to its surrounding landscape, this minimalist weekend home in Morcote, Switzerland, provides a tranquil haven that epitomises indoor-outdoor living. Turn to pages 68–75 and be inspired.
5. mixed use
Joburg’s new Victoria Yards Precinct is leading the way in imagining how social development can be combined with commercial enterprise in South Africa’s urban spaces. Explore its sights and sounds on pages 88–90.
6. postcard from puglia
Along the heel of Italy’s boot, every road leads to a seaside town and every meal ends with a traditional digestif liqueur. This month we touch down on Puglia and embark on a European summer. Turn to page 108 and start packing.