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Acacia Convex Mirror

This commissioned piece was inspired by a farm in the Karoo whose main produce is desolation, dust and acacia trees. Creating this piece was nothing less than a Herculean task. Each leaf and flower head was placed individually and then outlined with scratches and hatch marks, not quite unlike the nature of the tree itself. The result is the Acacia Convex Mirror. I have already heard the words “Egyptian” and “Art-Deco” in the first few reviews and this pleases me. I hope to see chic safari camps obscurely reflected in these frames, with a vase of freshly-picked acacia branches in a nearby vase. Chandler House is a small design studio that Michael Chandler set up in 2010 after leaving the art and antique auction world. It is his interest in antiques and the Cape’s visual history that inform his current designs. Says Chandler: “The Cape visual history is rich and largely untapped. I hope that by using it as a source of inspiration, my designs might encourage people to look into our rich cultural past and appreciate how unique and rich it is. And have fun while doing it.”