The tasteful use of local iconography in the Design Team range of fabrics is both refreshing and inspiring. They’ve taken everyday scenes like the Karoo landscape, African continent map, indigenous plantlife and other imagery and applied these to decorative fabrics. In short, Design Team, which is made up of Amanda Haupt and Lise Butler, creates high-quality, South African-inspired textiles. As they put it, ‘We are influenced and inspired by the colours, nature, people and ever-changing social dynamics of our country.’ We think one of the most original ways to introduce these patterns into your home is with their unique beanbags covered in different Design Team fabrics. The array of designs offers options to suit every taste and age. The ‘farmyard brick on sky’ fabric (far right above), for example, is great for kids’ rooms and is a fun, simple interpretation of a farm scene. Despite its local sentiment the range still has an international appeal. The team makes a consistent effort to stay updated with global trends and design styles. The beanbags, filled with polystyrene balls, can be ordered in any Design Team fabric. The cover can be washed and is very durable. The fabrics retail for around R475 per square metre while the made-up beanbags go for R1 200 each, excluding delivery. Visit their website at designteamfabrics.co.za for their full fabric collection or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.