EBONY Franschhoek Q&A
HL had a chat with Dewald Prinsloo and Leonard de Villiers of EBONY Franschhoek about the store’s recent move and their new look... So you recently moved your Franschhoek store to a bigger space. Why the move? We loved our old space in Franschhoek but as our business has grown over the past 4 years we have come to a stage where we needed more space and a building that was more in keeping with our contemporary style. What is the philosophy behind the new venue? Our showrooms and galleries will always be multi-functional and our main philosophy at the new store is to give everything that we showcase enough room to be seen and appreciated properly – from paintings to ceramics to furniture, everything will have enough breathing space! We wanted to create a more contemporary feel to show off our wonderful eclectic collection of South African art and design. How has the support been from locals? We have had tremendous support from local buyers in the Winelands but have also built up longstanding relationships with clients all over the country. Franschhoek is a very popular tourist destination and although this was never our target market we have also built up a strong international following – we ship both art and furniture all over the world on a regular basis. How would you describe the interior of the new venue? It is a contemporary space with a stronger gallery-esque feel and lay-out than the old space. Stronger and cleaner lines prevail. It has a greater feeling of space and openness which helps to let our art and furniture come to its full right. Any up-and-coming artists you have your eye on? The South African art market is still extremely buoyant and the international art collectors have certainly taken much more notice of us over the last few years. We deal in such a range of different genres but our focus has shifted slightly towards artists from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. We do however always keep an eye on younger artists like Olaf Bischoff, Stephen Rautenbach, Rudolph Hough and a few others which we’re keeping in our back pockets for now! Visit EBONY at their new space at Shop4, Franschhoek Square, 32 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek or at their Cape Town gallery at 67 Loop Street. 021- 876-4477 www.ebonydesign.co.za Images of Loop Street store and owners courtesy of Rachel Ambrose.