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Item of the day: Hellooow Chandelier

Imagine the latest global design trends combined with the heritage of unique local crafts and you'll get a taste of Hellooow Handmade's quirky creations. This proudly South African initiative is headed by Merewyn de Heer who works with a talented group of HIV+ women to produce world-class items handmade with love. Their covetable collection includes jewellery, stationery, ceramics, homeware and lighting. The local ladies, all residing in Durban and its surrounds, are putting their cultural and craft know-how to good use, combining their passion for ceramics, knitting, crochet, felt and shwe-shwe fabrics with a distinct South African flair. These beaded chandeliers have caught our eye - each one is so unique in its design and colouring and can truly transform an interior in a flash. Some have a regal French influence, while others are more minimalist. If chandeliers aren't your thing, they also do divine feature lights and standard lamps. Merewyn describes the process of making the chandeliers saying, "Our chandeliers are made from our hand rolled ceramic beads, either in their raw natural form or else they can be coloured to spec, retaining their natural matte finish. Our range includes varying sizes, shapes and designs, some classic, some more organic and contemporary. We can also custom make to specific requirements." We think these are an absolute work of art and provide the perfect focal point of a room. The chandeliers are priced according to size: Small - R8000 Medium - R10,000 Large - Between R12,000 and R15,000 For more information please visit hellooow.co.za or phone Merewyn on 082-465-1845. The Hellooow Handmade store is located in Gillits, Durban if you're in the area and would like to pop in...