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Living Legends

Living Legends’ refurbished furniture adds a contemporary touch to vintage pieces. The shop opened its doors in July 2013 in the trendy Salt River Arcade on Albert Road in Woodstock, Cape Town. Owner, Brenda Young has a mission to encapsulate the beauty of old furniture with her knack for bringing items to life again. Her intricate work is inspired by interiors she has seen in homes, hotels and museums. ‘I have always collected interesting pieces of furniture and have been inspired by furniture from all parts of the world,’ she says. She frequents auctions and second-hand furniture stores to find original pieces, and those not sourced are made by her local cabinet maker. She also works closely with a painter, as well as her daughter, a talented interior designer. Together they decide on the colour, finish and which techniques to use for each piece. ‘It is important to find the most suitable drawer and cupboard pullers for a particular piece,’ she explains. The Living Legends team work only with local artisans and supporting homegrown talent is a very important focus for them. The brand is also exploring new territory, including a mid-century furniture range, as well as furniture for nurseries and children's rooms, both of which are popular niche markets. Living Legends share their love of specialised furniture so buyers can showcase a piece that tells a story. Some items are a fresh take on an old classic, while others, although brand new, embrace a classic feel. You can take advantage of the delivery service, for both national and international purchases. Living Legends is located at Salt River Arcade, Albert Road, Woodstock (opposite the Old Biscuit Mill). You can contact the store on 021-447-2077 or visit for further information. Text Zelda Hamilton