Bigger is better

Design store iKhaya has become synonymous with creative contemporary design in Durban, so the news that the store was moving to bigger premises in Lilian Ngoyi Road was received with great excitement. 'We have been working on designs for a range of new furniture and kiddies furniture but needed more space to accommodate all these ideas,' says owner Rhenda Allan about the move. The original store was famed for its ever-popular wooden Jac sculptures, box frames and one of the best collections of South African design around, so Rhenda and her husband have kept the formula the same in the new space but added a whole host of quirky new items and ideas to the shop. 'We try to keep our products as simple and natural as possible. Both my husband and I love working with wood and incorporating some element of recycling into our designs.' Most of the products in the store are actually designed and manufactured by the couple. 'I love having a place to try out new ideas and get feedback from customers,' says Rhenda. 'We also work with quite a few local artists, incorporating their skills with our designs - it's great fun! Our products are my version of "South African" design that hopefully appeals to people, no matter where they are from.' Rhenda is also a huge fan of all things retro, so there are always a few restored retro furniture pieces in store. 'I actually can't help myself,' she says. Find iKhaya’s new space at 451 Lilian Ngoyi Road (formerly Windermere) or visit their website to shop online. Text: Candice Botha