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Koi-inspired Design

Koi fish and koi ponds have long added a touch of the East to homes the world over. Said to represent luck and prosperity to the the Japanese, these fish have also found favour as a recurring motif in fashion, jewellery and décor items. They bring a calmness and serenity, wherever they appear. This Koi Scatter by Danela Conti from Malibu Resort, Cape Town, says it all with its clean, blue and white design, and light cotton blend. As does the fabric from Ralph Lauren, which would work well in any room. Our Cape Town staff are also hoping to be inspired by fish this week with the launch on 6 December of  Anna Raimondo (aka SMITHbyanna)’s Japanese-inspired window display at The Fringe Arts at 99B Kloof Street, Cape Town. Taking inspiration from the Orient, she has also found meaning in these exotic fish and translated it into her designs. Here are a few items that reflect the koi fish theme. Let us know if you spot any other beautiful koi designs by posting your finds on our Facebook page or tweeting about them here.   Naomi Larkin Editor – House and Leisure   Images: (from left to right) 1. The koi pond at architects Clinton and Diana Grobler's Tamboerskloof home. 2. Scatter, R1 490, Malibu Resort . 3. Mug, R139.00, LIM . 4. Fabric, R2 267.00/m, by Ralph Lauren, St Leger & Viney. 5. Antique Neckpiece, find similar at Reminiscene, 7th Street, Melville, Joburg; Antique Arcade, Long Street, Cape Town or Eclectic Antiques, Windermere Road, Durban.   Photographers: Frank Ellis and Warren Heath Stylist: Schalk van Wyk