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My Rhino

Perhaps one of the greatest crises of our current times is the dwindling number of one of our Big Five: the majestic rhinoceros. Threatened by poaching, this incredible creature – a veritable symbol of Africa – is fast approaching extinction. My Rhino, a project started by ceramic company Or-gari’s creative partners Heidi Snaith, Nicholas Snaith and Clement Mkhize, attempts to address this problem in its own small way – by raising global awareness, and funds, through these delightful decor pieces that are both especially relevant and exceptionally striking. Oozing African chic, the sleek ceramic rhinos have been expertly moulded to ensure that they accurately reflect the exact proportions and shape of the animal. This way you can import a contemporary mini replica of the endangered species into your living space. The limited edition range is available in a variety of designs that purposefully incorporate local references, such as the acacia or the rainbow, or point to the animal’s unique qualities. We've got our eye on ‘My Special Rhino’ which is covered in an array of relevant phrases, although we admit that ‘My Heart Rhino’ is equally lovable. If you're looking for something more classic, the statement pieces also come in silky silver, black or white. When asked about the name of the range Heidi explained that the word ‘My’ was specifically used to enhance the sense of connection to, ownership of and responsibility for these precious creatures. ‘The possessive was used to make the Rhino not just any other animal but your own Rhino,’ she says. Essentially, investing in one of these is a good way to bring a pertinent issue home, quite literally. My Rhino retails for between R700 and R1 200 and a portion of these proceeds is donated to a growing list of anti rhino poaching agencies. They are available from pop-up stores in Hyde Park Corner, or directly from Heidi, who can be contacted on 083 377 3430. The pieces will also be exhibited at Grand Designs Live (25 - 27 May) and the National Antiques and Decorative Arts Faire (20 - 22 July), both in Johannesburg. Text: Dayle Kavonic