Studium on heritage, style and the creative process

06 April 2017

Translating and transforming their aesthetic and design curiosity into different forms and spaces is what drives the work of the Studium trio Korine Kruger, Sanet Stegmann and Georgina Cox. This multidisciplinary design office is based in Johannesburg and Paris, and work across the architecture, furniture and interior design spheres. 

We chatted to them about their feature at Design Joburg. 

What are you plannning for your Collaborative Roomset at Design Joburg?

Much to our delight we were given the brief to design a 'Heritage Apartment'. Most people associate the heritage within a European context, so we felt it necessary to interpret our own country’s heritage. Incorporating subtle authentic patterns into a spatial context by simplifying much (mis)used African references, we aim to re-envision and create a considered space informed by the craft that surrounds us. Our intention is to create a space that captures our appreciation for pieces that defined the past and also inform current movements.

How would you describe the aesthetic of your design for the show?

African modernism meets transitional contemporary narratives.

What brands are you working with?

Our wall panelling is by Ian Falconer whilst set above this will be a Christopher Farr wallpaper design from St Leger & Viney, who are also providing all the fabric for our upholstery items. The sanitaryware and taps are from Kohler whilst the fireplace is by Beauty Fires and linen by Chrysalis Linen

What are your forecast for this year's hottest styles and looks?

Our forecasts are...
1. Products with purpose
2. Sottsass pattern meets cast terrazzo
3. Handcraft meets modern materials

How do you define style?

An unpretentious ability to allow context and culture to inform the visual details that shapes one’s experience of the world, be it in architecture, design or fashion.

Why should visitors to the show visit your feature?

Design Joburg promises to be a well-curated fair thanks to the talented creative directors, Andrea Kleinloog and Megan Hesse, re-envisioning how design fairs are seen in the industry. That, along with the talented creatives involved, Design Joburg and all its stands will undoubtedly be worth visiting. Why visit our stand? Our space will reinterpret and envision our contemporary view into African heritage and as such will be interesting to anyone who calls this continent home.

As a trio of creatives how does your design process work?

We are all creatively like-minded, which is why we decided to work together in the first place. Concepts get solved faster, we can tackle more creative design, while working on other projects simultaneously. And it's fun for us to have three girls in the studio!

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