Our South African team caught Andrea Kleinloog and Megan Hesse, co-owners and interior designers of Anatomy Design, for a quick chat about global design trends. They sat down with us to talk about the dichotomy of African design trends. They are influenced and draw from European styles, but are distinctly African in their execution and sensibilities. Their utilitarian designs incorporate the South African climate and culture and ultimately the pragmatism.In general terms, the designers feel that there is a strong focus on lifestyle these days. Whether this is in the living space, bedroom or bathroom, the design needs to fit the customers’ desire to look after themselves. So, furniture is not just bought for its beauty, but it is a reflection on experiences, a concern for the environment and surroundings and comfort.The bathroom mirrors the personality of the users with personal objects, unique art works and a thought given to the generosity of space that is maybe special to South Africa.
Anatomy Design is the retail arm of the firm and Hesse Kleinloog Studio (HK Studio) is the design wing. In 2016, Andrea and Megan opened a dedicated space for Anatomy Design in Keyes Art Mile precinct in Rosebank, Johannesburg, South Africa.Their 8-person team and small design firm HK Studio tackles client projects challenges with lots of curiosity and innovative solutions. They are fascinated by South African’s design environment where production and manufacturing are closely linked to designers.In spring 2017, Andrea and Megan also acted as creative directors of Design Joburg where they created a new platform for the industry and the public to see and experience remarkable design. They masterminded the collaboration between interior design firms and architects with top brands, artisans and suppliers.
Anatomy Design's Andrea Kleinloog and Megan Hesse and our KOHLER Africa team chatted about global design trends in South Africa.
Posted by Kohler Designful on Sunday, 13 August 2017