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Magical Beans, Princely Leopards, and Mischievous Monkeys-Ardmore Design

Magical Beans, Princely Leopards, and Mischievous Monkeys

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At Ardmore, there’s a story behind every design, whether it’s one of African folklore or simply the wonder of the flora and fauna that surrounds us, the designs offer a talking point that goes hand in hand with their aesthetic appeal.
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Four by Four Feathered Occasional Chairs-Ardmore Design

Four by Four Feathered Occasional Chairs

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Back in December 2016, when we were getting ready to launch our Zambezi Collection, we decided to create a few furniture pieces to accompany the collection launch, so that we could exhibit our designs and fabrics as we envisioned others using them. One of these pieces was an occasional chair in the modern style, which has taken so to heart, that we've now had the chair upholstered in all four colourways of our afro-geometric Feather design. 
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Linen Cushions from the Zambezi Collection-Ardmore Design

Linen Cushions from the Zambezi Collection

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With Summer having all but overtaken Spring in South Africa, we thought a supplement to the Zambezi Collection was necessary, so in addition to our luxurious velvet cushions, we've added a selection of scatter cushions to the line-up made of fine, natural linen, featuring the designs from our Zambezi Collection.
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A Warm Farewell to our Handbag Collection-Ardmore Design

A Warm Farewell to our Handbag Collection

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Chic, elegant and beautifully crafted, our handbags are a must-have accessory. Made near Johannesburg in South Africa, with incredibly high standards of workmanship, our handbags are proving to be true lifelong companions. We developed them with our Qalakabusha range, featuring spirited depictions of our effervescent local fauna and flora, and patterns inspired by nature. With full-grain leather handles and detailing, the bags are ready for lifelong journeys. 
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Ardmore graces the walls of Rand Club-Ardmore Design

Ardmore graces the walls of Rand Club

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Since the launch of Cole & Son's Ardmore Collection of wallpapers, the designs have ended up in some stunning spaces, from a Harrods bar to Rand Club in Johannesburg. Founded in 1887, Rand Club was established out of the need for a place for distinguished visitors and residents of what became Johannesburg to call and be received at, during the early years following the discovery of gold in the area. The club has hosted two royal residencies, and lists many of South Africa's most distinguished names as its members. We couldn't be prouder that the walls of this famous institution have been adorned with wallpaper from our collaboration! (Photos included through the Read More link).
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It's a flowery affair for Ardmore's latest Hermès scarf-Ardmore Design

It's a flowery affair for Ardmore's latest Hermès scarf

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Our latest collaboration with French fashion house Hermès has been released. This stunning scarf, entitled Flowers Of South Africa, features a pin cushion protea at its heart and is an ode to beautiful African blooms. It is Ardmore's third design for the House of Hermès, following The Savana Dance, where leopard and monkey take centre stage, and La Marche du Zambezi, which is a gorgeous gathering of elephant, zebra, giraffe, crocs and leopard. Flowers Of South Africa comes in ten colour ways - can you choose a favourite?

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See Ardmore at Charles Greig's O'Kavango Exhibition-Ardmore Design

See Ardmore at Charles Greig's O'Kavango Exhibition

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The Okavango provides the inspiration behind Christopher Greig’s upcoming exhibition at Charles Greig Jewellers in Johannesburg this August. Alongside the array of gems, Ardmore Design will be showcasing textiles and scatter cushions. Look out for our River Chase design, which features crocodiles and strelitzias - a celebration of life on the water.

Ardmore Ceramic Art have created a host of one-of-a-kind artworks, too. Get set to see hippo riders transporting men in makoros across the Delta as they fish. Birdlife is represented by Pelican, saddle-billed storks, Great White Herons and flamingos. Wild date palm fronds, papyrus and water lillies provide the colour and decorative foil to our animal friends. The energy and lushness of this special area is found in every piece. If you listen carefully, you can hear the cacophony from here… 

The exhibition runs from 16th August - 4th September at Charles Greig, Hyde Park Shopping Centre, Hyde Park, Johannesburg.

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It's all happening in the Hamptons!-Ardmore Design

It's all happening in the Hamptons!

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We’re thrilled to be bringing a touch of Africa to the exclusive American seaside resort of the Hamptons. Margaret and Garry Southern will play host to a three-day exhibition and sale of artworks from Ardmore Ceramic Art and textiles from Ardmore Design. Taking place from Thursday 20th - Saturday 22nd July, both Fee Halsted and Jonathan Berning will be at the event and look forward to meeting Ardmore fans old and new. For more details, please click here.

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We love haute couture's nod to a fantastical world-Ardmore Design

We love haute couture's nod to a fantastical world

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According to the Haute Couture shows in Paris last week, fashion is awash with fantasy, petals and pink. Pure escapism was the order of the day, paired with a generous sprinkling of fairytale. There was an elegance and heritage on display, too, all of which resonate strongly with Ardmore Design. It's often noted that fashion and interior trends mirror each other - just look at the elements of our Qalakabusha range above: our very own fantasy world.
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South Africa shines in Paris

South Africa shines in Paris

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Ardmore Design is hugely excited to be part of a new exhibition at the illustrious Parisian department store Le BHV Marais. The event showcases the best in South African fashion and interiors with nearly 40 brands displaying their luxury wares. We love the impact of the store bedecked in SA colours - bringing a distinctly African flavour to the streets of Paris. If you are visiting the French capital, do pop in and enjoy this very special exhibition, which runs until 31 July. 
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Ardmore has it covered for Cole & Son

Ardmore has it covered for Cole & Son

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We knew that our collaboration with British wallpaper house Cole & Son was pretty special. But since its launch in January this year, The Ardmore Collection has exceeded expectations, prompting an amazingly positive response from Ardmore fans and the worldwide press.

Carley Bean, Cole & Son's Head of Design, says, "Working on this collection was an absolute treat. As designers, we were committed to making sure we captured the vibrant narrative of Ardmore pieces and that each paper was as beautifully detailed and considered as the ceramics themselves. The hard work seems to have paid off as customers have been utterly charmed by the vibrancy and wit of the designs. Many have commented that they can’t help but smile when seeing the papers - which is the biggest reward of all."

Pictured here is the exquisite Jabu wallpaper. Named after one of Ardmore's finest artists, Jabu Nene, it features a striking vertical stripe and regal rhinos whose horns are celebrated with intricate markings. 

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Ardmore and Hermès get you beach ready

Ardmore and Hermès get you beach ready

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Look at the latest gorgeousness from Ardmore Artists and Hermès. Following on from the hugely successful collaboration of silk and cashmere scarves, the French fashion house has created a collection of beachwear featuring beach bags, beach towels, swimsuits and sarongs in the stunning Savana Dance design. Summer can't come soon enough...
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Savuti Dance lights up London

Savuti Dance lights up London

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Our Savuti Dance exhibition, which took place last week in London, was a huge success. In the perfect setting of Patrick Mavros' flagship Fulham Road store, a host of people enjoyed over 200 artworks created by the Ardmore Artists and inspired by our new Zambezi Fabric Collection and beautiful Cole & Son wallpaper collaboration.

Fee and the team welcomed many Ardmore fans new and old through the doors, giving them an insight into how the show came together. On display alongside the ceramics were our Zambezi Collection fabrics, scatter cushions and the limited-edition Zambezi sofa, which piqued the interest of many of the interior designers who visited, including design maven Kit Kemp's team. 

Ardmore's Kelly Blakemore said, "It was the first time most people had seen everything together and it made for a brilliant exhibition. It was great to be back sharing Ardmore with our clients and friends there."

 

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Ardmore's Winter School gets underway

Ardmore's Winter School gets underway

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As we celebrate Youth Day this month, it seems apt to bring you the latest on Ardmore Ceramic Art's Winter School. In its third year, the programme runs for three months from May to July and aims to uncover new talent and give a lucky few the opportunity to hone their skills and potentially gain full-time employment at Ardmore.

This year's intake of 30 students under the guidance of Fee Halsted, Wiseman Ndlovu and Megan Berning will be taught drawing, painting and sculpting, plus business, art history, marketing and finance. Fee says: "Art is not a subject taught in government schools, so I think Winter School helps to build art awareness and a value around the arts and creativity." 

Many of the students come from low-income families, so developing a skill that could provide financial security is a huge opportunity. Fee has always offered the chance for those who want to train at Ardmore to do so but Winter School has now become a more formal learning experience, taking place throughout the winter months in KZN. 

Ardmore's Winter School success stories include Fiso Hadebe, who has gone on to become Ardmore's top salesman; Thobani Malinga a talented painter and Phomotso Mafura who is becoming an exceptional sculptor. Nozipho Ntshanlinshali, daughter of Jabu Nene, is continuing in her mother's footsteps, carving out a wonderful career as an  Ardmore Artist. As Wiseman Ndlovu says, "It gives me great pleasure to grow more artists for Ardmore, to make Ardmore live on, when I and others are gone."

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Animal Magic

Animal Magic

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This year at Maison & Objet Paris, one of the key trends was “Animal Motifs”, where animals take centre stage in design. This resonated with us at Ardmore Design, as we garner our inspiration from the flora and fauna that surrounds us in Africa. For our latest fabric range, The Zambezi Collection, we looked to the great Zambezi River and the life it supports. The result is a magical collection featuring naughty monkeys, exotic flowers and wily crocodiles: a mischievous natural wonderland. Incorporate the trend into your home with our statement Zambezi sofa, which combines large-scale elements from the new fabric range - the princely leopard and playful monkey dominating the design. Or for a more subtle nod to the trend, opt for scatter cushions to update your home with minimal effort and expense. Our cushions are now available in luxe silks and velvets - perfect for upping the glamour stakes on dark winter nights.
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