When Edgar Weylandt opened his furniture store in 1964 in Windhoek, Namibia, he could not have foreseen that his brainchild would grow into a national retailer with branches in South Africa and Namibia.
Edgar’s son, Chris Weylandt, was the catalyst for this phenomenal growth. After qualifying as a CA, Chris worked in the family business in Namibia during the early nineties. He then relocated to South Africa to set up a manufacturing plant in Cape Town. In 1999 he opened the first Weylandts Homestore in Durbanville.
The store was an instant success, and in the new millennium more Weylandts stores opened in Green Point, Knysna, Fourways, Swakopmund, Windhoek, Menlyn and Umhlanga Ridge. The Weylandts name rapidly became synonymous with quality contemporary furniture and innovative designs. was invited to furnish the prestigious opening of CNBC in South Africa and sponsored the reality TV show Big Brother, as well as the much-anticipated House of the Year Awards.
Today, Weylandts is firmly established as the leading furniture and décor retailer in southern Africa, offering clients contemporary quality designs sourced from around the world and showcased in a beautiful environment where space and natural light enhance the inspirational merchandising.
The colours we will want to use over the next year reflect a desire to create spaces offering escapism from our increasingly nomadic working lives, where smart devices keep us connected wherever we are. Our key colours for 2015; Pink Ground, Light Blue, Breakfast Room Green and Tanner’s Brown promote relaxation and reflection in interiors. Paler in appearance they help to create spaces that live and breathe as we look to our homes as places of sanctuary from the stresses of modern day living
Breakfast Room Green®
Breakfast Room Green feels lively at any time of day. Taken straight from nature it makes us feel safe and calm in our home environment. Its slightly botanical feel creates a fresh room when paired with complementary James White on the ceiling. It’s best contrasted with stronger Calke Green on the woodwork to recreate the colours derived from the irregular staining and tinting found in plants and vegetables. Complete this leafy look, with Light Gray as an accent colour in the back of shelves, on the floor, or as random stripes on the wall to create a really exciting, fashionable interior. This trend reflects a shift away from hard, graphic interiors to a softer more natural feel with a modern twist.
The use of Light Blue in the home is intended to create an interior where colours shift and change like the landscape. We instinctively gravitate towards colours that remind us of the softer side of life to make our homes into an oasis of calm away from the brashness of modern life. To create an almost transparent interior, contrast the colour’s silvery, smoky qualities with the unexpectedly cool grey Dimpse, a colour inspired by the tones of twilight. Create a feeling of relaxed movement by adding an accent of Lamp Room Gray on the floor, feature wall or furniture, and Blackened on the ceiling.
Pink Ground creates a humble beauty in the home, making rooms feel pretty, soft edged and accessible. Although certainly warm, this pink is not sugary or infantile, rather it feels more like a diluted plaster colour where walls look almost nude. Use with a slightly stronger colour on the woodwork, like Setting Plaster, to create a lighter room; because the tones are close the feel is almost of camouflaged beauty with no strong contrasts or hard lines. Similarly accent colours should stay cloudy and soft. Pale Powder sits perfectly alongside Pink Ground; use it on either furniture for a more relaxed feel, or on the floor to complement the whimsical pastel palette on the walls and woodwork.
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The impressive new designer fashion store Modemakers has just opened in Bornem, near Antwerp. The ultra-modern, flagship store features ground-breaking visual merchandising, eye-catching window displays and impressive changing room facilities.
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Aesop have opened in Marylebone High Street in London with a simple and inventive interior and window scheme.
I love the simple wooden ladder system they have used both for shopfitting and in the window, it really is simple but very effective and ajustable. It lets the product be the hero.
The first thing that greets you on entering the store is an amazing array of fresh flowers which look and smell fabulous, its lovely to see a retailer doing this rather than instantly hitting you with special offers or buy me messages.
As usual their team members are very friendly and have superb product knowledge.