Earthcote Heritage Colours and Pierre Cronje

3 Apr

SCRAP BOOK: Earthcote Heritage Colours & Pierre Cronje

EARTHCOTE was delighted to be a part of the full-blown revamp of the old Wynberg retail headquarters belonging to Pierre Cronje. The revamp was thanks to the courageous designer-curator vision of Neil Stemmet of Koncept Design.

Neil believes that design should express something unique and convey a story. “We live in a voyeuristic society, where everyone is on social media to convey their stories while watching others show theirs,” he explains.

Neil’s view is that we need to build a society that is sustainable and relies on integrity. He believes that, going forward, retailers will no longer be able to exist alone, but will need to rely more and more on sharing.

The new Pierre Cronje space incorporates a collection of brands and products all under one roof – all in the most artful and disarming ‘un-designed’ look. Hertex Fabrics, Tradewinds Parasols, Modern Garden Company and Earthcote Paints all live alongside Pierre Cronje’s simple, timeless pieces in a space that feels individual, deeply personal and natural.

“It’s much more than a showroom. It’s more an experience than a furniture shop. This new world is all about collaboration, even for a brand as big as Pierre Cronje”
– Neil Stemmet

Earthcote Heritage Colours

Earthcote’s range of heritage colours are used on the walls of the store. There’s also a wall of Paul Smith-like stripes done in Earthcote which tells the stories behind Earthcote colours.

Earthcote Marketing Director Simon Fraser explains: “We curated this collection of colours in a way that expresses the Earthcote colour philosophy in a very concise palette, taking inspiration from the dorps, national heroes and landscapes that sum up South African style. Colours like ‘Bra Hugh’, ‘Mama Afrika’, ‘Surfers Corner’, ‘Arniston White’, ‘The Big Tree’ and ‘Grandma’s Room’ are a few of my personal favourites.”

Interestingly, the brand had discontinued the colour palette. But when they launched the Earthcote brand in Europe a few years ago, there was intense interest in these South African ‘heritage’ colours.

Some Earthcote Heritage Colours

Pierre Cronje Heritage Colours

Earthcote Heritage Colours

Pierre Cronje Heritage Colours

Earthcote Heritage Colours

Pierre Cronje Heritage Colours

Earthcote Heritage Colours

“It surprised us, made us think, and we realised that we needed to re-introduce South Africans to this very special iconic collection of colour,” said Simon.

“The colours are a wonderful backdrop for Pierre Cronje’s simple, honest furniture and along with the kitchen garden outside and the selection of other products in the space, they help to make up a look that feels absolutely natural,” explains Neil, who initiated the collaboration and made it all hang together.

“Together, all the elements make the furniture sing. People want to know how furniture feels in a real space – and it mustn’t feel decorated or done. Seeing a piece of furniture on a showroom floor doesn’t sing – but seeing it in a space that feels like home, does,” says Neil.

An additional charming feature of the new space is that it has a veggie garden outside. “Visitors come to look at furniture and stuff and they get to leave with a bag of freshly picked veggies in a brown paper bag, as a living gift,” says Neil.

Neil’s best-selling cookbook-novel, Sout en Peper, which milks the Kalahari influence on SA culinary tradition and features brands that South Africans have grown up with, will soon be reprinted in English. “The new edition will have a colour chart of Earthcote’s heritage colours. So when you look at that colour swatch called Grandma’s Room – for instance – you will immediately see a picture in your mind of your own ouma’s room.”

If you’re in Cape Town and would like to sample the new home of Pierre Cronje and co., drop in at Wolfe Street, Wynberg. Give them a call on 021 761 4534 or drop them an email at johan@pierrecronje.co.za

You can contact Neil Stemmet on 082 373 3837 or at www.konceptdesign.co.za

To view Earthcote’s heritage colours, visit any Midas Earthcote or Paint&Place store, or click here to view them online.

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