Tag Archives: Cape Town

Fishy loo and metallic tyres

25 Jun

DORADO: fishy loo decor & metallic tyres

Metallic tyre flower pot by Riaan Chambers

Metallic tyre flower-pot by Riaan Chambers

This aloe flower-pot was spotted on a sidewalk in Muizenberg – outside the studio of creative explorer and lighting designer extraordinaire, Riaan Chambers. Riaan makes the most beautiful things out of glass, shells, discarded materials and found objects. This is a great way to repurpose old tyres, by turning them into planters. The use of metallic paint on tyres is an unexpected twist, and notice how good metallics look in combination with white. We like that. Earthcote Dorado smooth paint would achieve exactly this kind of look.

fishy loo decor

fishy loo decor

We also love the metallic scales (pictured below) painted by Cape Town art director Alistair Palmer. This is in the ‘fishy loo’ at Olympia Cafe in Kalk Bay – one of Cape Town’s finest seafood destinations. Alister painted the scales in various tones of Earthcote Dorado, turning a dodgy looking look into a local talking point.

fishy loo decor by Alistair Palmer

fishy loo decor by Alistair Palmer

Post & pics supplied by Jenny Mason. Check out her blog koekalooks for more

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Midas Earthcote Project: Greening the Park

21 May

MIDAS PROJECT: Greening Radisson Park Inn

The new Park Inn by Radisson on Cape Town’s Foreshore is conveniently located for delegates attending events at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). Given the location, guests can also walk to the V&A Waterfront and business travelers are in walking distance to a number of corporate headquarters. This contemporary hotel is as modern and luxurious as it is practical and convenient. It was important that the finishes be chosen to match the modern, innovation led approach. The project was a revamp of a period building and certain old walls needed careful finishing.

Midas Earthcote Project: Greening Radisson Park Inn

Radisson Park Inn

The Park Inn hotel by Radisson

As with any leisure or hospitality project, constant occupancy and guest comfort is key. The hotel needed to be guest-friendly and habitable as soon as possible after painting, so fume-free paints and finishes were called for. Midas was responsible for supplying paint – environmentally friendly Midas Earthcote DTE Matt, a Zero VOC formulation. This is known to be better for people who suffer from chemical sensitivities, better for paint crews working on the project and better for the planet.

The architect responsible was Paul Luck of Lightspace Architects. “The Park Inn hotel brand is one which incorporates bold colours in much of its branding and general hotel operating equipment, such as their logo signage, uniforms, and décor accents”, said Paul Luck. “The brief was to incorporate bold flashes of colour to reflect the brand identity. We used Midas Earthcote colour in certain areas to offset from the general tones of whites and greys.”

From an aesthetic point of view, the architects wanted to avoid sheen finishes on walls, as they tend to highlight poor plasterwork and detract from the quality of the furnishings. “The reflections on the wall surface become the feature, and when this is not even or consistent, the effect looks disturbing. We chose Midas Earthcote’s DTE Matt to give a gentle, even backdrop for our features, whilst offering an easily maintainable surface,” said Paul.

The eco formulation was the clincher. “If we do not change our thinking, this earth will stand no chance. We endeavour to specify ‘sustainable’ products and construction techniques wherever possible, as part of our commitment to the planet.”

MIDAS EARTHCOTE DTE MATT: A Zero VOC water-based ultra matt formulation that minimizes light reflection on walls, whilst limiting environmental impact. Better for air quality, Midas Earthcote Zero VOC acrylic does not contain those raw materials in paint that are potentially harmful to human health. It is also free from Glycol, Formaldehyde and APEO.

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Paint & Place Stores in South Africa – Western Cape

9 May

CONTACT: Paint stores in South Africa

WHAT follows is a list of available paint stores, contact information and addresses for all the Paint & Place and Midas Earthcote paint stores in the Western Cape, South Africa.

Paint & Place stores in Blaauwberg

Contact: Stephen Cross
Email: stephen.c@paintandplace.com
Tel: 021 554 2814 Cell: 084 295 7433

The Blaaueberg Paint & Place can be found at Shop No. 6, Sunningdale Lifestyle Centre, 9 Sandown Road, Sunningdale.

Paint & Place stores in Bredasdorp

Contact: Andre Swart
Email: andre@omail.co.za
Tel: 028 424 1522 Cell: 083 658 7215

The Bredasdorp Paint & Place can be found at Shop No. 6, corner of Claredon & Dirkie Uys Street, Bredasdorp, 7280.

Midas Earthcote stores in Woodstock, Cape Town

Contact: Tom O’ Connor
Email: tomoc@midasearthcote.co.za
Tel: 021 461 8324 Cell: 083 250 2081

Midas Earthcote in Woodstock, Cape Town is located at 145 Sir Lowry Roadd, The Palms Centre, Woodstock, 7925.

Paint & Place stores in Franschhoek

Contact: Paul Silberman
Email: paul.s@paintandplace.com
Tel: 021 876 2082 Cell: 082 567 6162

The Franschhoek Paint & Place is located at the Village Artisan, 46 Cabriere Street, Franschhoek, 7690.

Paint & Place stores in George (Southern Cape)

Contact: Mark Rethman
Email: mark.r@paintandplace.com
Tel: 044 871 1111 Cell: 082 440 5844

The Paint&Place in George can be found at Commercial Close, George Industria, PO Box 3567, George, 6536.

Paint & Place stores in Green Point

Contact: Nathan Sarembock
Email: nathan.s@paintandplace.com
Tel: 021 434 1959 Cell: 082 570 1258

The Green Point Paint&Place is situated in Shop 2, Winston Place (next to Cape Royal Hotel), 65 Main Road, Green Point, Cape Town, 8001.

Midas Earthcote stores in Hermanus

Contact: Greg Rethman
Email: earthcote@hermanus.co.za
Tel: 028 312 3034 Cell: 082 558 5928

The Midas Earthcote in Hermanus is situated in 14 Hope Street.

Midas Earthcote stores in Langebaan

Contact: Mike Norman
Email: midaspaintslbn@sybaweb.co.za
Tel: 022 772 1647 Cell: 083 225 6100

The Midas Earthcote in Langebaan is located in Shop 1, Part 3 Bay Centre, Oostewal St.

Midas Earthcote stores in Montagu

Contact: Johan Meyer
Email: karooland@lando.co.za
Tel: 023 614 1380 Cell: 082 898 0839

The Midas Earthcote in Montagu is in the KWV Complex, B9 Cohlerstreet, Montagu.

Paint & Place in Plettenberg Bay (Trading as Midas Earthcote)

Contact: Justin Slack
Email: jslack@mweb.co.za
Tel: 044 533 3386 Cell: 082 411 2578

The Midas Earthcote in Plettenberg Bay is located at Shop A2, Market Square, Beacon Way Road, Plettenberg Bay.

Midas Earthcote stores in Somerset West

Contact: Cyril Bekker
Email: cyril@midasearthcote.co.za
Tel: 021 851 0913 Cell: 083 383 8814

The Midas Earthcote in Somerset West can be found at 26 Comprop Square, Asla Business Park, Somerset West (on the N2).

Midas Earthcote stores in Swellendam

Contact: Japie de Wet
Email: japiedw@telkomsa.net
Tel: 028 514 2567 Cell: 072 379 1593

The Midas Earthcote in Swellendam is in 6 Kerk Street.

Paint & Place stores in Tyger Valley

Contact: Sean Rack
Email: sean.r@paintandplace.com
Tel: 021 910 0134 Cell: 082 467 4342

The Tyger Valley Paint & Place is located at 64/70 Ground Floor, Edward Street, Tyger Valley, 7530.

Paint & Place stores in Umnyama (Distributor)

Contact: Zelda Williams
Email: zelda@umnyamapaints.co.za
Tel: 021 531 8529/9679 Cell: 083 306 2376

The Umnyama Paint & Place is located at 38 Viking Business Place, Thor Circle, Thornton.

Paint & Place stores in Villiersdorp (Distributor)

Contact: Mike Browne
Email: brownesdecor@xpoint.co.za
Tel: 028 840 1385/7 Cell: 082 899 8864

The Villiersdorp Paint & Place is in 14 Buitekant Crescent, Villiersdorp, 6848.

Midas Earthcote stores in Vredenburg (Distributor)

Contact: Madeleine van Ass
Email: weskus@midasearthcote.co.za
Tel: 022 713 2472 Fax: 022 713 2497

The Midas Earthcote Vredenburg is in Heuningklipweg, Vredenburg, 7380.

Midas Earthcote stores in Vredendal

Contact: Hennie Senekal
Email: buildit@kingsley.co.za
Tel: 027 213 2260 Cell: 083 233 0553

The Midas Earthcote in Vredendal is in 14 Church Street.

Paint & Place stores in Wynberg

Contact: Marc Thom
Email: marcthom@paintandplace.com
Tel: 021 761 0578 Cell: 082 467 4342

The Wynberg Paint & Place is situated at 414 Main Road, Wynberg, Cape Town.

Midas Earthcote stores in Yzerfontein

Contact: Rudi Rogers
Email: terry.midas@telkomsa.net
Tel: 022 451 2088 Cell: 082 498 7330

The Midas Earthcote in Yzerfontein is located at Shop 17, Villa Fontana Centre.

The Reserve – interior & style

17 Apr

THE RESERVE: The interior & style of one of Cape Town’s most trendy nightclubs

The Reserve is a nightclub in Cape Town – located in the 150 year old ABC building in Adderley Street. The Reserve was once a bank and has ceilings that are almost twelve meters high.

The Reserve boasts an interior & style that is both uniquely historic and highly sophisticated. The interior walls are clad in marble and the building still has all its original brass fittings and spectacular antique chandeliers. The interior of The Reserve was extensively revamped in 2011 by interior designer Manuela Candido.

The Reserve – interior & style

The Reserve Interior

The Reserve interior

As you enter The Reserve you are met by a flamboyant and stylish room, which constitutes the bar area. The interior walls of the first bar are painted in both flat colors in various shades of green with palm tree murals and parrot monkeys as accents. Other interior accents include leopard skin and floral fabrics, palm tree cocktail tables, pink duco tables and other vivid pops of colour.

The style of the bar is pure fantasy, with its proudly kitsch 1950’s Palm Springs look, while the lounge is reminiscent of a Munich-style 1930’s burlesque room. This called for wall décor that would add to the glamour of the interior rather than fade into obscurity – and look shimmery and sparkly at night.

THE STORM WALL OF THE RESERVE

The witty and wild style & interior of The Reserve called for an idea that would be an appropriate backdrop to the palm trees, parrots and pink tables. The manipulated look of the Earthcote Storm Wall treatment creates the perfect mood. This ‘agitated’, spontaneous, hurricane-like style occurred when diluted acrylic wall paint was applied over Earthcote Worn Leather. The lime from the Worn Leather base coat kept burning through, bringing intense movement to the surface.

Click here for a ‘how to’ guide to creating the Storm Wall Hurricane effect

The interior & style of The Reserve restaurant

The Reserve Restaurant

The Reserve Restaurant

THE CHAMPAGNE-LOOK FROST WALL OF THE RESERVE

This sparkly champagne-like effect was achieved using a base coat of ‘Oyster White’ Dorado – Earthcote’s shimmery, metallic textured paint, with a layer of Earthcote Frost applied on top. Frost can be applied over any colour and it looks quite literally like snowfall on a wall – opaque and twinkly. An insider tip: mix glitter into the Frost to ramp up the sparkle. The ‘Methode Champenoise’ glitter Frost was used on the plaster mouldings next to the solid old marble inlays in the club.

THE HURRICANE AT THE RESERVE

The 150-year old space inside The Reserve is absolutely incredible. Andrea Graaf, Interior designer to The Reserve, describes the club as “a fantasy of creating two different areas that patrons can explore and enjoy, while always admiring the different visual and sensual elements.”

Apart from the specialised palm tree murals, there are lots of leopard skin and floral fabrics with palm tree cocktail tables and just color, color and more color. It offers a real kitsch, 1950’s Palm Springs vibe while the actual lounge offers luxurious banquette seating surrounded by dance floor podiums.

The Reserve Decor

The Reserve Decor

The birdcage is the ‘piece de resistance’ – made out of mild steel and finished in gold leaf. It is totally over-scaled and is definitely one of the ‘wow’ factors in the room. In fact the whole style is totally eclectic which can be seen from the bright duco’ed pink coffee tables to the ‘Rietveltesque’ mild steel cocktail tables.

The Reserve hosts carefully thought-out and executed themed nights on a weekly basis to crowds of 30 plus. Themed parties are held every weekend but you have to be on the guest list by contacting The Reserve to receive access to these exclusive parties.

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Midas Earthcote Pigment & Tinting Technology

28 Mar

ENDURING BLUES: Colourfast Pigment & Tinting Technology and Allan Gray

At a time when taupe, stone, grey and white defined the colour palette of the urban landscape, we admired how Allan Gray departed from convention in deciding to use blue when it relocated its HQ to the V&A Waterfront.

Next to the ocean, blues look fresh and confident. However, they are seldom recommended by specifiers because the blue pigments in paint tend to be unstable and can be prone to fading.

Pigment and tinting technology is an area that is constantly changing. In consultation with ICC, Midas Earthcote have developed technologically advanced blue oxides that offer a high degree of fade-resistance when exposed to UV rays. Midas Earthcote constantly upgrades its paint recipes in pace with tinting technologies to ensure that their systems offer world-leading coating solutions.

Colourfast Pigment & Tinting Technology used on Allan Gray Offices

Allan Gray Offices

The Cape Town offices of Allan Gray at the V&A Waterfront

“Using these special UV-resistant blue pigments in a high quality Midas 240 acrylic, our blues will last exceptionally well”, said Midas Earthcote Marketing Director, Simon Fraser. “Collaborating with ICC on the complexities of colour means we are able to produce better quality products and many technically unique colour solutions for the industry.”

Together, Midas Earthcote and ICC have developed the most internationally advanced colour tinting system, which uses specific pigments for interior and exterior application. When ordering, it is important to specify whether the product will be used internally or externally. The Midas tinting system also offers more environmentally responsible formulations containing Glycol-free pigments – available in our Envirolite range, on request.

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Tiziana Giardini & the Cape Grace hotel

26 Mar

DESIGN: Cape Grace and the art of Tiziana Giardini’s walls

MIDAS Earthcote was proud to have been chosen as a coatings supplier in the refashioning of Cape Town’s grandest five star hotel at the edge of the ocean – the Cape Grace hotel.

The Cape Grace combines modern luxury with traditional Cape culture. Every room was custom-designed using eclectic, handcrafted décor to reflect the tradition and elegance of the Cape.

The refashioning project, led by interior design company Weixelbaumer Design, represents an amalgamation of the best artisan talent in the Cape. Extreme care was invested in creating beautiful, tactile finishes, from the Giardini coloured walls to the hand-painted silk window dressings and soft furnishings to artisan-made leather and glass items.

Tiziana Giardini and the Cape Grace Hotel

Cape Grace Hotel

For the exterior of the Cape Grace Hotel, Tiziana Giardini custom mixed a warm, earthy shade of ochre in Midas Fresco. This statement colour gives real personality to the classic architecture and it somehow also harks back to the flamboyance of the Huguenots.

The Cape Grace Challenge

Kathi Weixelbaumer is known for her skill in juxtaposing the modern with the period and the rare with the humble – tying it all together with spontaneity.

The challenge was to provide finishes that added to the layering of texture, in a look that is both contemporary and reminiscent of the elegance and history of the Cape. All wall finishes needed to be low maintenance and, from an aesthetic perspective, needed to “pull the elements together.”

The exterior required a finish that would wear well next to the ocean, offer weather resistance and, like the interior, deliver an aesthetic that straddles the historic and the contemporary.

The Art of Tiziana Giardini’s Walls

For the interior, Weixelbaumer Design commissioned paint artist and colourist Tiziana Giardini to recommend a restful, unobtrusive palette of textured colour.

“Kathi Weixelbaumer has a great eye for colour and it was a privilege to work alongside her, providing interpretations to her interior approach”, said Tiziana Giardini. “It was an organic creative process. I was given fabrics and other interior pieces as inspiration and from those I developed a customised paint colour palette for each room.”

“Nothing came straight out of a tin. I used special pigments and made up my own recipes, using Midas 240 acrylics as a base, and my own special tinted ageing scumble glaze to take the edge off. This gave the walls a broken, lived-in look that is subtle and visually restful, as it has a lot of movement”
– Tiziana Giardini.

Cape Grace Hotel Interior

Cape Grace Hotel interior.

The use of a washable ageing glaze over Midas 240 acrylic delivers durability. The slightly worn, broken look creates a seamlessness between the walls and other interior elements, like washed timber and hand-painted fabrics.

For the exterior, Tiziana custom mixed a warm, earthy shade of ochre in Midas Fresco. This statement colour gives real personality to the classic architecture and it somehow also harks back to the flamboyance of the Huguenots.

“We used Midas Fresco for practical and aesthetic reasons,” said Giardini. “Fresco is a robust, gritty coating that very efficiently conceals hairline cracks and will last well in all-weather conditions at the coast. The ultra-matt graded texture adds a softness to the look, which gives the building elegance.”

The work of Kathi Weixelbaumer and Tiziana Giardini on the Cape Grace hotel is still representative of modern luxury mixed with traditional Cape culture.

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A Midas Makeover of The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay

14 Mar

The Bay Hotel’s Midas makeover with Matt acrylic Midas 240 and Midaroof

A Midas Earthcote makeover of The Bay Hotel transformed this well-trodden Camps Bay landmark into a well-grounded, elegant building, with shades of Coney Island. There were several challenges with this special project, the primary issue being that a pure white building by the seaside results in uncomfortably high glare. Environmental pollution on the roof (caused by seagull droppings) was also a reality that needed a practical resolve.

Midas Makeover of The Bay Hotel

The Bay Hotel

The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay, Cape Town.

The solution was Matt acrylic Midas 240. A shade of light grey was used which helps to absorb light – making the building feel more sympathetic to its environment. The effect is simple, clean and fresh – enhanced by the addition of natural timber exterior elements like Balau balustrades and pergolas. To minimise the visual impact of seagull droppings, the roof was redecorated in custom-tinted grey Midaroof.

The Bay Hotel Interior

The Bay Hotel interior.

The exterior changes were so effective that hotel owner Maree Brinks decided to update the interior as well. The result is interesting, individual and eclectic. Each room was treated individually, with unique one-off elements creating a boutique hotel feel.

Matt acrylic Midas 240 was used extensively in restful tones of complementary greens, greys and blues. Pandomo, with its cloudy, veined, highly polished stucco-like look, was used on accent walls to create ambiance and to inject a contemporary feel into The Bay Hotel.

“The inside needed to be a seamless extension of the natural elements outside”, said interior decorator, Arina Cilliers. “The colors and textures were therefore chosen from the neutral and soothing side of the spectrum. Beige and driftwood grey were combined with soft aqua and green, to represent both the sea and the surrounding fynbos . This was to be the backdrop for solid wood, hand-woven wicker and nautical stainless steel.”

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