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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

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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Autumn “Play Outside” Poster Campaign!

4 May

THE Autumn leaves have fallen and it’s still relatively pleasant to play outside before Winter sets in. Midas Earthcote felt we should celebrate Autumn with a new in-store poster campaign – available in store now. The “Play Outside” Autumn campaign offers innovative ideas for organising outdoor sheds, paint exteriors and braai areas, as well as provide other garden-focused solutions.

New Autumn “Play Outside” Campaign

New Autumn "Play Outside" campaign

Autumn “Play Outside” poster campaign – braai areas

New Autumn "Play Outside" poster campaign

Autumn “Play Outside” poster campaign – outdoor shower

New Autumn "Play Outside" poster campaign

Autumn “Play Outside” poster campaign – garden sheds

New Autumn "Play Outside" poster campaign

Autumn “Play Outside” poster campaign – garden patio

Pierre Cronje revamps Wynberg showroom

23 Apr

Pierre Cronje steps up to the plate and revamps his Wynberg showroom

Master craftsman Pierre Cronje has revamped his Wynberg, Cape Town showroom. Pop into Wolfe Street to view his diverse collection as well as top brands such as Hertex Fabrics, Tradewinds Parasols, Modern Garden Company and Earthcote Paints. Call 021 761 4534 or visit pierrecronje.co.za

Step up to the plate

(Image courtesy of the June issue of Fresh Ideas magazine)

Step up to the plate

And here’s why we keep encouraging you to put your best crockery on show. See how a mixed collection is given fresh appeal against the stark white lapa wall of Towerbosch Restaurant at Knorhoek – and given a sharp contrast by the black booth seat.

And if you don’t have a set of heritage pieces, don’t fret; follow this unique example as seen in furniture designer Pierre Cronje’s Wynberg showroom, and offset contemporary white crockery against a striking wall, with stripes painted in Earthcote’s latest colour range.

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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.

** More Midas Earthcote Special Projects **

New Peeters Décor Earthcote store opened in Belgium

16 Mar

STORE OPENING: New Earthcote store (Peeters Décor) open in Belgium

A NEW Earthcote outlet was opened in Belgium on Wednesday this week. The new store, called Peeters Décor, was installed by Earthcote contractor Ron Louers, who says that the installation was a huge success.

Louers and his team designed the metal panels of Peeters Décor using wheels for the show-boards. Wooden cabins were built for holding stock and the floor of the new Earthcote outlet is all leather.

The new Peeters Décor in Belgium

New Earthcote Outlet in Belgium

The new Peeters Décor Earthcote store opened in Belgium

** More Store Openings & Upgrades **

Contemporary African feel with Boere Baroque, Boet se Moet & Baked Beans on Toast

28 Feb

The Department of Foreign Affairs paint job brought to you by Boere Baroque, Boet se Moet and Baked Beans on Toast

The Department of Foreign Affairs

The Department of Foreign Affairs.

THE Presidential guest accommodation in Tshwane is part of the iconic 80 000m2 Department of Foreign Affairs complex. It was designed by TC Design Architects and incorporates office accommodation for the DFA head office, training and conference facilities, and two guest hotels for visiting international dignitaries.

The building has a uniquely African feel, inside and out. This has been achieved by using locally commissioned and custom made finishes and furnishings. An extensive specification demanded that coatings reflect the African context seamlessly within the contemporary design.

“Our best quality products, all made locally, were specified for the finishing”, says Jaco du Toit of Midas Earthcote, Waterkloof. “Midafelt 225, a high-quality acrylic, used in combination with aggregate primers, achieved a textured look that suited the desired earthy aesthetic, with the added benefit of being ultra durable.”

“The colour specification included ‘Boere Baroque’, ‘Boet Se Moet’ and ‘Baked Beans on Toast’, all of which add up to a strong South African story. The sparkly interior was created by Earthcote Tidalcote”, says du Toit.

This ultra-smooth trowelon plaster contains particles of twinkly marine material – creating a slightly iridescent feel. It is earthy, organic and African, but also very contemporary and sophisticated. Simon Fraser, Marketing Director for Midas Earthcote, adds:

“This was a prestigious project to be a part of and a great way of showcasing South African creativity and innovation to visiting dignitaries. Our products are designed and produced in South Africa, to withstand local climatic conditions. Our colours and textures have a distinctively African handwriting. These kinds of finishes would look impressive and contemporary on any modern building, anywhere in the world, but they feel particularly well placed in an African context.”

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