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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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Franschhoek welcomes new Paint&Place

14 Dec

OPENING: Franschhoek welcomes a new Paint&Place to the Village Artisan

FRANSCHHOEK is known by many as the food and wine capital of the country. It hosts more award-winning restaurants than anywhere else in South Africa. Once a sleepy country retreat, the village of Franschhoek began experiencing a boom since the 1990s. Today it appeals to an audience of lifestyle lovers, cultural enthusiasts and those who enjoy some of the finer things in life.

To add to the colourful diversity of Franschhoek, one of the oldest paint contractors in the country, Paul Silberman, will officially be opening a Paint&Place in Franschhoek next week. Paul Silberman has been in the paint industry for 30 years – having spent 15 of those years in Sea Point.

Paul knows all the facets of the paint industry and is credited with having refurbished one of the oldest farmhouses in Franschhoek. This 1913 homestead, called Domaine Des Anges, has been transformed to its former grandeur.

Domaine Des Anges Homestead

The Domaine Des Anges homestead painted with Peinture and Midas Roof Paint

Domaine Des Anges

Domaine Des Anges

DOMAINE DES ANGES

Paul made use of a variety of Midas Paint products to restore Domaine Des Anges to its former glory. For the outside of the building he used Peinture and Midas Roof Paint – specifically ‘Simply Charcoal’. On the inside he used Pigmented Floorcote, Stucco and Down To Earth Matt.

COLMANT WINERY

The renovation of the Colmant winery – tucked away in the far end of Franschhoek Valley, is another project that Paul Silberman has been proud to be involved in. For the outside of the winery Paul coated the walls using Midas 240. To create the unique ambiance inside the winery, Paul used Steracon – a highly specialised product containing an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal additive with an active ingredient that repels bacteria, fungi and other potentially harmful microbes.

Colmant Winery

The Colmant winery coated with Midas 240 and Steracon

Inside the Colmant Winery

Inside the Colmant Winery

Paul Silberman is a specialist when it comes to renovations, and is ready to offer his advice, service and expertise to anyone looking to renovate their home.

The new Paint&Place store in the Village Artisan of Franschhoek (Shop no. 80C) has been tastefully done in that old French style which is so typical of Franschhoek. The freshly coated store will cater to the whole Cape Winelands area and is centrally located for all visitors to enjoy the wonderful pleasures of the Western Cape.

Franschhoek Paint&Place Contact Details:

PAUL SILBERMAN
TEL: 021-876 2082
CELL: 082 567 6162
paul.s@paintandplace.com

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