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The trend of families moving (or considering doing so) out of busy city metropolitans to lesser congested environments and suburbs is likely to be more prevalent since lockdown proved just how versatile organisations can be in adopting flexible hours and remote working.

Gavin Tagg, CEO of Retail Network Services says that along with this shift comes the relief from not needing the hustle and bustle of large regional malls.

Community centre shopping is proven to be more therapeutic and less noisy, and thus more pleasurable and relaxing. They are no longer the quick-shop destinations of old, instead they have evolved to be places where families can shop together and be entertained, but with the same convenience as is expected from local shopping centres”.

“What the new local malls also highlight is that convenience does not need to be boring, but only if the variety of services provided is in response to local supply and demand.” 

In partnership with Dalmar Construction, Retail Network Services’ new Country Mall development is situated in Dalpark, Brakpan.

Set to open on the 23rd of September 2021, Country Mall will boast some of the country’s high-end and most desirable retail chains including Tops Liquor and SuperSpar, Clicks, West Pack Lifestyle, Eateries like Mugg & Bean, Steers, Debonairs and Piccolo Family Kitchen.

The uniqueness of this development will be attractive to existing restaurants and fast food outlets in the area, especially if they are looking to centralise or to upgrade their patronage. This applies to health and beauty and family fashion stores too as the centre is set to attract a larger and more comprehensive footfall.

Tagg highlights that Country Mall is the ideal location for local producers to find anchorage in the region.

Keeping things local means Country Mall is attractive to unique retailers who want to address the merchandise and service needs of the catchment area, and which complement the existing retailing needs of this economic hub,” says Tagg. “An additional plus is that a number of job opportunities will be created.”

The mall’s ambiance will be highlighted through its fresh approach to what Tagg refers to as ‘a third space’. By this, he refers to the soft green features that will dominate which has given the mall its ‘Country’ name.

 “This will not feel like a traditional mall. We have undertaken intensive market research to ensure that visitors will experience a strong country feel in a social space, without needing to travel far.”

The traffic-controlled entrance to free parking adds an extra level of security for those entering from Heidelberg Road or Wild Olive Street, both easily accessible from the N17 and N12 highways.

Dalmar Construction’s CEO, Conrad Swart says that the mall will be evidently unique to passers-by.

 “It’s green aesthetics inclusive of abundant planting with similarly foliage façade frameworks take the eye away from bricks and mortar, and really this is what makes it stand out from other malls”.

Tagg concludes that ‘green’ and ‘sustainability’ are paramount when considering the local mall of today.

“People and families want to feel a sense of pride about their shopping areas. Country Mall will not disappoint.”

3 days 8 hours ago
Designer lighting company willowlamp has its sights set on joining the illustrious group of Clout designers whose work comprises Nando’s iconic décor.

The ‘Audrey2’ lighting range is after the carnivorous flower in the classic film Little Shop of Horrors.

There’s really nothing hotter than South African design right now – just ask anyone who’s walked into a Nando’s restaurant anywhere in the world! These interiors feature bright and bold local designs that are sourced via the Nando’s Design Programme, Clout, and its online Portal to Africa – a dynamic catalogue of South African creativity.

Designer lighting company willowlamp has its sights set on joining the illustrious group of Clout designers whose work comprises Nando’s iconic décor – and has designed a brand-new range of chandeliers that has recently been included on the purchasing portal.

Adam Hoets, founder and creative director of willowlamp, calls the bespoke lighting range ‘Audrey2’, after the carnivorous flower in the classic film Little Shop of Horrors. These colourful, zany chandeliers – which come in combinations of red, black and white and blue, purple and green – are intended to add to Nando’s bright, local-is-lekker ambience. These fun, organic-inspired lights are easily customizable.

“The design is a bit of a departure from willowlamp’s core brand, since the laser-cut metal frames are powder-coated mild steel, not brushed stainless steel, and the design uses very little chain,” reveals Hoets. “The lights will be available in various sizes and colour choices as the powder-coated frames allow for differentiation.”

The chandeliers stand apart from willowlamp’s signature high-end range – they are lighter, quicker to make, and easier to transport. So if you’re looking to ‘order in’ a little bit of Nando’s latest spice, head over to www.willowlamp.com and have Hoets and his team design your very own ‘Audrey2’.

The post WILLOWLAMP’S AUDACIOUS ‘AUDREY2’ RANGE TO LIGHT UP NANDO’S appeared first on Leading Architecture & Design.

3 days 10 hours ago
A virtual expo experience will replace this year’s physical shows of Decorex Joburg and 100% Design South Africa.

“While we are sad that we cannot host Decorex Joburg and 100% Design South Africa in their usual format this year, we are determined to do something to stimulate trade and help reignite the economy,” said Decorex Africa Portfolio Director, Sian Cullingworth.

In a first for the Decorex Africa Portfolio – South Africa’s leading interior design, décor and product design events – a virtual expo experience will replace this year’s physical shows of Decorex Joburg and 100% Design South Africa. This interactive and virtual event will start on 6 August 2020 and will provide exhibitors, members of the trade, and the public at large with a unique online opportunity to engage and conduct “business as unusual”.

In light of the ongoing restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Reed Exhibitions Africa (the company behind the Decorex Africa Portfolio) has looked to virtual solutions in a bid to continue to support the industry and its exhibitors. The decision not to host the physical events in 2020 was made following multiple discussions with the industry and partners, and upon the advice of local and national health authorities.

“Because this is the new normal,” said Decorex Africa Portfolio Director, Sian Cullingworth, “we have adapted accordingly and explored new ways to enable business to continue during these unusual times. While we are sad that we cannot host Decorex Joburg and 100% Design South Africa in their usual format this year, we are determined to do something to stimulate trade and help reignite the economy. So, the virtual expo was born. We’re here for our exhibitors and customers and we want them to know that we value and support them. All our thoughts are with everyone who has been impacted by COVID-19!”

In 2021, the Decorex Africa Portfolio looks forward to organizing and managing its four interior design and décor shows (namely, Decorex Durban, Decorex Cape Town, Decorex Joburg and 100% Design South Africa) accompanied by four virtual expos. In addition to the upcoming virtual expo in August this year, the lively social media channels for both Decorex and 100% Design South Africa are currently enriching the industry with live and pre-recorded video content that covers new product launches and interviews with designers and decorators.

Look out for more information about August’s Virtual Expo, coming soon.

The post DECOREX JOBURG AND 100% DESIGN SOUTH AFRICA 2020 TO GO VIRTUAL IN 2020 appeared first on Leading Architecture & Design.

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