African Design Magazine November 2016 - Page 72

African project 21 Rose Street – South Africa The collection spreads over three floors, each slightly different, yet still recognisably of the same.The ground floor, which contains the reception, boardroom and shared workspace, houses work from Black Koki, Christo Basson, Zander Blom and Andresj Urbanski. Their contemplative portraits and abstract work, reflect a sense of where ideas are borne and abstract concepts become tangible. The first floor, which houses the traffic and finance teams, is a salon with light hearted, emo tive works, including works by Khaya Witbooi , Wesley van Eeden and Cameron Platter. A Boeta Phyff wooden sculpture in the form of ‘3D graffiti’ creates a world where light-heartedness rules and where rules are undermined. The top floor houses the creative team studio, and presents the use of text and typeface as a visual language. It includes a work by Neill Wright who draws inspiration from the media, society and politics, and a series of 13 intaglio prints by AM I COLLECTIVE studio. These illustrative and text works have been created by 13 illustrators who took inspiration from the stereotypical and unlucky events in South Africa and use irony to interpret the tales of misfortune. 72 The top floor also houses the in-house exhibition space. This is dedicated as an exhibition area/gallery for the team to showcase their own personal creative work in a light and informal manner, whether it be doodles or a highly crafted work.