Room 39 is an exciting young brand, focusing on interior products for the bedroom, with a clear vision for “combining contemporary design with artisan skills to create heirlooms for the future.” We were drawn to their fresh, modern pieces and loved the ‘anti-cute’ approach to items for children.
Co-directors, Petra Grmek-Green and Simone Esterhuyzen have “versatility and playfulness” at the core of their ethos. More than this, they also seek to find and support like-minded designers and craftspeople, working as far as possible in a sustainable way, marrying craft techniques and modern technology.
Sourcing internationally, Petra and Simone have created inspirational yet functional bedroom environments that appeal to both male and female, and younger and older customers. The duo often use combination’s of black, white and neutrals, together with splashes of colour. Their eclectic mix is very appealing, and many of the small craft-based design firms they work with have a commendable integrity.
We loved BelaBela, which translates to WhiteWhite in Slovenian. There were some great products from fashion and textile designers, Jana Mrsnik and Vesna Stih. Working with both natural and man-made materials, (all bio-degradeable) they interpret traditional hand-craft techniques to create desirable, beautiful and often and fun items for interiors.
One of these, Moonbasket was set up by artist and designer, Dani Le Roy and “crochet maniac” Laura Summs. They support a community project in Cape Town, South Africa. Their great, over sized, colourful crocheted light shades are made by women from the Khayelitsha township. The women all have some knowledge of this craft, a traditional skill passed down through families. This community project runs various clinics and support centres in Cape Town.
Also based in South Africa, this time in Johannesburg, and available here through Room 39, another duo, Adriaan Hugo and Katy Taplin of Doktor and Misses produce minimalist contemporary furniture, lighting and objects. Modern, quirky, lines and sharp clean colour defines their style.
We loved the honesty and simplicity of David Krynauw’s hand-turned wooden light installations. He says, “Uncompromising attention to quality, detail and originality is what sets my work apart. I experiment with different shapes and forms to produce unconventional pieces, by hand. As a young man I feel it is important to be responsible in doing my part to conserve the environment, so I grow trees on my farm on a sustainable basis”.
In the UK, Room39 have forged an exclusive collaboration with needle point designer, Emily Peacock. Launched at Tent, London we loved her ‘Graces’ Cushion Kits.
Other items that caught our eye were some simple and striking, die cut felt cushions and throws. We also loved the graphic black and white cushions with quirky illustrations of owls and trees by Kori, a talented up-and coming illustrator from Slovenia. Still in his early twenties, Nejc Korenic aka Kori, has already exhibited internationally and has been commissioned to produce illustrations for album covers, flyers, posters and other merchandise, all with his appealing and slightly anarchic handwriting.
Room 39 – great products to create exciting interiors.