“There is cardinal red and rose red. Come-to-bed red and go-to-hell red. But when it comes to a red dress, there is really only Valentino.

The much talked about and highly-anticipated Valentino Exhibition celebrating the life and work of the master designer opens at Somerset House, London today.

For the fashion illustrator and VOGUE.CO.UK blogger David Downton, the work of Valentino Garavani holds a particular poignancy, and he has done a couple of marvelous sketches of true Valentino Couture.

(http://www.vogue.co.uk/news/2012/11/29/david-downton-valentino-illustrations)

Jasper & George Eco Friendly Furniture

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I have just discovered a fairly new online furniture store.

The 2 designers are a married couple, Heinrich and Ina van der Walt, based in Cape Town.

They are making use of the ‘Upcycling’ concept, using reclaimed wood such as pallet wood used for shipping and storage purposes. They also only use environmentally friendly sealants and paint.

Currently, their ever-expanding collection includes an assortment of rustic couches, coffee tables, beautiful benches and garden furniture and planters. Handcrafted with care, each item is testament to the infinite number of ways in which used pallets – which Heinrich claims are in abundance around us – can be transformed from waste to wonderful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All furniture and decor items can be ordered directly from Jasper and George – visit jasperandgeorge.blogspot.com, email jasperandgeorge@gmail.com or call Ina or Heinrich on 082-303-6577 or 082-451-6181.

Pallet products are available in ‘any colour under the sun’ and they will also happily take on custom home projects.

To view the garden planters, pop in to Marigold, De Lorentz Street, Cape Town.