Cape Point Nature Reserve

Last week we had the amazing Paul, Dara and Aneira staying with us, we ate and drank like kings and queens and did a bit of sight seeing too. We headed out to Cape Point Nature Reserve and found the Cape of Good Hope - blue skies, wind swept grass along hot roads, Paulsberg mountain, the Venus pool, lighthouses, a wealth of fynbos and a few wild animals. All shots taken on the iPhone, it's no SLR but the phone sure manages to capture the mood.

Typography Served

This is one of those things you wish to happen... We are super stoked to have been featured on Behance's Typography Served. A happy happy Friday!

Wrapping paper - Free download

It's that time of the year again... Christmas is only a few weeks away!  Here's this years wrapping paper, download the file here.

Previous free downloads - Weekly meal planner, leaf wrapping paper, and autumn leaves wrapping paper.

Our free printable gift wrapping paper featured on Oh The Lovely Things

Our wrapping paper from last year has been featured on Oh The Lovely Things, Thanks guys! Stay tuned, this years Christmas free wrapping paper will be posted later this week.

Food Wine & Design

We sat down with Wawa and Artisan Distillers & Co a couple of weeks back and discussed how best to come up with a stand that could combine and represent both brands in a shared space. The 'space' is a 3x3 metre stand at the Food, Wine & Design Fair in Johannesburg.

The guys finished setting up last night and sent some pics over for us to check out, looking pretty good! They're there from today and over the weekend, Wawa have their wooden boards as well as a new range of handslides produced from recycled foam off-cuts. And AD & Co have a great selection of incredibly good, traditional cape pot still spirits for tastings and sales.

There is great variety of incredibly innovative and proudly South African design as well as amazing wine and lip-smacking food to taste. If you're in Jozi's and have nothing planned for this evening or the weekend go and say hi, experience Wawa in the flesh, it's the way hand crafted products are meant to be viewed, and enjoy the exceptional flavour of artisanal spirits.

Hyde Park Corner Shopping Centre Rooftop:
Fri 23rd: 12pm - 10pm
Sat 24th: 10am - 10pm
Sun 25th: 10am - 4pm

Wawa on the web

Over the next couple of months we are working with Wawa, helping to spread their lovely work all over the web. Wawa is a local surfboard company making handmade wooden surfboards and we've had the pleasure of working with them from the start, creating their branding and building their website.

Props to Ian James Thurtell for the amazing photography.

Help spread the word, follow them on Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest and check out their blog here.

And if you are in Jozis next weekend (23rd - 25th), don't miss Wawa at the FoodWineDesign Fair.

K&i's Instagram pictures now on the web!

Ahh, we've been waiting for this day... and here it is - all our Instagram pictures are now viewable on our Instagram profile online, yippee!


We bought some old school chairs last week and started restoring them over the weekend. We've decided to turn them into a set of dining room chairs. Chair backs and bases have all been sanded with the top layers of ply removed, and the steel frames got a lick of the most popping/fizzing enamel colour we could think of mixing. We've only just started on the painting so will upload more pics once completed. How's that colour?

Eye kandi by core77

"Flotspotting: Eye kandi from K&i Design Studio" is a lovely write up about us by core77, sister company to Coroflot. It's brilliant seeing these write ups  - especially when we don't even know about them, it's like finding 10 bucks in your back pocket that you never knew was there.

Read below to see what they have to say or visit their site to view with some pics.

"Seeing as our sister site Coroflot hosts portfolios from the world over, It's always interesting to see where members hail from. Karl Mynhardt is a perfect example: he's one half of Cape Town, South Africa's K&i Design Studio, which he and his wife Ida (hence "K" and "I") launched last year. They've since won a Design Indaba Emerging Creative award alongside a growing list of local clients, as well as campaigns for international brands.

The photography highlights the tactile qualities of Mynhardt's work, as in the art direction for Wawa Wooden Surfboards and the Open publication, which won a Sappi Think Ahead Award.

It also doesn't hurt that many of their clients and independent projects are related to food.

In keeping with the construction-paper-cutout aesthetic of their art direction for the "Out in Africa" Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, this teaser video is charming but perhaps a bit frivolous."

'Frivolous' ? Gotta love their honesty - we do! Thanks for the wonderful words core77.

Old New Steeds - Our Upcycles

Friday was a happy day. Emile, friend and owner of Starling & Hero popped by after work to drop off our 'upcycles' and sip a pumpkin ale together. We're over the moon, wind in the hair and all that…

Ida really wanted a basket, then we remembered she already has one. We /missioned/ through some of our last bits of storage and there it was. We found the fittings still attached to another bike of hers. We whipped them off and got to work on her new vintage cruiser fitting the basket late that evening. Big smiles!

Mine was given that finishing touch by adding a beautiful leather Brookes saddle - originally a gift I gave to my old man but it somehow didn't ever gel on his Trek MTB! Thanks for being understanding dad.

Summer just got a whole lot better - cheers Emile.

Dreaming of a Small Garden…

…so we can make mini salads all year round and take photo's of pretty flowers.

Creative Review - Feed

Creative Review brings us much joy & happiness each & every time they put our work up on their site. Thanks CR.

Design Indaba - Perfectly Imperfect

Almost like a dream come true… I recall it being 2002 when Design Indaba ran a workshop at then the 'Art and Design Faculty of PE Technikon' by Lucille Tenazas (google the name if you don't know it - but you should! she's amazing). From the first day of the workshop it got me dreaming, my dream was to be associated with Design Indaba in any way whatsoever - I didn't even care if I only made it to 'tea boy'. Well I did a little bit better - way better in fact with the help from my precious and talented business partner and wife Ida.

"Forty young designers, five days of pure inspiration, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

We earned our National Design Colours as 2012 Design Indaba Emerging Creatives. And had a fantastic article/interview written about us, it's left us all warm and fuzzy like inside. Read our story here and be sure to enter for 2013 to claim your title too.

Box Set - yep, a box set

A few tasty pics of a recent project, don't forget to stop past the Monday Morning Monster blog for your weekly dose of monster madness.