Electic studio worth living in
From 1950s South Africa to Eastern philosophy, Stoned Cherrie founder and creative director Nkhensani Nkosi's inspirations are fascinating.
These inspirations come to life in the brand's creative space and offices in Parkmore, Sandton, which took a year to build in collaboration with Nkosi's sister, Tintswalo Manganyi.
Some walls are painted taupe, others are covered in Stoned Cherrie wallpaper. There is a large glass window adorned with Stoned Cherrie-designed glazing in the reception area.
Nkosi loves the space so much, she says she wishes she lived here.
"I love the volume. I love that it's open and free. I love the fact that it's not necessarily [for] offices. I love that there's something about it that's quite homely," she says.
The space, says Nkosi, is a welcome change from their previous working area.
"Before we were here we worked in the city, which was great because there's so much energy around, but it's also very congested. Even though it was part of the fashion district, it was more of a factory space," she says.
"This is really a studio that allows us to be. There's a lot more freedom and more ability to express yourself because it's a creative environment."
She sums up the idea behind the design and decor of the space as such: "If Stoned Cherrie were to be a house, what would it look like?
"This is it. It's eclectic, it's a mix of different things, lots of old and new. It's a structural extension of what the brand is about."
Stoned Cherrie will show a collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa 2012 later this month