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Design Talk

The Mood Collectives: Two designers join forces for excellence

Get to know the duo behind The Mood Collectives’ stunning creations

08 May 2022 - 00:00 By Leana Schoeman
From left, Kim de Villiers and Cynthia Chasteau de Balyon.
From left, Kim de Villiers and Cynthia Chasteau de Balyon.
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The Mood Collectives were founded in 2018 when designers Kim de Villiers and Cynthia Chasteau de Balyon merged their home studios into one space. With years of experience in the decor and retail industry and a passion for interior design, they wanted to create a space to showcase locally manufactured high-quality furniture and accessories. We asked the Cape Town-based duo about their work and to share a few decor tips for winter.

What inspired you to join forces and start The Mood Collectives?

We were both interior designers based in the Helderberg basin. We connected while working on various projects, offering different services to our clients. We formed a good relationship and our shared work ethic saw us collaborating more and more. Four years ago we saw a gap in the market and decided to join forces. We felt there was a need for an upmarket, luxury interior showroom in the Winelands area. We aimed to design and showcase beautiful locally manufactured furniture and support other creative entrepreneurs. In 2018 we secured our premises and, as the saying goes, the rest is history. 

How would you describe your brand ethos?

Small things make a difference; people are looking for more, and we like our clients to feel appreciated. We strive to under-promise and over-deliver. The Mood Collectives believes in quality over quantity, excellent customer service and attention to detail, which can be seen throughout our projects and showroom floor.

Introduce deeper hues for the winter season.
Introduce deeper hues for the winter season.
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Silky velvets are in.
Silky velvets are in.
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Do you have any tips to cosy up our homes for the colder months ahead? Any recommended statement pieces you can share with our readers? 

Winter is all about creating that warm, fuzzy feeling, so  introduce deeper hues and bomb your space with tactility and texture. Think hot chocolate, rich red wines and creamy pasta. This is easily achieved by swapping out your bright summer scatters with gorgeous boucles and silky velvets in earthy tones of browns, forest greens and ocean blues. Place luxurious faux fur throws and chunky knit blankets in your entertainment areas, ready to keep your guests to keep warm. We love our TMC2 curved sofa; it's the perfect sofa to curl up on while enjoying a cuppa next to a toasty fire.

The ultra comfy TMC2 curved sofa.
The ultra comfy TMC2 curved sofa.
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A slide table from The Mood Collectives.
A slide table from The Mood Collectives.
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What do you think  the main trends for winter 2022 will be?

Bringing nature inside. Soft, tactile boucle fabrics adorn sofas, ottomans and occasional chairs. Solid timber dining tables adorned with genuine leather chairs; comfort is key. Natural stone coffee and side tables in marble and travertine. 

Tell us about The Mood Collectives' furniture collection

Our furniture range was a natural progression because of the constant struggle to source good quality items at reasonable prices and items that we could customise as “off the shelf”.  We found we were custom-making furniture for our projects more often than not.  Our projects would then be seen on social media and we would have requests from the public and so the TMC1, our very own occasional chair, was born.

The TMC1 occasional chair.
The TMC1 occasional chair.
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Our items range from the TMC13,  a steel slide table, to our bestseller, the TMC2, our curved sofa. All our items are designed by us and locally manufactured, some in-house and some outsourced. This allows us to meticulously control the quality - we are adamant that our furniture is made to last, not only in design but workmanship.

We offer our clients the opportunity to custom finish their pieces. Our curved sofa has just been ordered in soft, grey full-grain leather and we cannot wait to see the finished product.  

A space by Kim de Villiers and Cynthia Chasteau de Balyon.
A space by Kim de Villiers and Cynthia Chasteau de Balyon.
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Do you have a dream collaboration?

We are exceptionally excited about our latest collaboration with Continua (world-class stone fabricators) and Neolith. Our custom-made items can be seen in our showroom. 

Would you say your focus is commercial or private properties? We enjoy a good mix of commercial and private. We are busy with several residential properties, a pizza eatery and a retail fashion store.

See: themoodcollectives.co.za


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