The Creative House

We went to Cape Town on Friday until Saturday. We were driving and walking through the town looking for a house and we found it. It is perfect. As far as we can tell from the outside.

At Chuchsquare. It has been empty for years now, as the neighbor told us. Only after we decided this is it, Sven pointed out the name: Creative House. It could as well had written our names on it.

It used to be an or the orphan chamber of the Cape. Built in the 1930s. We found out that developers planned to top it up with apartements. This was 2003 and nothing has happened since.

It is hard to believe that this huge and beautiful space located at a prime spot has been empty for such a long time. Can’t stop thinking about all the possibilities. I want to move in tomorrow!

First Prototypes

Finally the weather was good enough to take pictures of our first prototypes.

The idea behind it was to keep it as simple, practical, affordable and variable as possible.

There are endless possibilities (maybe not endless, but many) to put them together or use them.

The boxes can function as seats, tables, storage containers or in combination whith the different shelves.

We designed the shelves for clothes, but they can be used for any other things like books and magazines or whatever. They can be put on  legs or on top of the boxes or just on the floor.

They all have the significant three holes on the side which are not only decorative but make it easy to grab them and carry around.

The BOX

You can use them as a seat, a table

for storage (the colour inspiration)

put them on top of each other

or top them with the SHELVES

a single SHELVE and LEGS

with LEGS attached

two SHELVES with variable divider

The SHELVES in combination with the BOXES

Different size of SHELVES, designed for large books which don’t fit in the small bookshelve.

We use this as our telephon- and musictable, can also be used as bedsidetable. There is space for a laptop and a box to hide the cables.

 

goes well with penne wtih parsley, garlic, ginger, lemon, chillie and parmesan.

Humble Beginnings

We are still there, very humble in our beginnings but you have to start somehow and use whatever there is and this is what we want: inspire people to dream big and start small, because that’s the way to go. Even if these are babysteps as it is the case with us. So get inspired!

If we can do it, anyone else can. This is what you are supposed to think when you see the pictures of Sven’s internet station.

I meant to post this a while ago, but since I  only have internet when I drive around the corner with our car  (I drive so seldomly that I always have to remind myself which pedal is which after I confused them once which gave me a huge fright, but fortunally didn’t cause any damage.

Now  imagine myself sitting next to the empty driver seat in a white Toyota Venture, which stands in the shadow under the trees next to the village school hall and children in sports uniform running past me while they are practicing sports on the big field to my right hand side, cheered on by their teacher which yells at them: “Never give up, never give up”. I feel sorry for the exhausted little monkeys. A girl I know up comes up to me and greets me and I tell her that she is very brave. She just smiles at me and said, thannie, we don’t run, we walk around the field. only the last meters we run.

The antenna. Made out of a metal dog eating bowl, protected from rain with a plastic bag and extended on a fishing rod.

The full station with Sven under the umbrella (sun and rain protection)

The very same spot outside of our kitchen, is also been used as a wood workshop, where the prototypes have been made as seen here.

as well as in our living room when the weather doesn’t allow to work outside.

The dressmaking table Sven built for me on our enclosed front stoop.

The very first bookshelves we have built, consisting of different single shelves put together.

We also had some of them fixed on the wall.

Shelves made to fit into a doorframe for the larger books and magazines.