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Our Next Step

As one of many furniture stores in Cape Town, we have certainly felt the impact of this pandemic. Here’s an update on what is next for us. With some semblance of normality slowly creeping back in, we’re looking forward to getting back into our beautiful showroom. Our plans for an updated showroom have been in the works for a few weeks and now we are finally able to get back into our space so we can start finalising our mood board.

When speaking with friends (both personal and industry) a similar narrative has begun to take shape; being that this time apart has brought much-needed perspective to many. The need for excess and fast-trends is decreasing and we’re learning to appreciate the things that truly matter. We are seeing our range of pieces, crafted by seasoned hands, with reinvigorated pride and appreciation.

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What’s Next?

Even though we have only been permitted to reopen with one third of our staff, we remain optimistic that the times ahead, although challenging, will strengthen us as both a brand and a business.

We have decided to reopen our showroom to allow for minimum trade on selected days and for selected hours. This will allow us to distribute and sell our Rise and Fall bed linen range and to meet with our clients in a safe and controlled environment.
Our staff have been briefed on the strictest of safety protocols and masks will be required for all our clients to permit entry.
Our factory is hard at work to get all our existing orders out and we are open for new orders, which carry our standard lead time of 6-8 weeks, as our suppliers are slowly beginning to reopen.

UPDATED SHOWROOM TRADING HOURS:Mondays: 11:30 – 15:00
Wednesdays: 11:30 – 15:00
Fridays: 11:30 – 15:00

We have been receiving great feedback from many of you about our latest blogs and posts and we love hearing from you – thank you!

It’s such a joy to see our clients’ pieces in situ, so please send them to us to get featured on our blog posts.

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It’s Recipe Time

For this week’s recipe, we will be featuring a humble favourite: Crostata with Peach Jam. This is a very simple recipe, easily prepared.
Crostata with Peach Jam (makes a 28cm tart)

Ingredients:
100g Butter
350g Plain all-purpose flour/Gluten Free flour
180g Sugar
2 Eggs, lightly beaten
½ Teaspoon baking powder
400g Peach Jam (or jam of your choice)
1 Egg yolk, whisked, for glazing

Method:
Pre-heat the oven to 180 °C.
Mix the butter, flour, sugar, eggs, baking powder and a pinch of salt together in a large mixing bowl. Knead the resulting dough into a tight ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for approximately 30 minutes.

Break off one third of the pastry and place it aside. Roll out the other two thirds of dough into a circle, approximately 34cm in diameter on baking paper. Use this dough to go up and over the round baking tin. Using the baking paper as a tray, position it over the tin and then flip it so the pastry lines the tin tray. Peel away the baking paper. Press the pastry gently into place in the tray. Be sure to prick the base pastry with a fork here and there.

Spread the jam in evenly, so it covers the pastry nicely and turn the sides of the pastry down onto the jam to neaten.

Roll the remaining dough out into a flat sheet and cut approximately 18 strips of dough. These can then be arranged in a criss-cross pattern and trimming away the loose ends.
Using a small brush, brush the egg yolk over the pastry.

Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until the pastry golden and the bottom crisp. Cool before slicing.

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The Klooftique Team

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A Beautiful Friday

Before the lockdown, the majority of us had been used to spending the bulk of our day away from home. Now that we’re getting to spend more time at home, we’re able to really listen to each other, see, more than ever, our furry companions’ incredible little personalities, rearrange our spaces until they’re just right, then rearrange them again.
Some of us have realised that we’re actually really good at knitting and yoga isn’t that hard when you’re a first-timer, especially when you’re doing the 30 Day Yoga Challenge by Yoga with Adriene.

If you have a local health writer whose pieces you enjoy, then please share with us in the comments below.

What’s Happening at Klooftique

As Level 4 commences, we are grateful that some of our staff will be able to return to work to get started on the orders and projects that have come in during the lockdown period. We have missed the smell of leather and the distant humming of sewing machines. Monday will be a good day.
We have been fortunate enough to still be working during the lockdown and have been involved in a range of exciting projects. Projects we are excited to share with everyone once the installations are able to take place.
Keep in mind that our phone lines are fully operational and we’re available on email (shop@klooftique.com & showroom@klooftique.com), as well as social media. We also have a full catalogue of readily-available stock, which can be delivered as soon as the Lockdown permits. You can get in touch with Justine and Katherine on the above email addresses if you’d like to see what’s available.

We would like to start including some hearty, comfort food recipes, so if you have one that you’d like to share, then kindly email us and we will feature it on our next blog post and newsletter.

For this post, we’ll be sharing Ouma Helene Brookes’ muesli rusks. She always kept these in a large container on her kitchen counter where it was easy to sneak one or two. These are delicious!

 

Ouma Helene Brookes’ muesli rusks recipe:

Ingredients:
1kg Self-raising flower
750ml All Bran Flakes, crushed
375ml Corn Flakes, crushed
125ml Muesli (Preferably Nutty Crunch)
125ml Raisins (Optional)
5ml Salt
10ml Baking Powder
500g Stork Baking Margarine
250ml Sugar
2 x Large Eggs
500ml Buttermilk

Instructions:
Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
Mix all the dry ingredients together, except the sugar. Melt the margarine and add the sugar, buttermilk and eggs. Mix these together well.
Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and mix well. Prep two bread pans by spraying them with Cook and Spray so the mixture doesn’t stick to the pans. Cut the dough into twelve even-sized pieces and roll them into balls. Place six dough pieces per tray evenly.
Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for one hour. Once the rusks are out of the oven, leave them to cool in the pans. Once they’ve cooled, cut them into pieces. Place them back in the oven at 90 degrees Celsius to dry out for 4 hours, or as preferred. The longer you leave the rusks in, the dryer they will become.

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8 Ways to Keep Your Home Clutter-Free

Clutter has a detrimental effect on one’s mental health, mainly when it accumulates in a sacred place like home. We tend to clutter the spaces where we feel the most comfortable, leaving our home furniture to suffocate under piles of unnecessary items. That’s why it’s essential to develop self-discipline when it comes to keeping your home a sanctuary. 

Nobody likes the last-minute running around while shoving all your junk into the cupboard when you have guests coming over. If you think you’re just an item away from starring in an episode of Hoarders, we’re giving you eight ways to keep your home clutter-free: 

 

1. Store Item in the Places They are Used

You’re never going to put the iron away if it’s not stored close to where you usually plug it in. If you often iron your clothes in the laundry room and for some reason store it under the kitchen sink, you’ll most likely leave it out for days.

If you can avoid having to walk half-way across your house to put something back, it’ll become much easier putting things out of sight.

 

2. Make a Habit of Putting Items Back After Using Them

You must make a habit out of putting items away. It may be a challenge for those who are not bothered by clutter, but you clearly must be if you’re reading this. Just force yourself to put things back in their place until it becomes a natural occurrence.

Train yourself to be aware of unnecessary items laying around the house. When you notice how much better your home looks without them, and you will want to keep it that way.

 

3. Don’t Keep Things Because of Sentimental Attachment

It’s okay to have an emotional attachment to the necklace your mom gave you for your 18th birthday. But, if you’ve held onto the fishbowl that your first fish died in, we’ve got news for you.

We get very attached to our possessions because of the memories and emotions we assign to them. It’s important to remember, however, that you’ll always have that memory whether the item is there or not. Taking pictures also makes it easier to donate the item or throw it away.

 

4. Allow Yourself a Junk Drawer

For those who are hard to crack, we suggest having a space designated for all your junk. Get a box and put in all the things you know you don’t need and sort through it at a later stage. It’s better than having them lay around, causing a mess.

Some people will have more difficulty sorting through junk than others. This method helps to keep your home tidy while you decide what you want to throw away. But don’t let your junk drawer become another way for you to clutter.

 

5. Have a Plan for Disposal

If you haven’t gotten rid of your clutter yet, it’s probably because you don’t know where to take it. There’s no point in gathering it all up and having it stay at the house for months on end. Instead, find out where to dispose of your unwanted items before packing them up.

Recycling, donating and even selling are all useful ways of getting rid of clutter. Find out which items would be appropriate for each method, and soon you’ll be clutter-free.

 

6. Question Every Purchase

Whenever you go shopping, question every single item you pick up. You need to ask yourself things like: ‘how does this benefit me?’, ‘do I have a place for it?’ or ‘can I survive without it?’. It will help you make better buying choices and give you peace of mind knowing you only bought what was necessary.

Impulse buying is often the leading cause of clutter because we believe we need to accumulate possessions to feel complete. Confront yourself about why you feel the need to buy something, and you’ll be able to differentiate between necessary and unnecessary.

 

7. Clean out Before Shopping

If you know, you’re going to the shops, de-clutter your home before the time. This way, when you bring home new items, you won’t have to worry about making space for them. It also helps you avoid filling your cupboards to the brim.

Clean out your fridge before you go grocery shopping, so you know what you need and what you don’t. Avoid buying more than what you need to save money and space.

 

8. Get rid of one Item Everyday

You don’t have to rid yourself of all your possessions in one go. You’ll most likely end up cluttering your home again to fill the void. Getting rid of one unwanted item per day helps you understand why you’re de-cluttering.

Give yourself a chance to get rid of things individually, and let it become a habit. You’ll start to become aware of the things you don’t need and the reasons why you want to get rid of them.

Our homes are places where we can recharge and forget about the pressures of our everyday lives. If we do not take care of it, it can quickly become an environment that frustrates us. De-cluttering and remaining clutter-free can be more challenging for some than others.

In the beginning, we suggest everyone should take it one step at a time. Take time to understand why you need to keep your home and home furniture tidy and how it will benefit you. Work towards making your house a calm and sacred space.

Contact us today for more and we’ll guide you in making the right choices. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and like our Facebook page here.

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Is Minimalism Taking Over the Design World?

Today, people have a higher appreciation of how their everyday environment affects them. Space can have an intense psychological effect on us, and it all comes down to how different design elements make us feel. The rise of minimalism and modern furniture in the interior design world shows that people have better psychological responses to calm, clean settings.

We have seen an increase in the use of minimalistic principles within homes, office spaces and even restaurants. It is said that the core of modern interior design principles bases itself on the notion that ‘less is more’. And minimalism is the most on-trend design tool used to emphasise style and functionality. Let’s figure out why:

 

What is Minimalism?

Minimalism is often still dismissed as some ‘fad’ that is only accessible to a particular class of people. Despite its primary association as a lifestyle trend, it is also a tool that one can use to access the freedom we often feel evades us in our everyday lives.

The problem does not lie in owning possessions but rather the meanings we assign to them. People often put too much value on material possessions, sometimes at the expense of their well being. Minimalism assists us in freeing ourselves from the ‘consumer culture’ upon which we have built our lives.

Minimalism in interior design allows the design of spaces we occupy to be more in touch with our state of mind. The principle allows for the removal of unnecessary items and emphasises functionality. This trend transcends into every aspect of life and helps people get rid of distractions to see the beauty in what we value most.

 

Environmental Concerns and Global Awareness

When you’re constantly feeling like the world is ending, you tend to reflect on how your actions impact the environment. People are becoming more aware of how they can improve global issues such as pollution and climate change.

We are beginning to understand that less consumption means less use of the earth’s natural resources. When you stop accumulating temporary objects, you reduce your waste and your contribution to the earth’s pollution. Minimalists have gone as far as keeping their homes and office spaces plastic-free and purchasing eco-friendly furniture items.

Minimalism is often known for its artistic value, but eco-conscious consumers have increasingly appreciated its sustainable aspect in recent years. People care more about the environment than ever before, and minimalism is the perfect lifestyle to embrace to minimise waste production.

 

Minimalism is Modernism

Minimalism has become the core aesthetic for 21st-century modernity. Cleanliness, light-filled spaces and simple detailing characterise this design principle. It assists in designing spaces that are straight-forward and that highlight the beauty of raw elements. In addition, you see an increased use of modern furniture defined by clean, straight-cut edges and neutral colours.

Minimalistic designs are often uncomplicated, and if there is decoration, they take the form of essential items within that space. A cutting board doesn’t do much for a kitchen space when other kitchen utensils surround it. However, when you remove all those items and have it stand alone, it becomes the centrepiece. And this centrepiece defines that space.

The simplest elements can create an aesthetic and minimalism assists in showing us that. The merge of style and functionality often meet through the use of this design principle. And this mergence has become the very definition of modern interior style.

 

Less Stress, More Freedom

As our world continues to change and grow, we may find that these changes can cause stress and distractions. Everything is so fast-paced. Even when we’re relaxing, we face extreme pressure to let the world know on social media.

Minimalism offers something that is currently in high demand by society: freedom. Our possessions often enslave us because of the value we have put on them. We have to realise at some point that these values are not real and take up a lot of our time. Minimalists realise that unnecessary possessions are just distractions that usually cause stress.

Advertisers continue to make us believe that our next purchase will give us the satisfaction we’ve been looking for. Minimalism allows us to turn away from consumer culture and pursue other things that could make us happy. More people are becoming aware that there is more to life than possessions.

 

Different Lifestyles

We could say the world is in the midsts of some kind of ‘awakening’. Millennials potentially have the most powerful influence over society right now. With their open-minded nature, this generation has created a path to new ways of thinking and living.

Millennials are more open to living different lifestyles to those lived by their parents and grandparents. We have found numerous ways to live outside of conforming to a ‘9-5’ job by making money online, freelancing and starting our own businesses.

Minimalism helps today’s society prioritise their goals without being held by unnecessary items. The world is beginning to realise that we do not need to surround ourselves with worldly things to experience the world. We are now more focused on pursuing relationships, careers and significance of life.

The continuous changes in society have far-reaching impact on all sections of the design world. People are making an effort, informing themselves and becoming more aware of their otherwise “normal” habits and actions. Although consumer culture still has a significant influence on the majority of society, many are starting to pursue happiness elsewhere. Minimalism has drawn attention to how much time we waste with accumulating temporary items.

Interior design has become an industry that makes decisions based on the way the human mind works. In fact, the design process take into account and strategically uses the effects of different elements, colours and space on the human mind. Minimalism has taken over the design world because of its influence over all areas of life.

Are you looking to bring this trend into your space? Contact us today for a consultation and we’ll guide you in making the right choices. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and like our Facebook page here.

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Staying Positive in Trying Times

When the news first came of a nationwide lockdown that would be commencing from midnight on the 26th March, we – much like everyone in our beautiful country – were in a mild state of shock. Not because we didn’t expect the lockdown. But, because of the uncertainty of what this could mean for us as a small, family-owned business (a Bespoke Furniture Store in Cape Town). A question many have had to ask since.

We respect our president greatly for making this decision; it is crucial if we are to flatten the curve. The timing of it was somewhat comedic though (smiling as we write this), because to say that our year had been off to a rocky start would be a little bit of an understatement. We won’t get into the details, but once the initial shock of yet another challenge had dissipated, we did what we do so very often; laugh.

Not because we did not understand the severity of the situation or understand that what is currently happening in our world is heart-breaking, but because we understood that we needed to focus on the things we could control and try to find the comedy in the things we could not.

How do we Plan to Spend This Time?

As we’ve been spending time working from home, we’re able to enjoy the pure elation of our furry companions at being able to spend more time with them.

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Pictured: Weathered Zambezi Copper leather

Our Rise and Fall bedlinen range has proven to be quite the hit with the fluffy ones and their little hairs don’t stick to the bed linen as much. This is convenient, especially if your little ones insist on crawling under the covers with you. You can shop the range here.

If you’re not following Rise and Fall yet, you can give them a follow here. The page is truly beautiful.

During this time, we realise how fortunate we are to be able to spend it with our loved ones. Many with the same privilege are possibly planning do some gardening and rearranging of their spaces. If you’re doing the same, remember that we offer full virtual consultations. These apply us to collaborate with you to curate inspiring mood boards and layout drawings.

We’re still very much on the path of getting back in touch with who we are as a small business. That’s why we have chosen to take this time to strip away the shine and block out the noise. We’re focusing on what brings us joy and our Klooftique Core. We are all but vibrating with new ideas and concepts. And we can’t wait to start creating again, once the lockdown is over. While we don’t want to say too much yet, we are looking forward to curating a new space for us to welcome our clients back to.

We’re surely not the only small business doing this. As such, we’d like to encourage all our clients to carry on supporting small businesses and help rebuild our economy.

Final Thoughts

Since we have plenty of time on our hands to do a lot of writing, we’d love to hear from you and what you’d like to read about?

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Pop Justine (shop@klooftique.com) and Katherine (showroom@klooftique.com) an email with possible topics you’d like us to explore.

Bear in mind that all the showroom stock is currently 20% off (catalogue available upon request). In addition, any new orders placed during lockdown will automatically qualify for a 15% discount.

From Emily and Oliver (the dapper Vizslas), Coco and Gigi (the cheeky rescues), Sally and Jasper (the lazy Tuxedo cats) and the Klooftique team; be safe, stay inside as we flatten the curve together.

Top Selling Fabrics

Fabrics That Captivate: Klooftique’s Best Sellers

Shopping for upholstery fabric? With so many choices, it can be hard to pick and choose. Our advice; let your practical needs lead you. Consider how you live and who will make use of the piece. This will help guide you on the type of material that will work best for you. You may love the look of that silky velvet. But velvet that’s going in a home with kids or pets, it’s guaranteed to get damaged. Pieces in high-traffic areas, such as family rooms, dining rooms and waiting rooms will need durable fabrics, while pieces that don’t get as much traffic can sport any type of textile.

For those looking for a little more insight on their fabric options, we’ve put together our top 5 best-selling fabrics and have included all the details.

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Mingle Mangle

This is one of our favourites for so many reasons. Not only does the range offer up a fabulous colour palette, but it also has the plus of being a fibre guard fabric. What does this mean? The material has built-in protection and is stain repellent offering up excellent durability and optimum washability. The added bonus is that the fabric is low maintenance, child-friendly and pet-friendly. Given how easy it is to maintain and clean, one isn’t limited to dark colours. Yes, you read correctly; cream, white and pale hues are not out of bounds!

We love the texture and chunkiness of the fabric, which offers up a forgiving finish. In today’s fast-paced lifestyle, the last thing we need to worry about is coming home after a long day, flopping on our sofa and not being able to truly relax. This contemporary and comfortable fabric allows for relaxed, hassle-free living. A huge bonus is that in production, the material is Oeko- Tex certified, which means it’s free from harmful chemicals and safe for human use.

Made to last a lifetime and with so many other added benefits, our Mingle Mangle fabric comes in at a fair and affordable price point.

Vivant

Trends are moving back to opulent warm textured fabrics reminiscent of yesteryear, and Vivant ticks all the boxes. Although a blend of polyester, acrylic and viscose, the fabric has a smooth and soft handle making it an ideal fabric to upholster in. The range is comprehensive in colour choice with the added benefit of not being a flat solid colour – so it plays beautifully with the light giving it a two-tone and two-dimensional appearance. The fabric is easy to clean both professionally as well as by hand (although this should be done by professionals). With a soft velvety finish, this elegant fabric is made to last a lifetime and works well in both contemporary and more traditional applications.

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Indulgence

Who doesn’t love velvet? Best described as liquid ink in my mind, velvets are the ultimate statement fabrics – whether used in upholstery or curtaining.  Available in a beautiful, comprehensive range of colours which will not date, Indulgence is 100% polyester velvet and presents a fabric which looks and feels similar to cotton velvet but with the added bonus of being easier to maintain. The richness of colour allows for the fabric to suit any interior space with a carefully curated palette on offer. Besides its feeling and texture, we love the fact that this velvet is not only flame retardant (which means it is suitable for all applications – commercial and domestic), but that the rub count on the Martindale test is excellent, 75,000 to be exact.

The fabric can be hand washed in 30 degrees, making it the ideal material for accessories. The play on light and how the fabric looks so different in different environments adds an amazing contrast. Despite the perception of being fragile, Indulgence is a robust velvet. It is easy to clean (professionally), suitable for any design style, offers a fabulous colour pallet and if looked after correctly, a piece dressed in this fabric is a lifetime keeper, and the bonus, it’s an affordable velvet that won’t break the bank.

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Ruby

Ruby is a lightly textured fabric with a velvet look and a soft-touch set to transport you back to the 19th century. This is a forgiving fabric, a dream to work with and suited for all applications. Available in a wide range of colours to complement any room, the Ruby is indeed an all-time favourite. Easy to clean and with an excellent rub score of 40,000 double rubs, this fabric will last you for generations to come, and best of all, its priced at only ZAR 250 pm and looks like a million dollars made up.

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Magic Velvet

The name speaks for itself. A beautifully curated collection of velvet that is a pleasure to work with and exceptionally well-priced. Our Magic Velvet fabric collection is available in 10 colours. Easy on the eyes and suited for both domestic and commercial use as it achieves a 40,000 double rub count on the Martindale. Being synthetic, a piece upholstered in this fabric will probably outlive us.

Want to know more about our bespoke sofas and furniture? Contact us today. And don’t forget to follow us on Instagram.

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Create A Sumptuous Sleep Space With Rise And Fall

Foremost, throughout our lives, we spend an average of 26 years sleeping. To add to that, we spend an additional 7 years just trying to get to sleep. That’s 33 years of your life spent in bed!

Knowing that we spend a third of our lives in bed, don’t you think your body deserves the best nights rest?

The secret to a great nights sleep

Your bedding doesn’t just help pull your room together aesthetically; it can also impact your sleep. From texture to material, colour and touch, good quality luxury linen can mean the difference between a blissful sleep and a night spent tossing and turning.

So, here are a few top tips on what to look out for when shopping for your next bedspread:

Touch

While most people think that the higher the thread count the more luxury the linen; this is not always the case.

Sheets with a very high thread count allow for little to no air to pass through, trapping all your body heat inside.

So, if you’re looking for a thread count that brings together the perfect combination of smooth, soft, and breathable luxury, we recommend anything between 300 and 400 thread count, especially during the summer months to come.

Fabric

Avoid synthetic materials and instead choose breathable natural fibres like cotton, bamboo, eucalyptus and silk.

Colour

Firstly, have you ever wondered why the majority of hotels use white bedding as their top choice? Apart from being easy to clean, white bedding has a calming effect on one’s mood.

Secondly, personally, we love the simplicity of white linen; it’s fresh, crisp and creates a space of timeless elegance. Another thing we love about white bedding is how it makes other neutrals appear so much more vibrant without being too loud.

Skin

Furthermore, considering that your bedding is against your skin every night, don’t you think it’s important to invest in the best quality material?

Choosing your pillowcases, sheets and duvet covers should be as important as choosing your skincare products since that’s what your bedding essentially is.

So, we recommend 100% organic cotton bedding, not only is it great for your skin, its production process is eco-conscious from start to finish.

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Introducing Rise & Fall

Klooftique is proud to bring on board the Rise & Fall collection. A bedding brand that has gone above and beyond when it comes to its ethical credentials and luxury comfort.

As a result, it’s perfectly warm for winter nights and light and airy for the upcoming spring months. Our Rise & Fall collection ticks all the boxes.

✔ Made with 100% green energy

✔ Produced without hard chemicals

✔ Recycles 99% of the water used in production

✔ Offers free education to its predominately female factory workers

✔ £3 from every sheet set sale go to Centrepoint (a homeless youth charity)

✔ Offers exceptional comfort at an affordable price

✔ Made from 100% organic cotton

✔Available in 400 thread count

✔ Plastic-free packaging

✔Perfect for sensitive skin

As a result, you’ll be able to enjoy your weekend lie-ins and early weekday nights in a bed of butter-soft sheets. In addition, a cloud-like duvet and pillowcases so soft, you’ll have no problem falling off into a deep and peaceful sleep.

So, what are you waiting for? Set up your perfect night’s sleep with Rise & Fall bedding available now at Klooftique.

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Pantone Has Revealed The Colour Of 2018

Pantone has revealed the colour of 2018… an uplifting hue of ultraviolet. According to Pantone, the “dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.” Can you imagine the jaws that will drop at the sight of ultraviolet modern furniture in your home!?

“We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination,” Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute explains. “It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to Pantone 18-3838 ultraviolet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level.

From exploring new technologies and the galaxy at large to artistic expression and spiritual reflection. In fact, intuitive ultraviolet lights the way to what is yet to come”. In addition, ultraviolet takes modern furniture to a new level. Prince would be proud!

How have you incorporated ultraviolet into your home? Don’t be intimidated by this bright shade. When used correctly, it will add personality to your home.

Set up a consultation with us so that we can help you create the stylish, welcoming home you deserve. You can visit us at 87 Kloof Street, Gardens or call us on 021 424 9458. Alternatively, you can shop our range of products via our online store, right here. And don’t forget to follow us on Instagram at @klooftique for design inspo!

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How Klooftique Began: This is Our Story

Everyone loves a good story, especially one that shows how something great once started as something small. Most businesses have an “About Us” page but that doesn’t really give the story of how Klooftique came to be. The trials and tribulations of what we’ve accomplished have been quite the journey.

A family business

Klooftique started off as a modest furniture shop. The founders, husband Gerald Furman and wife Beulah Furman started the company in 1973. They had an eye for Cape and Victorian pieces and a passion for restoring something back to its former splendor.

Above all, Gerald and Beulah traveled, sourced and restored furniture from all over South Africa.

To start, Klooftique began with mostly Cape furniture, which included Jonkmanskaste, yellow wood, stinkwood tables, washstands, and Cape country furnishings. The restoration process was done by hand by Gerald and his at the time,  one employee. The two of them restored each piece with care and precision.

Through passion, adventure and a love for bringing life into something once forgotten, this was the start of Klooftique. It was also the start of our recycling path. The Klooftique family has always aspired to the philosophy of reducing, reusing and recycling. We use materials from sustainable resources, recycled goods and focus on fair trade and responsible production.

From strength to strength

Over the years we’ve grown, starting from a small second-hand shop to expanding into a showroom of 200+ metres.

As a family run business, Gerald’s son, Jarome Furman was hands-on, sharing a passion for creating something great. At a stage, he had been collecting Art Deco sofas and chairs and restoring them for clients. There was a demand in the ’90s and 2000s for restored Art Deco furniture. In addition, when Jarome bought the company from his parents, he changed the focus from Cape and Victorian furnishings to Art Deco pieces. Jarome had storerooms filled with the most amazing pieces just waiting to be restored.

Seasons Change

It was a great success. However, interior décor trends are forever changing, and over time Jarome moved out of the Art Deco trend and into a new phase. His wife, Marianna Furman, joined the business. Together they slowly shifted focus from restoration and progressed into what it is today – manufacturing new furniture.

Our first workshop was on-site (in the building where our store is still today), where our craftsmen and women applied their skills. With time, the need arose for us to move into larger manufacturing premises.

The Present

So, Klooftique, as it’s known today, changed from restoring to creating. The change was slow. The brand didn’t change, just what we sell. The ethos, our transparency and our value for selling luxury furniture pieces at affordable prices remained the same.

Most importantly, the family stayed the same too. We are the second-generation Klooftique located at the same premises for over 45 years and counting. The brand we’ve built is not a franchise with stores countrywide, and it’s not a chain store with import stock from overseas. We are local. In other words, every piece of furniture that we sell is handmade by our skilful workers.

A big thank you goes out to our amazing followers and customers for supporting us and allowing us to do what we love. In conclusion, without you, none of this would be possible.

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The Klooftique Team Thanks Shehaam

Today we celebrate the individual furniture makers that work behind the scenes to bring our bespoke sofas to life. We have a host of furniture makers, seamstresses and more that we’d like to give thanks to, and today we are looking at Shehaam, one of our seamstresses. We’d go as far as saying we’ve got the best furniture makers Cape Town has to offer!

At Klooftique, we appreciate quality when we see it. Meet Shehaam, she’s been a seamstress and one of our respected furniture makers at Klooftique for 13 years. Thanks to her skillful hands, each piece is meticulously stitched before it’s ready for upholstering. Take a look at our collection of couches, sofas, chairs and more to notice some of Shehaam’s beautiful work. One thing that Klooftique takes pride in is tailoring bespoke furniture for each client’s palette. From size to colour to texture to style, Shehaam listens to it all and takes it in before she begins her work.

Set up a consultation with us so that we can help you create the stylish, welcoming home you deserve. You can visit us at 87 Kloof Street, Gardens or call us on 021 424 9458. Alternatively, you can also shop our range of products through our online store, right here. Or, follow us on Instagram at @klooftique for design inspo!

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