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Haldane Martin launches Wallflower Urban Garden

The seed for Wallflower was planted 4 years ago, when Haldane Martin came across the Seoul Commune 2026 project. He was inspired by this architectural vision for high density, sustainable living where nature and farming are brought back into the urban environment.
For the actual design, He biomimicked the space efficient packing array of bees honeycomb to create nested niches to hold soil and plants. He has also biomimicked the water and nutrient distribution network of plant leaf and branching patterns for the design of the irrigation network.

Wallflower Urban Garden - Designed by Haldane Martin. 3  Sizes.

The modular system is made up of 3 different sized planters, creating a hexagonal, fractal pattern that climbs up vertical surfaces.
Each of the planters is made from recycled, rotation moulded, UV stable, High Density Polyethylene and are wall mounted with recycled stainless steel brackets.

Wallflower Urban Garden - Designed by Haldane Martin. Exploded View

A drip irrigation system is mounted onto the brackets behind the planters, creating a branching network of irrigation pipes that runs up the wall. Feeder pipes enter the planters from behind, just below the soil surface and water the plants with water efficient, self-regulating, dripper valves. A liquid, organic, nutrient delivery system can also be integrated into the irrigation system.
The planters have drainage holes positioned so that excess water draining from one planter drips into the planters below, minimizing water loss.
A modular tripod trellis system enables climbing plants such as beans, tomatoes or creepers to spread out beyond the planters.

To help fund this exciting project, visit Kickstarter and pledge your support.

Solve Awards Launches Design Career for 2010 Winner

Now in its ninth year, Elle Decoration’s national design competition, Solve, has put a number of young designers on the map. This year’s winner Celeste de Kock is no exception.

Celeste won for her ‘Time Capsule’ bedside table, which one of the judges, Haldane Martin, described as being an “apt design for a bedroom, with its soothing cocoon-like shape.” Each year a different design piece (e.g. bookshelf, light, and chair) is chosen as the theme. The 2010 theme was for the design of a bedside table.

Celeste had always been passionate about furniture design, interiors and art and has spent some time studying various disciplines within design. “I feel that finally I have reached the time in my life where things are now starting to fall into place for me to realise my dreams.”

Winning Solve means that Celeste’s work will now be processed for production with the assistance of top furniture designer, Haldane Martin, and style innovator, gallerist and furniture producer, Justin Rhodes of Whatiftheworld.

2009 winner John Edwards went to the UK with his winning Vuvuzela light to showcase at Tent London and the lamp is currently being developed for production.

Past winner, Jenni Lopnov (2008), won for a glass and wood coffee table that was put into production for Weylandts and is still being sold in the stores.

Cara Judd won for her Drip Light in 2007 and subsequently did an internship at Conran and Partners in London. From there was awarded a scholarship to the European Design Hub in Milan where she’s currently doing her masters. Her works are also currently being developed for production.

Says Elle Decoration editor, Laureen Roussouw; “We continue to believe that Solve is an essential platform for nurturing design talent in South Africa. Design is challenging for a variety of reasons, not least because it’s difficult to get mentorship, hard to turn that concept into a reality. We know we have the talent, Solve gives that talent a place to shine.”

The theme for Solve 2011 will be announced in the April 2011 edition of Elle Decoration and will be open to aspirant designers across South Africa.

Haldane Martin launches new Joburg Showroom

Cape Town furniture designer Haldane Martin, is opening a Joburg showroom in Objekt’s Parktown North retail space as of the 1st of October 2010. Johannesburg design professionals, and furniture lovers alike now have the opportunity to experience Haldane’s award winning furniture first hand. Both well-known iconic designs like the Zulu Mama chair, Songololo Sofa, and Fiela Feather lights, as well as new designs such as the Baba Papa lounger will be permanently available to view, touch and feel. Objekt’s owner Susanne Allers, will ensure that all sales enquiries are handled professionally, with retail and trade prices matching that of Haldane Martin’s showroom in Cape Town.

All are welcome to attend the official launch brunch this Saturday 2nd of October 10am – 12pm.

Objekt, 32 Seventh Avenue, Parktown North

The 1920’s Globe Chair gets a revamp

The Globe Chair was originally designed and patented in 1921, and made in Durban until the early 1940’s. Everyone that sees the chair has a fond memory of a favourite grandmother using them in her kitchen. Its plain simplicity belies its real ingenuity, the unique bolt together assembly system. This incredibly strong assembly system and the durable solid bent wood frame is the reason that you still find these highly sought after chairs in use today. I felt the chair deserved a second chance, and so I am putting it back into production, having made one small improvement – hiding the assembly bolts without compromising on the strength and offering it in a variety of contemporary finishes, from raw beech to brightly coloured spray finishes.


The Baba Papa Lounger by Haldane Martin

Inspired by smooth, water worn pebbles, the sculptural form of the Baba Papa lounger has been ergonomically shaped to enable one to recline in a variety of comfortable positions. The lightweight structure is made from 60% recycled stainless steel wire loops welded together to create an organically contoured diamond meshed surface. As stainless steel is rustproof, Baba Papa can be used in and outdoors. A removable upholstered seat is also available for increased comfort.

Baba Papa lounger - Designed By Haldane Martin, Photo Justin Patrick

Showroom open to the public

Monday – Friday
8.30 – 16.30
12 Aberdeen Street, Cnr Dickson Street, Woodstock, Cape Town


Cape Town Furniture, Lighting and Homeware Designers

Cape Town is one of South Africa’s most important creative hubs. Cape Town Creatives was started with the vision to centralise information relating to the creative industry in Cape Town. Here is a list of excellent furniture, lighting and homeware designers/companies based in Cape Town. Click on the names below to view the full portfolios on the Cape Town Creatives website.

  1. Haldane Martin
  2. Heath Nash
  3. OKHA
  4. Yolo Design
  5. TinTown
  6. Vogel
  7. Recreate
  8. Fundi Light & Living