Envy & Co have just launched The Envy Collection, a fun-loving assembly of objet that celebrates local craft and is downright fabulous, if you ask us.
Loved for their brand of glitzy luxury, as well as their support of local craft, this Capetonian design duo is one of our current favourites. The new collection includes scatter cushions, throws, decorative pieces and vessels in collaboration with a host of local talents, like Wola Nani, Russell Smith, Cornelis Dumas, Gordijn Studio and Geré Victor. “We’re using the skills of local artisans but parking them into a very different place,” explains Jaco Janse van Rensburg, one part of the Envy & Co duo, the other being Kay Abrahams.
Taking their cue from a broad range of influences, including vintage National Geographic magazines, the disco era and Yves Saint Laurent’s Moroccan home and garden with their vivid hues, the collection brings us a riot of bright colour and glamour, which is what we have come to expect from the brand.
Not only are they interested in supporting and reviving local skills, they’re challenging their artisans to move beyond the boundaries of scale too. For example, the Adorn pendants, what Janse van Rensburg calls “jewellery for your home”, created by jeweller Victor. They are essentially overscaled earrings made of precious metals and minerals which are 2m to 3m in length.
Their collaboration with industrial designer Dumas has resulted in a norm-bending lightshade of vast proportions, which experiments with an unusual combination of fresh-water pearls and raffia. The collection hinges off experimental pairings like these - and the partnerships with incredible local talents.
Wola Nani, with who the duo began their journey, is also a part of the lineup with a series of upscaled paper-mâché vessels (we’re talking up to a meter high) in which the user could place a vase - or the item could be displayed in its own right.
Over and above their use of local talents, we salute the brand’s dedication to sustainability – most of the materials used are recycled. The textiles that go into the making of their Gordijn Studio scatter cushions and throws, for example, are end-of-run and offcut pieces and their size and availability dictates what is possible in terms of production.
With names like Cleopatra, Dynasty, Bahamas, Cocktail Hour and Jungle Boogie, the spirit imbued in the collection is literally spelt out for you and will without doubt bring a shot of fun to the home.