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Project Care for Wild

Across Africa, Rhinos are fighting for survival, and the cold hard truth is, that if things go on as they are, rhinos will be extinct by 2024.

In support of these magnificent animals, the Klooftique family has come up with some innovative and resourceful ways to bring in more donations to the Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary, a charity which we support.

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Our passion for Rhino conservation and the want to help gave us the opportunity to join the “Rhino Hub”; a community of like-minded individuals all working together to raise awareness and much-needed funding to preserve these endangered animals.

The Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary — a nonprofit company which we support — is the largest rhino sanctuary and orphanage in the world. The sanctuary specialises in the rescue, care and rehabilitation of orphan rhinos that are the innocent victims of poaching.

With food bills, vet bills, and the day to day cost of rescuing, protecting and rehabilitating these precious animals, the sanctuary has their work cut out for them.

In wanting to do more to raise awareness and funds for the Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary, we teamed up and came up with some innovative and resourceful ways to grow the “Rhino Hub” and bring in more donations.

Rhino_2 Adopt a Rhino
We’ve joined forces with Raising Rhino Rands, a fundraising initiative that supports various rhino orphanages and veterinary organisations in South Africa. Their initiative is based on selling beautifully hand-crafted fabric rhinos in various sizes and colours where a portion of the proceeds go to a rhino fund of your choice.

Founded by Tania de Maine-Oosthuizen, the initiative provides employment opportunities, a recycling alternative for materials that are often discarded by factories and the opportunity to donate to a great cause.

We loved the project, and it made perfect sense for us to “adopt” their initiative.

In collaboration with Raising Rhino Rands, we provide foam off cut’s, wadding, fabric and any other source of recyclable material that can be used to create these hand-crafted beauties, and in return, all proceeds go to the Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary.

These rhino beauties are available for adoption in our store or can be custom ordered direct from Raising Rhino Rands.

Join the cause, adopt a rhino, and together let’s preserve the lives of these precious animals.

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Klooftique is running a Rhino Raffle to raise funds for the sanctuary. To sweeten the deal, we’ve got amazing prizes up for grabs!

For every R200 you donate, you’ll receive an entry into the lucky draw. The raffle will take place on the 1st of August and will be announced on our Facebook page.

Rhino Raffle Prizes:

1st Prize
Option 1: Our Cosmo Sofa 2.4m plus an ottoman of 1.1m in 2 different fabric options valued at R22,000.
Option 2: Our Victoria Sofa 2.4m plus 2 Round Ottomans in 2 different fabric options valued at R3,200

2nd Prize
A two-night luxury getaway at the Carpe Diem Lodge in Green Point valued at R6,000

3rd Prize
Fine and Fabulous voucher valued at R2500

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How it all began: Our story

Most businesses have an “About Us” page—so do we, but that doesn’t really give the full story; the trials and tribulations, the past and present, the history and time-lapse of what we’ve accomplished, and everything in between.

 

Everyone loves a good story, so make yourself a cup of coffee, snuggle up and get ready to hear the full story of why Klooftique started and where it all began…

 

Klooftique started off as a modest furniture shop. The founders, husband Gerald Furman and wife Beulah Furman started the company in 1973. They both had an eye for Cape and Victorian pieces and a passion for restoring something old and long forgotten back to its former splendour. Together, Gerald and Beulah travelled, sourced and restored furniture from all over South Africa.

 

In the beginning, Klooftique started off with mostly Cape furniture, this included Jonkmanskaste, yellow wood and stinkwood tables, washstands and other 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 the utmost care and precision.

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Through passion, adventure and a love for bringing life into something once lost and 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 have and continue to employ materials harvested from sustainable resources, recycled goods and focus on fair trade and responsible production practices wherever possible.

 

Over the years we’ve grown from strength to strength, starting from a small second-hand shop and 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 extraordinary out of something long forgotten. At a stage, he had been collecting Art Deco sofas and chairs and restoring them for clients. There was a huge demand in the ’90s and early 2000’s for restored Art Deco furniture, and he saw a gap in the market for this. When Jarome bought over the company from his parents, he changed the focus from Cape and Victorian furnishings (which was becoming more and more difficult to procure) to Art Deco pieces. Jarome had storerooms filled with the most amazing pieces just waiting to be restored.

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It was a great success, but alas, interior décor trends are forever changing and over time Jarome moved out of the Art Deco trend and into a new niche. His wife Marianna Furman joined the business, and together they slowly shifted focus from restoration and dealing with second hand and antique furniture and progressed into what we are today; manufacturing new furniture.

 

Our first workshop was on site (in the building where our store is still located today), where our artisans skilfully applied their crafts. With time the need arose for us to move into larger manufacturing premises.

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So, Klooftique, as it’s known today, underwent a metamorphosis, from restoring to manufacturing—the shift, dramatic as it was, was gradual. The brand didn’t change, just the content of what we sell. The ethos, our transparency and our value for providing 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 dime a dozen retailer with stores countrywide, and it’s not a chain store where products are imported from overseas, we are local. Every piece of furniture that we sell is bespoke and handmade by our skilful artisans.

 

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

Pantone Klooftique

Pantone has revealed the colour of 2018

Pantone has revealed the colour of 2018… an uplifting hue of Ultra Violet. According to Pantone, the “dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.”

“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 Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level. From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.”

Prince would be proud!

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Why Klooftique is a one of a kind furniture store

Our master craftsmen and women each bring a unique skill to their craft. When we combine this with years of experience as a furniture store, this is what makes a Klooftique item truly one of a kind.

Shehaam Klooftique

Giving Thanks To Sheham

Today we celebrate the individuals that work behind the scenes to bring our bespoke sofas to life. Meet Shehaam, she’s been a seamstress at Klooftique for 13 years. Thanks to her skillful hands, each piece is meticulously stitched before it’s ready for upholstering.

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5 one-liner home decor tips (easy to remember)

5 one-liner home decor tips (easy to remember)

  1. START WITH YOUR COLOR SCHEME.
  1. FAKE HEIGHT WITH LOW FURNITURE.
  1. PUT INVESTMENT PIECES FRONT AND CENTER.
  1. WARM UP A ROOM WITH MIRRORS.
  1. LET SPACE SIZE DICTATE FURNITURE PLACEMENT.

You need more information?

Please feel free to give us a call or come and visit our showroom in Kloof Street, Cape Town.

Klooftique: 87 Kloof Street, Cape Town

Tel: +27 21 424 9458

Email: info@klooftique.com

www.klooftique.com

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Why Leather helps to create heirloom (investment) furniture

Why Leather helps to create heirloom (investment) furniture

  1. Leather is four times more durable than fabric, so don’t worry about having pets and children around it. Just like a leather jacket or shoes, good leather furniture gets better with age.
  1. Aniline leather is dyed in a drum, which allows the dye to completely soak through for a rich, deep color. No protective coating is added, and it’s the softest and most expensive leather.
  1. Semi-aniline (protected aniline) leather is also dyed in a drum and has a small amount of coating applied, giving it slightly better protection against stains and fading than aniline leather.
  1. For pigmented leather, color is applied to the surface, not dyed through and through. And while the color isn’t as rich, it’s finished to provide greater protection against scratches, stains and fading. These leathers are less expensive and usually aren’t as soft as dyed leathers.
  1. Unlike upholstery, the color of your leather piece doesn’t make a difference when it comes to regular maintenance. Just use a damp cloth to remove dust.
  1. Look for leather upholstery with zippered seat cushions. While the leather can last decades, the seat cushion may not and you’ll want easy access to get it refilled.
  1. Leather takes on the temperature of your body within 12 seconds, so the notion that leather is cold is a myth.
  1. When considering price, remember that a leather sofa that is looked after, will last more than a lifetime.

 

You need more information?

Please feel free to give us a call or come and visit our showroom in Kloof Street, Cape Town.

Klooftique: 87 Kloof Street, Cape Town

Tel: +27 21 424 9458

Email: info@klooftique.com

www.klooftique.com

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What makes up quality upholstered furniture?

  1. Construction:

You probably won’t have the luxury of seeing the raw frame of the sofa or chair you’re interested in, so ask about it’s construction. Upholstered furniture that is built with good hardwood, doweled, screwed and glued frames will increase the longevity of the piece, and keep it from getting creaky over time. The quality of the construction will to a large degree determine the lifespan of the furniture.

  1. Comfort:

Seems pretty obvious but many people don’t realize that a lot of manufactures offer different cushion options. When choosing a cushion think about what makes you most comfortable while using the sofa or chair. Remember that different cushions require different maintenance too. A down fill, for example, will need to be fluffed each time you’re done using it. Don’t be mezmerised by the design and forget functionality.

  1. Fabric:

Every manufacturer has dozens of fabric options. Go to a store with a design in mind. Do a bit of research upfront. Know what you want and don’t let the prolific options distract you: keep your eye on the prize! It really comes down to color, content, and texture. Once you know your color scheme, find a fabric that is made of the right materials for your needs. Fabrics with a high content of synthetic fibers will be inherently more stain resistant and durable. If you have little kids or pets this becomes really importnat. Also look for a fabric with textured as it makes the everyday wear less visible.

 

You need more information?

Please feel free to give us a call or come and visit our showroom in Kloof Street, Cape Town.

Klooftique: 87 Kloof Street, Cape Town

Tel: +27 21 424 9458

Email: info@klooftique.com

www.klooftique.com

28-August

7 Basic Living Room Styling Mistakes


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7 Basic Living Room Styling Mistakes

1. Furniture placement

Pushing furniture up against all the walls of a room makes it look smaller rather than larger. Give the room breathing space by pulling the furniture away from the walls.

2. Heavy curtains

Unless your curtains are a spectacular fabric and pattern, you don’t really want the curtains to be the feature of the room. Consider roller blinds in a neutral fabric instead of big heavy drapes – you can still have the block-out effect but in a more subtle way.

3. TV placement

The best place to position a TV is on a blank wall that isn’t blocking window light. If possible, the TV should be mounted on the wall for a more streamlined look. Otherwise, make sure you have a suitably sized TV unit to put your TV on.

4. Lack of rugs

A room is never complete until there’s a bit of colour and pattern on the floor. Rugs on floorboards provide warmth in winter, while rugs on carpet are perfectly fine as well.

5. Lack of colour

Many living rooms lack colour, especially in regards artwork, rugs and cushions. Bright pieces add life to a room!

6. Oversized furniture

Many people fill their living rooms with furniture that is too large or chunky for the space, especially when it comes to sofas. This will make the room look and feel smaller. Consider sofas and chairs with slim line arms, particularly for smaller spaces.

7. Too much matching (overstyled)

Overstyling can look a little pretentious or forced. While mixing different styles may not work, neither does matching every single piece in the room. It’s fine to try and match up some of your furniture, but add in a few other splashes of colour to break it up.

You need more information?

Please feel free to give us a call or come and visit our showroom in Kloof Street, Cape Town.

Klooftique: 87 Kloof Street, Cape Town
Tel: +27 21 424 9458
Email: info@klooftique.com

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3 Tips for Styling Large Living Rooms

21-August

3 Tips for Styling Large Living Rooms

1. Designate zones.

In a small room, you will likely only have room for one ‘conversation area’ and no additional space for furniture groupings. Large rooms can function as so much more than just a large sitting area, but you might have to get creative with how to best utilise the size or shape of the room you have. Identify several possible functional areas within the room, such as a conversation zone (or two or three…), a media zone, an area for a writing desk, a console or a game table, a dining area or perhaps a reading area….

2. Anchor the room.

Great rooms or large living areas can end up feeling a bit of a mess if you put too many small pieces in the room without at a couple of anchoring pieces. A sectional, large sofa, large coffee table and even built in bookcases or a piano will help anchor a room so smaller pieces can be tucked in here and there as accents if necessary.

3. Avoid too much wall ‘hugging.’

Somthing that just does not work is a sofa pushed back against one wall and the chairs on the opposite size of the room against the other wall, leaving too much open space in the middle. If you have to shout in order to have a conversation with someone sitting across from you in the room, it is likely your furniture is too far apart.

With a larger room you can pull seating out from the walls to create a much cozier conversation area around a focal point like a fireplace. Don’t fear empty walls, you can use wall space for art, buffets and consoles, benches and bookcases or additional conversation areas where the furniture can be pulled closer together.

You need more information?

Please feel free to give us a call or come and visit our Cape Town furniture store in Kloof Street, Cape Town.

Klooftique: 87 Kloof Street, Cape Town
Tel: +27 21 424 9458
Email: info@klooftique.com

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