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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.

decor tips from Klooftique

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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What’s ‘Timeless Décor’?

14-August


It’s all about beautiful, sensible, practical &  and an effortless feel to your living spaces. Timeless furnishings should be first of all, comfortable. If you are going to have a piece of furniture that you aim to keep for a number of years, make sure it’s comfortable. Look for well constructed pieces and wonderfully time-honored fabrics or good leather.

Make sure the styling is not too trendy or dull. A classically beautiful sofa or chair or table is the backbone of a timeless look.

Timeless décor means fabrics that will stand up to years of changing trends. They transcend those changes.  Add layers of accent décor like lamps, art, tableware, pillows, bedding, etc. in more updated colors and styles. They can be changed out easily when they get tired or are out of style. Introducing a new color or contemporary style is so easy if you have timeless pieces.

Practice the changing of pillow or throws to reflect the season or mood.

Pillows and throws are like jewelry to our soft furnishings. They can be relatively inexpensive and add lots of pop and pizzazz to a timeless look.  Here’s where to add just-now colors and patterns. And have fun.

Neutrals are the epitome of timelessness.

Neutrals never go out of style. They evoke a clean, fresh feel. A neutral color palette will keep your home furnishing design feeling fresh and up to date no matter what’s new in the decor world. It will be one of the best decor decision you’ll ever make.

Don’t overcrowd a space.

Timeless decor respects the space it’s in. Better furniture be a little sparse than crowded together. Timeless decor looks honor and shows off each piece of furniture beautifully. It may be a little hard for some who love crowding their living rooms. Less is best for timeless décor

Blend old and new.

Mixing classic pieces from different eras is an amazing way to bring interest and beauty into your décor.

Edit your collections to just a few.

Many of us love to collect something. And if you are a collector I bet you love showing it off. For a timeless look, edit your collection to the “very best” and display them. Or rotate your precious items and display a few at a time. Resist the temptation to show everything you’ve collected. Less is more when it comes to displaying collections within a timeless decor.

Live with what you love.

If you are looking for that timeless, classic, amazing look, then choose pieces that you love! It’s your home, your expression, your inner living space… your sanctuary. Make it a reflection of the wonderful you.

Also understand that achieving a timeless look is a process. Enjoy it!

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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