Interior designer and décor retailer, Sumari Krige of Le Grange Interiors, founded Rooms on View in 2000. The show has grown into one of SA’s benchmark décor and design exhibitions. Rooms on View joined forces with Media 10’s maiden Design Joburg in 2017. We chat to Sumari about the Rooms on View aspect of the Design Joburg show, who inspires her work and what she has planned for her stand.
What are you most looking forward to at this year’s show?
I’m really excited to see the new collaborations. This year they’re entitled CoLabs, and these key features at the show will be pushing the bar. Expect fresh perspectives from designers like Heather Boting and Erica Schalkwyk.
Now in its second year, what most excites you about the collaboration between Design Joburg and Rooms on View?
The response from the public, as well as the design industry, to last year’s show, has been phenomenal and very encouraging for all involved.
What can visitors expect from La Grange Interiors this time?
A fabulous eclectic showcase of some of our latest furniture designs in the finest French fabrics by Casamance.
Are you launching any new La Grange products?
We will be launching a new sofa, three new armchairs and the new Salk Desk by District Eight Design.
Last year your monochromatic stand made quite an impact, can you share details of what you have planned for this year?
This year we have decided to embrace the concept of blending indoor and outdoor living. Warm sepia hues mixed up with deep petrol greens and blues…. as bold and daring as the monochromatic tones of last year, this is taking it to the next level. We want to nudge our clients out of their comfort zones. We are embracing color in all its glory… something La Grange is maybe less known for.
What décor item or style is on your radar right now?
My design heroine at the moment would have to be India Mahdavi and her insanely masterful use of colour. She is the reigning queen of color and quirk.