South Africa is home to many inspirational people, but not many are as artistically expressive as the Ndebele people. Their colourful homes stand out from the landscape like bold dabs of paint on a blank canvas. Using a series of bright colours and geometric patterns, they’re able to share a story, and the personal pride in their own homes is evident to see. Every shape and colour holds significant meaning to the life story of each family. From weddings, to birth, and even death, the art of storytelling through house adornment is passed down for generations.
‘It’s a tradition I felt compelled to bring to life and share with the world,’ says designer Kirsten Townsend, owner and creative director of Fabrica. ‘For me, the perfect fit came when bringing a new perspective to something as mundane as window security bars.’ Ndebele Burglar Bars is the result of two years of passion, research, hard work, and love for African culture. They serve to brighten the modern-day home with a culture of storytelling through colour and pattern, giving each window a distinctive perspective on the world.
With many unique designs, the bars fit most standard window sizes, but can be customised to fit others as well. Available in red, blue, green, white, black, and yellow, as well as balustrades and security gate designs in the pipeline, they are certainly statement pieces for any home. When deciding on what is essentially a practical necessity, the design-conscious homeowner can select their own choice of designs from a range of finishes and motifs to create a unique home with a story of its own to share.
Shop and order online at fabrica.co.za.