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Meet the Design Duo Making High-end designs more accessible

With Curación Collection, designers Dylan Thomaz and Adrian Beukes prove expertly crafted pieces need not be reserved for the few

By Walter Hayward  | January 25, 2022 | Trends

High-end design pieces are usually accompanied by a similarly high-end price tag, making them a near-impossible addition to your everyday interior. With the Curación Collection, designers Dylan Thomaz and Adrian Beukes aim to soothe this aesthetic injustice.

‘Making good design accessible to everyone is the reason we started it,’ says Dylan, also the founding force behind Dylan Thomaz studio. When the lockdowns first corralled us all inside our homes, it gave him and Adrian the perfect opportunity to re-evaluate the decor market and where they fit into it.

The timing was right for the duo to take a leap of faith. ‘Honestly, it just felt right. Behind the scenes, we had been working and reworking on designs, so we agreed on a launch date, and everything else fell into place,’ he says. Launching late last year, Curación Collection made good on its promise of making quality design attainable. Dylan’s previous projects merge separate eras into singular spaces, and his unique approach continues with this collection. ‘Mixing textures and materials achieve this enduring approach to classic design,’ he says.

His furniture range is available in three ageless textile options; retro-yet-classy corduroy, timeless sherpa, and a bouclé blend that reminds you of a certain Chanel jacket. ‘All these fabrics have stood the test of time while still feeling contemporary, which makes our furniture a locally designed future classic,’ says Dylan. clients can choose from daybeds to dining chairs and even a rather lush three-seater sofa.

Photo by Johno Mellish

A standout at any of the Curación Collection pop-up exhibitions are the spherical scatter cushions. available for purchase separately, they are avant-garde and add a whimsical touch to any space in need of a charm upgrade. ‘It is practical but, more importantly, makes a space feel more curated than decorated,’ says Dylan.

Photo by Johno Mellish

The collection also hosts a group of artisans that, at the moment, comprises a ceramicist, painter and knitter. ‘The circle will most definitely grow as we increase our presence and inspire more shoppers,’ he says. ‘We will display their crafts alongside our furniture collection at Curación Collection’s pop-ups. Finding the perfect partnership is tricky – we believe the best collaborations are with artisans who own their craft and create pieces we love and make us smile. This is how something becomes timeless.’

Their first pop-up is on Cape Town’s historical Hout Street in a gorgeous, light-filled atelier. ‘Finding inspiring spaces is part of our brand experience and wanting to do retail our way. Countrywide, Curación Collection will showcase beautifully designed spaces merged with finely crafted furniture pieces.’

To learn more visit Curación Collection.