Celebrating all things home in Kramerville
Quite few years ago, Kramerville, near the Marlboro off-ramp in Sandton, was something of an industrial wasteland (well, in my view anyway, after having worked in the area for almost a decade). Dated 1970s buildings, rather butch architecture and designer-unfriendly warehouses were part of the language of this steel-and-brick part of the world.
But much has changed, and Kramerville has now become a popular design and decor destination in Johannesburg. The Kramerville Management District* is now a popular lifestyle precinct (like 44 Stanley Avenue in Milpark, another design, decor and lifestyle hotspot) where design hounds can shop for fabric, artwork or decor items, and enjoy a coffee and a bite to eat.
Historically, the area of Kramerville was the home of fabric wholesalers and textile manufacturers, as well as the odd studio with enough space to shoot cars for advertising purposes – and, of course, a few panelbeater shops to add to the general ambience. That's all changed, however, and the space is now a hip area combining offices, restaurants, shops, and places to hang out and shoot the breeze.
Travellers may want to visit The Fabric House for fantastic designer fabrics, wallpaper, linen and the like. For gorgeous carpets, Husky Design has a range of deep-pile carpets that can be custom made (and sent back home). The Lund Rug Gallery is another spot to check out weaves and rugs for the home.
Woodbender is where you'll find traditionally crafted pieces of furniture, while Amatuli offers African artefacts and furniture. Gordon Fraser and Griffiths & Griffiths offer furniture and the perfect opportunity to browse around. Sumari Krige's La Grange Interiors puts on a magnificent show of eclectic interior items, and there's Mokki furniture for children. You'll find beautiful linens at The Egyptian Cotton Studio, and clothing at Hot Monogomy.
Try Petis Fours and Weylandts coffee shops for a cappucino or light snack. Zara's Food serves up regular old-fashioned cafe food, and is also halaal. The rooftop at 03 Desmond and Katy's Palace Bar are great venues for hire, with gorgeous views overlooking the Sandton skyline in the distance.
*The Kramerville Management District is a public space situated between Archimedes Street, Katherine Street, Marlboro Drive and the M1 North.