Just when you thought Hyde Park Corner was as stylishly fabulous as shopping could get, it just got even better with more chic new stores and even a virtual art fair which collectively offer shoppers more ways to escape the ordinary and discover extraordinary experiences… a whole lot more!
What started as a patisserie and light meal option quickly evolved into a fully-fledged European style café serving French inspired dishes with Middle Eastern flavours. And now patisserie extraordinaire Just Teddy has brought kitchen theatre alongside their existing Hyde Park Corner store with the addition of Maison du Petit Four (House of the Petit Four).
This new showcase kitchen features all things macaron and fondant by lifting the curtain on their trade secrets and allowing customers an inside look at how these delicately delicious treats are brought to life. The Maison du Petit Four team is led by Head Baker, Teddy, who was a BBC Great South African Bake-Off finalist. Teddy’s wife Natasha ensures that business behind the scenes is taken care of, daughter Jordyne takes on the role of Head Pâtissier; and son Jeff is the ‘Bread Narco’ leading the kitchen team.
Whether you’re in the mood for a Croque Monsieur, or an extravagant three-tiered High Tea, Just Teddy’s inimitable flavour, class and passion are evident in every morsel. Jeff has also been hinting at the possibility of launching Masterclass baking and breadmaking workshops in the new year, so watch this space…
Three sisters have combined a common passion for fashion by creating a platform for their favourite African designers – Diane Paris, Taibo Bacar and David Tlale – featuring them all in a new Hyde Park Corner store, The Mansion. This store is not just about the clothes but rather the story behind these talented designers with colourful South African roots who have transformed their creativity into pieces which embody culture and originality.
Walking into The Mansion can be equated to walking into an art gallery where each uniquely named piece tells a story illustrating the creativity behind its design, cut and silhouette. The Mansion isn’t just a fashion boutique, it is a world of different cultures coming together in one store where shoppers will find Africa’s best.
FNB Art Joburg has pivoted to present a reimagined 13th edition of the FNB Art Fair online. This year’s fair is a celebration of the marriage between technology and art. For those who feel they are missing out on walking through an exhibition space to experience art in person, FNB Art Joburg and Hyde Park Corner have partnered to bring the art to life in the shopping centre’s Centre Court.
Through a series of Augmented Reality placements, art lovers can walk through the shopping centre and bring the fair to life through their cellphones. This shift has given the team time to curate a collection that will give art lovers access to an experience that captures the best parts of a live showcase while respecting the current COVID-19 limitations.
The newly imagined FNB Art Joburg 2020 edition will include digital opportunities for enthusiasts to indulge in guided tours of the galleries, panel discussions with artists and curators as well as interactive sessions where they can engage with artists and other attendees – all via technology and social media. Everyone is invited to join in the fair by logging on to experience a world class selection of art from Friday, 6 November until Wednesday, 18 November.
Graham Modern & Contemporary has built a reputation for being one of the largest art dealers in works that illustrate great significance by renowned artists including the likes of Irma Stern, Vladimir Tretchikoff, Walter Batiss, Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, Anton van Wouw and Alexis Preller.
They are opening a new gallery space in Hyde Park Corner where owner and founder, Graham Britz, along with his enthusiastic team of specialists will remain dedicated to the development of fine collections of South African art. The gallery will also represent artists who produce high quality contemporary artworks which are conceptual and abstract in nature.
The new gallery space will double as a showroom for turnkey design consultancy service, CUBE offering practical, technically advanced and aesthetically beautiful solutions for a wide range of applications ranging from residential and office to outdoor and public spaces.
Their new Hyde Park Corner showroom will showcase Vitra, Artemide, Artek, Gandiablasco and GAN products presented and curated in narratives that allow guests to discover and experience the beauty and ergonomics of each piece. These products have been developed by award-winning international designers and architects, with many products having become classics, recognised and displayed world-wide by museums and institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art (New York).
It doesn’t get more festive than an entire store dedicated to Christmas – and not just any old Christmas, a shopping experience at Nicholas & Co. means a curated collection of Christmas décor and unique collectables. Before you even enter the store, you will be enchanted by the lure of home fragrances with notes of cinnamon, vanilla, clove, berry and sugared pear. Inside this store has been transformed into a world of festive cheer where each themed tree is adorned in glass baubles, classic finials, elegant bows and moving trains to create the romance we all cherish at Christmas but with a trendy twist.
The concept and product range are undoubtedly international however specialised local artists were commissioned to bring to life an assortment of beautiful ornaments to add to your holiday tree. Christmas and baking go hand in hand and for the first time in SA this season Nicholas & Co. will launch Nordic Ware, an international favourite heirloom bakeware range of designer Bundt pans, cookie stamps, professional sheet pans and more. This store will also be available for private shopping soirees for your safety and convenience. To book a private shopping experience, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
PNA launched a brand-new concept store in October which includes a section for kids’ art activities, a painting corner, high end products, and speciality stationery items. Of course, you can still get all the arts & crafts materials, books, office machines and consumables too!
PS – Catch all the latest and greatest big screen action at Nu Metro Hyde Park Corner. Greenland a non-stop, edge-of-your-seat thriller from the producer of ‘John Wick’ starring Gerard Butler; and Dragon Rider, a magical animated journey halfway around the world about courage, self-confidence which is the beginning of an unusual friendship between silver dragon Lung, goblin girl Schwefelfell and orphan Ben are on screen now! For bookings and details of new releases visit: https://numetro.co.za/now-showing/#hyde-park
PPS – Get a head start on your Christmas Shopping at KAMERS/Makers! In case you haven’t already seen it, this unique pop-up store provides a rotation of proudly local artisans who showcase their wares. Check out this month’s newest additions which include Reefer Shoes, Flawsomework, Zinhle, Ark of O Designs, Molo Socks, Frei Design Studio, Mist Collectables, Threads That Binds Us, A Love Supreme, Youghazi, Jacinta and more, all in one unforgettable space.