A UNIQUE FINE-ART TABLEWARE RANGE HITS THE UP-MARKET DINING SCENE

A unique, fine-art dinnerware range, depicting endangered fauna and flora from Sub-Saharan Africa, developed by Andrew Hector Creative, will be grabbing much attention as it launches at this year’s Design Joburg.

The designs of this fine porcelain crockery range, are natural landscapes drawn in fine detail. The first, of a range of four, is an ocean scene in a classic blue and white theme.  The endangered sea life that is incorporated in the design are the White Steenbras, Cichlid, Scalloped Hammerheads, Coral and a Spotted Eagle Ray. Each range will have a “finding Wally” scenario and in the ocean range you will be looking for a sea snail wearing glasses who will be known as ‘Hidden Hector’.

The three other ranges will depict landscapes and colour tones of ‘bush’ in khaki, ‘forest’ in greens and ‘dessert’ in browns. Each place setting consists of four plates with a main, a starter/salad, a side and a soup/pasta/dessert. A standard set will consist of 16 plates i.e. 4 places. 

Andrew McKay in collaboration with Annie Williamson, are the concept creators who knew they were entering a highly competitive arena. “We have seen some amazing locally designed tableware hit the dinner party market but it is mostly ceramic and we felt that there was a gap in the fine dining scene for a high-quality porcelain range” says Andrew. 

Classic crockery design principles were followed as it does not date and a range of this quality dinnerware, which is dishwasher and microwave safe, will last a life time and will become a treasured heirloom that is likely to be passed down to kids and grand kids. 

This tableware will have great appeal to those with holiday homes in Plett, Ballito, Clifton but also in Dullstroom, Knysna, Prince Albert, and Sabi Sabi, White River and Malelane. It will also be marketed to boutique Bush Lodges, Country Hotels, boardroom caterers, wedding planners and the good old home chefs who love to entertain in style!

The collaboration between Andrew McKay and Annie Williamson is an interesting story. Andrew is a CA with extensive interior design skills and Annie, a passionate home-grown decorator is also the owner and manager of six franchises of Car Service City, a network of workshops that service and repair cars. Andrew was previously the Chief Financial Officer of the Car Service City Group but he left to pursue his passion for interior design. He was thus available to do accounts on a part time basis and Annie snapped him up. At the month end accounts meetings, the figures are discussed as quickly as possible and the rest of the time is spent wallowing in a world of design, decorating and eating good food presented creatively on classic, high quality dinner plates.

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