Coal Drops Yard’s favourite plant gurus Botanical Boys have opened a brand new store!
The new space will primarily stock beautiful homewares, but will also double up as an interactive workshop, an educational studio, and naturally, you can pick up a plant or two as well.
The homewares are inspired by travels across South Africa, hand-made, beautifully crafted objects with stories to tell. The entire range is created using plants and natural materials by local artisans in villages across Africa.
Botanical Boys Ben and Darren both visit family in Pretoria every other year, and have explored the neighbouring countries from Pretoria to the Cape, Mozambique, and Zambia. On the way, they have discovered some great little towns, including one that ‘stuck in their soul’, the charming Nieu-Besthesda.
Part of the Eastern Cape, Nieu-Besthesda was home to artist Helen Martins, who had turned her home into a fascinating world elaborately decorated with ground glass and over 300 statues of owls, camels, pyramids, peacocks, and people. In this town and in several others tucked into the countryside, the Boys found an abundance of creative people making beautiful objects and fell in love with the art, the people, and their stories.
The enchanting pieces include Wolof woven Senegal baskets, delightful carved Namji dolls, cheerful Tabor ceramic pots, richly colourful tablecloths, cushions, jewellery and more. Find the entire collection online here, or discover them for yourself with a visit to Coal Drops Yard. The store is on the upper level.