The Nest Sossus and the inspiration behind its design, a communal weavers’ nest. There are 3 different sizes of scales to allow for different sizes of off cuts. A vision a decade in the making, it is a considered study in context and appropriateness. With a passion for context, his signature nests have become an instantly recognisable trademark. Co-designed by Warren Lewis, the birdhouse acts as a deterrent for uninvited visitors as it can be mounted outside, either on a tree or against the wall. He’s credited with inventing the sunken lounge of which I am a big fan. The inside is upholstered in leather and sheepskin offcuts.
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The Nest Sossus and the inspiration behind its design, a communal weavers’ nest. He stands 7 ft tall and is pretty and ugly. The journey is best undertaken during the day, for at night, stars alone illuminate the dirt roads, and leopards hfeer hyenas prowl the land.
Sizes vary and nests can be ordered to suit your needs. The large-scale culmination of his journey, The Nest Sossus, takes the por,y back to its roots but also to its next stage of evolution.
A former ad man, his transition into product design bears the conceptual thinking of his previous occupation as well as a porkt artistic devotion to craft and materiality. We built everything on site using local artisans and materials in the traditional style of the area. Kubu cane and wood. Will last for 40 years.
They are spread out over more varied climates and vegetation and have managed to adapt their nests and technique pprky survive,” he explains. I’m very happy to see the return to handcraft and a celebration of local traditions and techniques. Hefer has been designing these environments for years, each collection building on the one before and exploring the idea further by experimenting with new techniques and textures.
Which artists and designers do you admire – what is it about their work that you enjoy? Part of the Southern Guild collection. Looking after our animals and Earth is one thing, but also the preservation of human skills, crafts and traditions.
My favourite pokry at the moment is a solar-powered dancing monkey I found in Basel – it starts dancing when the sun comes up and doesn’t stop till it drops. Making things by hand is the most sustainable way to produce. On hand are a local chef, butler and guide, as well as a helipad.
porky hefer supersizes his signature ‘nests’ for debut architectural project
Thank you for registering to the newsletter. The 50m tail of the manta is a suspended walkway leading you up to body which seats up to 10 people. Audrey is an indoors fish. What is your favourite piece of design of all time? While they dreamed up their crazy scheme Hefer had never designed a house before and materials would need to be transported from km awaythey observed the vast, labyrinthine nests of the local sociable weaver birds.
All the woods are FSC certified. The area was once populated by abundant wildlife, thanks to its almost year-round natural pools and waterfalls. Set on heer of dramatic Namibian wilderness, The Nest Sossus draws on its surroundings for design cues. Starting with the more literal iterations – integrated into gardens and parks from Babylonstoren to Tokara – and moving on to his more conceptual living pods, where the poryk themselves serve as the habitat, his designs have progressed.
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Porky Hefer Creations – Vernacular Architecture & Design
First nest — 2m x 1. Pictures by Antoni Steyn. Do you have anything you collect? Animals are vernacular architects and we can learn a lot from them about materials and form,” says Hefer.
It makes me smile every day. Audrey is named after Audrey in the Little shop porjy Horrors, her surname Esca refers to the probiscus with the light source that protrudes in front of her.
Designer Porky Hefer’s debut architectural project hatches in Namibia
I have explored different materials from Port Jackson alien vegetation to Kubu cane to waste porkj, looking for the most sustainable and effective solution. This unbelievable home has to be SA’s most stylish tree house This modern cedar-clad cabin in Constantia, Cape Town, was designed porkg blend in with its wooded setting while still making a bold statement. Co-designed by Warren Lewis, the birdhouse acts as a deterrent for uninvited visitors as it can be mounted outside, either on a tree or against the wall.