Organic installation at Decorex Durban
Artist Michelle Markram adds quirk to the expo
The self-described ‘eccentric artist with a bohemian quirk’, Michelle Markram of Msquared Interior Design has big plans for the creation of the Painted Wolf Wine Bar and Bloggers Lounge, that will be featured at Decorex Durban from 18 to 21 March.
Her passion for the natural world and sustainable living is something that resonates throughout the Decorex SA shows and the incorporation of this ethos into the design of the Painted Wolf Wine Bar is set to be breathtaking. An artistic passion has burned within Michelle for as long as she can remember, encompassing the outdoors in a uniquely creative manner throughout her career.
“I’ve always been obsessed with the organic lines and beauty of the humble tree. It was and still is an obsession. My family laugh about having to coax me to come indoors and spend time in reality, rather than in my world of imaginings with nature, my playground.” – Michelle.
Whatever environment she finds herself in, Michelle has a way of making it her own, finding beauty in the overlooked.
“I’m a curious person by nature and always keen to learn something new. My father’s construction site was my playground and, like a sponge, I hungrily soaked everything in. In contrast, my mother – an accomplished floral designer – lovingly provided another exciting playground for me to learn from. The greatest lesson she taught me is that space is the breath of art and wonder.”
These teachings have grown into Michelle’s biggest dream, encapsulated in the African Green Revolution whereby people learn to bring the natural world back into their lives, breathing life into every concrete jungle. Through her designs, Michelle creates vertical and rooftop gardens, transforms previously believed waste matter into stunning artwork and educates people about the sustainable ethos, working with and not against the environment.
The African Green Revolution is still in its infancy stages, but it will provide the necessary vehicle for transition to a better future for earth’s inhabitants, as well as the environment which underpins us.
Msquared Interior Design places nature at the forefront of the design process. They don’t believe in waste and this forms an integral component to their design process. Waste is not waste, it’s an unlimited raw material base for art that can only be described as sublime.
“Where humanity finds itself today is in dire need for reflection about the sustainability of the planet we call home. Undoubtedly my design trend is the African Green Revolution.”
This will be clearly evident throughout Michelle’s features at Decorex Durban.