Pudlo South Africa is the leading supplier of specialised building products in the country. We recently had the privilege to speak to Nicole and Marco De Freitas from Pudlo about the latest industry trends and upcoming projects we can expect from this exciting brand in 2020.
How would you describe your personal style?
I have a very specific and unique style which is ever-evolving due to my exposure to industry trends. However, I always try to incorporate these influences on a classic foundation. To me, style is a way of allowing one’s personality and lifestyle to be expressed in an aesthetically pleasing way.
What qualities define your brand / business?
We are an owner-managed business with unique offerings and excellent personal service.
What sets your brand apart in the industry at the moment?
We strive to ensure that the correct product is used in the correct application. We also offer the widest variety of mosaics and décor tiles. There is no other business like ours.
What is the most recent purchase you’ve made for your home and why?
I recently commissioned an artwork of a bay at my favourite place in the world. It is a constant reminder of why life is worth living and it makes me happy daily.
What one design element, trend or furniture item can you not live without. Why?
Art. It has a way of bringing daily inspiration and emotion to a space.
What design influence has had the greatest influence on your work and business?
Revena the home of mosaic, it inspired the opening of what is now our mosaic showroom.
What has been one of the most challenging projects you have worked on?
We face challenges on a daily basis; It is how we deal with them that makes us successful and grow in this industry.
How would you describe the design industry in South Africa at present?
It has become a leading influence on an international scale, noted by the number of international projects we are supplying around the world, designed by local architects. We are setting trends that are increasingly recognised and admired by the rest of the world.
What trends do you think we should keep an eye on in upcoming seasons?
Eco-friendly and Sustainability will become an expectation – not a trend – in the upcoming season.
The design element of Eclectic Glamour is also a style worth watching in the upcoming seasons. This is basically a mixture of textures and time periods, where wonderful to sentimental pieces are being brought back to the stage. We are loving it.
What exciting projects do you have planned within the next year?
With our Reviglass products, we can see pool-design boundaries are being pushed to the limit, so we can expect some very exciting pools on the horizon.Find out more at Pudlo.