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Rialheim launches new flagship store at Rand Steam Shopping Centre
Welcome to Rialheim Rand Steam - our new flagship store in Johannesburg.

Welcome to Rialheim Rand Steam - our new flagship store in Johannesburg.

Local ceramic studio, Rialheim, has launched a new retail store in the heritage precinct of Rand Steam in Richmond, Johannesburg.

The space was designed by renowned interior designer, Megan Ralph, in collaboration with the creative team at Rialheim. The store features bespoke Rialheim wall tiles as well as light pendants and has served as the launch venue for a new table lamp collection offering consumers and interior designers new products to choose from that are fun, functional and inspired by the beauty of Africa. Sustainability played a big role in the project with wood from the previous store in Linden being up cycled by local artisans, Melkweg Design, and bespoke steel fixtures and furnishings produced by Out The Box Welding & Design.

“As the company diversifies and enters a new era, we wanted to celebrate local artisans, collaboration and design a new retail experience that not only encourages consumers and trade clients to experience the brand like never before but also to feel immediately at home by offering a casual café, Boho Café & Co., inviting visitors to lounge a little longer and engage with our team,” says Rial Visagie, Creative Director of Rialheim.

Handcrafted wall tiles, bespoke pendant lights and table lamps by Rialheim

Handcrafted wall tiles, bespoke pendant lights and table lamps by Rialheim

Lights, lamps and bespoke wall tiles

Rialheim has diversified its product offering to include handcrafted wall tiles, bespoke light pendants and a collection of table lamps with the Rand Steam store debuting these designer ceramics allowing consumers and interior designers to view these pieces in person. The wall tiles offer a three-dimensional and textured alternative to wall paper allowing features walls to truly stand out with handcrafted and locally produced ceramics made from African clay. 

Indulge at Boho Café & Co.

Indulge at Boho Café & Co.

Introducing Boho Café & Co.

Boho Café & Co is a freshly curated space where ceramics and cappuccinos seamlessly mingle. Grab and go or lounge and linger with kindred coffee, organic offerings and pastry soul mates for free spirited, adventurous wanderers at Boho Café and Co situated in the Randsteam heritage precinct. Freshly brewed from a collaboration between MRS. (Meg Ralph Spaces) and Rialheim.

Meet Amanda, our store manager at Rialheim Rand Steam

Meet Amanda, our store manager at Rialheim Rand Steam

Our people, our passion

“Our mission at Rialheim is based around our philosophy on people, products and processes and at our Rand Steam store we have focussed on staff development, a diverse product offering at varying price points all in a streamlined operation that not only services our retail consumers but also our trade partners and powers our online store at,” says Rialheim CEO, Daniel Swanepoel.

Rialheim Rand Steam is open 7 days a week and will host monthly events so be sure to follow our social media pages on Instagram & Facebook.

Why we fell in love with Rand Steam

The early days

Rand Steam Laundy in the late 1890’s.

Rand Steam Laundy in the late 1890’s.

With the discovery of gold at Langlaagte not far from the site of Rand Steam, a mining camp followed by a more substantial town populated mostly by single men came into being. These men struggled to get their washing done due to long working hours, water scarcity and drainage problems.

During this time, a number of Zulu men who had acquired the skills of washermen from the Indian dhobis practicing their trade in the Umgeni River in Natal, descended on Egoli (the City of Gold) to seek work. They soon organised themselves into regiments, each with an “induna” at the head and proudly wore a uniform of a white turban - a nod to the Indian washerman who had taught them their trade. These men became known as the “Amawasha”.

Unfortunately due to a drought in 1896, the Witwatersrand streams could no longer sustain the pressure of ever increasing amounts of washing and the Amawasha were instructed to relocate to the Klip River, twenty-five kilometres south of the town.

Johannesburg had now become lucrative to capitalists and an American named FO Nelson saw an opportunity in establishing a modern steam laundry when he arrived in South Africa just before the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer War in 1899. On the site he established the Palace Steam Laundry to the west and the Rand Steam Laundry to the east. This site soon developed into a small village scattered with worker’s cottages, huge sheds, stables, a blacksmith and compounds. 

Nelson’s enterprise soon became the largest in sub-Saharan Africa and was fully equipped with the latest technology and machinery. The Rand Steam Laundry was so reputable that it was known far and wide with washing being sent via rail from as far as Cape Town.

With the advent of the washing machine becoming commonplace in the 1950’s together with the invention of easy-care fabrics, the laundry’s business declined rapidly and by 1963 the laundry ended operations. Sadly the first elements to disappear from the site were the iconic two towering chimney stacks which had served as a landmark for many decades.

The years that followed saw the site occupied by many craftsman including a metalworker, antique restorer and a motorcycle mechanic. The historic buildings were demolished without the necessary permission by the the previous owners in 2008 leading the Parktown and Westcliff Heritage Trust to hold the site frozen for nearly ten years whilst negotiations were ongoing to restore and rebuild the property to its former glory.

A new era for Rand Steam

Rand Steam restoration in progress - The Moolman Group restored the site to its former glory.

Rand Steam restoration in progress - The Moolman Group restored the site to its former glory.

The newly open Rand Steam is located on the busy corner of Barry Hertzog Drive and Napier Street, just a stone’s throw away from Milpark Hospital and surrounded by prominent private schools.

The Moolman Group partnered with Jonker Evolution and Group 44 and embarked on this exciting development to restore this iconic site to its former glory. Group 44 have extensive experience with redeveloping Victoria Yards and 44 on Stanley, which is only 400m away from Rand Steam.

“Most new developments seek to be modern and futuristic in terms of design look and feel. With this development however, a great emphasis has been placed on restoring an iconic Richmond streetscape and paying homage to Johannesburg’s early history as a mining town.  In doing so, the centre has a great narrative which resonates with shoppers, tenants and media alike,” says Anelda Barnard, Rand Steam Marketing manager. 

Rand Steam will be a great alternative to your typical shopping centre and will be distinctly different from some of the competitors in the area. Due to the authenticity of the development, the tenant mix includes carefully curated, bespoke type stores, these include Rialheim, Candice Berman Gallery, ReTrend, Hers, His & Home, Bonafide Barbers, Famke Jewellery Design and Manufacturing, August Clothing, Rain, Exclusive Leather, Fabricate, Tapenade and Friends and Nap Living.

Enter Rialheim Rand Steam - the beginning of a new dream for our flagship store

Rialheim Rand Steam is set to redefine the Rialheim Brand experience.

Rialheim Rand Steam is set to redefine the Rialheim Brand experience.

Opening June 2019, Rialheim Rand Steam is set to redefine the Rialheim brand experience with a new signature store furnished with bespoke, locally made shop fittings, designer ceramic wall tiles and a full lighting collection. 

A collaboration between MRS. & Rialheim has also brewed up a new café, Boho Café & Co., that will feature inside the store and offer grab & go coffees as well as seated options allowing guests to lounge and linger with exciting organic offerings and pastries - a fresh curated space where ceramics and cappuccinos seamlessly mingle.

Rialheim Rand Steam will serve as the launch venue for our new product lines including our range of bespoke wall tiles, pendant lights and table lamps making our new flagship store the go to destination for locally crafted décor that is designed to be fun and functional.

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