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A dream making its way to France

By our Creative Director, Rial Visagie


The beautiful city of Aix-en-Provence where this year's salon Vivre Côté Sud takes place.

The beautiful city of Aix-en-Provence where this year's salon Vivre Côté Sud takes place.

As long as I can remember, I have always been accused of not being in the moment or paying attention. I’m a self-confessed daydreamer and quite proudly so. To me, dreams are the first draft of the future. Nowadays I often get lost in conceptualisation while interacting with people, perhaps a product of my social safety zone or more politely a problem-solving skill.


To suffer from daydreaming may in some ways be compared to the dreaded Man Fluin that it is often frowned upon by society. Being a creative, my interaction with people frequently leads to product development and sends my brain into overdrive while someone is trying to have a nice chat. This process can be exhausting and very much like man flu is difficult to understand unless you suffer from it yourself, new products creep around the crevices of your mind and you never know when they will present themselves.


Rialheim was really born out of the need to create, the spin-off being the magic that occurs when we fulfil our destiny and follow our dreams. 18 months ago at the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Food, Wine & Design fair in Hyde Park, I met a beautiful young French woman by the name of Julie and by the end of our conversation a new dream was born. With our shared passion for South African design, Julie Hatchuel invited Rialheim to be part of the 40 local designers showcasing at the BVH Le Marias in Paris last year – a show which she curated.


This year another dream becomes a reality as Rialheim is about to attend the Salon Vivre Côté Sud in Aix-en-Provence, France in partnership with Julie. Any partnership needs bravery and will evolve everyone involved. As we get ready to fly to Paris, I remind myself that without dreams and bravery there’s no evolution.


This adventure to Salon Vivre Côté Sud can be any daydreamer’s dream. 


“If your dream doesn’t scare you, it isn’t big enough”



Crafting magic for Design Joburg
The Rialheim stand at Design Joburg 2018

The Rialheim stand at Design Joburg 2018

It’s seven o’clock in the morning on Clairvaux Estate in Robertson and unlike other farms in the Robertson Wine Valley, 13 artisans start to arrive to switch on the clay mixer in preparation for a day of crafting magic. Plaster of Paris is moulded to make way for new products and new ideas while on the other side of the studio products start being glazed while kilns are being unpacked. 



By no means is it a normal morning for our sales team. In Johannesburg, the birth place of Rialheim, it is abuzz with activities to get ready for the much anticipated Design Joburg. Visitors can expect to see the very best of our Brave 2017/2018 Collection as well as our latest tile collection which has been developed over the last two years with one of South Africa’s most amazing interior designers, Megan Ralph. These tiles are living proof that if you can dream it, we can make it and we’ll even add a dash of magic ourselves. 


For our creative team, under the leadership of Rial Visagie, there is a sense of nervousness & excitement in the air as we get ready to show a selection of our newest collection to be launched this spring. Entitled Evolution this collection draws it inspiration from Being and Becoming. Be ready for the unexpected since this collection is all about collaboration with other artisans exploring new textures and materials. Seven months of crafting magic will finally make its debut and if you can’t make your way to Sandton Convention Centre this week for a sneak preview, then don’t worry as these pieces will go on sale after the official launch in spring 2018.