REPORT
INSTALLATION

100+ FLAVOURS WINDOW INSTALLATION

THE BRIEF

Our studio moved into new offices with a street-facing window display just before the launch of the 100+ Flavours Report. To amplify the launch, we commissioned Hoick to activate the window space.

THE RESULT

“Given the location on Buitenkant Street, it was an opportunity to personally and meaningfully connect with any South African that engaged. We drew inspiration from the democratic medium of classic South African TV, and the visual of screens piled up in Joshua Doore's windows, playing infomercials on repeat. The result was 8 microwave-clad TV screens displaying a selection of rotating dishes, striking a resemblance to nostalgic South African television, as well as the relatable feeling of watching your food as it heats up in the microwave. The broadcasts of rotating plates are interrupted by clips from beloved South African TV shows. A jodetert is interrupted by an Abo Mzala clip, with friends discussing the awkward noisiness of eating skopas at the movies. A skhokho is interrupted by a clip of Ina Paarman mimicking the cry of a refrigerated tomato. A bunny chow is interrupted by an Egoli clip, with Ester and Elsa mistakenly high on weed brownies, hysterically listing everything they want to eat. The window display leads the viewer to an online shop where they are able to purchase the report, but also gives passersby a moment to reflect on South Africa's diverse food culture – to see their own food culture represented, and to indulge in personal sensory memory, free of charge.” – Claire Johnson, co-director, Hoick

Take a stroll past the window at Tiny Empire in Buitenkant Street to see the display IRL.

THE TEAM

CI design: Hoick

Window creative direction and concept: Hoick

Videography: Daniela Zondagh

Culinary production and styling: Studio H

Photos: Daniela Zondagh

100+ FLAVOURS WINDOW INSTALLATION

THE BRIEF

Our studio moved into new offices with a street-facing window display just before the launch of the 100+ Flavours Report. To amplify the launch, we commissioned Hoick to activate the window space.

THE RESULT

“Given the location on Buitenkant Street, it was an opportunity to personally and meaningfully connect with any South African that engaged. We drew inspiration from the democratic medium of classic South African TV, and the visual of screens piled up in Joshua Doore's windows, playing infomercials on repeat. The result was 8 microwave-clad TV screens displaying a selection of rotating dishes, striking a resemblance to nostalgic South African television, as well as the relatable feeling of watching your food as it heats up in the microwave. The broadcasts of rotating plates are interrupted by clips from beloved South African TV shows. A jodetert is interrupted by an Abo Mzala clip, with friends discussing the awkward noisiness of eating skopas at the movies. A skhokho is interrupted by a clip of Ina Paarman mimicking the cry of a refrigerated tomato. A bunny chow is interrupted by an Egoli clip, with Ester and Elsa mistakenly high on weed brownies, hysterically listing everything they want to eat. The window display leads the viewer to an online shop where they are able to purchase the report, but also gives passersby a moment to reflect on South Africa's diverse food culture – to see their own food culture represented, and to indulge in personal sensory memory, free of charge.” – Claire Johnson, co-director, Hoick

Take a stroll past the window at Tiny Empire in Buitenkant Street to see the display IRL.

THE TEAM

CI design: Hoick

Window creative direction and concept: Hoick

Videography: Daniela Zondagh

Culinary production and styling: Studio H

Photos: Daniela Zondagh

RECIPES

KRONE FESTIVE MENU RECIPES

MASHED POTATO SALAD, BRAAIED TROUT AND BOEREJONGENS

Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 400 g trout fillet
  • 30 ml olive oil
  • 1 T salt
  • 1 T black pepper
  • 1 fresh lemon
  • 700 g baby potatoes
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 250 ml sunflower oil
  • 1 T white wine vinegar
  • 1 t Dijon mustard
  • ½ t mild curry paste
  • ½ t garlic, minced
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t black pepper
  • 10 g flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 10 g fresh curry leaves, deep-fried
  • 1 cup boerejongens (brandy-preserved grapes)

METHOD

  • Portion the trout into 4 equal pieces, rub the fillets with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Braai in a hinged grid for 5 minutes on each side, flesh side first.
  • Before taking off the braai, squeeze a generous amount of fresh lemon juice on the fish.
  • Throw the baby potatoes into the coals and bury them under the hot ashes for 15–20 minutes until soft inside.
  • Take out of the coals and let cool down.
  • Peel the potatoes once cooled and set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl add the egg yolks, white wine vinegar, mustard, curry paste, garlic, salt and pepper.
  • Drip the oil little by little into the mixture while whisking constantly until all the oil is incorporated and the aioli is thick.
  • Mix the aioli with the baby potatoes and mix through the chopped parsley.
  • Garnish with the deep-fried curry leaves.
  • Place a small bed of the potato salad on a plate, place a piece of trout on top and finish off with a few cheeks of boerejongens.
  • Serve as a starter or light main course.

DRIED BRAAI SNOEK, BRAAIED COS LETTUCE AND PLUM SALAD WITH KAAIMANSGAT VINAIGRETTE

Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 wind-dried snoek
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 T quince jelly
  • ½ lemon, juiced and zested
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 small cos lettuce heads, halved
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 T Maldon salt
  • Black pepper
  • 4 ripe plums, halved
  • 2 T honey, melted
  • ¼ cup pecan nuts, roasted and chopped
  • ½ cup labneh
  • 10 g chopped coriander
  • 1 t cumin seeds, toasted
  • 1 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 T Kaaimansagat Blanc de Blancs
  • 2 t white wine vinegar
  • 2 t Dijon mustard
  • ½ t garlic, minced
  • 1 t salt
  • 4 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 T sunflower oil

METHOD

  • In a small saucepan melt the butter over the fire, add the garlic and let sizzle for one minute, mix through the quince jelly, lemon juice, zest, salt and pepper.
  • Cut the dried snoek into manageable pieces, and place over the hot coals on the braai.
  • Braai until golden and crispy on each side, lather with the butter sauce on both sides, cooking for 1 min on each side after.
  • Remove from braai and place on a big platter and brush over the rest of the butter sauce to soak into the snoek.
  • While the coals are still medium hot, place the halved cos lettuce heads on the grill and cook until they are golden brown and caramelised, do the same with the plums and brush them with the melted honey just before they are done.
  • Place the labneh into a small mixing bowl, mix through the chopped coriander and olive oil.
  • In a measuring jug, place the Kaaimansgat, white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, garlic, and salt and mix together.
  • In another measuring jug, mix the olive oil and sunflower oil.
  • Pour the oil into the mustard mixture while whisking constantly, and until thick and emulsified.
  • Assemble the salad by layering the cos at the bottom, scatter the plum halves and dollop the labneh.
  • Serve the snoek and salad together.

CONDENSED MILK STOKBROOD WITH MATURE CHEDDAR AND MOSKONFYT

Serves: 4 - 6

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • ½ cup condensed milk
  • 35 g yeast / 10 g instant yeast
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 t salt
  • 45 g butter, melted
  • 600 g bread flour
  • 100 g farm butter
  • 1 block (200 g) mature cheddar
  • ½ cup moskonfyt

METHOD

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in lukewarm water.
  • Add the condensed milk, salt, egg and cooled butter.
  • Gradually add flour until a kneadable dough forms.
  • Turn out on surface and knead until smooth and elastic (±8–10 minutes).
  • Place in lightly oiled bowl and cover with a clean towel, leave to stand in a warm place until doubled in size.
  • Knead the dough again for 1–2 minutes and divide into 6 equal size sausages.
  • Wrap the dough sausages around sturdy vine branches.
  • Allow to rest and proof until puffy.
  • Cook the stokbrood over the coals, turning constantly until golden brown and cooked through.
  • Serve the warm stokbrood with farm butter, mature cheddar and moskonfyt as a cheese course dessert.
SPECULATIVE DESIGN

THE SMELLERIE

THE CLIENT

Dutch Design Week

THE RESULT

We used residue water from fermented foods from around the world as perfumes, accompanied by printer-generated food insults to encapsulate the concept that, at the core, we all eat the same.

Residue waters from traditional fermented dishes, that are deemed worthless, were packaged as a range of high-end perfumes. They highlight how valuable the microbes in foods are to the human body. This range of anti-perfumes, representing countries from around the world, was accompanied by a food insults* printer to draw attention to the fact that often, horribly, cultures are ridiculed for their most precious and proudest national dishes. This interactive installation, where visitors are encouraged to smell and taste the anti-perfumes, serves as a reminder that we all eat the same.

All the insults were gathered from actual Youtube footage.

THE SMELLERIE

THE CLIENT

Dutch Design Week

THE RESULT

We used residue water from fermented foods from around the world as perfumes, accompanied by printer-generated food insults to encapsulate the concept that, at the core, we all eat the same.

Residue waters from traditional fermented dishes, that are deemed worthless, were packaged as a range of high-end perfumes. They highlight how valuable the microbes in foods are to the human body. This range of anti-perfumes, representing countries from around the world, was accompanied by a food insults* printer to draw attention to the fact that often, horribly, cultures are ridiculed for their most precious and proudest national dishes. This interactive installation, where visitors are encouraged to smell and taste the anti-perfumes, serves as a reminder that we all eat the same.

All the insults were gathered from actual Youtube footage.

FOOD DESIGN
CONCEPT
INSTALLATION

SCAPE TRADE SHOW

THE CLIENT

Scape Magazine

THE BRIEF

Create three installations (including something to eat and drink) for the SCAPE Trade Show that tie in with the overarching theme of ‘What If’, where we will be pushing the boundaries of convention, unravelling the threads of possibility, and weaving narratives that bridge the gap between the fantastical and the tangible.

THE RESULT

G&Sea

What if you could harvest or drink sea water? SCAPE & Studio H in collaboration with Pienaar & Son presents G&Sea, a salty and delicious cocktail of origin the Atlantic Ocean. This concept challenges our palate and perception, exploring the fusion of taste, sustainability, and culinary creativity through a speculative scenario of a world where consuming sea water becomes a normal part of our diets. G&Sea sparks a dialogue about a future where our culinary boundaries know no bounds, inviting us to taste the unimaginable.

Veggie Lights

What if vegetables could power lights? SCAPE & Studio H in collaboration with Mr Munro explore the possibilities of a world in which ordinary fruit and vegetables could power our grid. Imagine these seemingly ordinary pantry staples become extraordinary power sources for generations to come.

Coffee Sausage

What if we could eat our coffee? SCAPE & Studio H in collaboration with Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants present a breakfast alternative of coffee-infused sausages. Picture a world where your morning ritual takes on a whole new dimension – a daily dose of energy isn't just sipped, but savoured as a culinary delight, allowing us to reimagine our culinary traditions.

THE TEAM

Concept and production: Studio H

G&Sea: Pienaar & Son Distillery

G&Sea label design: Koos Groenewald

Veggie Lights: Mr Munro Flowers

Coffee Sausage: Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants

Photos: Paris Brummer

SCAPE TRADE SHOW

THE CLIENT

Scape Magazine

THE BRIEF

Create three installations (including something to eat and drink) for the SCAPE Trade Show that tie in with the overarching theme of ‘What If’, where we will be pushing the boundaries of convention, unravelling the threads of possibility, and weaving narratives that bridge the gap between the fantastical and the tangible.

THE RESULT

G&Sea

What if you could harvest or drink sea water? SCAPE & Studio H in collaboration with Pienaar & Son presents G&Sea, a salty and delicious cocktail of origin the Atlantic Ocean. This concept challenges our palate and perception, exploring the fusion of taste, sustainability, and culinary creativity through a speculative scenario of a world where consuming sea water becomes a normal part of our diets. G&Sea sparks a dialogue about a future where our culinary boundaries know no bounds, inviting us to taste the unimaginable.

Veggie Lights

What if vegetables could power lights? SCAPE & Studio H in collaboration with Mr Munro explore the possibilities of a world in which ordinary fruit and vegetables could power our grid. Imagine these seemingly ordinary pantry staples become extraordinary power sources for generations to come.

Coffee Sausage

What if we could eat our coffee? SCAPE & Studio H in collaboration with Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants present a breakfast alternative of coffee-infused sausages. Picture a world where your morning ritual takes on a whole new dimension – a daily dose of energy isn't just sipped, but savoured as a culinary delight, allowing us to reimagine our culinary traditions.

THE TEAM

Concept and production: Studio H

G&Sea: Pienaar & Son Distillery

G&Sea label design: Koos Groenewald

Veggie Lights: Mr Munro Flowers

Coffee Sausage: Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants

Photos: Paris Brummer

FUTURE FOOD
TALK

FUTURE FOOD TALKS

In December 2023, we at Studio H were thrilled to unveil our 2024/5 Future Food Report during a series of presentations at our Tiny Empire office. As aspiring leaders in culinary innovation, these sessions provided a detailed exploration of upcoming gastronomic trends. Our approach involved comprehensive research, data analysis, and expert insights, all of which were shared with enthusiasm and great OPTIMISM - one of the very prominent themes. The presentations were not only informative but interactive, featuring a flavour museum, a pop-up shop, in-session tastings and a hot sauce workshop. This event underscored our commitment to staying ahead of culinary trends and showcased the dedication we bring to the intricate world of food design.

The team

Concept, experience design, menu design, culinary curation: Studio H

Food collaborators: Ever Peckish, The Fermentary by Sepial, Sweet Lionheart, Two in a Bush, Vinehugger, Lebanese Bakery

Graphic design: Spook Design Co.

Venue: Tiny Empire

FUTURE FOOD TALKS

In December 2023, we at Studio H were thrilled to unveil our 2024/5 Future Food Report during a series of presentations at our Tiny Empire office. As aspiring leaders in culinary innovation, these sessions provided a detailed exploration of upcoming gastronomic trends. Our approach involved comprehensive research, data analysis, and expert insights, all of which were shared with enthusiasm and great OPTIMISM - one of the very prominent themes. The presentations were not only informative but interactive, featuring a flavour museum, a pop-up shop, in-session tastings and a hot sauce workshop. This event underscored our commitment to staying ahead of culinary trends and showcased the dedication we bring to the intricate world of food design.

The team

Concept, experience design, menu design, culinary curation: Studio H

Food collaborators: Ever Peckish, The Fermentary by Sepial, Sweet Lionheart, Two in a Bush, Vinehugger, Lebanese Bakery

Graphic design: Spook Design Co.

Venue: Tiny Empire

FOOD DESIGN
MENU DESIGN
EXPERIENCE DESIGN

CAESARSTONE #SDC23

THE CLIENT

Caesarstone

THE BRIEF

Design and produce the awards ceremony for the annual Caesarstone Student Designer Competition. This year, students were invited to create a conceptual and functional design to AMPLIFY an Olympic urban sports centre located in Nantes Park, Athlone.

THE RESULT

Battery Park, a vibrant urban park in the heart of Cape Town, served as the venue for the awards ceremony. The theme was brought to life through an immersive experience featuring amplified food and entertainment (including a 10-metre-long irostile, 1-metre-long sosaties and 100L of breyani), interactive elements, and an oversized newspaper showcasing the finalists' entries.

THE TEAM

Concept, experience design, menu design, culinary curation: Studio H

Food collaborators: Seven Colours Eatery, Yoraya Nydoo

DJs: Ready D, Kixi

Graphic design: Spook Design Co.

CAESARSTONE #SDC23

THE CLIENT

Caesarstone

THE BRIEF

Design and produce the awards ceremony for the annual Caesarstone Student Designer Competition. This year, students were invited to create a conceptual and functional design to AMPLIFY an Olympic urban sports centre located in Nantes Park, Athlone.

THE RESULT

Battery Park, a vibrant urban park in the heart of Cape Town, served as the venue for the awards ceremony. The theme was brought to life through an immersive experience featuring amplified food and entertainment (including a 10-metre-long irostile, 1-metre-long sosaties and 100L of breyani), interactive elements, and an oversized newspaper showcasing the finalists' entries.

THE TEAM

Concept, experience design, menu design, culinary curation: Studio H

Food collaborators: Seven Colours Eatery, Yoraya Nydoo

DJs: Ready D, Kixi

Graphic design: Spook Design Co.

FOOD XX
CONCEPT
PUBLICITY

JAR EXXCHANGE

THE CLIENT

Decorex / FOOD XX / Studio H

THE BRIEF

Design a stand for Studio H at Decorex

THE RESULT

In a bid to celebrate women in food, we created an interactive jar swop initiative with donations that went to Ladles of Love, a feeding scheme in Cape Town. The food jar exchange contained donated preserved foods, personal stories and recipes. We wanted to show that a small gesture can make a big difference because donating one jar of food can help alleviate hunger in our immediate community.

The FOOD XX Jar Exxchange also paid homage to traditions of food preservation. For centuries, women have preserved food and their cultural heritage through the age-old tradition of canning, jamming and pickling.

The stand became an exchange hub where anyone – not just women – from all over the peninsula could come to swop a jar of their preserves with a card attached sharing the story and recipe of the food in the jar. Each donor received an empty jar, to keep paying the action forward.

We were overwhelmed by donations from brands such as Bergsoom Pure Foods, who donate 1 000 jars to the project.

THE TEAM

Photos: Paris Brummer

Styling: Juwan Beyers

JAR EXXCHANGE

THE CLIENT

Decorex / FOOD XX / Studio H

THE BRIEF

Design a stand for Studio H at Decorex

THE RESULT

In a bid to celebrate women in food, we created an interactive jar swop initiative with donations that went to Ladles of Love, a feeding scheme in Cape Town. The food jar exchange contained donated preserved foods, personal stories and recipes. We wanted to show that a small gesture can make a big difference because donating one jar of food can help alleviate hunger in our immediate community.

The FOOD XX Jar Exxchange also paid homage to traditions of food preservation. For centuries, women have preserved food and their cultural heritage through the age-old tradition of canning, jamming and pickling.

The stand became an exchange hub where anyone – not just women – from all over the peninsula could come to swop a jar of their preserves with a card attached sharing the story and recipe of the food in the jar. Each donor received an empty jar, to keep paying the action forward.

We were overwhelmed by donations from brands such as Bergsoom Pure Foods, who donate 1 000 jars to the project.

THE TEAM

Photos: Paris Brummer

Styling: Juwan Beyers

FOOD XX

FOOD XX WEEK

FOOD XX, founded by Studio H in 2018, is a movement dedicated to empowering and celebrating women in the food and drinks industry.What is FOOD XX WEEK?Because one day just isn't enough, we've expanded FOOD XX into a four-day programme of epic events and collaborations. FOOD XX WEEK offers an interactive opportunity to celebrate women-owned food & drinks businesses. It will also mark the launch of the FOOD XX City Guides - Studio H’s ever-growing directory of businesses and programmes that highlight women entrepreneurs.

The week culminates with the FOOD XX Market on 29 & 30 July at the Oranjezicht City Farm Market. This iconic (and woman-owned) weekend destination is putting their best femme forward by showcasing their incredible women entrepreneur network. Food enthusiasts can expect a feast for the senses, wine tastings, special menu collaborations, cooking demos, book signings and more. Check out the lineup below and on @fxxd_xx, and visit the socials of the various businesses listed for more info.

This calendar has been specially curated for FOOD XX WEEK and involve layers of collaboration between many businesses:



26 JULY: Preparty at Leo's Wine Bar x Mondvol Soet x Austen Gorden



27 JULY: Intimate book signing with Khanyisa Malabi at JAN Innovation Studio



27 JULY: 
Getting Bubbly! Genevieve MCC & Ever Peckish collaboration

27 JULY:

 Sepials Kitchen Workshop - Gochujang and (her famous) Korean Fried Chicken

28 JULY: Popup dinner with Chef Jenny Ward at Hope Distillery cocktail bar, StrangeLove


29 JULY:
 Utano Kitchen's Vegginista plant-focused cooking class at Makers Landing



29 JULY: Odd Plate Fundraising Lunch with NOSH at Oakfield Farm



29 JULY: Conversations and revival through food with Folio and Food I Love You

30 JULY: 
Beijing Opera takeover at Acid Wine Bar for Last Sunday Art Brunch celebration

30 JULY: Cocktails vs Food - A heritage-inspired feast at One Park


30 JULY: Book signing with Loubie Rusch at OZCF



30 JULY: Cake creative - build your own cake with The Velvet Cake Co



29 & 30 JULY: FOOD XX at OZCF Market - a spectacular culmination



FOOD XX WEEK

FOOD XX, founded by Studio H in 2018, is a movement dedicated to empowering and celebrating women in the food and drinks industry.What is FOOD XX WEEK?Because one day just isn't enough, we've expanded FOOD XX into a four-day programme of epic events and collaborations. FOOD XX WEEK offers an interactive opportunity to celebrate women-owned food & drinks businesses. It will also mark the launch of the FOOD XX City Guides - Studio H’s ever-growing directory of businesses and programmes that highlight women entrepreneurs.

The week culminates with the FOOD XX Market on 29 & 30 July at the Oranjezicht City Farm Market. This iconic (and woman-owned) weekend destination is putting their best femme forward by showcasing their incredible women entrepreneur network. Food enthusiasts can expect a feast for the senses, wine tastings, special menu collaborations, cooking demos, book signings and more. Check out the lineup below and on @fxxd_xx, and visit the socials of the various businesses listed for more info.

This calendar has been specially curated for FOOD XX WEEK and involve layers of collaboration between many businesses:



26 JULY: Preparty at Leo's Wine Bar x Mondvol Soet x Austen Gorden



27 JULY: Intimate book signing with Khanyisa Malabi at JAN Innovation Studio



27 JULY: 
Getting Bubbly! Genevieve MCC & Ever Peckish collaboration

27 JULY:

 Sepials Kitchen Workshop - Gochujang and (her famous) Korean Fried Chicken

28 JULY: Popup dinner with Chef Jenny Ward at Hope Distillery cocktail bar, StrangeLove


29 JULY:
 Utano Kitchen's Vegginista plant-focused cooking class at Makers Landing



29 JULY: Odd Plate Fundraising Lunch with NOSH at Oakfield Farm



29 JULY: Conversations and revival through food with Folio and Food I Love You

30 JULY: 
Beijing Opera takeover at Acid Wine Bar for Last Sunday Art Brunch celebration

30 JULY: Cocktails vs Food - A heritage-inspired feast at One Park


30 JULY: Book signing with Loubie Rusch at OZCF



30 JULY: Cake creative - build your own cake with The Velvet Cake Co



29 & 30 JULY: FOOD XX at OZCF Market - a spectacular culmination



EDUCATION
CONCEPT

KIDS FOOD CURRICULUM

THE CLIENT

V&A Waterfront Makers Landing

THE BRIEF

Develop a kids food curriculum

THE RESULT

We are thankful to collaborators like the V&A Waterfront and Makers Landing who are serious about positively impacting South Africa’s food system by investing in children’s culinary education. Showcased here is a food curriculum we developed for them, aimed at teaching kitchen basics to kids between the ages of 5 and 12 — from appreciating South African flavours to the health benefits of different foods, how kitchen equipment works, the science of baking and everything in between.

THE TEAM

Programme design and development: Studio H

Recipe development: Studio H

Research: Studio H

Copy and editing: Studio H

Graphic design: Casper Schutte, Spook Design

KIDS FOOD CURRICULUM

THE CLIENT

V&A Waterfront Makers Landing

THE BRIEF

Develop a kids food curriculum

THE RESULT

We are thankful to collaborators like the V&A Waterfront and Makers Landing who are serious about positively impacting South Africa’s food system by investing in children’s culinary education. Showcased here is a food curriculum we developed for them, aimed at teaching kitchen basics to kids between the ages of 5 and 12 — from appreciating South African flavours to the health benefits of different foods, how kitchen equipment works, the science of baking and everything in between.

THE TEAM

Programme design and development: Studio H

Recipe development: Studio H

Research: Studio H

Copy and editing: Studio H

Graphic design: Casper Schutte, Spook Design

EXPERIENCE DESIGN
FOOD DESIGN
READS

OUR 12th BIRTHDAY POPUP

By Holly Beaton

Studio H always has something intriguing in the works, and for their birthday celebration, they unveiled an extraordinary pop-up experience; characterised by their distinct attention to detail and generosity. On arrival, we were ushered into a room housing a dream realised for those of us who favour savoury delights as our first choice: a massive birthday cake adorned with hundreds of candles. Could I have ever imagined experiencing such a colossal cake, drawn from flavours inspired by South Africa's diverse culinary repertoire, and for it to be savoury nogal? The cake featured a half-half combination of 'braai snoek pâté terrine with apricot jam' and 'fior di latte layered braaibroodjie' with cream cheese icing – the perfect introduction for our palates of what was ahead.

Once guests had tucked into a piece of savoury cake, we were guided upstairs – to a dining space, where we were welcomed by a table-scape showcasing the colour-blocking, diversity of objects and proportions signature to Studio H’s bold design-vision. Guided by the number 12 dotted all over – from a stackable, 12-piece bread thread on a needle, to a centre piece in their signature primary colours of blue, red and yellow – with oversized tomatoes and edible menus hanging overhead – the centre-piece continued to delight us all as we uncovered each new, surprising detail.

This is Studio H’s liminal world of merging the fantastical with the realistic, the deliberate with the playful, and in collaboration with Chef Jen, the menu was an exploration rooted in the number 12, with time serving as the guiding principle. Each dish during their mindful dinner was temporally-rooted across technique, ingredient, and presentation – underpinned by the intangible force of nostalgia and ultimately; the joy and wonder that serves as the basis for all their endeavours.  

The culinary journey began with a reimagined ‘Salad Valley’, a throwback to the Waldorf salad – perennially refreshing and nostalgic. Featuring stacked baby gem lettuce leaves, 12-minute smoked grapes, 12-hour pickled apples, a 12-spice pecan nut crunch, alongside celeriac, celery, green beans, and a creamy dressing whipped up in just 12 seconds; served in diner-style baskets. Incredible.

Then, custom ‘KFC’ buckets arrived at the table – filled with NikNaks beer brined buttermilk fried chicken and chips, served with melrose sauce in wax sealed mini-pots; a throwback that centred one of the best snacks tucked into the memory-bank of every South African.  

Next, we were treated to a whiskey-glazed, pressed beef rib slow-cooked for a diligent 100 hours, accompanied by charred creamy corn and a tangy fermented carrot pickle. For this course, we were invited to use Githan Coopoo’s custom cutlery – silverware that had been moulded by the heft of clay, adding a weight to the eating experience which invited us to eat slowly, while the dish itself was served on Studio H’s Mindful Eating Plate by The Detailsmith, featuring cheeky anecdotes revealed with each mouthful; inviting each of our conscience to the fore.

For dessert, ‘Honey Honey’ was an homage to one of the most iconic ageing processes; cheese, an ingredient that gets better with the guiding hand of time. This course was a delightful gingerbread sourdough cookie sandwich filled with fynbos honey brûlée, with shaved 12-month-aged Klein River cheese and a honeycomb crunch.

With bellies full and conversations still rumbling, we were invited to return downstairs; to a communal 5-metre-long Moerkoffie swirl fudge, served with giant Koffie Cookies, coffee – and the option to take home tin-foil swans as mementos. Lasty, a delightful ‘Thyme For Bed’ palate cleanser – resting on wooden toothbrushes waited for us at the exit, with a dollop of thyme and lemon marshmallow tonic. A final, tart and herbaceous mouthful before heading home with our foil swans tucked under our arms.

Studio H gifted us, on their birthday – and I think this sums up the Studio’s essence. Each aspect of the experience was a demonstration of their instinctive understanding of food as a communal experience, in which the senses, memory and emotions work together to evoke new perspectives on how we can engage with the world around us. What will they dream up next? It's hard to conceive; but they’ll need more than another twelve years – to many, many more.

The menu and wine pairing

Course 1

Birthday cake: half-and-half (braai snoek pâte terrine with pickled apricot jam) + (fior di latte layered braaibroodjie) topped with cream cheese

Ambeloui MCC 2012

Course 2

Waldorf inspired stack salad, served inside an iceberg lettuce bowl, with 12 min smoked grapes, 12 hour pickled apple, 12 spice pecan nut crunch and 12 sec creamy dressing

Sijnn White 2012

A dozen micro Marmite crouton loaves, served with micro butter

Course 3

NikNaks bucket: NikNaks beer brined buttermilk fried chicken served with Melrose sauce

Course 4

Super slow beef: Aged 100-hour braised whisky/balsamic glazed beef rib with creamy corn and fermented carrot pickle

Crystallum Bona Fide 2012

Course 5

Honey, honey: Gingerbread sourdough cookie sandwich with fynbos honey brûlée, shaved 12 month Klein River cheese and honeycomb crunch

Course 6

Moerkoffie fudge: 5m long moerkoffie swirl fudge with oversized koffiekoekies

Thank you:

Mindful cutlery: Githan Coopoo

Mindful crockery: The Detailsmith

Birthday candles: Okra Candle

Chef: Jenny Ward

Kitchen Team: Fifi Kusotera, Kabelo Luhle Tala, Ntomboxolo Sidoda, Anake Ngagela

Studio H: JC Landman, Eviwe Qubelo

Event creative director: Nikki Symons

Photos: Daniela Zondagh

Music: Andy Aichison (A11)

Wine curation: Matthew Freemantle, Leo's

Birthday cake: Sweet LionHeart x Chef Jen

Fudge: Afrikoa

Butter: Cream of the Crop

Graphic design: Hoick

Concept: Hannerie Visser, JC Landman

CONTENT
TV PRODUCTION

MCSA S4 CHALLENGE PRODUCTION

THE CLIENT

Masterchef SA Season 4

THE BRIEF

Studio H was tasked to prepare contestants for the show during the two weeks leading up to production as well as with producing specialist challenges for the show.

MCSA S4 CHALLENGE PRODUCTION

THE CLIENT

Masterchef SA Season 4

THE BRIEF

Studio H was tasked to prepare contestants for the show during the two weeks leading up to production as well as with producing specialist challenges for the show.

CONCEPT
PRODUCTION
MEDIA DROPS

THE GREAT SOUTH AFRICAN BAKE OFF

THE CLIENT

Atmosphere for BBC Lifestyle

THE BRIEF

When Atmosphere Communications sent a brief with all our favourite things: 🎂 + 📺 + Siba = Bake Off!

THE RESULT

Ready Steady Bake!

THE TEAM

Casper Schutte, Spook Design Co. helped us turn Siba Mtongana and Paul Hartmann into iced cookies

Sweet Lionheart baked the cookies and curated the baking kits

Naeema Page, The Cookie Chef designed and iced the cookies of dreams (she also has the steadiest hands in the business)

THE GREAT SOUTH AFRICAN BAKE OFF

THE CLIENT

Atmosphere for BBC Lifestyle

THE BRIEF

When Atmosphere Communications sent a brief with all our favourite things: 🎂 + 📺 + Siba = Bake Off!

THE RESULT

Ready Steady Bake!

THE TEAM

Casper Schutte, Spook Design Co. helped us turn Siba Mtongana and Paul Hartmann into iced cookies

Sweet Lionheart baked the cookies and curated the baking kits

Naeema Page, The Cookie Chef designed and iced the cookies of dreams (she also has the steadiest hands in the business)

SPECULATIVE DESIGN

S/ZOUT

THE CLIENT

Embassy of Food, Dutch Design Week 2017, Curated by Marije Vogelzang

THE RESULT

A speculative project imagining the food system in a world where we have only sea water. This project was named by Dezeen as one of 10 most sustainable future foods at DDW 2017.

Following from the installation, Studio H hosted a number of waterless dinners, which imagined the future of food if the water used for agriculture was sea water. The menu included items like fried ostrich egg, strawberry camel milk ice cream and carrot fruit loops. Paired with this were water wise beverages, such as waterless cocktails and beer brewed with sea water.

S/ZOUT

THE CLIENT

Embassy of Food, Dutch Design Week 2017, Curated by Marije Vogelzang

THE RESULT

A speculative project imagining the food system in a world where we have only sea water. This project was named by Dezeen as one of 10 most sustainable future foods at DDW 2017.

Following from the installation, Studio H hosted a number of waterless dinners, which imagined the future of food if the water used for agriculture was sea water. The menu included items like fried ostrich egg, strawberry camel milk ice cream and carrot fruit loops. Paired with this were water wise beverages, such as waterless cocktails and beer brewed with sea water.

FUTURE FOOD

FUTURE FOOD FOR ANGLO AMERICAN

THE CLIENT

Anglo American

THE BRIEF

Create a disruptive future food-led activation.

THE RESULT

We baked over 1000 millet cookies to create millet milk tart sandwiches with 3D prints for the Anglo American Mining Indaba Gala Dinner. Let’s join forces in the International Year of Millets and discover the full potential of this ancient grain to feed the world and combat climate change.

Get the recipe.

THANK YOU

True North Events

FUTURE FOOD FOR ANGLO AMERICAN

THE CLIENT

Anglo American

THE BRIEF

Create a disruptive future food-led activation.

THE RESULT

We baked over 1000 millet cookies to create millet milk tart sandwiches with 3D prints for the Anglo American Mining Indaba Gala Dinner. Let’s join forces in the International Year of Millets and discover the full potential of this ancient grain to feed the world and combat climate change.

Get the recipe.

THANK YOU

True North Events

EXPERIENCE DESIGN
FOOD XX
MENU DESIGN

FOOD XX AWARDS BREAKFAST '22

At the 2022 Food XX Awards, we honoured a group of 19 women from across South Africa - and beyond - for their outstanding contributions to the food and hospitality industry. For this event, the Studio H team designed a neutral canvas that would represent our equality-themed Awards breakfast ceremony. We collaborated with some of our favourite women in food to produce the all-neutral breakfast spread of Wild Yeast edible sourdough cracker plates, Sweet LionHeart regal cakes (bright pink on the inside) and Studio H’s souttert cakes decorated by the SLH team with cream cheese frosting and gold glitter olives, soetkoekie forks and of course Krone Cap Classique to toast our winners.

THE TEAM

Programme MC: Khanya Mzongwana

Ayurvedic tea and meditation ceremony: Michele Mistry, Indikaap

Imphepho installation and intention setting: Ukutya

Keynote speech: Mmabatho Molefe, Emazulwini

Continental Connections: Anna Trapido

Thank you to our sponsors:

Event sponsor: Spekko Rice

Venue sponsor: Makers Landing

Awards sponsors: Spekko Rice, Krone, Nando's

Trophy plates: The Detailsmith

Publicity team: Ten X Collective

Social media team: Star Shongwe, Zanie Nxa

Production design: JC Landman

Culinary design: Juwan Beyers

Photos: Daniela Zondagh

Floral design: Mr Munro

FOOD XX AWARDS BREAKFAST '22

At the 2022 Food XX Awards, we honoured a group of 19 women from across South Africa - and beyond - for their outstanding contributions to the food and hospitality industry. For this event, the Studio H team designed a neutral canvas that would represent our equality-themed Awards breakfast ceremony. We collaborated with some of our favourite women in food to produce the all-neutral breakfast spread of Wild Yeast edible sourdough cracker plates, Sweet LionHeart regal cakes (bright pink on the inside) and Studio H’s souttert cakes decorated by the SLH team with cream cheese frosting and gold glitter olives, soetkoekie forks and of course Krone Cap Classique to toast our winners.

THE TEAM

Programme MC: Khanya Mzongwana

Ayurvedic tea and meditation ceremony: Michele Mistry, Indikaap

Imphepho installation and intention setting: Ukutya

Keynote speech: Mmabatho Molefe, Emazulwini

Continental Connections: Anna Trapido

Thank you to our sponsors:

Event sponsor: Spekko Rice

Venue sponsor: Makers Landing

Awards sponsors: Spekko Rice, Krone, Nando's

Trophy plates: The Detailsmith

Publicity team: Ten X Collective

Social media team: Star Shongwe, Zanie Nxa

Production design: JC Landman

Culinary design: Juwan Beyers

Photos: Daniela Zondagh

Floral design: Mr Munro

PRESENTATION

CORPORATE PRESENTATIONS / IMMERSIONS

We do in-depth trend and/or flavour presentations based on the reports that we publish. A recent presentation included a flavour immersion presentation to the global staff component of a FMCG foods business. The presentation would include a synopsis of the relevant report(s), designed specifically to the businesses' brands and objectives. 

CORPORATE PRESENTATIONS / IMMERSIONS

We do in-depth trend and/or flavour presentations based on the reports that we publish. A recent presentation included a flavour immersion presentation to the global staff component of a FMCG foods business. The presentation would include a synopsis of the relevant report(s), designed specifically to the businesses' brands and objectives. 

CONCEPT
EXPERIENCE DESIGN
MENU DESIGN

CAESARSTONE SDC

THE CLIENT

Caesarstone

THE BRIEF

Design a dinner and awards ceremony for the annual Caesarstone Student Designer Competition that ties into the theme ‘From the Ashes We Rise’, a re-imagining and rebuilding of the home of the South African democracy, the National Assembly, that was destroyed in a fire.

THE RESULT

We conceptualised an interactive dinner experience and awards ceremony that truly encapsulated the theme. This inspired live charcoal illustration, a fynbos-infused and fire-cooked meal and an interactive flower installation.

THE TEAM

Concept, experience design, menu design, culinary curation: Studio H

Flower installation: Mr Munro

Interactive food installation collaborators: Wild Yeast, The Bread Bar , Charm’s Kitchen, Pienaar and Son, Ukhamba Beerworx

Pre-dessert performance collaborator: Mondvol Soet

Main course and dessert: Eike by Bertus Basson

Live illustration: Spook Design Co, Little Latsky

Photography: Daniela Zondagh

CAESARSTONE SDC

THE CLIENT

Caesarstone

THE BRIEF

Design a dinner and awards ceremony for the annual Caesarstone Student Designer Competition that ties into the theme ‘From the Ashes We Rise’, a re-imagining and rebuilding of the home of the South African democracy, the National Assembly, that was destroyed in a fire.

THE RESULT

We conceptualised an interactive dinner experience and awards ceremony that truly encapsulated the theme. This inspired live charcoal illustration, a fynbos-infused and fire-cooked meal and an interactive flower installation.

THE TEAM

Concept, experience design, menu design, culinary curation: Studio H

Flower installation: Mr Munro

Interactive food installation collaborators: Wild Yeast, The Bread Bar , Charm’s Kitchen, Pienaar and Son, Ukhamba Beerworx

Pre-dessert performance collaborator: Mondvol Soet

Main course and dessert: Eike by Bertus Basson

Live illustration: Spook Design Co, Little Latsky

Photography: Daniela Zondagh

SENSORY DESIGN
FUTURE FOOD

RE-MEMBER CHAIR

“Re-member” is our sustainable chair submission for the Decorex chari design project. A repurposed garden chair coated with precious millet flour and hand stitched millet-stuffed pillow in reused kitchen vacuum bag. Giving back millet its seat at the table.  

Chair design: Juwan Beyers

RE-MEMBER CHAIR

“Re-member” is our sustainable chair submission for the Decorex chari design project. A repurposed garden chair coated with precious millet flour and hand stitched millet-stuffed pillow in reused kitchen vacuum bag. Giving back millet its seat at the table.  

Chair design: Juwan Beyers

RECIPES

SHALLOT AND APPLE CHUTNEY

Ingredients

  • 1 kg Dutoit shallots
  • 1 kg Granny Smith apples
  • 20 ml dried thyme
  • 900 ml white wine vinegar
  • 500 g brown sugar
  • 200 g sultanas
  • 10 ml salt
  • 5 ml crushed black pepper

Method

  • Peel and thinly slice the shallots. 
  • Peel and evenly dice the apples. 
  • Add all the ingredients into a large pot and allow to cook at a low heat until caramlised. 
  • The chutney is ready when all the liquid has evaporated and the mixture is a light caramel colour. 
  • Place into a glass jar with a sealed lid. Store in the fridge for at least one week before using. 
  • This chutney can last in the refrigerator for at least six months.

Developed in collaboration with Dutoit, available from our Birthday Shop.

SHALLOT AND APPLE CHUTNEY

Ingredients

  • 1 kg Dutoit shallots
  • 1 kg Granny Smith apples
  • 20 ml dried thyme
  • 900 ml white wine vinegar
  • 500 g brown sugar
  • 200 g sultanas
  • 10 ml salt
  • 5 ml crushed black pepper

Method

  • Peel and thinly slice the shallots. 
  • Peel and evenly dice the apples. 
  • Add all the ingredients into a large pot and allow to cook at a low heat until caramlised. 
  • The chutney is ready when all the liquid has evaporated and the mixture is a light caramel colour. 
  • Place into a glass jar with a sealed lid. Store in the fridge for at least one week before using. 
  • This chutney can last in the refrigerator for at least six months.

Developed in collaboration with Dutoit, available from our Birthday Shop.

FOOD XX
FOOD DESIGN
ART

MR MUNRO FLOWERS x FOOD XX WEEK

THE BRIEF

Design and create the most spectacular edible sculptures for FOOD XX Week and our Oranjezicht City Farm takeover weekend.

THE RESULT

Breathtaking edible art that exceeded our expectations and wowed the crowds!

Florist: Cameron Munro, Mr Munro Flowers and Tina Cloete, Tina's Floristry

Photos: Christopher James Chandler

MR MUNRO FLOWERS x FOOD XX WEEK

THE BRIEF

Design and create the most spectacular edible sculptures for FOOD XX Week and our Oranjezicht City Farm takeover weekend.

THE RESULT

Breathtaking edible art that exceeded our expectations and wowed the crowds!

Florist: Cameron Munro, Mr Munro Flowers and Tina Cloete, Tina's Floristry

Photos: Christopher James Chandler

REPORT

MILLETS REPORT

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations declared 2023 the International Year of Millets (IYM 2023). Millet, an ancient grain, is indigenous to South Africa, and has the potential to play a major role in addressing climate change and food security. The Millets Report includes articles by many experts; from nutritional benefits by Mpho Tshukudu, recipes by Khanya Mzongwana and Tapiwa Guzha, to a humorous column by Dr Anna Trapido, a manifesto for the Sorghum Agenda by Zandile Finxa and a personal essay by Mokgadi Itsweng.

THE TEAM

Contributors: Khanya Mzongwana, Tapiwa Guzha, Mpho Tshukudu, Mokgadi Itsweng, Zandile Finxa, Dr Anna Trapido, Lynette Botha

Copy editing: Lynette Botha, JC Landman

Table scapes in millet flour: Hendrik Coetzee

Recipe styling: Khanya Mzongwana

Millet photos styling: Juwan Beyers

Photos: Daniela Zondagh

MILLETS REPORT

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations declared 2023 the International Year of Millets (IYM 2023). Millet, an ancient grain, is indigenous to South Africa, and has the potential to play a major role in addressing climate change and food security. The Millets Report includes articles by many experts; from nutritional benefits by Mpho Tshukudu, recipes by Khanya Mzongwana and Tapiwa Guzha, to a humorous column by Dr Anna Trapido, a manifesto for the Sorghum Agenda by Zandile Finxa and a personal essay by Mokgadi Itsweng.

THE TEAM

Contributors: Khanya Mzongwana, Tapiwa Guzha, Mpho Tshukudu, Mokgadi Itsweng, Zandile Finxa, Dr Anna Trapido, Lynette Botha

Copy editing: Lynette Botha, JC Landman

Table scapes in millet flour: Hendrik Coetzee

Recipe styling: Khanya Mzongwana

Millet photos styling: Juwan Beyers

Photos: Daniela Zondagh

3D FOOD PRINTING
FOOD DESIGN
MENU DESIGN

PEDERSEN + LENNARD DWC

THE CLIENT

Pedersen + Lennard

THE BRIEF

Conceptualise and prepare a lunch menu for a team of designers participating in the Design Week Challenge with a focus on sustainability, recycling and/or up-cycling that captures the essence of collaboration.

THE RESULT

STARTER

3D-printed food waste dip served with ‘plastic’ veggie chips and crackers.

MAINS

Collaborative Sosatie: We asked the design team a few fun questions prior to the event to help us create giant sosaties that represent everyone’s favourite ingredients and flavours — one of the highlights included goat meat. These were braaied on site to perfection by Chef Thabisho Sechogela.

Cricket Flour Irostile: Larger-than-usual irostile infused with cricket flour accompanied by cultured butter.

Shake and Rake Salad: Inspired by Fluxus artist Alison Knowles, we recreated her performance ‘Make A Salad’ which was first performed back in 1962. We got the design team involved and hands-on in ‘shaking’ and ‘raking’ (again) a larger-than-life coleslaw.

DESSERT

DIY Trifle: A next gen dessert giving new life to cake off-cuts donated by our baker friends from Crumb Boutique Bakery and Sweet Lion Heart.

DRINK

G&Sea: In collaboration with Pienaar & Son, a reimagined gin and seawater sourced right from the Atlantic Ocean.

THE TEAM

Studio H

Chef: Thabisho Sechogela

G&Sea: Pienaar & Son

iRostile: Ou Meul Botrivier

Cultured Butter: Cream of the Crop

Cake Offcuts: Crumb Boutique Bakery and Sweet Lionheart

Photos: Samuel Jordan @samsamsamesam

Thank you Pedersen + Lennard for the inspiring brief and the opportunity to work with your incredible team!

PEDERSEN + LENNARD DWC

THE CLIENT

Pedersen + Lennard

THE BRIEF

Conceptualise and prepare a lunch menu for a team of designers participating in the Design Week Challenge with a focus on sustainability, recycling and/or up-cycling that captures the essence of collaboration.

THE RESULT

STARTER

3D-printed food waste dip served with ‘plastic’ veggie chips and crackers.

MAINS

Collaborative Sosatie: We asked the design team a few fun questions prior to the event to help us create giant sosaties that represent everyone’s favourite ingredients and flavours — one of the highlights included goat meat. These were braaied on site to perfection by Chef Thabisho Sechogela.

Cricket Flour Irostile: Larger-than-usual irostile infused with cricket flour accompanied by cultured butter.

Shake and Rake Salad: Inspired by Fluxus artist Alison Knowles, we recreated her performance ‘Make A Salad’ which was first performed back in 1962. We got the design team involved and hands-on in ‘shaking’ and ‘raking’ (again) a larger-than-life coleslaw.

DESSERT

DIY Trifle: A next gen dessert giving new life to cake off-cuts donated by our baker friends from Crumb Boutique Bakery and Sweet Lion Heart.

DRINK

G&Sea: In collaboration with Pienaar & Son, a reimagined gin and seawater sourced right from the Atlantic Ocean.

THE TEAM

Studio H

Chef: Thabisho Sechogela

G&Sea: Pienaar & Son

iRostile: Ou Meul Botrivier

Cultured Butter: Cream of the Crop

Cake Offcuts: Crumb Boutique Bakery and Sweet Lionheart

Photos: Samuel Jordan @samsamsamesam

Thank you Pedersen + Lennard for the inspiring brief and the opportunity to work with your incredible team!

CONTENT
EDUCATION

KIDS FOOD STUDIO

In a world where teaching healthy eating habits and responsible food choices to children has become more crucial than ever, we are thrilled to announce the launch of our Kids Food Studio digital recipe and activity book. This innovative and engaging document is designed to empower children aged 5 to 12, with essential skills and knowledge (from kitchen basics to the food rainbow), allowing them to foster a positive bond with food from an early age.

Kids Food Studio is more than just a resource; it's a dynamic experience that takes young learners on a food adventure.

Buy the little KIDS FOOD STUDIO recipe and activity book.

Recipes: Rowan Hackley, Kabelo Tala, Juwan Beyers

Graphic design: Casper Schutte

KIDS FOOD STUDIO

In a world where teaching healthy eating habits and responsible food choices to children has become more crucial than ever, we are thrilled to announce the launch of our Kids Food Studio digital recipe and activity book. This innovative and engaging document is designed to empower children aged 5 to 12, with essential skills and knowledge (from kitchen basics to the food rainbow), allowing them to foster a positive bond with food from an early age.

Kids Food Studio is more than just a resource; it's a dynamic experience that takes young learners on a food adventure.

Buy the little KIDS FOOD STUDIO recipe and activity book.

Recipes: Rowan Hackley, Kabelo Tala, Juwan Beyers

Graphic design: Casper Schutte

INSTALLATION
PRODUCTION

MOËT & CHANDON GOLDEN TREE

THE CLIENT

Moët & Chandon

THE BRIEF

Studio H has been the lead agency on the Moët & Chandon Golden Tree project for a number of years, driving the structure design and launch events.

THE RESULT

In 2017, 2018 and 2019 the tree consisted of 1680 empty champagne bottles that were collected from across the country and carefully re-used to make a 10-meter-high tree by 15 people over 17 days. 15 300 LED lights were used in 26 concentric rows to create the light.

Most recently, in 2021, a new tree design was launched at Nelson Mandela Square. It was an evening as memorable as it was celebratory in the City of Gold, as Moët & Chandon brought its unique savoir-fête to open South Africa’s festive season in style at the Moët & Chandon Golden Tree opening celebration at Tang Restaurant, attended by the country’s leading celebrities and dignitaries.

Festivities began with a musical performance by SAMA winning artist Simmy who entertained guests with her hit song Sonini. As is custom, Moët & Chandon included iconic South Africans in the experience – this year with Zozibini Tunzi, global humanitarian and Miss Universe 2019, alongside SA cricket captain Temba Bavuma. Black Coffee’s brilliant surprise performance ended the evening with an atmosphere few will forget.

The new Moët & Chandon Golden Tree, poised to offer perfect golden reflections of the Sandton skyline, is a sight to behold. Golden baubles adorn the tree’s gleaming metal exterior, while (for the first time) the interior opens to offer guests a truly immersive experience. Expect a show-stopping chandelier, crafted from 1,400 Moët & Chandon bottles, hanging delicately over a custom-designed champagne cork floor.

THE TEAM

Concept: Studio H

Architect: Stephen Hitchcock, Stretch Architects

Studio H: Hannerie Visser, JC Landman, Hendrik Coetzee, Elena Schutte

Styling: Klara van Wyngaarden

Logistics: Dirkie van der Merwe, Henk van der Schyf

Reveal moment: Tiaan Schutte

Venues: TANG Sandton, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City Mall

Staffing: Holla’

Travel: JetSet-Go

MOËT & CHANDON GOLDEN TREE

THE CLIENT

Moët & Chandon

THE BRIEF

Studio H has been the lead agency on the Moët & Chandon Golden Tree project for a number of years, driving the structure design and launch events.

THE RESULT

In 2017, 2018 and 2019 the tree consisted of 1680 empty champagne bottles that were collected from across the country and carefully re-used to make a 10-meter-high tree by 15 people over 17 days. 15 300 LED lights were used in 26 concentric rows to create the light.

Most recently, in 2021, a new tree design was launched at Nelson Mandela Square. It was an evening as memorable as it was celebratory in the City of Gold, as Moët & Chandon brought its unique savoir-fête to open South Africa’s festive season in style at the Moët & Chandon Golden Tree opening celebration at Tang Restaurant, attended by the country’s leading celebrities and dignitaries.

Festivities began with a musical performance by SAMA winning artist Simmy who entertained guests with her hit song Sonini. As is custom, Moët & Chandon included iconic South Africans in the experience – this year with Zozibini Tunzi, global humanitarian and Miss Universe 2019, alongside SA cricket captain Temba Bavuma. Black Coffee’s brilliant surprise performance ended the evening with an atmosphere few will forget.

The new Moët & Chandon Golden Tree, poised to offer perfect golden reflections of the Sandton skyline, is a sight to behold. Golden baubles adorn the tree’s gleaming metal exterior, while (for the first time) the interior opens to offer guests a truly immersive experience. Expect a show-stopping chandelier, crafted from 1,400 Moët & Chandon bottles, hanging delicately over a custom-designed champagne cork floor.

THE TEAM

Concept: Studio H

Architect: Stephen Hitchcock, Stretch Architects

Studio H: Hannerie Visser, JC Landman, Hendrik Coetzee, Elena Schutte

Styling: Klara van Wyngaarden

Logistics: Dirkie van der Merwe, Henk van der Schyf

Reveal moment: Tiaan Schutte

Venues: TANG Sandton, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City Mall

Staffing: Holla’

Travel: JetSet-Go

MENU DESIGN
FOOD DESIGN
FOOD STYLING

SPOTIFY CULINARY LEAD

THE CLIENT

Mamakashaka for Spotify Africa

THE BRIEF

Take the culinary lead for the Spotify Greasy Tunes Popup.

THE RESULT

Our studio was commissioned by Mamakashaka to be the culinary lead for the Spotify Greasy Tunes Popup that runs in Braam for the month of July. We designed the menu, set up the kitchen and are in charge of the daily food service in collaboration with Chef Luyanda Sogiba from Lish Foods. We assisted BCKRDS, who designed the CI for the project, to style the food for their campaign shoot.

THE TEAM

Menu design: Studio H

Food designer: Juwan Beyers, Studio H

Culinary execution: Jenny Ward, Luyanda Sogiba

CI design: BCKRDS

Creative Director: Wade Moonsamy

Lead agency: Mamakashaka

Project manager: Siba Mosana

Food prep for shoot: Food I Love You, Studio H

Photographer: André Badenhorst

Studio H Project managers: JC Landman, Angelique Smith

SPOTIFY CULINARY LEAD

THE CLIENT

Mamakashaka for Spotify Africa

THE BRIEF

Take the culinary lead for the Spotify Greasy Tunes Popup.

THE RESULT

Our studio was commissioned by Mamakashaka to be the culinary lead for the Spotify Greasy Tunes Popup that runs in Braam for the month of July. We designed the menu, set up the kitchen and are in charge of the daily food service in collaboration with Chef Luyanda Sogiba from Lish Foods. We assisted BCKRDS, who designed the CI for the project, to style the food for their campaign shoot.

THE TEAM

Menu design: Studio H

Food designer: Juwan Beyers, Studio H

Culinary execution: Jenny Ward, Luyanda Sogiba

CI design: BCKRDS

Creative Director: Wade Moonsamy

Lead agency: Mamakashaka

Project manager: Siba Mosana

Food prep for shoot: Food I Love You, Studio H

Photographer: André Badenhorst

Studio H Project managers: JC Landman, Angelique Smith

INSTALLATION
ART

VISNETTEN

THE WORK

My work "Visnetten” was on show at in The Hague until the end of January 2022 as part of the show “Food For Thought” curated by Diana Wind. Recipe cards attached to embroidered fishing nets tell the story of a broken food system and the invisible people, often women, in that system. Visitors are encouraged to remove the cards with family recipes to expose the embroidery. Also on exhibition is my grandmother and great grandmother’s recipe book that’s been in our family for more than 100 years. Fishing net bags made by Weskusmandjie were for sale in the museum shop.

THANK YOU

This project could not have been possible without: Hilda Adams and the women whose story inspired this work.

Embroidery by Keiskamma Art Project: Veronica Betani, Nombulelo Paliso, Bonelwa Paliso, Setyenzwa Mangwana, Esethu Makubalo, Nokuzola Mvaphants, Thabisa Gusha, Fikiswa Madlingozi, Sanela Maxengana

Graphic design: Casper Schutte

Special thanks to: Michaela Howse, Tracy Lee Lynch, Hendrik Coetzee

Museum Rijswijk: DianaArnault, Astrid, Anneke and the rest of the most wonderful, helpful and passionate team of people.

VISNETTEN

THE WORK

My work "Visnetten” was on show at in The Hague until the end of January 2022 as part of the show “Food For Thought” curated by Diana Wind. Recipe cards attached to embroidered fishing nets tell the story of a broken food system and the invisible people, often women, in that system. Visitors are encouraged to remove the cards with family recipes to expose the embroidery. Also on exhibition is my grandmother and great grandmother’s recipe book that’s been in our family for more than 100 years. Fishing net bags made by Weskusmandjie were for sale in the museum shop.

THANK YOU

This project could not have been possible without: Hilda Adams and the women whose story inspired this work.

Embroidery by Keiskamma Art Project: Veronica Betani, Nombulelo Paliso, Bonelwa Paliso, Setyenzwa Mangwana, Esethu Makubalo, Nokuzola Mvaphants, Thabisa Gusha, Fikiswa Madlingozi, Sanela Maxengana

Graphic design: Casper Schutte

Special thanks to: Michaela Howse, Tracy Lee Lynch, Hendrik Coetzee

Museum Rijswijk: DianaArnault, Astrid, Anneke and the rest of the most wonderful, helpful and passionate team of people.

MEDIA DROPS

DON JULIO MEDIA DROP

THE CLIENT

Orchard on 25 for Don Julio South Africa

THE BRIEF

In celebration of World Tequila Month, we were tasked with crafting special media drops for Don Julio.

THE RESULT

Delivery of time-sensitive Man in the Hat ice sculptures with a hidden message inside and beautifully crafted tequila box & goodies.

THE TEAM

Studio H

DON JULIO MEDIA DROP

THE CLIENT

Orchard on 25 for Don Julio South Africa

THE BRIEF

In celebration of World Tequila Month, we were tasked with crafting special media drops for Don Julio.

THE RESULT

Delivery of time-sensitive Man in the Hat ice sculptures with a hidden message inside and beautifully crafted tequila box & goodies.

THE TEAM

Studio H

CURATION

MAKERS LANDING

THE CLIENT

V&A Waterfront

THE BRIEF

Lead curator, Makers Landing

THE RESULT

Hannerie was the inaugural lead curator and designer of this purpose-driven space that supports job creation and skills development, a space that champions small businesses and facilitates skills-sharing between credible food experts and budding entrepreneurs. Studio H is still part of the mentorship programme for tenants at Makers Landing, whereby our studio assists food entrepreneurs to scale their businesses.

THE TEAM

Photo: Ashleigh Frans

MAKERS LANDING

THE CLIENT

V&A Waterfront

THE BRIEF

Lead curator, Makers Landing

THE RESULT

Hannerie was the inaugural lead curator and designer of this purpose-driven space that supports job creation and skills development, a space that champions small businesses and facilitates skills-sharing between credible food experts and budding entrepreneurs. Studio H is still part of the mentorship programme for tenants at Makers Landing, whereby our studio assists food entrepreneurs to scale their businesses.

THE TEAM

Photo: Ashleigh Frans

REPORT

100+ FLAVOURS REPORT

100+ Flavours is a report of South Africa’s iconic ingredients, recipes, cooking methods and culinary tools. It showcases the overlapping influences – ancient and modern, urban and rural – that have created regional and cultural variations on shared themes – vetkoek meets magwinya, tšhotlo fuses with fynvleis, and bunny chows become kota and spathlos. The report highlights – in a comprehensive yet easy-to-understand way – the major impact that the ravages of colonialism, apartheid, poverty and dispossession have had on who consumes what, where and how often in South Africa. It also draws attention to the insightful social, economic, political, and psychological local stories that are infused into every spoon of soured sorghum ting and each bite of biltong. There is a tale to be told through every mouthful of mebos and each crunch of madzhulu termites. And there are ancestral acknowledgements in every sip of amasi, boegoebrandewyn and umqombothi.

THE TEAM

Concept: Studio H

Copy and research: Dr Anna Trapido

Copy editing, publishing: Hannerie Visser, JC Landman

Styling: Juwan Beyers

Photography: Ashleigh Frans, Daniela Zondagh

Graphic Design: Hoick

100+ FLAVOURS REPORT

100+ Flavours is a report of South Africa’s iconic ingredients, recipes, cooking methods and culinary tools. It showcases the overlapping influences – ancient and modern, urban and rural – that have created regional and cultural variations on shared themes – vetkoek meets magwinya, tšhotlo fuses with fynvleis, and bunny chows become kota and spathlos. The report highlights – in a comprehensive yet easy-to-understand way – the major impact that the ravages of colonialism, apartheid, poverty and dispossession have had on who consumes what, where and how often in South Africa. It also draws attention to the insightful social, economic, political, and psychological local stories that are infused into every spoon of soured sorghum ting and each bite of biltong. There is a tale to be told through every mouthful of mebos and each crunch of madzhulu termites. And there are ancestral acknowledgements in every sip of amasi, boegoebrandewyn and umqombothi.

THE TEAM

Concept: Studio H

Copy and research: Dr Anna Trapido

Copy editing, publishing: Hannerie Visser, JC Landman

Styling: Juwan Beyers

Photography: Ashleigh Frans, Daniela Zondagh

Graphic Design: Hoick

STILLS PHOTOGRAPHY
VIDEO PRODUCTION
RECIPE DEVELOPMENT

#PERiTricks CONTENT

THE CLIENT

Nando's

THE BRIEF

Create a series of content for Nando's social channels (stills and video) amplifying the launch of two new Nando's Bag 'n Bake flavours.

THE RESULT

In tandem with the launch of the Nando's #PERiTricks activation, Studio H produced content (stills and video) to support the launch of the two new Bag 'n Bake flavours. Content was published across Nando's social channels (Youtube shorts, Tiktok, Instagram, brand website) with a range of digital and IRL recipe cards. Aimed at a younger demographic, we added some non-traditional ways of cooking, should you not have access to a full kitchen as a student. Aligned with the brand's deep South African roots, all recipes celebrate local flavours, with recipe names giving a nod to iconic pop culture moments.

Some of the recipes featured are "Private Skool Skopas" (a play on Rice Krispies treats) made in a tumble dryer, "A Boerie is a plan" made with a steam iron, "iMover and Shaker", a shake-shake slaw recipe made by shaking ingredients in the Bag 'n Bake bag.

THE TEAM

Concept and production: Studio H

Recipe development: Studio H, Keletso Motau, Strone Henry

Recipe styling: Keletso Motau

Videos: Yellow Brick Media

Stills photography: Daniela Zondagh

#PERiTricks CONTENT

THE CLIENT

Nando's

THE BRIEF

Create a series of content for Nando's social channels (stills and video) amplifying the launch of two new Nando's Bag 'n Bake flavours.

THE RESULT

In tandem with the launch of the Nando's #PERiTricks activation, Studio H produced content (stills and video) to support the launch of the two new Bag 'n Bake flavours. Content was published across Nando's social channels (Youtube shorts, Tiktok, Instagram, brand website) with a range of digital and IRL recipe cards. Aimed at a younger demographic, we added some non-traditional ways of cooking, should you not have access to a full kitchen as a student. Aligned with the brand's deep South African roots, all recipes celebrate local flavours, with recipe names giving a nod to iconic pop culture moments.

Some of the recipes featured are "Private Skool Skopas" (a play on Rice Krispies treats) made in a tumble dryer, "A Boerie is a plan" made with a steam iron, "iMover and Shaker", a shake-shake slaw recipe made by shaking ingredients in the Bag 'n Bake bag.

THE TEAM

Concept and production: Studio H

Recipe development: Studio H, Keletso Motau, Strone Henry

Recipe styling: Keletso Motau

Videos: Yellow Brick Media

Stills photography: Daniela Zondagh

STILLS PHOTOGRAPHY
CONTENT
FOOD STYLING

CONTENT CREATION FOR THE NINES

THE CLIENT

Kove Collection

THE BRIEF

Shoot content to launch the new restaurant's menu offering on their website and social media platforms.

THE RESULT

Menu items shot against moody restaurant interior backdrop.

THE TEAM

Styling: Juwan Beyers, Studio H

Photos: Daniela Zondagh

CONTENT CREATION FOR THE NINES

THE CLIENT

Kove Collection

THE BRIEF

Shoot content to launch the new restaurant's menu offering on their website and social media platforms.

THE RESULT

Menu items shot against moody restaurant interior backdrop.

THE TEAM

Styling: Juwan Beyers, Studio H

Photos: Daniela Zondagh

LAB

SONIC SEASONING

Sonic seasoning is one of our favourite tools when designing experiences. The term “sonic seasoning” refers to the deliberate matching, or pairing, of sound/music with taste/flavour in order to enhance, or modify, the multisensory tasting experience.

Photos: Alix-Rose Cowie, Jade Ruijzenaars

SONIC SEASONING

Sonic seasoning is one of our favourite tools when designing experiences. The term “sonic seasoning” refers to the deliberate matching, or pairing, of sound/music with taste/flavour in order to enhance, or modify, the multisensory tasting experience.

Photos: Alix-Rose Cowie, Jade Ruijzenaars

CONCEPT
EXPERIENCE DESIGN
PRODUCTION

NANDO'S #PERiTricks

THE CLIENT

Nando’s

THE BRIEF

Conceptualise a strategy that would celebrate the launch of two new Nando's Bag ‘n Bake flavours.

THE RESULT

The new flavours have inspired a selection of #PERiTricks recipes that puts a fresh spin on some of South Africa’s favourite foods and ingredients. And as part of the launch, customers got to discover these recipe tricks at a  popup in Braamfontein. Think super fun recipes made in a tumble dryer, air fryer or even with an iron.

As the lead creative agency on the product launch, Studio H was responsible for creating and managing the concept, developing the recipes and directing and producing the recipe video content for the project. The studio collaborated with some of the finest local talent to make this project come to life.

This project was shortlisted for the Loeries Awards 2023. See here.

THE TEAM

Concept and production: Studio H

Architect: Stretch Architects

Pattern design: Bonolo Chepape, Lulasclan

Video: Yellow Brick Media

Setbuilding: JMC

Culinary support team: Prue Leith Chefs

Location: 99 Juta

Graphic design: Spook Design Co., Sisanda Nxumalo

Interior photography: Marijke Willems

NANDO'S #PERiTricks

THE CLIENT

Nando’s

THE BRIEF

Conceptualise a strategy that would celebrate the launch of two new Nando's Bag ‘n Bake flavours.

THE RESULT

The new flavours have inspired a selection of #PERiTricks recipes that puts a fresh spin on some of South Africa’s favourite foods and ingredients. And as part of the launch, customers got to discover these recipe tricks at a  popup in Braamfontein. Think super fun recipes made in a tumble dryer, air fryer or even with an iron.

As the lead creative agency on the product launch, Studio H was responsible for creating and managing the concept, developing the recipes and directing and producing the recipe video content for the project. The studio collaborated with some of the finest local talent to make this project come to life.

This project was shortlisted for the Loeries Awards 2023. See here.

THE TEAM

Concept and production: Studio H

Architect: Stretch Architects

Pattern design: Bonolo Chepape, Lulasclan

Video: Yellow Brick Media

Setbuilding: JMC

Culinary support team: Prue Leith Chefs

Location: 99 Juta

Graphic design: Spook Design Co., Sisanda Nxumalo

Interior photography: Marijke Willems

CURATION
MENTORSHIP

AFRICAN COFFEE EXPO

THE CLIENT

V&A Waterfront

THE BRIEF

Create a brand-led activation for Moses Coffee at Makers Landing.

THE RESULT

Studio H assisted and mentored the curation of the inaugural African Coffee Expo by Moses Coffee. At this one-day expo and celebration of the best in African Coffee, attendees had the opportunity to interact with local coffee experts and equipment suppliers through expo stands and interactive workshops, while enjoying great coffee, food and beverage pairings and live music.

THE TEAM

Festival curation: Moses Lebofa

Festival prodution: JC Landman

Photos: Ashleigh Frans

AFRICAN COFFEE EXPO

THE CLIENT

V&A Waterfront

THE BRIEF

Create a brand-led activation for Moses Coffee at Makers Landing.

THE RESULT

Studio H assisted and mentored the curation of the inaugural African Coffee Expo by Moses Coffee. At this one-day expo and celebration of the best in African Coffee, attendees had the opportunity to interact with local coffee experts and equipment suppliers through expo stands and interactive workshops, while enjoying great coffee, food and beverage pairings and live music.

THE TEAM

Festival curation: Moses Lebofa

Festival prodution: JC Landman

Photos: Ashleigh Frans

3D FOOD PRINTING
FUTURE FOOD

META FUTURE FOOD DINNER

THE CLIENT

Meta Creators Dinner

THE BRIEF

Design a future food menu for the Meta Creators Dinner

THE RESULT

The starters were personalised 3D printed vegan schmear designs, based on questionnaires completed by guests before the event. Each guest received a URL version of their IRL 3D print.

The main course was a flexitarian dish with vegetables as the star and the meat as a side dish. The harissa-grilled cauliflower steak, caramelised cauliflower puree, smoked cep velouté and crispy kale was infused with rosemary smoke, served with a side of lamb noisette and lamb jus.

We intentionally designed dessert with overtly bitter notes – a fynbos soufflé with a juniper and grapefruit ice cream and grapefruit gin digestif. Guests could then sonically season their desserts to make it taste sweeter by listening to the soundtrack supplied.

THE TEAM

Commissioned by Clockwork Media

Vegan schmear: Amma’s Creamery

Ugly gin: Pienaar & Son

Graphic design: Spook Design Co.

META FUTURE FOOD DINNER

THE CLIENT

Meta Creators Dinner

THE BRIEF

Design a future food menu for the Meta Creators Dinner

THE RESULT

The starters were personalised 3D printed vegan schmear designs, based on questionnaires completed by guests before the event. Each guest received a URL version of their IRL 3D print.

The main course was a flexitarian dish with vegetables as the star and the meat as a side dish. The harissa-grilled cauliflower steak, caramelised cauliflower puree, smoked cep velouté and crispy kale was infused with rosemary smoke, served with a side of lamb noisette and lamb jus.

We intentionally designed dessert with overtly bitter notes – a fynbos soufflé with a juniper and grapefruit ice cream and grapefruit gin digestif. Guests could then sonically season their desserts to make it taste sweeter by listening to the soundtrack supplied.

THE TEAM

Commissioned by Clockwork Media

Vegan schmear: Amma’s Creamery

Ugly gin: Pienaar & Son

Graphic design: Spook Design Co.

MENU DESIGN
FOOD DESIGN
FOOD STYLING

AMAZON PRIME LOLZA

THE CLIENT

Ten X Collective for Amazon Prime

THE BRIEF

To celebrate the premiere of Amazon Prime’s Last One Laughing in South Africa, we were asked to design and execute a menu for a South African street food village.

THE RESULT

Embracing the opportunity to be boldly innovative with an added element of heritage and humour, we created a menu that came alive with the vibrant and energetic spirit of Amazon’s iconic blue. Canapés were elevated, flavourful treats with a nostalgic twist, packaged as tuckshop snacks – think spiced biltong zoo biscuits and Nik Naks flavoured skhokho crisps. Guests got to co-create their own kotas with a selection of toppings, and choose thick or thin, long or short at the self-service “boerie bar”. The evening ended on a sweet note with “guess the flavour”" soft serve, candy floss a 10-meter-long skopas treat. Everything in bright blue!

THE TEAM

Concept, menu design, culinary curation: Studio H

Head chef: Jenny Ward

Food collaborators: Fifi Kusotera, Strone Henry, Charming Chef

Graphic design: Spook Design Co.

FOH Manager: Angelique Smith

Service: Blackjack Events

Event production: Until Until Events

AMAZON PRIME LOLZA

THE CLIENT

Ten X Collective for Amazon Prime

THE BRIEF

To celebrate the premiere of Amazon Prime’s Last One Laughing in South Africa, we were asked to design and execute a menu for a South African street food village.

THE RESULT

Embracing the opportunity to be boldly innovative with an added element of heritage and humour, we created a menu that came alive with the vibrant and energetic spirit of Amazon’s iconic blue. Canapés were elevated, flavourful treats with a nostalgic twist, packaged as tuckshop snacks – think spiced biltong zoo biscuits and Nik Naks flavoured skhokho crisps. Guests got to co-create their own kotas with a selection of toppings, and choose thick or thin, long or short at the self-service “boerie bar”. The evening ended on a sweet note with “guess the flavour”" soft serve, candy floss a 10-meter-long skopas treat. Everything in bright blue!

THE TEAM

Concept, menu design, culinary curation: Studio H

Head chef: Jenny Ward

Food collaborators: Fifi Kusotera, Strone Henry, Charming Chef

Graphic design: Spook Design Co.

FOH Manager: Angelique Smith

Service: Blackjack Events

Event production: Until Until Events

CONTENT
VIDEO PRODUCTION
RECIPE DEVELOPMENT

NANDO'S RECIPE VIDEOS

THE CLIENT

Nando's Grocery

THE BRIEF

Create a series of videos and stills with influencers to be used as content for the brand website and brand online channels.

THE RESULT

A series of conversation-style recipe videos, each video featuring a content creator and a chef cooking a hearty, everyday meal together, inspired by local ingredients and flavours. Content creators include: William KRM, Young Ceezy, Siv Ngesi, Paballo Koza, Nabo Binase and Star Shongwe. Recipe development, video and stills production by Studio H.

Recipes included:

Sorghum pancake and greens with crispy egg

Asifanani monkey gland chops

Pull-apart roosterkoek

Nando's bunny chow

Pulled PERi goat and morogo flatbreads

THE TEAM

Producers: Hannerie Visser, JC Landman

Recipe developement: Hannerie Visser, Juwan Beyers, Strone Henry, Keletso Motau

Recipe styling: Keletso Motau

Food assistant: Ivan Masiyazi

Videography: Yellow Brick Media, Earl Abrahams

Video production and direction: Studio H

Stills: Daniela Zondagh, Earl Abrahams

NANDO'S RECIPE VIDEOS

THE CLIENT

Nando's Grocery

THE BRIEF

Create a series of videos and stills with influencers to be used as content for the brand website and brand online channels.

THE RESULT

A series of conversation-style recipe videos, each video featuring a content creator and a chef cooking a hearty, everyday meal together, inspired by local ingredients and flavours. Content creators include: William KRM, Young Ceezy, Siv Ngesi, Paballo Koza, Nabo Binase and Star Shongwe. Recipe development, video and stills production by Studio H.

Recipes included:

Sorghum pancake and greens with crispy egg

Asifanani monkey gland chops

Pull-apart roosterkoek

Nando's bunny chow

Pulled PERi goat and morogo flatbreads

THE TEAM

Producers: Hannerie Visser, JC Landman

Recipe developement: Hannerie Visser, Juwan Beyers, Strone Henry, Keletso Motau

Recipe styling: Keletso Motau

Food assistant: Ivan Masiyazi

Videography: Yellow Brick Media, Earl Abrahams

Video production and direction: Studio H

Stills: Daniela Zondagh, Earl Abrahams

CONCEPT
PRODUCTION
INSTALLATION

WCELLAR MASTERCLASS

THE CLIENT

WCellar (Woolworths)

THE BRIEF

Create an immersive in-store display for the redesigned WCellar store in Hout Bay.

THE RESULT

An interactive, tactile Masterclass detailing the process of champagne making – from grapes to bubbles, accompanied by an olfactory flavour pairing station.

THE TEAM

Concept, Design and Creative Direction: Studio H

Props and styling: Studio H

Basic structure build: Happinest

Installation: Studio H and Happinest

Graphic design: Casper Schutte, Spook

Special thanks: Hendrik Coetzee

WCELLAR MASTERCLASS

THE CLIENT

WCellar (Woolworths)

THE BRIEF

Create an immersive in-store display for the redesigned WCellar store in Hout Bay.

THE RESULT

An interactive, tactile Masterclass detailing the process of champagne making – from grapes to bubbles, accompanied by an olfactory flavour pairing station.

THE TEAM

Concept, Design and Creative Direction: Studio H

Props and styling: Studio H

Basic structure build: Happinest

Installation: Studio H and Happinest

Graphic design: Casper Schutte, Spook

Special thanks: Hendrik Coetzee

CONCEPT
INSTALLATION
FUTURE FOOD

DON'T FEED THE BIRDS

Studio H designed an interactive installation, Don't Feed The Birds, to launch our Millets Report in the Future of Design area at Decorex in Cape Town. We wanted to highlight that millets are mostly only available as bird feed in our supermarket aisles. Our stand navigated visitors through a collection of bird baths by Kassa Studio, that were filled with either bird seeds or millet brownies (for human consumption).

THE TEAM

Project Manager: JC Landman

Concept: Hendrik Coetzee, Juwan Beyers

Floor vinyl design: Hoick

Bird Baths: Kassa Studio

Photos: Paris Brummer

DON'T FEED THE BIRDS

Studio H designed an interactive installation, Don't Feed The Birds, to launch our Millets Report in the Future of Design area at Decorex in Cape Town. We wanted to highlight that millets are mostly only available as bird feed in our supermarket aisles. Our stand navigated visitors through a collection of bird baths by Kassa Studio, that were filled with either bird seeds or millet brownies (for human consumption).

THE TEAM

Project Manager: JC Landman

Concept: Hendrik Coetzee, Juwan Beyers

Floor vinyl design: Hoick

Bird Baths: Kassa Studio

Photos: Paris Brummer

CITY GUIDE
FOOD XX

FOOD XX CITY GUIDES

Studio H is aiming to collate the world's biggest database featuring women-owned and women-led food and drinks businesses from South Africa and Africa, nominated by our community and curated by us.

Nominate your favourite women in food.

FOOD XX CITY GUIDES

Studio H is aiming to collate the world's biggest database featuring women-owned and women-led food and drinks businesses from South Africa and Africa, nominated by our community and curated by us.

Nominate your favourite women in food.

CONCEPT
SENSORY DESIGN
OLFACTORY DESIGN

LAPHROAIG SENSORY KIT

THE CLIENT

Laphroaig

THE BRIEF

Design a sensory tasting kit for the iconic single malt Scotch, Laphroaig.

THE RESULT

The sensorial kit links the brand to the peaty hills of Islay through touch, taste, smell, hearing and sight, making for a memorable tasting experience wherever it is presented to the consumer.

THE TEAM

Design and production: Studio H

Photography: Daniela Zondagh

LAPHROAIG SENSORY KIT

THE CLIENT

Laphroaig

THE BRIEF

Design a sensory tasting kit for the iconic single malt Scotch, Laphroaig.

THE RESULT

The sensorial kit links the brand to the peaty hills of Islay through touch, taste, smell, hearing and sight, making for a memorable tasting experience wherever it is presented to the consumer.

THE TEAM

Design and production: Studio H

Photography: Daniela Zondagh

SENSORY DESIGN

SENSORY FX

THE CLIENT

Sensory FX

THE BRIEF

Create a mechanism for us to showcase the way in which we develop flavours.

THE RESULT

We designed an olfactory experience for Sensory FX to showcase their flavour creation journey in a memorable way. The experience included various olfactory touchpoints and immersive moments. We based our design on research by neuroscientists, proving that stronger memories are formed the more a person participates in a particular activity and the more senses are engaged.

THE TEAM

Studio H

SENSORY FX

THE CLIENT

Sensory FX

THE BRIEF

Create a mechanism for us to showcase the way in which we develop flavours.

THE RESULT

We designed an olfactory experience for Sensory FX to showcase their flavour creation journey in a memorable way. The experience included various olfactory touchpoints and immersive moments. We based our design on research by neuroscientists, proving that stronger memories are formed the more a person participates in a particular activity and the more senses are engaged.

THE TEAM

Studio H

INSTALLATION
ACTIVATION

WOOLWORTHS FARMING FOR THE FUTURE

THE CLIENT

Woolworths

THE BRIEF

Design an activation that brings Woolworths' immersive digital Farming For The Future campaign to life at Decorex Cape Town.

THE RESULT

We designed an 4-day activation aimed to showcase the visionary Farming for the Future campaign. The initiative and its overarching commitment “For Our Collective Tomorrow” intends to herald a new era in farming practices. Through an interactive installation, Decorex visitors were encouraged to make a pledge to reduce their impact on the environment in exchange for an apple.

Visitors were reminded of ways in which they can reduce our impact:

  • Save energy at home
  • Change your home's source of energy
  • Walk, bike or take public transport
  • Switch to an electric vehicle
  • Consider your travel
  • Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle
  • Eat more vegetables
  • Throw away less food

THE TEAM

Concept, design and activation: Studio H

Photos and video: Warren Talmarkes

Vinyls and lifesavers: Longlife Lettering

Thank you: Decorex and Bielle Bellingham

Stand build: Happinest

WOOLWORTHS FARMING FOR THE FUTURE

THE CLIENT

Woolworths

THE BRIEF

Design an activation that brings Woolworths' immersive digital Farming For The Future campaign to life at Decorex Cape Town.

THE RESULT

We designed an 4-day activation aimed to showcase the visionary Farming for the Future campaign. The initiative and its overarching commitment “For Our Collective Tomorrow” intends to herald a new era in farming practices. Through an interactive installation, Decorex visitors were encouraged to make a pledge to reduce their impact on the environment in exchange for an apple.

Visitors were reminded of ways in which they can reduce our impact:

  • Save energy at home
  • Change your home's source of energy
  • Walk, bike or take public transport
  • Switch to an electric vehicle
  • Consider your travel
  • Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle
  • Eat more vegetables
  • Throw away less food

THE TEAM

Concept, design and activation: Studio H

Photos and video: Warren Talmarkes

Vinyls and lifesavers: Longlife Lettering

Thank you: Decorex and Bielle Bellingham

Stand build: Happinest

FOOD DESIGN

BANANA BUTTERS

THE CLIENT

Decorex Africa

THE BRIEF

Host an inspiring media launch for Decorex Africa 2022 with snacks that resonate with designers.

THE RESULT

We collaborated with some of our favourite food partners to create an interactive food experience that showcased both form and function. One of our highlights was the customs-shaped banana butters in collaboration with Cream of the Crop Micro Dairy.

THE TEAM

Concept: Studio H

Mould design and production: Studio H

Butter and shaping: Cream of the Crop

Photos: Ashleigh Frans

BANANA BUTTERS

THE CLIENT

Decorex Africa

THE BRIEF

Host an inspiring media launch for Decorex Africa 2022 with snacks that resonate with designers.

THE RESULT

We collaborated with some of our favourite food partners to create an interactive food experience that showcased both form and function. One of our highlights was the customs-shaped banana butters in collaboration with Cream of the Crop Micro Dairy.

THE TEAM

Concept: Studio H

Mould design and production: Studio H

Butter and shaping: Cream of the Crop

Photos: Ashleigh Frans

POP-UP
EXPERIENCE DESIGN
CREATIVE DIRECTION

THE HOUSE OF SUNTORY POP-UP

THE CLIENT

Beam Suntory

THE BRIEF

Develop a disruptive earned media campaign aligned to The House of Suntory portfolio’s single minded messaging around Japanese craftsmanship in order to elevate awareness and accelerate meaning for The House of Suntory brands, whilst bringing the brand propositioning to life.  

THE RESULT

Studio H developed a consumer-first strategy that would increase the brand's most impactful channels to inspire action through shared passions by immersing the consumer in The House of Suntory brand world. The pop-up concept amplified the brands' alignment with Japanese craftsmanship that was further magnified through a programme of tastings and lifestyle Masterclasses.

The campaign coincided with Sakura (cherry blossom) season in Japan and invited consumers to immerse themselves in a sensory journey – capturing the essence of Japanese culture – at Hyde Park Corner, Johannesburg.

Project Lead: JC Landman

Creative Direction and Styling: Klara van Wyngaarden

Graphic Design: Spook Design Co.

Brand Ambassadors: Just Short, Steve Zylstra

Masterclass curation: WAZA

Food service: KōL

THE HOUSE OF SUNTORY POP-UP

THE CLIENT

Beam Suntory

THE BRIEF

Develop a disruptive earned media campaign aligned to The House of Suntory portfolio’s single minded messaging around Japanese craftsmanship in order to elevate awareness and accelerate meaning for The House of Suntory brands, whilst bringing the brand propositioning to life.  

THE RESULT

Studio H developed a consumer-first strategy that would increase the brand's most impactful channels to inspire action through shared passions by immersing the consumer in The House of Suntory brand world. The pop-up concept amplified the brands' alignment with Japanese craftsmanship that was further magnified through a programme of tastings and lifestyle Masterclasses.

The campaign coincided with Sakura (cherry blossom) season in Japan and invited consumers to immerse themselves in a sensory journey – capturing the essence of Japanese culture – at Hyde Park Corner, Johannesburg.

Project Lead: JC Landman

Creative Direction and Styling: Klara van Wyngaarden

Graphic Design: Spook Design Co.

Brand Ambassadors: Just Short, Steve Zylstra

Masterclass curation: WAZA

Food service: KōL

LAB

HAPPY CAKE

Crowd-sourced food design: Hannerie was a speaker at the 2022 Design Summit at 100 Percent Design Africa. As part of her presentation the audience took part in a crowd-sourced food design experiment. The Happy Cake Project in collaboration with Sweet LionHeart, aimed to design the world’s happiest cake. At the Summit we presented a Beta version of the cake for everyone to taste: Kefir and cacao nib chocolate cake with honey and mucuna Swiss meringue buttercream. We asked the audience to design version 2.0 of the cake with us by voting for various options through a cloud-based platform. The audience voted that the next cake would be: 

Cake flavours: Dark chocolate (1st choice) and Sourdough honey (2nd option)

Filing and icing: Bee pollen buttercream (1st choice) & Lavender buttercream (2nd option)

Colour: Yellow

Eaten with: Your hands

Listen while eating: Happy by Pharrell Willliams

HAPPY CAKE

Crowd-sourced food design: Hannerie was a speaker at the 2022 Design Summit at 100 Percent Design Africa. As part of her presentation the audience took part in a crowd-sourced food design experiment. The Happy Cake Project in collaboration with Sweet LionHeart, aimed to design the world’s happiest cake. At the Summit we presented a Beta version of the cake for everyone to taste: Kefir and cacao nib chocolate cake with honey and mucuna Swiss meringue buttercream. We asked the audience to design version 2.0 of the cake with us by voting for various options through a cloud-based platform. The audience voted that the next cake would be: 

Cake flavours: Dark chocolate (1st choice) and Sourdough honey (2nd option)

Filing and icing: Bee pollen buttercream (1st choice) & Lavender buttercream (2nd option)

Colour: Yellow

Eaten with: Your hands

Listen while eating: Happy by Pharrell Willliams

TALK

100% DESIGN TALK

Our team recently gave a talk at 100% Design in Cape Town and Joburg on the Future Talks stages. The food fight-themed talks were an investigation into the ways in which one could use food to draw attention to global problems in our food system, and hopefully find solutions too.

100% DESIGN TALK

Our team recently gave a talk at 100% Design in Cape Town and Joburg on the Future Talks stages. The food fight-themed talks were an investigation into the ways in which one could use food to draw attention to global problems in our food system, and hopefully find solutions too.

LAB
OLFACTORY DESIGN

EAU DE LAPHROAIG

THE CLIENT

Laphroaig

THE BRIEF

Create a media drop for Laphroaig.

THE RESULT

Eau de Laphroaig – Studio H conceptualised and developed Eau de Laphroaig, a bespoke fragrance that is an ode to the peaty shores of Islay, home of Laphroaig whisky. For the bottles, we collaborated with Cape Town-based ceramicists Vorster & Braye to design a hand-crafted ceramic decanter that complements the gentle earthy notes of the perfume, and we worked with Spook design on the linen-covered packaging.

THE TEAM

Voster and Braye

Juwan Beyers

JC Landman

Retha Ericsson

Casper Schutte, Spook

Photos and videos: Daniela Zondagh, Juwan Beyers

EAU DE LAPHROAIG

THE CLIENT

Laphroaig

THE BRIEF

Create a media drop for Laphroaig.

THE RESULT

Eau de Laphroaig – Studio H conceptualised and developed Eau de Laphroaig, a bespoke fragrance that is an ode to the peaty shores of Islay, home of Laphroaig whisky. For the bottles, we collaborated with Cape Town-based ceramicists Vorster & Braye to design a hand-crafted ceramic decanter that complements the gentle earthy notes of the perfume, and we worked with Spook design on the linen-covered packaging.

THE TEAM

Voster and Braye

Juwan Beyers

JC Landman

Retha Ericsson

Casper Schutte, Spook

Photos and videos: Daniela Zondagh, Juwan Beyers

INSTALLATION
CONCEPT
PRODUCTION

100 FLAVOURS INSTALLATION

THE CLIENT

V&A Waterfront, Makers Landing

THE BRIEF

Create an activation for the opening of Makers Landing.

THE RESULT

100 Flavours was an interpretation of a what a South African Food Museum could look like. The 100 Flavours exhibition, that ran for six months at Makers Landing in the V&A Waterfront, educated and inspired visitors with a gastronomic journey through South Africa’s iconic ingredients, recipes, cooking methods and culinary tools. Visitors could discover South Africa's edible past amid archaeological evidence of the earliest cooking over fire at Gauteng’s Cradle of Humankind; savour the first feasts with prehistoric Cape West Coast shellfish midden mounds; admire the creativity of the ancient honey hunters depicted in KZN’s San rock art and then marvel in a past-meets-present epicurean experience with a wild flower honey tasting. All the while walking amongst the foundations of the pre-colonial Khoi Camissa trading station.

THE TEAM

Concept, production and curation: Studio H

Installation production: Studio H, Ilana Swanepoel

Ingredient sourcing: Studio H and Sisanda Nxumalo

Research and copy: Dr Anna Trapido

Graphic design: Casper Schutte, Spook Design

Photos: Jan Ras, Woolworths Taste Magazine and Ashleigh Frans

100 FLAVOURS INSTALLATION

THE CLIENT

V&A Waterfront, Makers Landing

THE BRIEF

Create an activation for the opening of Makers Landing.

THE RESULT

100 Flavours was an interpretation of a what a South African Food Museum could look like. The 100 Flavours exhibition, that ran for six months at Makers Landing in the V&A Waterfront, educated and inspired visitors with a gastronomic journey through South Africa’s iconic ingredients, recipes, cooking methods and culinary tools. Visitors could discover South Africa's edible past amid archaeological evidence of the earliest cooking over fire at Gauteng’s Cradle of Humankind; savour the first feasts with prehistoric Cape West Coast shellfish midden mounds; admire the creativity of the ancient honey hunters depicted in KZN’s San rock art and then marvel in a past-meets-present epicurean experience with a wild flower honey tasting. All the while walking amongst the foundations of the pre-colonial Khoi Camissa trading station.

THE TEAM

Concept, production and curation: Studio H

Installation production: Studio H, Ilana Swanepoel

Ingredient sourcing: Studio H and Sisanda Nxumalo

Research and copy: Dr Anna Trapido

Graphic design: Casper Schutte, Spook Design

Photos: Jan Ras, Woolworths Taste Magazine and Ashleigh Frans

LAB

3D FOOD PRINTING

By far one of our favourite toys, we use our 3D food printer to create future food menus for clients for a range of activations from intimate dinners to large-scale expos and banquets. Our 3D food printer, the only of its kind in Africa, is a great way to amplify a future-forward strategy.

In the near future, 3D food printing could allow consumers to print food with customised nutritional content, tailored specifically to their individual dietary needs. So, instead of eating something mass-produced, a person could soon consume something designed for their particular needs and tastes, on demand.

Imagine the next ‘ready-to-eat’ meals as cartridges of food printed into shapes determined by downloadable designs.

3D FOOD PRINTING

By far one of our favourite toys, we use our 3D food printer to create future food menus for clients for a range of activations from intimate dinners to large-scale expos and banquets. Our 3D food printer, the only of its kind in Africa, is a great way to amplify a future-forward strategy.

In the near future, 3D food printing could allow consumers to print food with customised nutritional content, tailored specifically to their individual dietary needs. So, instead of eating something mass-produced, a person could soon consume something designed for their particular needs and tastes, on demand.

Imagine the next ‘ready-to-eat’ meals as cartridges of food printed into shapes determined by downloadable designs.

INSTALLATION
FUTURE FOOD

ADIDAS EDIBLE SHOES

THE CLIENT

Adidas

THE BRIEF

We were briefed, alongside six other artists, to re-imagine sustainable footwear for the future for the new adidas concept store in the Waterfront.

THE RESULT

As a future food design studio, our approach is deeply rooted in exploring a sustainable future. With our micro mushroom farm, we celebrate mushrooms for their ability to perform the alchemy of transforming agricultural and other organic waste into a nutritious food source. Growing mushrooms is a unique blend of recycling, science and efficacy. This powerful combination makes them one of the most sustainably produced foods in the world.

The interior of the Stan Smith shoe has been converted into a micro mushroom farm and 3-D texture was added to the exterior of the shoe by sculpting fondant and piped royal icing flavoured with dried mushroom powder. The laces are coloured with natural mushroom dye.

THE TEAM

Concept, micro mushroom farm and laces: Studio H

Exterior design: Sweet LionHeart (Nikki Symons)

ADIDAS EDIBLE SHOES

THE CLIENT

Adidas

THE BRIEF

We were briefed, alongside six other artists, to re-imagine sustainable footwear for the future for the new adidas concept store in the Waterfront.

THE RESULT

As a future food design studio, our approach is deeply rooted in exploring a sustainable future. With our micro mushroom farm, we celebrate mushrooms for their ability to perform the alchemy of transforming agricultural and other organic waste into a nutritious food source. Growing mushrooms is a unique blend of recycling, science and efficacy. This powerful combination makes them one of the most sustainably produced foods in the world.

The interior of the Stan Smith shoe has been converted into a micro mushroom farm and 3-D texture was added to the exterior of the shoe by sculpting fondant and piped royal icing flavoured with dried mushroom powder. The laces are coloured with natural mushroom dye.

THE TEAM

Concept, micro mushroom farm and laces: Studio H

Exterior design: Sweet LionHeart (Nikki Symons)

CONCEPT
INSTALLATION
PRODUCTION

BEYOND THE BLUE INSTALLATION

THE CLIENT

V&A Waterfront Makers Landing

THE BRIEF

Create a food-themed installation for Makers Landing

THE RESULT

We collaborated with Mikateko Media during the Makers Landing Seafood Fest to design an installation that would highlight the plight of South African fisherwomen.

With UWC PLAAS, Mikateko published a book, Beyond The Blue - Women of the Sea, that documents the lives and livelihoods of 17 women who give a snapshot into the world of fishing rights complexities, entrepreneurship, motherhood, and making a living from the sea.

We combined an installation of portraits from the book with an existing Studio H project, Visnetten, that just returned from The Netherlands. Visnetten was on show at @museumrijswijk in The Hague until the end of January 2022 as part of the show “Food For Thought”. Recipe cards attached to embroidered fishing nets tell the story of a broken food system and the invisible people, often women, in that system. Visitors are encouraged to remove the cards with seafood recipes to expose the embroidery.

THE TEAM

Mikateko Media and Koe’sister magazine: Ingrid Jones, Desiree Johnson, Roxanne Holman, Leane Feris

UWC PLAAS: Prof Moenieba Isaacs

Recipes: Koe’sister magazine

Fisher women: Solene Smith, Nadiema Jacobs, Katrina Ahrendse, Sarah Niemand, Betsie Lawrence, Charmaine Daniels, Rose Malan, Fatiema “Poppie” Kok, Michelle Singh, Carmelita Mostert, Rovina Europa, Porche Sebonka, Emily Newman, Mary Hull, Francis Oerson, Sharon Kruger, Taitum-Lee Manual

Embroidery by Keiskamma Art Project: Veronica Betani, Nombulelo Paliso, Bonelwa Paliso, Setyenzwa Mangwana, Esethu Makubalo, Nokuzola Mvaphants, Thabisa Gusha, Fikiswa Madlingozi, Sanela Maxengana

Graphic design: Casper Schutte, Spook Design

Installation concept and design: Studio H

Photos: Daniela Zondagh

BEYOND THE BLUE INSTALLATION

THE CLIENT

V&A Waterfront Makers Landing

THE BRIEF

Create a food-themed installation for Makers Landing

THE RESULT

We collaborated with Mikateko Media during the Makers Landing Seafood Fest to design an installation that would highlight the plight of South African fisherwomen.

With UWC PLAAS, Mikateko published a book, Beyond The Blue - Women of the Sea, that documents the lives and livelihoods of 17 women who give a snapshot into the world of fishing rights complexities, entrepreneurship, motherhood, and making a living from the sea.

We combined an installation of portraits from the book with an existing Studio H project, Visnetten, that just returned from The Netherlands. Visnetten was on show at @museumrijswijk in The Hague until the end of January 2022 as part of the show “Food For Thought”. Recipe cards attached to embroidered fishing nets tell the story of a broken food system and the invisible people, often women, in that system. Visitors are encouraged to remove the cards with seafood recipes to expose the embroidery.

THE TEAM

Mikateko Media and Koe’sister magazine: Ingrid Jones, Desiree Johnson, Roxanne Holman, Leane Feris

UWC PLAAS: Prof Moenieba Isaacs

Recipes: Koe’sister magazine

Fisher women: Solene Smith, Nadiema Jacobs, Katrina Ahrendse, Sarah Niemand, Betsie Lawrence, Charmaine Daniels, Rose Malan, Fatiema “Poppie” Kok, Michelle Singh, Carmelita Mostert, Rovina Europa, Porche Sebonka, Emily Newman, Mary Hull, Francis Oerson, Sharon Kruger, Taitum-Lee Manual

Embroidery by Keiskamma Art Project: Veronica Betani, Nombulelo Paliso, Bonelwa Paliso, Setyenzwa Mangwana, Esethu Makubalo, Nokuzola Mvaphants, Thabisa Gusha, Fikiswa Madlingozi, Sanela Maxengana

Graphic design: Casper Schutte, Spook Design

Installation concept and design: Studio H

Photos: Daniela Zondagh

PUBLICITY
REPORT

EMAZULWINI MILLETS MENU

THE CLIENT

Emazulwini Restaurant

THE BRIEF

Media launch for new menu

THE RESULT

A Millets Celebration that was attended by media and creators to experience the new Emazulwini menu, and a feature and photo shoot included in the Studio H Millets report.

Read part of the feature below.

In celebration of millets, Chef Mmabatho has embarked on a culinary journey that challenges convention. Traditionally associated with humble fare, millets are now at the heart of Emazulwini’s spring menu. It’s a surprising twist that demonstrates the restaurant’s commitment to redefining perceptions about ingredients often dismissed as ‘not fine dining.’ This departure from tradition isn't just about following a trend, it’s an act of creative reinvention. Chef Mmabatho, born and raised in KwaZulu-Natal, has chosen to explore her culinary imagination beyond her childhood recipes. While the flavours and ingredients remain rooted in her family’s culinary traditions, the millet menu allows her to step outside the confines of her own life story.

Emazulwini’s millet-centric menu features three different varieties of millets: pearl millet, fonio, and sorghum. These ancient grains form the basis of a six-course culinary journey that is both a tribute to the past and a vision of a more sustainable future. The menu is meticulously designed to reflect the essence of the spring season, offering dishes that are light, fresh, and vibrant. It’s an embodiment of Emazulwini's philosophy of celebrating the changing seasons and the abundance they bring.

One of the signature dishes, “Lucky's Star,” is a creative tribute to a South African favourite – pilchards in a can. This dish features fried sardines, roasted red pepper, tomato puree, served with a millet and spinach salad composed of pearl millet, fonio, and sorghum. To end the meal on a sweet note, Chef Mmabatho has crafted "An African Love Letter," a dessert that focuses on three foods deeply rooted in Africa but enjoyed worldwide – coffee, chocolate and millet. It takes the form of a millet chocolate tartlet, coffee crémeux, nut crumble, and cardamom and vanilla ice cream, offering a sweet symphony of flavours that pays homage to the continent's culinary legacy.

Read the full feature in our Millets Report.

Photos: Paris Brummer

Copy: JC Landman

CONCEPT
FOOD DESIGN

DINE & DESIGN

THE BRIEF

Design and curate a Dine & Design event

THE RESULT

The inaugural Dine & Design dinner, hosted at Tiny Empire, was the opening of Design Week 2023 and a celebration of 30 years of House & Leisure and Decorex. We wanted all guests to be able to celebrate in one space, but also create a relaxed environment that felt like an intimate dinner party. So guests enjoyed starters and desserts together, and mains was served at various intimate dinner spaces, hosted and created by House & Leisure's team of editors.

Our starter course was an ode to millets. Handmade millet crisps were served in Niknaks packets, symbolising that (due to various complex reasons) maize replaced millet as a staple crop across the continent. The millet crisps were flavoured with maize chip dust made from chips that the guests brought to the dinner.

Main course was served by chef PJ Vadas and the Vadas team from Spier Wine Farm.

The dessert, prepared by the Studio H team, was a banana party - an assortment of banoffee pie, fresh bananas, banana candies, banana perfume and a banana soundtrack.

THE TEAM

Host venue: Tiny Empire

Event hosts: House & Leisure, Decorex

Dinner party hosts: Charl Edwards, Bielle Bellingham, Sumien Brink, Karen Dudley, Tracy-Lee Lynch, Stevie Whiteman

Main course: PJ Vadas

Wine: Spier Wine Farm

Floral design: Mr Munro

Concept, starters, dessert: Studio H

DINE & DESIGN

THE BRIEF

Design and curate a Dine & Design event

THE RESULT

The inaugural Dine & Design dinner, hosted at Tiny Empire, was the opening of Design Week 2023 and a celebration of 30 years of House & Leisure and Decorex. We wanted all guests to be able to celebrate in one space, but also create a relaxed environment that felt like an intimate dinner party. So guests enjoyed starters and desserts together, and mains was served at various intimate dinner spaces, hosted and created by House & Leisure's team of editors.

Our starter course was an ode to millets. Handmade millet crisps were served in Niknaks packets, symbolising that (due to various complex reasons) maize replaced millet as a staple crop across the continent. The millet crisps were flavoured with maize chip dust made from chips that the guests brought to the dinner.

Main course was served by chef PJ Vadas and the Vadas team from Spier Wine Farm.

The dessert, prepared by the Studio H team, was a banana party - an assortment of banoffee pie, fresh bananas, banana candies, banana perfume and a banana soundtrack.

THE TEAM

Host venue: Tiny Empire

Event hosts: House & Leisure, Decorex

Dinner party hosts: Charl Edwards, Bielle Bellingham, Sumien Brink, Karen Dudley, Tracy-Lee Lynch, Stevie Whiteman

Main course: PJ Vadas

Wine: Spier Wine Farm

Floral design: Mr Munro

Concept, starters, dessert: Studio H

CONCEPT
PRODUCTION
CREATIVE DIRECTION

LAPHROAIG TASTE TRAILBLAZERS

THE CLIENT

Laphroaig Taste Trailblazer

THE BRIEF

Create a brand masterclass for a campaign that aims to create affinity with new whisky drinkers.

THE RESULT

A masterclass, immersive sensorial installation and lunch that introduces the brand through tales of peat, salt and fire. Guests interact with a library of sensorial elements that link to the flavour pillars of the whisky, followed by an interactive brand presentation and fire-cooked lunch menu and whisky tasting.

THE TEAM

Concept, design and creative direction: Studio H

Venues: Cradle Boutique Hotel, Emazulwini Restaurant

Photos: Brendan Croft, Stacy Hart

LAPHROAIG TASTE TRAILBLAZERS

THE CLIENT

Laphroaig Taste Trailblazer

THE BRIEF

Create a brand masterclass for a campaign that aims to create affinity with new whisky drinkers.

THE RESULT

A masterclass, immersive sensorial installation and lunch that introduces the brand through tales of peat, salt and fire. Guests interact with a library of sensorial elements that link to the flavour pillars of the whisky, followed by an interactive brand presentation and fire-cooked lunch menu and whisky tasting.

THE TEAM

Concept, design and creative direction: Studio H

Venues: Cradle Boutique Hotel, Emazulwini Restaurant

Photos: Brendan Croft, Stacy Hart

RECIPES

FOOD XX AWARDS SAVOURY CAKE

INGREDIENTS

  • 155 g roasted broccoli
  • 315 g roasted butternut
  • 1 pack vegetarian chipolatas (Woolies)
  • 2 cups cheddar, grated
  • 1 onion, grated
  • 30ml peppadews, chopped
  • 500 ml milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 125 ml flour
  • 10 ml baking powder

METHOD

  • Pre heat the oven to 180 °C.
  • Mix everything together and bake for 45 minutes, or until cooked through.
  • Let cool in tin for 30 min, turn out and cool completely.
  • Frost with savoury butter and cream cheese frosting.

Photos: Nikki Symons, Sweet LionHeart

FOOD XX AWARDS SAVOURY CAKE

INGREDIENTS

  • 155 g roasted broccoli
  • 315 g roasted butternut
  • 1 pack vegetarian chipolatas (Woolies)
  • 2 cups cheddar, grated
  • 1 onion, grated
  • 30ml peppadews, chopped
  • 500 ml milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 125 ml flour
  • 10 ml baking powder

METHOD

  • Pre heat the oven to 180 °C.
  • Mix everything together and bake for 45 minutes, or until cooked through.
  • Let cool in tin for 30 min, turn out and cool completely.
  • Frost with savoury butter and cream cheese frosting.

Photos: Nikki Symons, Sweet LionHeart

OLFACTORY DESIGN

BABYLONSTOREN WINE PERFUMES

THE CLIENT

Etienne Hanekom for Babylonstoren

THE BRIEF

One of our all-time favourite designers, Etienne Hanekom, asked us to contribute to the ‘Wine Aroma’ section of the brand new Wine Museum at Babylonstoren.

THE RESULT

We worked with Etienne and the Babylonstore wine makers to develop a range of perfumes that represent the key flavour notes of each of their wines.

BABYLONSTOREN WINE PERFUMES

THE CLIENT

Etienne Hanekom for Babylonstoren

THE BRIEF

One of our all-time favourite designers, Etienne Hanekom, asked us to contribute to the ‘Wine Aroma’ section of the brand new Wine Museum at Babylonstoren.

THE RESULT

We worked with Etienne and the Babylonstore wine makers to develop a range of perfumes that represent the key flavour notes of each of their wines.

CONTENT
STILLS PHOTOGRAPHY
FOOD STYLING

CONTENT CREATION FOR VADAS SMOKEHOUSE & BAKERY

THE CLIENT

Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery

THE BRIEF

Shoot content for the restaurant and bakery, as well as their Festive offerings.

THE RESULT

The restaurant and bakery items were photographed against simple but striking backgrounds, using various plates & trays, and pastries to create eye-catching patterns.

THE TEAM

Production: JC Landman & Hannerie Visser

Photography: Daniela Zondagh

Styling: Sumien Brink

CONTENT CREATION FOR VADAS SMOKEHOUSE & BAKERY

THE CLIENT

Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery

THE BRIEF

Shoot content for the restaurant and bakery, as well as their Festive offerings.

THE RESULT

The restaurant and bakery items were photographed against simple but striking backgrounds, using various plates & trays, and pastries to create eye-catching patterns.

THE TEAM

Production: JC Landman & Hannerie Visser

Photography: Daniela Zondagh

Styling: Sumien Brink

STILLS PHOTOGRAPHY
CONTENT
FOOD STYLING

BREAD BASKETS

​A homage to the humble bread basket - a generous gesture set on tables throughout the world. Weaving our ancient relationship with wheat into a timeless tradition of giving.

Originally shot and produced by the Studio H team for Chips! and then syndicated in Jan the Journal vol. 3.

Production and styling: Hendrik Coetzee

Photos: Marloes Haarmans

BREAD BASKETS

​A homage to the humble bread basket - a generous gesture set on tables throughout the world. Weaving our ancient relationship with wheat into a timeless tradition of giving.

Originally shot and produced by the Studio H team for Chips! and then syndicated in Jan the Journal vol. 3.

Production and styling: Hendrik Coetzee

Photos: Marloes Haarmans

EXPERIENCE DESIGN
CONCEPT
MENU DESIGN

EARTH HOUR DINNER '22

THE CLIENT

M-Net

THE BRIEF

Conceptualise a dinner for the MasterChef South Africa sponsons and guests for Earth Hour 2021.

THE RESULT

Amidst accelerating climate change and staggering biodiversity loss, Earth Hour continues to inspire millions of people to take action for our planet and nature. Every year, at 20:30 on the last Saturday of March, supporters in over 190 countries and territories unite, taking action on and raising awareness of the issues facing our one home.

With MasterChef South Africa’s commitment to sustainability and the environment, it was only apt to host the official sponsor’s dinner on Earth Hour 2022. This dinner was attended by 80 of the main sponsors, associated sponsors, contestants and judges, DStv Rewards Winners, production agency and members of the media. The dinner was prepared by Chefs Mmabatho Molefe and Bertus Basson, and the canapés were served on ‘Shellegance’ by local artist Lucie De Moyencourt.

THE TEAM

Venue: Makers Landing

Sponsors: M-Net, DStv Rewards, Pick ‘n Pay, V&A Waterfront, Makers Landing

Associated sponsors: @home, Hisense

Chefs: Eike by Bertus Basson, Mmabatho Molefe, Emazulwini

Canapé plates: Lucie de Moyencourt

EARTH HOUR DINNER '22

THE CLIENT

M-Net

THE BRIEF

Conceptualise a dinner for the MasterChef South Africa sponsons and guests for Earth Hour 2021.

THE RESULT

Amidst accelerating climate change and staggering biodiversity loss, Earth Hour continues to inspire millions of people to take action for our planet and nature. Every year, at 20:30 on the last Saturday of March, supporters in over 190 countries and territories unite, taking action on and raising awareness of the issues facing our one home.

With MasterChef South Africa’s commitment to sustainability and the environment, it was only apt to host the official sponsor’s dinner on Earth Hour 2022. This dinner was attended by 80 of the main sponsors, associated sponsors, contestants and judges, DStv Rewards Winners, production agency and members of the media. The dinner was prepared by Chefs Mmabatho Molefe and Bertus Basson, and the canapés were served on ‘Shellegance’ by local artist Lucie De Moyencourt.

THE TEAM

Venue: Makers Landing

Sponsors: M-Net, DStv Rewards, Pick ‘n Pay, V&A Waterfront, Makers Landing

Associated sponsors: @home, Hisense

Chefs: Eike by Bertus Basson, Mmabatho Molefe, Emazulwini

Canapé plates: Lucie de Moyencourt

CURATION
MENTORSHIP

MAKERS LANDING RESIDENCY

THE CLIENT

V&A Waterfront

THE RESULT

Studio H designed a residency programme and pop-up space at Makers Landing, introducing the next generation of chefs with a popup restaurant concept which invites rising stars to take up residency in a bigger restaurant space, giving them an opportunity to get a taste of running a full-scale restaurant.

THE TEAM

Restaurant design: CLOUT

Interior architect: Walter Train, Tracy-Lee Lynch

Photos: Paris Brummer

MAKERS LANDING RESIDENCY

THE CLIENT

V&A Waterfront

THE RESULT

Studio H designed a residency programme and pop-up space at Makers Landing, introducing the next generation of chefs with a popup restaurant concept which invites rising stars to take up residency in a bigger restaurant space, giving them an opportunity to get a taste of running a full-scale restaurant.

THE TEAM

Restaurant design: CLOUT

Interior architect: Walter Train, Tracy-Lee Lynch

Photos: Paris Brummer

STILLS PHOTOGRAPHY
CONTENT
FOOD STYLING

CONTENT CREATION FOR SONNY & IRENE

THE CLIENT

Kove Collection

THE BRIEF

Shoot content to launch the new restaurant's menu offering on their website and social media platforms.

THE RESULT

Restaurant menu items shot against graphic interior elements in the background. Simple pastry patters on monotone backgrounds to launch the bakery menu.

THE TEAM

Production: JC Landman

Photography: Paris Brummer, Warren Talmarkes, Daniela Zondagh

Styling: Juwan Beyers

CONTENT CREATION FOR SONNY & IRENE

THE CLIENT

Kove Collection

THE BRIEF

Shoot content to launch the new restaurant's menu offering on their website and social media platforms.

THE RESULT

Restaurant menu items shot against graphic interior elements in the background. Simple pastry patters on monotone backgrounds to launch the bakery menu.

THE TEAM

Production: JC Landman

Photography: Paris Brummer, Warren Talmarkes, Daniela Zondagh

Styling: Juwan Beyers