Functional Art


Ellerman House Wine Gallery, Cape Town

Ellerman House Wine Gallery, Cape Town

The Bar

Designed by Angus Taylor and made by DSW and Minaco; Installed by Carlos Manual Teixeira Dourado

It is carved from more than 20 tons of Belfast granite and purposely left with all the marks as it was created and grinded down by hands. The tactile experience and heavy absorbent appearance beautifully grounds it as an assembly point one wants to interact with.

Reflective Wall

Designed by Angus Taylor and made by DSW

Composition made with Hematite from Thabazimbi, was all collected from the veld, and polished with different methods to create an interesting surrounding, with relevance to the finish of a TV, hiding the media when not in use.

The Floors

Designed by Angus Taylor, made by DSW and Minaco; spirals installed by Kenau Botha

Fibonacci was schooled in Ethiopia and Egypt, therefore even this is from here: indigenous to Africa. His geometric algorithm, namely the golden meme spiral, has a-direct relation to nature – but I will not bore you with the extent of its relevance, so rather Google it.

Wooden Walls

Designed by Georg van Gass, Installed by Schalk van Niekerk

Matumi or ‘Minger hout’ combined with ‘Hardekool’, made from our denser woods, both sink in water.


Designed by Angus Taylor and made by Sandstone Contractors and DSW

The bottom of the bottle made from 250 kg’s Belfast Granite, just a reflection on the inert beauty of the material.


Designed by Angus Taylor and made by DSW

A 960 Kg piece of Belfast granite brought in at the end with very creative rigging. It is a beautiful reference to the random shapes of the brandy bottles, appearing as a mould of them.

Copper Walls

Designed by Angus Taylor and Charles Haupt and made by Charles Haupt in collaboration with Bronze Age Sculpture House and Bronze Age Art Foundry

An irregular-regular pattern based on the Fibonacci proportions. Riveted with brass and sealed with wax.

Brandy sculpture

Designed by Angus Taylor and Lothar Böttcher, made by Lothar Böttcher

This is a wonderful informative installation literally bringing to light the aging and colour absorption of the barrel in the Brandy from one to 25 years.

Terroir Wall

The concept was based on Angus Taylor’s material field paintings. The pixelated map was designed by Mérani Meyer from Studio Nexdoor and the CAD drawings by Merwe van Rooyen from Emarc Architects. Frame manufacturing was done by Anton van Straten from Osrek Trading. The person most central to the further production was Ivan Volschenk, a photographer with an engineering background from Stellenbosch. He collected the soil samples, photographed the soil horizons as well as all the documentation and cataloguing, including the ramming process.

This is my personal favourite. This is a pixelated map of the wine land, fitted to the proportions of the wall. Each block is made from the soils collected from a hole dug in the virgin soil of each of the farms (the best 100 in South Africa). The GPS coordinates implicate the precise location of the hole. The soil taken was removed from 1,5m for the ‘Mother material’, around 700mm for the ‘underground’ and then the top soil. The soil horizon or profile was photographed and each block made as close as possible to the Original. Specialists, for example David Saayman (a soil scientist) aided us in being as academically correct as possible. This work is a beautiful example of celebrating the beauty of the inanimate. This is not made by someone, but is rather a representation of what is. The artists with their assistants were a conduit for it to come into being, but not the source. The focus falls on the beauty that exists, regardless if we do or not, it is made with humility and with a passion for appreciating the environment.

Spiral Staircase

Designed and made by Conrad Hicks and studio

Beautifully forged and crafted, the spiral staircase was made bottom up as it developed into a great example of intrinsic tacit knowledge that is specific to the artist or artisan.

Chalk wall & Dom Perignon Champagne tasting counter

Designed by Angus Taylor and made by DSW. Chalk installed with the help of Kenau Botha

The 2 ton piece of chalk was sent from Epernay in France. I left the stone mostly as I received it, only placed the bottles in the top as negatives. This stone is almost literally the ‘mould’ for the wine’s district minerality. The stone was then broken and applied to the back wall, similarly to the Champagne caves in the region of France.

Koppie & Fireplace

Made by DSW

The stone in the corner is hollowed out, 1,7 tons were taken from the belly of the boulder. These Rustenburg granite rocks were all brush-polished for weeks, giving them a smooth touch. The fireplace is underneath the horizontal cut line, to be opened in winter.

Designed by Studio Nexdoor| © 2011 Angus Taylor