Creative Duo Shaking Up Durban’s Design Scene With Tamaloola

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Local Durbanites mix up the pot plant game with an awesome new concept. James had a closer-look…

Up until recently, Durban has been left off the map when it comes to beautiful design. There has been a resurgence of interest in South Africa’s third largest city due to some exquisite developments like the revived waterfront promenade and Jonathan Liebman’s new initiative in Durban City centre. Tamaloola – a recent addition to this new breed of great design – is the brainchild of Durban based design-duo Tam and Grant Powell.

The idea for their pot plants came out of necessity, Tam explains that: “it was getting close to Christmas, we had a limited budget, and loads of people to buy for”. After conceptualising she decided to combine concrete and the plants she loves into the perfect Christmas gifts.

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Once the first batch came out, like anyone these days, she decided to Instagram them to show friends what her and her hubby had been up to.

I posted a picture on my personal Instagram because I was so chuffed with how they turned out – and the response was overwhelming! I had loads of family and friends asking if I would make for them and so we decided it might be a good venture to try and see how it goes.

Tamaloola bring a whimsical aesthetic to a material that often gets overlooked in high end design. The pot plants make for great a great way to add interest points, and modernise your home, or great gits. They trendy minimalist forms are off set with geometric patterns that will add the cool-factor to any space.


Where can you find these awesome pots? Well, Tamaloola has only been around since last Christmas but luckily for Durbanites they are selling at farmers markets around the Durban area. What about the rest of us? Powell says they are exploring other markets and platforms at the moment.

We are still in super early stages and we are only selling at a few places, but we are loving it and so excited to see what’s in store!

For more check out the Tamaloola blog or follow @tamaloola_  on Instagram




  1. GregZa

    June 1, 2015 at 17:48


    • james n-y

      June 4, 2015 at 12:38

      Check out their blog

  2. jhb_boet

    June 2, 2015 at 15:49

    They would make kiff gifts for my mom. Will check them out

  3. james n-y

    June 4, 2015 at 12:37

    Definitely a great young design business to keep your eye on.

  4. Leslie xOx

    August 16, 2015 at 16:12

    When are these coming up to Joburg?

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