The future of tactile textiles

We unearth the maiden textile collection that celebrates 10 years of Rialheim

Based in the heart of Robertson in the Western Cape, Rialheim celebrates its ten year anniversary on the 1st of December 2022. In celebration of rounding off their first decade, founder Rial Visagie and his team are introducing a brand new textile collection called Tactile Futures to their growing lifestyle offering.

Known and loved for their characteristically fun ceramic creations, Rialheim have spent the past year breaking into new territory. Boldly experimenting beyond the medium of clay, textile design was one of the avenues they were most excited to delve into. Today, they’re proud to present their first-ever collection of scatter cushions and textile designs, marking the dawn of a textile adventure.

Upon embarking on the less-travelled lifestyle route, Rialheim were curious to explore the endless possibilities of textiles, both in terms of pattern and product design. This, they say, is just the beginning and they plan to keep on pushing boundaries within this space.

For their maiden collection, Rialheim have collaborated with artist and designer Tarien Bruwer, whose bent for the woven form is well-known. Tarien has been a long-time friend of Rialheim starting with an internship with the brand years ago whilst studying design in Cape Town. As such, their collaboration is a full circle moment, not only in terms of their friendship, but the united creative process too, where playing with patterns and graphics was fairly novel territory for Rialheim.

“During the manufacturing process we felt strongly about using local suppliers exclusively. We have formed incredible relationships in the process and have deepened our passion and awe for the craft community in our country,” they say. Locally woven with yarns of extremely high quality, these are more than just scatter cushions…they’re investment pieces and works of art with impressive longevity.

The Tactile Futures collection includes a range of scatter cushions in plains, geometric, linear and pooch-perfect designs in a pared back palette of monochrome and saffron as well as a dog bed fit for canine royalty. Tassels, borders and applique details are just some of the finishing touches that render the collection a cut above. Find them at select @home lifestyle stores, Egg stores, Rialheim’s Rand Steam store, Rialheim’s new Rockerfeller store in Cape Town’s Green Point and from www.rialheim.co.za.

Words: Mila Crewe-Brown
Production: J-P de la Chaumette
Photography: Supplied