A South African Showroom With a Perfect, Pink Tiled Facade
Little is known about the history of 99 Juta Street — an 80-odd year old multi-use development in Johannesburg that was recently brought back to life by designers Dokter and Misses in collaboration with architects Local Studio; the original plans were lost, and with them, any record of the building’s original use or exact age. When work began, 99 Juta was in disrepair and concealed behind a fiber cement cladding; now it boasts a poppy, tiled, Art Deco facade in pink and emerald green, as well as four showrooms and office spaces for various design brands and two inner courtyards that create a through line of color and intrigue — cobalt stairs; sage-green cement walls; poppy, yellow-painted grates; and pinkish brick herringbone flooring. The interiors were headed up by Dokter and Misses, who also filled one half of the first floor with their Moonjellies lamps — large, graphic, Wingdings-esque floor lamps with droopy lights. In addition, the space is home to local product designers Joe Paine, Mash.T Design Studio, Monique Vee, and The Urbanative, and will host a program of design-centric pop-ups.