Generation Launches Wiener GTV

Generation, known for understated products, is bringing you style and elegance carried throughout the decades. With great excitement, we introduce to you, our new iconic product range by Wiener GTV that we have just launched. Generation; an established interior design business that has grown from an exclusive furniture showroom into a cutting-edge retail store with a fully-imported selection of exclusive Italian and other European brands, is pleased to announce the addition of GTV into the established international design collection in their Hyde Park, Johannesburg store. The design store carries the brands; De Padova, Lampe Gras, and Seletti - all whose histories are based on crafted luxury dating back as far as 1921.

The vision behind the addition of the GTV brand is to enable Generation to infiltrate into the Commercial and Hospitality Sector, referred to as the Contract division. This will be focused more on projects of a larger scale, in collaboration with our existing and new clientele - Architects and Interior Designers/Decorators.

Generation prides itself on being a discerning portal for global design in South Africa and aims to change the way people think about design by providing an enriching, inspiring and forward-thinking forum for them to realize their passion for design, which so effortlessly marries the look and feel of GTV products (click here).

Generation’s founder and well-known interior designer, Julia Day believes that GTV’s foundation and design ethos strongly resonates with that of Generation, and thus, has carefully chosen various GTV pieces in tones of natural and raw textures that communicate a sense of traditional South African. 

  LA FORET NOIR   Designed by Claude Cartier Decoration.

LA FORET NOIR Designed by Claude Cartier Decoration.

  LA FORET NOIR   Designed by Claude Cartier Decoration.

LA FORET NOIR Designed by Claude Cartier Decoration.

  LA FORET NOIR   Designed by Claude Cartier Decoration.

LA FORET NOIR Designed by Claude Cartier Decoration.

  LA FORET NOIR   Designed by Claude Cartier Decoration.

LA FORET NOIR Designed by Claude Cartier Decoration.

  HUESO   in Mexico’s Guadalajara city Designed by Ignacio Cadena of Cadena+Asociados Concept Design Studio.

HUESO in Mexico’s Guadalajara city Designed by Ignacio Cadena of Cadena+Asociados Concept Design Studio.

Gebrüder Thonet (click here), the founder of GTV (1796-1871) in 1853, and renowned furniture designer, who collaborated with his five sons, abandoned the more traditional technique of glued lamellar wood in favour of the industrial chemical – mechanical steam bent process. This innovation led him to begin producing wooden furniture, presenting a collection of elegant, yet practical designs that could be manufactured on a larger scale. They were the most successful manufacturers of furniture in the industrial age. The crafted process by keeping very high quality standards has encouraged the product circulation at an International level, starting from Viennese historical locals, where the Thonet chairs became the most typical café chairs. GTV products appeared in the most refined hotels, restaurants and theatres all over the world, which deals with the big international supplies and looks for solutions able to fulfil the requirements of the most varied interiors. “GTV is open and looking to the future, without, however, leaving the values and experience of the past behind.”

The business was later rebuilt by his descendants, including his great-grandson Fritz Jakob Thonet as well as Fritz Jakob’s children, Evamarie Thonet and Richard Thonet. They finally built their own production site in Friedberg in 1962, and in 1976 the Austrian business changed its name from Gebrüder Thonet to its existing name Gebrüder Thonet Vienna (GTV), which forms a great part of European history that merges tradition and innovation, renewing its style lines through continuous project research. The traditional and modern No1 and No14 chairs, along with many more of Thonet’s classics are edits work, creating continuity and renewal. These designs boast a precious detail that certifies authenticity, originality and quality in stable balance between manufacturing and high-level craftsmanship. Functionality and lightness are the synthesis of GTV collections, which have always distinguished themselves in the most refined places.





GTV has won an Elle Déco International Design, and Wallpaper award. Always truly original, the company has stayed true to their roots of producing and manufacturing high-quality design.

  CAFÉ COMMERCIAL   Designed by Josef Hoffman in 1925, the N.811   (Photo by Lucia M)

CAFÉ COMMERCIAL Designed by Josef Hoffman in 1925, the N.811 (Photo by Lucia M)



  CAFÉ MELETTI   Designed by Josef Hoffman in 1925, the N.811

CAFÉ MELETTI Designed by Josef Hoffman in 1925, the N.811





This collection is a true reflection of the evolution of our times. In order for you to experience the true essence of such beauty and get an opportunity to touch, feel and learn more about GTV, contact Silindile Duma on (011) 325 6302 or drop us an email.

This Generation – Maurizio Cattelan

Bringing back 'This Generation- meet the designer theme, holding to the spirit of our newly redesigned Hyde Park showroom highlighting Seletti and its vibrant product ranges we would like to share the story of Maurizio Cattelan – Seletti Toiletpaper Designer.  Cattelan was born in Padua, Italy, in 1960. Cattelan has no formal training and considers himself an “art worker” rather than an artist, has often been characterized as the court jester of the art world.

Maurizio Cattelan

Maurizio Cattelan, in collaboration with the Italian photographer Pierpaolo Ferrari, created ToiletPaper Magazine; a bi-annual visual publication. Started in 2009, it still runs and still is an interesting mix of cultural forces on the artistic publishing world.

The entire Toilet Paper philosophy is based on compelling and often disturbing images, our minds race to make sense of them, thereby leading to fantastic interpretation and creative thinking. Toilet Paper, if anything, can be seen as an artist’s attempt to make sense of the random and the arbitrary – and in so doing lends to us a powerful artistic voice.

In 2013, Toilet Paper collaborated with an Italian design company, Seletti, to create a series of tableware and kitchen objects that were heavily inspired by the motifs inherit in the magazine itself. Many Toilet Paper images are contained within the objects, such as the infamous severed fingers (available in enamel plates and mugs instore), a kitchen plunger, a rampant horse and many others and are “perfectly aligned with the pop spirit of the magazine”.  

The idea of an image being one of the most important and primal ways of understanding art that dates back to cave paintings on stone walls – humanity has always had a longing for narrative and story, and images are understood on a similar level that music is. By diverting language, everyone in the world is able to see an image and understand it, for an image is itself true – no matter what kind of manipulations went into the composition of the image itself, images cannot lie. By not allowing the viewer anything other than a glimpse, a single frame, the interpretative parts of the viewer’s imagination are allowed to run wild. Like ceramicplates with a ‘Toad Burger’ or eyeballs on them.

Celebrating Dads with DieselLiving with Seletti

Finding the perfect gift for Father’s Day is effortless with a choice of two styles of Diesel Living by Seletti to choose from The Machine Collection and Cosmic Diner available in store. We will have your gift wrapped and hand delivered in Johannesburg. Simply phone or email us at Generation (+27 11 325 6302/5963 | and we will get onto it.

Check out the ranges below or visit our website to view more gifts for that special Dad in your life.

MACHINE COLLECTION is a ceramic interpretation of the gears and cogs of industry, rendered with toothed edges and impressions, finished in an industrial white or transparent glass. The full collection gets its inspiration from the global imagery of mechanics, and consists of plates and bowls, cutlery, containers, glasses and mugs. A full range meshed together for a full dynamic setting.

COSMIC DINER is the visionary and poetic tableware collection inspired by the universe. The Starman vase replicating an astronaut down to the smallest detail; the Rocket salt and pepper grinders in the shape of missiles; and the Meteorite glasses that, electroplated with nuanced gold finish and available in two sizes, are made of blown glass with a double chamber. Hand Rockets are heavy brass candle holders; the shape has been designed to be complete rocket silhouette when not in use. Its form can be modified when used with a candle, with the removable lid that can be used as a flame stopper.

This Generation - Bernard-Albin Gras

Returning to our 'This Generation- meet the designer’ theme, and with new Lampe Gras arriving in our Hyde Park store soon - it is only appropriate that we share the story of Bernard-Albin Gras. Bernard-Albin Gras was the son of a draftsman and a homemaker in the small town of Saint-Raphaël, France. He was considered one of the most innovative designers of the 20th century. As an Architect, Engineer, and Designer he was renowned for the creation of the ‘Gras’ lamp.

Bernard-Albin Gras

The La Lampe Gras lighting collection was created as a series of lamps for office and industrial use during 1921. The timeless details and functional aesthetics of the Gras lamps, desk lamps, floor lamps, ceiling lights, and wall lights were considered as an original innovative design ahead of its time. The arms, stems, brackets, and bases of the Gras lamps are ergonomically designed, making them user-friendly for both residential and commercial uses.

215 - Graphical, solid and distinguished looking it is a must-have for any self-respecting aesthete.

Just after the war, the interest in his work interconnected to its aesthetic and functionality grew and the Gras lamp captured the Golden Age of design in France; defining the style of that period. Gras’s lamps were soon found in machine shops, research laboratories, design studios and operating rooms. Architect Le Corbusier even enveloped the design for his own projects because it correlated his idea of the perfect object/tool: a form reduced to its pure function, free of superfluous ornament.

205 - Perfect on a desk, a sideboard or a low-table.


411 - Floor lamp: an ideal height (120 cm) next to a sofa, it will be so gracious and discreet.

A new addition to the iconic brand, is a great selection of different shade finishes, from a frosted glass to a new raw copper shade. Lampe Gras is a company based in the past; with an outlook towards the future. 

Here at Generation; we find that no interior is complete without considered lighting. From a stylish yet practical 205 desk light to the ever elegant 215.

Next to your favourite occasional chair, Lampe Gras is the perfect brand to bring that sophisticated, yet functional, look into your interior. 

Lampe Gras continues to be used in interiors today, without the slightest alteration or modification to its original design. Bernard-Albin Gras’s talented and visionary design has most certainly proven to be timeless. 

Design Joburg: 'The Sample Library'

Generation is very honoured to be a part of a beautiful collaboration with architect Joe Van Rooyen of JVR Architects and Interiors for Design Joburg. Come and view our ‘Sample Library’ from Friday and engage in a physical experience of beauty at the Sandton Convention Centre.  

This installation communicates a design interpretation of an Architect’s sample Library by observing at the notion of crafting ideas throughout the curation and execution of them. The stand was custom designed to evoke inspiration to all who ‘inhibit’ the space through a meticulous layering of deign language that speaks to the vision of all of us. ‘The Sample Library’ represents a physical space, an intimate creative environment in which people can imagine themselves in.

Joe and Julia have woven together this ingenious space interlocked with sensitivity and longevity that is thought to inspire creativity. The look and feel of their work is based on raw products such as wood, steel, leather and clay. Much like that seen in the craftsmanship displayed in the featured LL04 piece, by the late Maarten Van Severen for De Padova, with the natural patina of leather fixed to the raw stainless steel frame. The crafting of the architect’s scale models out of exotic timber from chisels to coach building tools used in the early 1900’s by Make Furniture, Forest Flooring and Rubio Monocoat. The raw hewn steel transformed by Pazz Design into a sculptural dimension.

'Sample Library' Graphic feat. LL04

We look forward to seeing you there.


Date: 12 – 14th May 2017.

Time: Doors are open from 10 am.

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre.

Tickets can be purchased on

This Generation - CtrlZak

Generation has had a busy and wonderful April, and a happy Easter celebrating with one of our favorites - the Hybrid Collection. Subsequent to a little detour reporting back on Milan Design Week, we return to ‘This Generation – meet the Designer' theme, it is only fitting we share the story CtrlZak; the designers behind the Hybrid range. 

The unique and somewhat controversial Hybrid Collection, by Seletti, was created by CtrlZak with the intent to reflect on the complex history of the production of porcelain and the interchange between the aesthetics of the Eastern and Western design. As the Chinese for centuries were innovators in the production of ceramics, and Europe has mimicked their honoured traditions for years. Over time, this relationship has changed hands, with the Chinese products of today imitating that of European origin. This contrasting relationship or split personality is so appropriately represented by dividing each piece of tableware into Eastern and Western halves resulting in a surprising contemporary twist and strong overall design. The Hybrid pieces are clearly divided between East and West with a coloured line marking the break between the two styles, and each side being of a different colour palette and motif.

Hybrid Valdrada Fruit Bowl

Half and half. Well, so it seems. Owing to the popularity of this revolutionary idea of breaking up and then rejoining the two cultures of design as one piece, unlike the earlier inspiration of the CermamiX range, the plates, bowls and cups in the new Seletti Hybrid range are cast as single objects in bone china.

Hybird Clarice Set of 3 Large Glasses

Hybrid Melania Vase in porcelain 

A still of pieces from the Hybrid Collection  

Although the Hybrid collection is based on intricate and respected designs, the collection pieces have been made to be loved and used. The tableware is dishwasher safe and suitable for an everyday home. Please visit our website ( or come see us in store at Hype Park Corner and pick out some of your favourite variations of the Hybrid designs.

Hybrid Euphemia Espresso Cup and Saucer

Milan Report Back

After an inspiring week exploring all that was on offer at Salone del mobile Milano 2017 we are excited to share with you the new and exciting work being produced by our iconic brands DePadova and Seletti.

The well renowned DePadova brand showcased the relaunch of their Santa Cecelia showroom. Showcasing a new image and new products alongside well-known pieces. Santa Cecelia has taken on an innovative layout approach, with the intent to create a space where every light, object, and piece of furniture is chosen with care and taste - cultivating the feeling of a real home. This “real home” feeling was excellently conveyed by DePadova in the Elle Decoration show house on display as part of Design week.

De Padova Santa Cecelia Showroom, Milan.

De Padova Stand, Salone del Mobile Milano.

On the Depadova stand itself we were pleased to discover new furniture pieces by the seasoned DePadova furniture designer Piero Lissoni.  DePadova will be adding the elegant Margherita chair and functional Mosaḯque modular sofa by Lissoni to their already iconic collection. Other new products that stood out for us were the simple yet elegant Cielo-Terra light by Studiocharlie, The Nota light by Elisa Ossino and a beautifully reworked Donzelletta chair by Michele De Lucchi. 

In complete contrast to the elegance and calmness of Depadov our other icon of design, Seletti, took design to the max, to the streets and to the people with design activations taking part throughout the city of Milan.

A highlight of the festivities held by Seletti was the DESIGN PRIDE parade, an explosion of design, fun and colour starting from Piazzale Cadorna, crossing the district of 5 VIE and finally ending its route in Piazza Affari. Seletti opened the procession with the celebration of some of their most significant collections and the notorious Cattelan’s “middle finger”. Close behind followed respected designers, banners, music and dance, parading through the city streets. To end off the affair everyone was invited to join the big party.

DESIGN PRIDE Parade, Milan.

Click on the link to view the official DESIGN PRIDE video:

On Tuesday the 4th April Seletti and Toiletpaper held an opening bar party at the Mediateca Santa Teresa, in the heart of the Brera Design District. The Toiletpaper BAR showcased an installation by Tino Seubert, where water and travertine were the stars for an unprecedented sensory experience.

Seletti also stole the show with the release of their new Banana Lamp. Holding to the brand’s witty and humorous spirit together with the uniqueness of Studio Job’s artistic imaginary, came the creation of this new product. The Banana Lamp is another perfect collaboration by Studio Job and Seletti

Seletti Banana Lamp

Until next year, Milano.

Generation in Milan

With the coming of the European spring, Generation is preparing ourselves for our annual trip to beautiful Milan to participate in Milan Design Week, which falls between the 4th-9th April. We are excited to immerse ourselves in a full week of the finest design and to discover the very latest collections of the best of International Design.

Our iconic Italian brand De Padova will be showcasing the latest and the very best of their collection during Milan Design week, and can be found at the Salone Del Mobile (Hall 20 booth C09-D10) as well as in their unbelievably beautiful Santa Cecilia Showroom (Via Santa Cecilia, 7, 20121 Milano, Italy).

For a taste of the showroom watch the video below.

De Padova Santa Cecilia Showroom, Milan, Italy.

Click on the link to see what De Padova design pieces we have in store to offer you in South Africa:

Seletti, another one of our key brands, will also have a stand Euroluce (Hall 13, E-03 ) the most important lighting design exhibition which runs in collaboration with Salone Del Mobile. Featuring their unique lighting solutions ( and including their new lighting for 2017, the first collection created in collaboration with Studio Job, the most creative contemporary design duo, new products by Marcantonio, a new lamp designed by Gio Tirotto and a new project of luminous letters.

Watch out for their exciting activations that will be happening over the period of the 4th-9th of April in and around Milan which include DESIGN PRIDE, the ironic and colourful parade of floats, music, dance, performances, that will pump up the Milan Design Week on Wednesday the 5th of April from 6 pm, moving through the 5VIE district and ending its ride in Piazza Affari with a big street party to conclude the affair. 

Seletti’s awesome collaboration with  Diesel Living, the Italian brand globally known for its satirically revolutionary designs - are opening a Diesel Living pop up home at Via Cesare Correnti 14, Milan, and can also be seen on display in Hall 16, A35 B28 –at the Salone  Fiera Milano, from 6pm to 11pm. 

If you are among the lucky ones who will be at the Salone del Mobile this upcoming week our very own Julia Day and Duncan Kriek would love for you to join them for an afternoon in Milan to take you on a personal tour of beautiful design. If you would like to find out more details and wish to join them for the afternoon please email directly to to arrange to meet up. Else keep your finger on the Generation pulse as Julia will be posting live from the show.

This Generation – Maarten van Severen

Coming back to our 'This Generation- meet the designer’ theme, after our De Padova Event at the start of this month - focused around the new design releases of the collection, it is only fitting that we share the story of the late Maarten van Severen. Van Severen is considered one of the few Belgian designers who managed to infiltrate the international design realm, he designed the LC03 armchair and the LL04 leather lounge chair that De Padova brought out from the design archives to be a part of the new releases in their respected furniture collection which can be viewed in South Africa at our Hyde Park store.

Maarten van Severen

Maarten van Severen came from an artistic family, his father was the abstract working painter Dan Van Severen and his brother Fabian Van Severen is also a designer. Van Severen studied architecture at the Saint-Lucas Institute in Ghent. In 1986 he started designing furniture, and in the following year established an independent workshop, where he pursued the limited, semi-industrial production of his own furniture designs.

The sense of the unified process of design and production was a fundamental aspect of his work, which was devoted to the innovative analysis of basic furniture types such as a chair, table, chaise longue, shelving, cabinet. Van Severen developed primary solutions for these categories based on a comprehensive investigation of the questions of form, material and construction.

The LC03 armchair (designed in 2003) with its structure in matt black powder coated steel and chassis in black polyester is a design to admire. The seat cushion is in cotton batting with polyurethane foam insert. Completely removable cover in fabric or leather. The frame has been reduced to one clear line, which almost inconspicuously supports the slender seat. The comfort of the chair is enhanced by the addition of a cushion.


The LL04 leather lounge chair (designed in 2004) is one of van Severen’s last works before his death due to the effects of cancer in 2005. The design is refined and has a distinct graphic line with some peculiar elements such as the one-sided armrest-table and the stitched detail. The seat has been constructed using a thin stainless steel frame onto which a saddle leather skin has been stretched. By doing this, the leather skin functions as a support and in time will sculpt to the shape of the user. This supporting the fact that the designer consciously intended for the product to be designed in such a way that it can grow with the user, imprinting themselves into the design.


This thought and care put into the designs is a testament to the ethos which De Padova upholds.