Peach pips

Unique way of creating atmosphere in the home, using peach pips

At the age of six Alla le Roux was taken by his parents to Klein Zoar – the house where Wolraad Woltemade stayed during his epic rescue of the crew that was shipwrecked in Table Bay.

Klein Zoar had a peach pip floor which made such a lasting impression on Alla that in 2004, when he bought a house that had been built in 1860 in Paarl and had to renovate, his first objective was to take out most of the existing floors and replace them with peach pip floors.

After numerous experiments and trials, Alla covered an area of approximately 90 m² with peach pips and three years later it is still as if it was laid yesterday.

The house in Paarl is currently run by Alla and Liz as an art gallery called The Orange Mill. After numerous requests and compliments regarding the floor, they decided to enter the flooring design as a business concept in the FNB Enablis Business Plan Competition, where they made it as a finalist.

Now run as Stone Fruit Floors, they have a worldwide patent pending and the manufacturing and installation facility has a production capacity of approximately 10 000m² per month. The floors that they supply consist of peach pips that have been packed by hand onto a glued surface and filled with a silica sand and resin mixture which is then sealed with a twin-pack of urethane. To make the floors comfortable to walk on with bare feet, the sharp edges are ground off, exposing the red hue under the surface of the pips. The floors are thus unique, natural and truly South African, providing old-world charm without the old-world hassles.

This article courtesy of DESIGN>IN LIVING magazine: www.designmagazine.co.za