Last week we brought you the best in New Zealand design, and this week we will move a bit closer to Africa’s southernmost country, the peculiar South Africa! A rich nation for culture and natural resources, the people como from really different backgrounds, from native Africans to Dutch/English descendants. Such a mixture created a beautiful and unique culture for the country and this reflects on all art disciplines, including interior design. Here is my selection of Top South African design studios, enjoy!
What began as a small furniture range is now a growing collection of homeware pieces made from start to finish through collaboration with a carpenter, metal fabricator, brass plater, powder-coater and laser-cutter. Banc Handcrafted, the brainchild of Josie Hardy, has a beautiful collection of small decor, such as coasters and wall hooks, plus large items, such as sofas.
Cape Town based design collective, Bofred, is proudly South African and was founded in 2014 by Christa Botha and Carla Erasmus. Bofred produces exclusive, eclectic pieces in vibrant colours and rich textures. As well as designing their own unique pieces, Bofred restores second-hand furniture into beautiful statement pieces.
Indigi Designs, by Natalie du Toit, is a South African lifestyle brand combining local flavour with a global appeal. They manufacture a range of locally printed fabrics, furniture, lighting and accessories and an emphasis is placed on innovative design, carefully selected materials and local hand-crafting techniques.
Minima began as a series of sketches and a prototype in 2012 and their first lighting range was launched at the 2014 Design Indaba. Minima uses digitally-cut birch plywood to create Scandi-inspired style lights that are sophisticated and striking. The lights are available as flat-pack pieces, allowing them to be self-assembled.
Tanja Tomaz is a designer whose work ranges from corporate interior design to domestic, retail, lodges, spas, and boutique hotels. She started her interior design service, Onyx Interiors, in 1996 and headed the company for 15 years before establishing Kiara Tiara in honor of her daughter, Kiara, in 2010.
Cape Town based interior designer, Andrea Graff, specializes in kitchen and bathroom design, custom furniture, sourcing, and curating artworks while focusing on every aspect of the project from the initial concept to the final finishing touches through her company, Lankham House.