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Development by Design South Africa Catalogue 2018


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Catalogue featuring 35 designer manufacturers from South Africa, with their newest product ranges of small furniture, home accessories and small furniture. All collections are developed with the European export market in mind, and every producers is able to send interested buyers a price list and trade offer. These small and medium businesses are participating in an export coaching programme called Development by Design, initiated by Dutch CBI in collaboration with the Craft and Design Institute of South Africa, and Seda.

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Development by Design South Africa Catalogue 2018

  1. 1. Development by Design is a joint project of: COMPANYPROFILES 2018
  2. 2. Development by Design / Company Profiles 2018 1. Africa!Ignite 2. Arthur K 3. African Jaquard 4. Barrydale Hand Weavers 5. Beloved Beadwork 6. Chic Fusion 7. Chimpel 8. cowgirlblues 9. De Steyl 10. Design Afrika 11. Evolution Product 12. Fechters 13. Feeling African 14. Heartfelt 15. Indigi 16. Lida Ada Naturals 17. Louw Roets Design 18. Master Wire And Bead Craft LIST OF COMPANIES Development By Design 19. Meyer von Wielligh 20. minima 21. Modern Gesture 22. Mors 23. Mungo 24. The Ninevites 25. Rarity 26. Saks Corner 27. Skinny laMinx 28. Smir Design 29. Studio Stirling 30. Sugar & Vice 31. The Potter’s Workshop 32. The Wren Design 33. Touw Meubels 34. Vogel 35. Zizamele 36. Development by Design
  3. 3. 1Development by Design / Company Profiles 2018 Africa!Ignite produces and sells ranges of contemporary décor, accessory and gift items, all hand made in KwaZulu-Natal. Each item is imbued with the exquisite workmanship, vibrant colours and iconic designs that characterise Zulu craft heritage and tradition. The Langazela collection includes cushion covers, bags, décor items and accessories, hand- embroidered on recycled mielie (maize) bags. The WOWZULU collection is a range of contemporary beaded jewellery and accessories. Contact Margaret Gribble +27 73 310 3350 Africa!Ignite
  4. 4. 2Development by Design / Company Profiles 2018 Arthur K, designers and manufacturers based in George in the Western Cape, are inspired by African influences. They are proud to be showcasing their two new ranges, in selected colour combinations, for the 2016/17 season. The “Upandi” side table range and the “Mali” wall mounted storage range are beautifully decorated with African Ankcara and Bogolan inspired digital prints. The ‘Mali’ range includes various size cubes that can be stacked or wall mounted. The products are supplied in flat pack, making them easy to assemble with “no nails” - ideal for the gift- and interior market. Contact Elize Brown +27 44 878 2203 Arthur K
  5. 5. 3Development by Design / Company Profiles 2018 African Jacquard provides unique, handmade ranges of tastefully designed table linen. It is woven in South Africa using the traditional French Jacquard technique. All of our products are 100% cotton or cotton/linen blends, offering high quality with a wide variety of designs. Thanks to the jacquard weaving technique, our damask fabric is reversible with the design visible on both sides. Besides our own collections, we also customize designs for our clients, and work with a number of acclaimed hotels, restaurants and designers. Our brand is registered as Proudly South African and we support local companies for both the weaving and make up of our products. African Jacquard Contact Christine Daron +27 21 448 4886
  6. 6. 4Development by Design / Company Profiles 2018 The distinctive style of Barrydale Hand Weavers is achieved by weaving natural unbleached cotton on traditional handlooms. This ´honesty´ of the production process and use of quality raw materials, results in a distinctive ‘handmade’ look and feel, whilst producing high quality, durable items. The finished products in an organic white are very textured and tactile, with splashes of colour introduced by weaving in coloured stripes in a variety of designs. The tableware range includes tablecloths, napkins, table runners and place mats. The kitchen and casual living range includes tea towels and aprons as well as cushions, beach towels, cot covers and throws. Contact Carol Morris +27 28 572 1488 Barrydale Hand Weavers
  7. 7. 5Development by Design / Company Profiles 2018 Beloved Beadwork finds its home in the Mother City, Cape Town. Here we hand weave intricate, conceptual, expressive neckpieces, earrings, bracelets and rings using glass beads, precious metal finishing, a needle and thread, and some lovely algorithms. Wearers of Beloved live all over the world, and delight in finding each other. Our jewellery is also sold in galleries and boutiques globally, and we enjoy making connections with friends and colleagues who find new owners for our Beloved pieces. Contact Anna Richerby +27 71 936 6547 Beloved Beadwork
  8. 8. 6Development by Design / Company Profiles 2018 Chic Fusion designs and manufactures home décor and accessories felted by hand using 100% wool. The designs are inspired by South African landscapes and cultures. A wet felting technique is used during which each item is gently ‘massaged’ and then skilfully coaxed into shape. The Linear Collection, inspired by the criss-crossing of rural pathways, uses contrasting thread to create the design ‘landscape’, adding detail and texture. The Adire Collection, inspired by the Yoruba people of Nigeria, is resist-dyed in vibrant Indigo hues to create patterns by treating certain parts of the fabric to prevent them absorbing the dye. Both ranges are available in throws, cushions and baskets. Chic Fusion Contact Razaan Jakoet +27 83 253 0601
  9. 9. 7Development by Design / Company Profiles 2018 Chimpel Contact Majda Rabin +27 83 235 8565 Chimpel is an innovative design house and manufacturing company based in Cape Town, South Africa. Inspired by the unique texture of ostrich shin leather, Majda saw the potential of introducing exquisite detail to a classic leather handbag or purse - a touch of ostrich, combined with natural bovine hide – thereby creating the ‘Chimpel style’ in the combination of luxury, originality and status. Utilizing a team of talented local artisans and craftsmen, Chimpel is proud of the fact that everything in their range is handmade in South Africa.
  10. 10. 8Development by Design / Company Profiles 2018 Cowgirlblues is a design studio and dye house specialising in the creation of quality contemporary products made from locally (South African) grown wool and mohair fibres. Our pieces are knitted using only the finest quality yarns and are available in a range of sizes. Each item is individually dyed by hand, in our custom colour palette. Bespoke pieces can be created on request. Contact Bridget Henderson +27 71 083 4850 cowgirlblues
  11. 11. 9Development by Design / Company Profiles 2018 De Steyl furniture is created and manufactured in the Garden Route of South Africa and has a crisp, urban aesthetic that appeals to a design savvy, environmentally conscious consumer. Following on from the success of their modular Play Play range, also made from sustainable Birch plywood, owner Deánne Viljoen has designed a new system of interlocking storage drawers called 2DO Stackable Storage System™, which features interchangeable digitally printed patterns from pattern lab Renée Rossouw’s Studio - ‘The Liquorice - African Candy Range’ is a ´must have´ for the home, office or studio. The products are machined using the latest CNC technology, assembled by skilled craftsmen and finished by hand. Contact Deánne Viljoen +27 44 878 0480 De Steyl
  12. 12. 10Development by Design / Company Profiles 2018 Design Afrika has been at the forefront of efforts to revitalize the ancient craft of African weaving and basketry for many years. Woven functional and sculptural baskets are developed for both local and global markets. Over the years, we have developed close relationships and networks with rural weavers in more than 10 African countries. Successful marketing and promotion of these pieces have ensured that these traditional skills are not lost. We ensure that the botanical material we use is not endangered in any way and we encourage our weavers to practice sustainable harvesting methods. Contact Binky Newman +27 21 448 9761 DESIGN AFRIKA
  13. 13. 11Development by Design / Company Profiles 2018 Evolution’s philosophy is to create a shift in product development- one in which nostalgic narratives are transformed into products. We would like to celebrate the past and cultivate our products for the home as conversation pieces narrating our own and our client’s unique relationship with time and geographical space. Evolution aims to collaborate, create and sell to high end retail stores and decorators. We contribute financially to the sources of our inspiration and we aim to embrace sustainable practices while creating a stimulating environment for our staff. We create because it is part of our DNA. Contact Amanda du Plessis +27 83 301 6600 Evolution Product
  14. 14. 12Development by Design / Company Profiles 2018 Fechters Furniture is a Knysna based manufacturer of high quality furniture since 1936. Our ranges consist of indoor and patio furniture in both classic and contemporary styles. Our new collection of patio furniture combines the contemporary style of Scandinavian design with durable African timbers and time honoured construction techniques, ensuring that our heritage of fine craftsmanship lives on. Contact Morne Smith +27 44 382 7294 Fechters
  15. 15. 13Development by Design / Company Profiles 2018 Feeling African is a craft/art business that hand-makes contemporary wire furniture and accessories. We supply to architects, interior designers and retailers locally and internationally. We strive to provide a stable work place for our skilled artisans. Our products are available in a galvanised or powder coated finish in various colours, suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Most of our products are designed and manufactured in component form, making them stackable and cost- effective to transport. Contact Willard Musarurwa +27 83 210 3933 Feeling African
  16. 16. 14Development by Design / Company Profiles 2018 Heartfelt HEARTFELT’S new collection offers functional solutions for home office and storage. The range includes storage boxes and baskets, pencil cases and holders, plant holders, cable clutches, hanging pockets and wall tidies, key rings, mouse pads, notebooks, phone and laptop covers – all skilfully hand-crafted from the best felt and wools. Easy to flat-pack, and extremely light for cost-efficient transport. We believe in doing business with purpose. From the products we make, to the customers we build our products around – we make everything with love and fill it with hope. Contact Julie Hadley +27 82 340 6622
  17. 17. 15Development by Design / Company Profiles 2018 Indigi is a dynamic South African lifestyle brand which merges contemporary design with local craftsmanship. The collection consists of locally printed textiles, furniture, lighting, décor and accessories that tell a cohesive story, infused with African influences, global appeal and longevity. An emphasis is placed on local hand crafting, innovative design, sustainable materials and fair trade principles. All products are made in Cape Town, South Africa. The company was founded by Natalie du Toit in 2011. Having grown up between South Africa and Australia, Indigi is a culmination of Natalie’s fascination with indigenous cultures, love of bold pattern, colour and form, merged with her experience in design, retail and manufacturing. Contact Natalie du Toit +27 21 447 0165 Indigi
  18. 18. 16Development by Design / Company Profiles 2018 Lidi Ada Naturals are proud South African handmade manufacturers, situated in Wellington, close to Cape Town. At our workshop, we design and manufacture custom-made lighting, mirrors, cushions, bags, furniture and carpets. Together with our customers, we share our passion and appreciation for South Africa’s wildlife heritage. With more than 14 years of experience in the local and export markets, we have built up a customer base with our innovative designs, sustainability principles, efficient export and order fulfilment logistics, highly skilled staff and professional packaging. We design and manufacture amazing, durable products, inspired by nature. Contact Elmi Kruidenier +27 72 111 5244 Lida Ada Naturals
  19. 19. 17Development by Design / Company Profiles 2018 Louw Roets LOUW ROETS is a designer and maker, whose designs are informed by a combination of traditional methods and modern technology. With his background in industrial design, Louw embraces the principles of Bauhaus modernism, stamping his own design signature on the key elements of composition, colour and craftsmanship. Our latest lighting range is inspired by the organic and flowing lines of seashells. Through a unique and innovative process, solid ash wood is bent to create the organic shell shape. Depending on the size, each of the 30 to 60 individual wooden fins are bent and shaped by hand to bring each light to life. Contact Louw Roets +27 71 912 8004
  20. 20. 18Development by Design / Company Profiles 2018 Contact Bishop Tarambawamwe +27 82 758 7466 Master Wire and Bead Craft Master Wire and Bead Craft specialise in the design and production of unique handcrafted beadwork products. From one-off ‘art’ commissions, to our iconic beaded mirrors, that we have exported all over the world, all of our products are of the highest quality standards. We pride ourselves in our colour combinations and bead ‘positioning’ to create our signature design effects, which we then combine with a contemporary colour palette in the creation of our pieces. Our new ranges now focus on home décor, including beaded mirrors, animal trophies, lampshades, and tables.
  21. 21. 19Development by Design / Company Profiles 2018 Meyer von Wielligh’s approach to furniture design reflects the gentle lines and intricate details found in nature. Furniture plays both a practical and decorative role in our daily lives and is the essential background against which we live, work and play. “At Meyer von Wielligh we understand this connection and we strive to make top quality furniture that not only meets the practical needs of the space but also reflects the unique style and personality of the owner.’’ Combining workmanship excellence, creative ideas and the very best materials, Meyer von Wielligh work across a broad range of design styles – from the clean lines of contemporary design, to the intricate details of more classically styled pieces. Contact A-J Bell +27 21 462 6470 Meyer Von Wielligh
  22. 22. 20Development by Design / Company Profiles 2018 minima is a South African-made range of digitally-crafted wooden lighting and furniture. Hand-finished in Cape Town, each piece is made using sustainable birch-ply wood or hardwood veneer. Designed by Jacques Cronje, minima’s Classic Range includes Scandi-inspired ceiling lights that are elegantly understated, making beautiful contemporary statements in both commercial or residential spaces. Its new range, launched for the 2016/17 season, takes inspiration from traditional African design by integrating ‘shweshwe’ pattern into its curved forms. All pieces are available pre-assembled or flat-pack. Contact Jacques Cronje +27 21 788 2515 minima
  23. 23. 21Development by Design / Company Profiles 2018 Contact Candice Lawrence +27 72 603 1109 Modern Gesture Modern Gesture’s new Woven Necklace ‘Lampshades’ are inspired by African beaded necklaces. Handcrafted African jewellery is well known for its beauty and quality, as well as diversity of graphic patterns and bold colours. The lampshade is reminiscent of an African necklace through the use of the wooden rings, which are also symbolic of wholeness and timelessness. Each ring of the lampshade is adjustable to any angle, allowing for the creation of a myriad of forms, and, when all the layers are aligned, it can be easily flat packed for storage and packaging/freight purposes.
  24. 24. 22Development by Design / Company Profiles 2018 Mors Mors is an up-cycle initiative that aims at creating a sustainable business by collecting non-toxic waste and creating beautiful, usable and practical products. All Mors products are made from recycled tyre tube, manufactured locally by previously disadvantaged woman and refugees, affording them the opportunity of decent employment. The Mors range consists of a variety of beautiful bags, hand woven laptop sleeves, chandeliers and small furniture. All products are handmade of intricately woven, stitched, braided and patched pieces of recycled rubber. Contact Raihana Govender +27 83 786 5645
  25. 25. 23Development by Design / Company Profiles 2018 Since 1998, Mungo has been weaving quality, natural fibre homeware fabrics. Bridging the generations, Mungo is a family-run business with the rare ability to create quality textiles all the way from the inception of design to the final product. Sustainability and transparency underpin all of their process. All of their products, flat weave towels, Throws, kitchen and table linen, are woven on antique and repurposed looms at the Mungo Mill in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. Contact Mungo Enquiries +27 44 53 31395 Mungo
  26. 26. 24Development by Design / Company Profiles 2018 The Ninevites The Ninevites collaborated with women artisans from different parts of Southern Africa on their new ‘Meetlo’ collection. The range consists of hand woven rugs and blanket throws using South African mohair. It draws inspiration from geometric patterns used in different craft forms, such as pottery, mural painting and beading. It is a celebration of our colourful heritage and a continuous exploration of African craft and design. Contact Nkuli Mlangeni +27 79 983 8508
  27. 27. 25Development by Design / Company Profiles 2018 The Potters Workshop The Potters Workshop was established in 1986 by Chris Silverston. It has grown into a company of 30 people producing hand-made, hand-painted functional ceramics that are food, microwave, and dishwasher safe. Our work is bright, colourful and uplifting. Our design inspiration is drawn from traditional African beadwork, which we interpret in a contemporary vernacular giving it the Potters Workshop twist. Contact Narieman Johnstone +27 21 709 0212
  28. 28. 26Development by Design / Company Profiles 2018 Rarity is celebrating the diversity and ingenuity of South African design through our unique products and collections. Our collections are the result of harmonious collaborations of different colours and textures, representing the dynamic people and cultures of our country, mixed with our interpretation of global trends. Our natural African materials and leathers, of the highest quality, create statement products for our stylishly adventurous, individualistic and globally conscious patrons. Our relationship based company, prides itself on our ability to deliver quality products on time, and in line with our Fair Trade principles and practices. Our skilfully handcrafted products are completed in a happy, productive working environment that is continually growing, inspiring and celebrating. Contact Jaqueline Burge +27 21 448 1934 Rarity
  29. 29. 27Development by Design / Company Profiles 2018 The Umuntu range by Saks Corner, blends flat pack Scandinavian inspired design in solid oak with African texture, colour and patterning. Saks, based in Cape Town is a designer manufacturer of mid-century inspired wooden and upholstered furniture. Saks pride themselves on their quality of workmanship and design vernacular Contact Mr Saks +27 74 101 7552 Saks Corner
  30. 30. 28Development by Design / Company Profiles 2018 Skinny laMinx is the label of Cape Town designer Heather Moore. Heather’s designs draw on her environment and experience - both global & local – and the result is a mid-century style, scandi inspired, with Japanese-crazed pattern & colour, and a good dose of African chic. Heather began making and selling paper cuts and screen prints in a small artist studio in 2007. In 2012, we opened a shop on Bree Street in Cape Town. While Skinny laMinx goods & textiles are now to be found in stores & homes all around the globe, the business remains small & resolutely local, with design & manufacture happening in Cape Town, South Africa. Contact Pearl Thompson +27 21 424 6290 Skinny laMinx
  31. 31. 29Development by Design / Company Profiles 2018 Smir Design produces woven rugs that are not only ‘on trend’, but also very functional. Our mission is to create a sustainable business that can offer employment opportunities by teaching sewing skills to previously disadvantaged individuals, thereby empowering them to create small businesses for themselves. Our rugs are made from polyester complete with anti-slip and are mildew and UV resistant, making them practical to use even in bathrooms and kitchens. It is our vision to become the preferred synthetic rug supplier to the South African retail and hospitality industry, and in so doing, make a positive contribution to the South African economy. Contact Sanmari Vivier +27 82 923 3665 Smir Design
  32. 32. 30Development by Design / Company Profiles 2018 Studio Stirling designs beautifully handmade hanging swing chairs, loungers, daybeds and swings. Because each chair is made by hand it allows for every piece to have individualism and uniqueness in the pattern detailing and leather work. The products are made from steel, thus very strong and durable, E coated for rust protection and then powder coated in the colour of your choice. In a world of homogenized mass production, slower designed, handmade products require less energy than mass-produced items and often last longer, reducing the cycle of waste in our “throw-away” culture. These chairs are South African inspired and globally relevant. Studio Stirling Contact Joanina Pastoll +27 83 677 1020
  33. 33. 31Development by Design / Company Profiles 2018 Sugar & Vice SUGAR & VICE'S new collection of handmade ceramic tableware is inspired by the simplicity and beauty of natural shapes made by hand. The range includes serving platters and bowls in various sizes, all boasting natural finishes to retain the authenticity of the ‘hand of the maker’. With surface patterns inspired by potato prints, another layer of honesty, and a retro feel is added. All the pieces are ethically handcrafted with paper clay by local artisans in Cape Town, South Africa. Contact Natalie Van Dijk +27 74 785 9525 www.
  34. 34. 32Development by Design / Company Profiles 2018 Touw Meubels is a 26 year old family business, based in George in the Western Cape, that manufactures superb solid wood furniture and products. Our new Sandveld range sees a departure from our traditional Cape style to a more contemporary design vernacular, whilst still rooted in the traditional values of superior craftsmanship that we have built our reputation on. Contact Lenn Clark +27 82 827 1157 Touw Meubels
  35. 35. 33Development by Design / Company Profiles 2018 Vogel is a South African design and manufacturing company, specialising in high quality timber furniture and accessories. Our new collection consists of sculptured wooden wall hooks, floating shelves and side tables. The range is designed for wholesale and export. We have designed the products in a ‘flat pack’ format, to minimise transport costs. In keeping with our sustainability principles, the range is also predominantly made from our factory offcuts and ‘waste’ timber. Contact John E Vogel +27 21 447 6128 Vogel
  36. 36. 34Development by Design / Company Profiles 2018 WREN focuses on the innovative use of recycled and natural materials. Wren is most well-known for their PPC Cement Laptop Bags made out of paper treated to be water resistant, making the product both durable and functional. This year Wren’s new collection of natural bags with leather detail, and new fashion prints takes the product offering to a new level. Contact Wendren Setzer +27 83 947 2995 WREN
  37. 37. 35Development by Design / Company Profiles 2018 Zizamele Ceramics comprises a group of women potters who create, hand build and hand paint a range of African-inspired ceramics. Zizamele’s signature product is the wheel thrown Ubuntu bowl, which has a circle of women figures around the rim holding hands in a spirit of Unity (Ubuntu). Also in the range are vases and candle sticks in a variety of colour palettes. In a recent move towards a more contemporary vernacular, Zizamele Ceramics has created a new range using black clay with metallic glazes. They are also presenting their Xmas range in traditional white and gold and red. Contact Toni Burton +27 84 556 6423 Zizamele Ceramics
  38. 38. 36Development by Design / Company Profiles 2018 The ´Development by Design´ project enables small and medium businesses in South Africa to develop and grow. Over 50 entrepreneurs are participating in this project, taking their design studio, workshop or manufacturing company to the next level, and onwards to the export market. The project is an initiative of The Dutch Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries (CBI), and their local partners, the Craft and Design Institute (CDI) and the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda). Together, these business support organisations promote South African entrepreneurs at both local and international trade fairs. CBI The Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI) is part of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and is commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. CBI’s mission is to contribute to sustainable economic development in developing countries through the expansion of exports from these countries. CBI focuses on the link between producing exporters and European buyers. The centre contributes to the sustainable strengthening of the competitive position of exporters, assisting them in trading in the European market, thereby positively contributing to poverty reduction and alleviation. CBI’s Export Coaching Programme in South Africa focuses on exporters in the home decoration, home textiles, and small furniture sectors. The market entry phase of the project, titled ´Development by Design´, started in 2013. CDI The Craft and Design Institute (CDI) is CBI’s key programme partner in South Africa. The CDI is a non-profit company with 17 years of success in developing creative people, SMEs and the craft and design sector at large in South Africa. The CDI is a catalytic agent of change in the sector, and passionate about developing appropriately skilled, resourced and digitally proficient practitioners who can successfully leverage opportunities for growth and development. The more than 5000 SMEs supported by the CDI range from start-ups to exporting enterprises, and are based all over South Africa – from rural towns to urban centres. CDI’s services help these businesses develop the right product/ service for the right market using appropriate business and production systems; and links them into ever- expanding national and international networks of market opportunities to help them grow. NEXT18 The ‘Development by Design’ project has been running for almost five years, with nearly 30 entrepreneurs participating in an intensive Export Coaching Programme. They receive training and coaching to prepare them for entering the European market. To put into practice the trainings and workshops, they participate in leading European trade fairs such as Maison & Objet in Paris Showcasing leading South African product designers and their new export collections Development By Design and Ambiente in Frankfurt. The project also provides the opportunity to participate in South African trade fairs, such as 100% Design and SARCDA, both in Johannesburg. As a result of the success of the project, and the ambition of both the CDI and CBI to provide opportunities for large groups of aspiring exporters, a ‘short track’ programme was initiated in 2017, offering small and medium sized businesses the chance to participate in a coaching programme that lasts one year, culminating in a trade exhibition in Cape Town. NEXT18 showcases the new product ranges of a selection of the combined participants of both programmes and features 33 companies. NEXT will take place annually, affording a new group of young and upcoming entrepreneurs the opportunity to develop their businesses for both National and export markets. Coordinating consultants: Solly Levy (SA) Irene Vermeulen (NL) Fran Stewart (SA)
  39. 39. Development by Design is a joint project of: