1. Leg Studios

Cape Town based Leg Studios, owned by Leon Erasmus and Giulia Odendaal, is known for its quirky, on-trend furniture pieces – mostly geometric laser cut steel items in different metallic finishes, often in combination with concrete and sustainable materials such as Birch plywood or cork. They specialise in smaller signature pieces – side tables, lights, honeycomb bookshelves, wine racks and planters. 

They are influenced by the clean lines of Scandinavian design, merged with African pattern and texture.  All their products are locally designed and manufactured. 

Images from www.legstudios.co.za

2. Design Team

The prolific Pretoria duo, Amanda Haupt and Lise Butler, are well known for their quirky Olkapolka clothing range at Big Blue. Their focus is actually textile printing and their recognisable feel-good designs are bold impressions of African life and fauna and flora. 

The Design Team launches new collections twice a year. Their screen printing is done by hand at their factory in Pretoria, mostly on cottons and linens. The multi-coloured prints are done digitally. Their fabric is suitable for upholstery and popular amongst decorators. 

Images from www.designteamfabrics.co.za

3. Haldane Martin

Haldane Martin designed the interior of the famous steam punk inspired Truth Coffee café in Cape Town, for which he won a Gold Loerie for interior design in 2015. The café was also named the world’s best coffee shop by The Telegraph UK in 2015. Industrial designer Haldane first shot to fame for his iconic furniture designs, like the Songolola couch, the Zulu Mama café chair with the recycled seat woven by rural women and his tables with silhouette steel legs mimicking turned wooden legs.

Haldane Martin’s latest range, which was launched in May 2017, is called Sim-ply. The clean-lined furniture offers high quality, environmentally conscious items at affordable prices. At the moment the collection only consists of chairs, but tables will soon be added. 

Images from www.haldanemartin.co.za

4. Skinny LaMinx

Skinny LaMinx is another Cape Town based screen printed fabric brand that echoes South African style – bold, colourful patterns in fashion colours. Designer Heather Moore started screen printing fabric ten years ago, just for fun. Now her fabric and soft furnishing range made with her fabric is sold internationally.

Images from www.skinnylaminx.com

5. Wiid Design

A new kid on the block, Wiid Design has won numerous design prizes and has exhibited at international design expos. Laurie Wiid van Heerden’s work is dramatic, oversized and earthy. He uses a combination of traditional handcrafting and avant-garde techniques. He loves modern designs made of simple materials. Each piece is a combination of art and design and every item has some handmade parts. 

Wiid works in cork, concrete, terracotta, felt, leather, wood, porcelain, stoneware, cast iron, stainless steel, mild steel, brass and copper, incorporating energy saving technology.  In 2015 he launched the world’s largest cork pendant lamp with a 90cm diameter. He also makes stools, tables, benches, pots and tableware.

Images from www.wiiddesign.co.za

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