From Johannesburg to Cape Town, meet the designers who are members of the Always Welcome store.
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Cape Town-based Arrange Studio was founded in 2017 by interior and product designer Roxanne Ferreira. Born from Ferreira’s intrinsic love for lighting design and colour, the studio was spurred on in 2021 to create their first object — the popular Paradise Lamp, that has become a favourite of Always Welcome customers.
Dokter and Misses
Established in 2007 by industrial designer Adriaan Hugo and graphic designer Katy Taplin, the proudly ‘Made in Johannesburg’ Dokter and Misses studio is an award-winning multi-disciplinary product design company whose highly collectible pieces have become icons of the local contemporary design language and exhibited globally.view products
Gone Rural was founded by Jenny Thorne in 1992 to create economic empowerment for rural women in Eswatini through basket weaving. Offering home based-work to over 700 rural artisans, they have been celebrated internationally since inception for their unique tableware and woven decor products.
Goodman Gallery is an international contemporary art gallery that has held the reputation of a pre-eminent art gallery on the African continent since 1966. With locations in Johannesburg, Cape Town and London, the gallery represents artists whose work confronts entrenched power structures and inspires social change.
Renowned for work with a powerful sense of identity, Cape Town-based Haldane's furniture designs and innovative hospitality interiors have won international acclaim. When not designing premium outdoor furniture you'll find him kiting in the ocean or biking on Table Mountain.
House of Gozdawa
House of Gozdawa was born in 2015 by perfumer Agata Karolina in Cape Town out of a desire to share African stories and scents with the world. The studio is on a constant journey for unique and indigenous natural ingredients around the globe, realising their form in perfumes, home and body products.view products
Founded by designer-makers Phillip Hollander and Stephen Wilson, the multi-award-winning Johannesburg-based Houtlander studio embrace traditional forms but find inspiration in technology to create their furniture that is now found in many of the world’s most beautiful homes, hospitality environments and special collections.view products
Established by artists Brett Rubin and Io Makandal in 2020, Inland is a design collective specializing in the fabrication and sourcing of art glass, unique mirrors, earthenware and ceramics, based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Joe Paine is a product and furniture design label aimed at creating products that are inventive, but simple and sophisticated. Launched in Johannesburg in 2008, Joe Paine’s products range from planters, furniture, lighting, levitating candles and more that are conceived by innovation and evolve into unique and original objects.view products
Kirsten Goss Abode
Multi-award winning Jewellery designer Kirsten Goss’ Abode range is a natural extension of their celebrated jewellery brand that began in 2002, incorporating the studio’s signature shapes and meticulously crafted metal work, but scaled up to become considered implements and objects for living.
MashT Studio creates award-winning furniture, lighting and accessories that celebrate African craft. Founded by Pietermartizburg-born designer Thabisa Mjo in 2017, the studio brings together technology and traditional crafts to tell uniquely South African stories using the medium of design.view products
Johannesburg-based lighting design studio Mema Designs creates ‘architectural jewellery’ using woven aluminium mesh fabric. A collaborative venture, the products were initially developed by industrial designer Sian Eliot and engineer Ari Geva but is now owned and run solely by Eliot, who is still in collaboration with several artists and engineers.
When renowned carpet-maker Pieter Nouwens launched MONN in the Freestate in 2012 he heralded a new era of carpet manufacturing. The MONN brand - an acronym for the names of Pieter’s sons: Marcus, Oscar and Nicholas Nouwens – encapsulates the skills, experience and reputation of five generations of carpet-making craftsmanship.
The lovechild of a biochemist and a creative, Okra’s Erik Rust and Michelle du Preez set out in Cape Town in 2020 to found one of South Africa’s first luxury candle studios. Together they combine craft and technology seeing each candle hand-poured in models built using the latest 3D design and printing techniques.
Pichulik is an ethical jewellery and accessories atelier based in Cape Town, South Africa. The brand was founded by Katherine-Mary Pichulik in 2013, and has grown into a ‘strong women and one man team’.view products
Founded in 2019 by design duo Carla Pinto and Zydia Botes, Romaria is a fashion and lifestyle collective that create comfortable, luxurious knitwear pieces that are slowly and sustainably prepared on a small scale using natural fibres. The brand’s unique patterns are created in collaboration with a diverse mix of African artists and designers.view products
Ronel Jordaan began working as a textile designer in 1977, leading her to begin experimenting with transforming pure merino wool into nature-inspired furniture and decor pieces. In 2003, Ronel began a small business producing these original designs, channelling her belief in social responsibility and upliftment into a business that has become internationally celebrated today.
In 2007 Skinny laMinx founder Heather Moore started screenprinting her patterns onto fabric, just for fun. Next thing, her hobby had become a business and now the fabrics she’d designed can be found in stores & homes around the globe. The brand, ‘…prioritises excellence, creativity and fun while treating people and the planet right.’
Something Good Studio
Working with artists and designers who communicate strong positive messages via their work in a collaborative textile design studio based in Johannesburg, Something Good Studio was founded in 2018 by entrepreneur Zydia Botes to use art and design to encourage well-being, happiness and purpose.view products
T-Shirt Bed Co.
Bored by the limited linen offerings, Knysna-based friend team Tamzin van Staden and Jackie Wilson Lowe realized in 2015 that there was a gap in the market. They stumbled upon jersey knit cotton, learnt its environmental and design capabilities had endless opportunities, and so, T-Shirt Bed Co. was born.view products
The Urbanative is a multi-award winning contemporary African furniture and product design company based in South Africa. All of the products are designed and manufactured in South Africa by Mpho Vackier — an engineer turned furniture designer — with the aim of telling contemporary African stories through furniture and product design.
Named a Next Generation Leader by Time Magazine, who describe Trevor Stuurman, born in 1992 in Kimberley in the Northern Cape, as the ‘Photographer [who] changed the visual narrative of contemporary Africa,’ Always Welcome proudly retail some of this inspiring artist’s photographic prints of his travels and studio productions.
Vorster & Braye
In 2013 Cape Town-based chartered accountant Martin Vorster and electro-mechanical engineer Colin Braye turned their passion for ceramics into a business that has since grown into one of the country’s leading ceramics studios. From planters to plates, their handmade ceramics set out to outlast fleeting trends.
Founded by Gina Waldman — a large scale installation artist living in Johannesburg — Waldman Studios collaborates with interior decorators to create artworks that have a feeling of authenticity and that create experiential connections between people, spaces and places.