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DESIGNERS

From Johannesburg to Cape Town, meet the designers who are members of the Always Welcome store.


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Bofred


Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Bofred was established in 2015 by Christa Botha and Carla Erasmus. The Bofred team's design philosophy is reflected in the linear shapes, colours and rich textures of natural hand-crafted materials they use to design – and locally produce – bespoke collections of furniture, lighting, and art.

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Curación Collection


Driven by a deep passion to articulate a unique story and formidable point of view, Cape Town-based Curación Collection, founded by Dylan Thomaz and Adrian Beukes, have created a collection of furniture, lighting and textiles that aims to make good design accessible to everyone and enhance the way people live.

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Deft Studio


Established in 2020 in Gqeberha by designer-makers Martin Tallie and Zani Alberts, the duo combined their set of architectural skills and applied them to a line of furniture design. Deft. advocates longevity through simplicity & quality craftsmanship where every piece is designed and carefully crafted by a small team of passionate makers — furniture intended to spark joy in our everyday surroundings.

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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.

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Douglas & Company


Douglas & Company is a Cape Town based multidisciplinary design studio with projects ranging from architecture and interior design to bespoke furniture and collectible design. The studio’s design focus is to bring excitement back to daily experiences and find delight in the ordinary, made by hand in Cape Town.

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Gone Rural


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.

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Goodman Gallery


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.

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Haldane Martin


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.

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House of Harhaz


Kwazulu-Natal based studio House of Harhaz was born of founder Zahra Moosa’s passion for interiors, as well as a desire to create unique pieces from designing clothing to creating  lifestyle collections, like their range of hand-blown glass specially crafted by Egyptian artisans in Cairo.

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Houtlander


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.

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Inland Collective


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.

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Joe Paine


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.

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Khwebula Arts


Khwebula Arts take great pride in producing fine solid wood furniture that combines the best of Scandinavian and African design. Founded by designer Sipho Khwebula Twala in 2014, the studio specialises in manufacturing artistic functional furniture pieces that celebrate their passion for carpentry and computer-aided design.

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Kino


Kino is an award winning furniture studio by designers Nico Hendriksz and Anton Louw specialising in freestanding, solid-wood furniture items of the highest quality. All pieces are designed and manufactured in-house by a small team of skilled and passionate craftsmen.

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Mash.T Studio


Mash.T 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.

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Meuble Furniture


Soft, warm and contemporary, Meuble Furniture aims to design and manufacture timeless furniture pieces that remain relevant, and last for generations. By celebrating shapes that are simple and pure in form, Meuble expresses the material and joint details of their pieces wherever possible, creating a newness, but also a sense of nostalgia, that links memory and place.

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MONN Carpets


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.

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Neimil


Neimil is a Johannesburg-based design and lifestyle brand that was founded by Keneilwe Mothoa & Lubabalo Mxalisa in 2018. Focusing on interior design, fashion and art, Neimil tells authentic African stories through their shared love for design and photography, merging the two worlds to create uniquely designed, handcrafted products that are perfect for the modern space or closet.

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Okra


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.

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Pichulik


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’.

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Romaria


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.

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Ronel Jordaan


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.

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Skinny laMinx


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.’

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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.

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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.

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The Urbanative


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.

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Trevor Stuurman


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.

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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.

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Waldman Studio


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.