Just recently exhibited a piece at the Joburg Art Fair
It was commissioned by Southern Guild and the purpose was to blur the line between art and design
I always lived under weavers and always wondered what it was like up and in there.
Finally I deceided to make my fantasy reality.
The most difficult thing was finding the right person who understood exactly what I was talking about and didn’t think I had been smoking my socks.
The bigger story is that it is woven out of alien trees. More specifically Port Jackson/Black Wattle which is abundant in the water catchment areas of the Riviersonderend Mountains.
It also has alien poplar trees and then dak riet to fill.
It’s made in Riviersonderend where I collaborate with Mariki and Beyers Beyers of Bloemenkraal.
They specialize in working with aliens and the result is providing much needed jobs in an area where there aren’t many.
It’s huge 3m x 2.5m, and can carry two adults and a small child.
The original dream was for them to be erected on game farms as chill spaces that functioned as hides for the occupants to view game at a watering hole or river or bird watching. Watch those spaces.
Suspended from a tree and hung about 3meters off the ground to keep you out of reach of any dangers.
Access is via a rope ladder that can be rolled up and stored.
First one's sold and we are currently designing one for 4 adults for a Russian client.
Called “Lite” - to emphasize how softly this product treads on the environment.
The turned wooden bulbs function as lamp shades and, as outsize versions of the outdated and non-sustainable luminaires that are in the process of being replaced by CFLs and LEDS, make a comment on sustainability and energy consumption. In fact, Lite’s very design makes it impossible to use anything but a light-on-electricity CFL, as nothing else will physically fit the socket and old-fashioned bulbs would simply burn the wood. It is craft-based designs, sustainable processes and materials like wood, that hold the secret of our future.
What’s also noteworthy here is the natural beauty and variety of wood, which is integral to Lite’s appeal, no stains or dyes are used to create the wide range of colourways.
Material - Various woods
Size - 240mm high x 180mm wide
Price on application
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Available direct from Animal Farm
Inspired by makeshift seating found in most shabeens, barber shops and spaza stalls around South Africa, the wooden crate stool serves as an ode to every African tale voiced from these seats of hope.
Recent winner of Elle Decoration 2009 EDIDA Award for the seating category
Available in 'High Hopes - Big Dreams' and 'Short Courage - Tall Stories'
Material - Supawood
Size - 430mm high x 400mm wide x 300 deep
Price - R1 300.00