South African Interior Scene : Kipekee Studio

09/09/2018

South African Interior Scene : Kipekee Studio

09/09/2018
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If you’re a House of Hawkes regular, you’re probably aware of my recent trips to South Africa and my efforts in renovating and furnishing the #HawkesHolidayHome. Having lived outside of South Africa for more than 13 years now, I was somewhat daunted by the prospect of decor sourcing back home, but I delved deep and loved every moment of the mission that lead to the discovery of many interesting and new (to me) brands and makers. I was in awe of some of the people and businesses I found. In fact I was so inspired that I have decided to dedicate a little series on the blog to it and I am calling it ‘South African Interior Scene’. 

Over the next couple of weeks we will be sharing the love and featuring designers, artisans and artists that I think you need to know about. So with no further ado, I present my pick for the first feature of this series โ€“ Kipekee Studio.

I first saw their furniture when they were featured on the on the Instagram stories of the ECR House & Garden Show – something I was following closely online since I couldn’t make it there myself. I was so impressed with their style and messaged them right away. Fast forward a few weeks and I am the proud owner of their Saleh armchair, as pictured below in our new apartment. The Ballito based studio is owned and operated by husband and wife duo Micheal and Kylie Bornean who were not only a delight to deal with, but this is a couple who take their social responsibilities to heart. After I purchased my armchair, a tree was planted in our names in the Platbos Nature Reserve, via Greenpop. Now there’s a feel good factor that’s hard to top!

The clean lines, simplicity and the quality of their handcrafted furniture range is something to see – and if you’re in their area, you can see all the pieces in person as they have recently occupied showroom space at The Litchi Orchid. If you’re in need a special piece, give them a call. Their services also include custom projects and shopfitting.

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“WE LOVE TREES. We plant a tree for every item of furniture we sell”

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  • Megan 31/10/2018 at 10:52 PM

    That decor is perfect. I love the farm vibes it gives.

  • […] gorgeous Nguni Hide and statement armchair that I found right in the neighbourhood (see my post of Kipekee Studio). The four meter custom cabinet that runs along the one wall multitasks as a TV bench on the lounge […]

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