There is a focus on sustainability and ethically made homeware in the world of décor and design. Uncover 10 finds that will make your home look and feel good.

Floral fusion

Named after South Africa’s national flower, the Protea light by Minima is inspired by the petals of its floral namesake. The botanically inspired pendant light is available in an easy-to-assemble flatpack or pre-assembled. Minima focuses on using sustainable material for its statement lighting, from digitally cut birch plywood and bamboo to African Mahogany veneer and flexi-ply. Visit


Keep a lid on it

The stylish lidded laundry basket by Stellenbosch-based Mia Melange is an all-round storage must-have. The 100%-cotton rope basket is carefully sewn together by a small team of expert local crafters using a coiling technique. Cotton is grown locally in South Africa by farmers who are members of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). Visit Mia Melange

Mia Melange

Sustainable engineering

The earth-friendly Epitek Pod by Raw Studios is an all-in-one solution to your home office needs. The quirky space is ideal for taking important business calls or a quick team meeting. Based in Pretoria, Raw Studios is committed to creating furniture systems made of sustainably sourced and environmentally responsible materials like Birch plywood. Visit

Raw Studios

Amazing creativity

Hand-embroidered on recycled maize bags, the Arrows cushion cover by Ignite Design will add a touch of Afroflair to any space. Ignite Design specialises in contemporary handcrafted products that pay homage to the workmanship, vibrant colours and iconic designs of the Zulu craft heritage. Visit

Ignite Design

Clear expression

Eco Furniture Design’s streamlined Steel coffee table design speaks of a deeper socially conscious heritage. Eco Furniture Design uses mostly sustainable and local solid wood timbers and environmentally friendly finishes. Social upliftment partnerships and continuous skills training and development express the company’s mantra of giving back to the community. Visit

Eco Furniture Design

Pattern play

The Fracture armchair with black epoxy legs by Indigi Designs epitomises this dynamic Cape Town-based lifestyle brand’s love of indigenous cultures, bold pattern, colour and form. At Indigi, an emphasis is placed on local hand-crafting, innovative design, sustainable materials and fair-trade principles. Visit

Indigi Designs

Cool colab

Skinny laMinx has wowed us by retracing the roots of traditional South African furniture making. The well-known local brand has teamed up with Fechters of Knysna – one of South Africa’s oldest furniture makers – to create a range of mid-century-inspired single-seater chairs. The Bjorn chair with its striking pattern forms part of the range and is a sure winner. Visit

Skinny laMinx

Cover-up operation

The African-inspired Bakuba woven throws by Mungo feature bold zigzag patterns and are ideal for adding a touch of ethnic interest to a bed or couch. Rest assured that Mungo ticks all the sustainability boxes. Ethical trading and integrity underpin their philosophy, and they are particular about sourcing quality natural fibres.


Artistic interplay

The Mazizi table with lip by Design Afrika bears testimony to a strong focus on revitalising the ancient craft of African basket weaving. Binky Newman and her team at Design Afrika strive to nurture the creative and entrepreneurial initiative of rural communities by encouraging the production of high quality, functional and artistic craft. Design Afrika is passionate about sustainable design and adheres to ethical and fair-trade business practice. Visit

Design Afrika

DIY with a conscience

Rejuvenating a tired piece of furniture is one of the most budget-friendly ways to create a more sustainable home. A lick of paint and some TLC does wonders. Why not breathe life into an old table by painting it in a popping colour like Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ in Florence. Or turn a family heirloom into a statement piece by varnishing it. Visit

Annie Sloan