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SA’s Most Beautiful Object for 2019 Unveiled

Interdependence II by Houtlander Named Most Beautiful Object in South Africa 2019

The votes have been cast and this year’s Most Beautiful Object in South Africa at the annual Design Indaba is the Interdependence II bench. Designed by Houtlander, it is a playful spin on the traditional loveseat.

According to local entrepreneur Mamakashaka’s Nandi Dlepu, “The manufacturing ability exhibited with this product is applaud worthy, I really love that it’s an abstraction of something familiar. A shakers style love seat with a twist, literally!”

Creators Houtlander paid special attention to movement and colour in the design, lending the furniture piece an organic nature. The colour invites the viewer to reflect on the piece as a flowing object, which is not something one would expect from a bench that would traditionally be perceived as motionless.

As for its designers, Phillip Hollander and Stephen Wilson have come together to make beautiful, useful furniture that they want to live with. The duo cares about basic human principles of inclusivity, environment and legacy. They connected with a single aim to design accessible and covetable furniture.

“We admire modernist design, respect the tried and tested methods of centuries of traditional joinery and challenge ourselves to employ modern methods to create functional pieces with a future heritage,” adds the duo.


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