Ukhuni Business Furniture, a Sandton based office furniture design and manufacturing company, has introduced a uniquely South African product range. This range was developed to represent the pinnacle in South African design and was entered into the 2016, National Furniture Design competition, presented by The Department of Trade & Industry.
This year the DTI called on South African designers to submit design entries for office furniture under the theme “Collaborative & Innovative Workspaces”. The brief stipulated that new and original collaborate workplace furniture solutions be presented. As working environments and the use of workspaces are constantly changing to respond to different business needs, the DTI called for entries that would provide a solution to these constantly changing requirements.
Designed by Adam Connor, the WHYnot product range reflects the eclectic mix of South African people, cultures, traditions and styles. The range evokes a true sense of vernacular design flavour and captures the warmth associated with South African mid-century modern design, making the office more homely considering the substantial amount of hours one spends at work.
WHYnot was further designed to sit equally well at home, in a guesthouse in the Karoo, placed in a shebeen in Gugulethu or standing proud in the offices of a prestigious law firm in Sandton. The range incorporates South African aesthetic, local materials such as Jacaranda and Brown Kiaat as timber choices and local construction methods to reveal its home grown flavour and exceptional quality. However, the strongest personality trait of the WHYnot range is found in the fabric choice, upholstery and stitching detail. Each piece can therefore be dressed up or down giving it a multi-location appeal while reflecting the unique personality of the space within which it has been placed.