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David Krynauw Furniture Designer and Manufacturer

EKTA Holmes designer David Krynauw grew up in one of the largest forestry regions in South Africa. Being constantly surrounded by trees and timber, he developed an immense passion for the medium and started experimenting with it from a young age. In 2008, David decided to start his own furniture manufacturing business on his family farm in Piet Retief. His business grew steadily, and he moved to Johannesburg where he developed his own design language and method, enabling him to create anything – from a chair to a building – using parts and joining them in ingenious ways.

Krynauw’s work pushed the boundary in every possible way, and there is more to his designs than meets the eye. His attention to detail in the way his pieces are designed and created offers evidence of the mastery he holds over his craft. The accolades he has won creating bespoke wooden décor throughout a distinguished career speak volumes for the high regard in which he is held by the international design community. He now employs around 60 people, creating a wide variety of furniture pieces and architectural structures. David’s simplistic approach, ongoing passion, energy and love for his medium and craft is what sets him apart.

Designer Knud Holscher

EKTA Firekeeper designer Knud Holscher graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1957. From 1960-64, he worked as a partner in the office of Arne Jacobsen as associate architect for the realisation of St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford.

Knud has attracted international attention with products like d-line, a series of architectural fittings, spotlights for FLOS and the German light manufacturer ERCO, the bus shelters for JCDecaux and the Geberit sanitary products. Many of these iconic designs have become part of everyday life for people around the world.

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Nguni Designer John Vogel

EKTA Nguni Heads designer John Vogel has a design background in architecture and started making furniture as a student.

“I most enjoy exploring organic, nature inspired form, and the idea of form as an intuitive language which evokes an emotive response. After exploring work approaches in many materials I have chosen wood as my primary medium, I love the connection it has to the natural world and the fact that good forestry management can ensure a sustainable supply.

My design process involves moving to prototyping as early as possible, and evolving the design and production process alongside each other.”
Our work is all produced in our factory in Woodstock, Cape Town. We have a people oriented approach which includes training new staff from scratch and up skilling our workforce from handwork to management. Vogel is a family design and maker business run by husband and wife team John & Terri Vogel.

We strive for a closed cycle metabolism by designing smaller products that are made from our factory offcuts, minimising our waste outputs, as well as contributing towards tree planting.”

The EKTA Collection of Holmes Tables, Nguni Heads and Firekeeper is available exclusively in Australia and New Zealand through Enjoy Living.

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