Our Journal

Breathing New Life into a Cape Country classic: Rediscovering the Tulbagh Chair

May 13, 2024

We paid homage to the Western Cape’s rich design history through our reinterpretation of the classic Tulbagh Chair.

After turning out several prototypes in our Maitland factory, we decided that a trip to Tulbagh was in order – what better way to acquaint ourselves with this significant piece of South African furniture history than to visit its namesake?

With padkos, cameras and curious spirits in tow, our team hit the road and explored museums, warehouses and antique stores as they acquainted themselves with the streets of Tulbagh. Soaking in the rich history of the town, the designers found inspiration in unexpected places like the workshop of master craftsman Francois Smuts along the way.

Dive into this story to read more about the inspiration our design team gleaned as they explored the region and for some insight into the technical resolutions that allowed us to bring our first all-timber chair to life.


Building Community through their Craft: A Conversation with Cedar Coffee Roasters

March 26, 2024

Dive into our latest journal piece which features an inspiring interview with the talented duo behind Cedar Coffee Roasters, Winston Thomas and Leigh Wentzel.

With close to 20 years of combined experience, Winston and Leigh have a wealth of experience that they are using to grow Cedar and bring speciality coffee to more South Africans.

We explore how Cedar was started, what keeps them pushing through the challenges of running their own business and the lessons they've learned along the way. The piece also explores how they intentionally build community and why it's important for them to pay it forward as they grow.


The Art of Collaboration: A Look Inside Design Week Challenge 2023

November 17, 2023

Design Week Challenge is an embodiment of three core values: the discipline of creativity, transparency, and the mandate to champion design in South Africa. It is also a yearly reminder that we are not held ransom by our schedules, creative blocks, pressure or fear of failure.

The challenge involves an intense five-day process of brainstorming, prototyping and crafting a brand-new product that is ready to launch on our online store come Friday afternoon.

This year, we struck out for new horizons and invited a group of multidisciplinary designers from around South Africa to join us.

Read this piece to learn more about the challenge and how collaborating with Yoco, K-Way, The MAAK and Bopa Mmuso for this year's DWC produced a new folding beach chair and a portable beach side table.


Meet the designer: Luke Pedersen

August 18, 2023

Luke Pedersen is an industrial designer and entrepreneur who hails from the friendly city of Gqeberha.

For our latest Journal, we sat down with the P+L co-founder to uncover his creative process, what sparked his passion for design and how he and James Lennard have managed to build a successful business over the past 15 years.

Delve into the insightful interview to find out more about Luke's journey, his advice to others in the industry and the role curiosity plays in his approach to design, business and life.


At Home with Amy Ellenbogen, Founder of THATCH, Independent Curator and Art Adviser

November 22, 2022

An internationally renowned art curator; Amy Ellenbogen is one of the most creative people we know. With an uncanny knack for spotting upcoming talent, she throws herself behind the people and products she believes in. 

A fierce advocate for local design, join us as we visit the home of Amy and uncover her thoughts and ideas around finding the opportunity in art within South Africa.


Behind The Curve | The Fluted Occasional Chair

May 11, 2022

Often the simplest of processes can bring about the most beautiful form. We're sharing our design processes of our newest chair design in this latest Journal entry. Come with us as we share what went on behind the curve of the Fluted Occasional Chair.


Layered Ambitions | Strata Standing Lamp

April 29, 2022
Named after the Cape Fold Mountains, our newest standing lamp is crafted in a similar fashion. Find out all about the inspiration and goals behind this deceptively simple piece, and take a peek at the manufacturing process on our journal.

How to Style a Feature Wall with Studio Melissa Louise | Flank Shelving System

April 27, 2022
Combining a contemporary aesthetic with timeless classicism, Melissa Louise is an interior designer and founder of Studio Melissa Louise. An interior design and creative consultancy. With our Flank Shelving System featuring prominently in her most recent home revamp, we asked her to show + tell us a little more about her design process, as well as share some of her best advice for styling our own homes. . .

It's The Small Things . . .

March 25, 2022
More than the sum of its parts, and yet precisely because of them, the Bucket Stool has become one of those pieces that effortlessly illustrate something beautiful about South African craft. This month, we’re choosing to immortalise this iconic piece that first put us on the map by collaborating with local artist and miniaturist, Lorraine Loots.

Meet the designer: James Lennard

February 21, 2022

James Lennard is a lot like the pieces he’s spent his life crafting...

  • Considered (if you’re looking for small talk, look elsewhere).
  • Authentic (as original and honest as they come).
  • And with absolutely no unnecessary adornments (in speech, emotion or attire).

Take a peek into our co-founder's journey and what makes him tick. . .


The Isintu Spoon Project

December 08, 2021
Luke and MacGyver met on an overcast Saturday toward the end of 2020, on the corner of Hof Street. A chance encounter led to a meeting at the Pedersen & Lennard factory, many more conversations, and the making of a beautiful collaboration: The Isintu Spoon Project.

A Conversation with Xee Summer

October 15, 2021

Xia Carstens (aka Xee Summer) is a digital artist and illustrator based in Cape Town, South Africa. We recently sat down with Xia to discuss her journey as an artist, where she finds her inspiration and her shortlist of favourite local spots in our beloved city, Cape Town.


The Youth and Design

June 16, 2021

We are passionate about good design and how it is a sustainable tool to grow our local economy here in Cape Town.


May with Mungo

May 01, 2021

We're big fans of Mungo, for their brilliant designs, quality of work, and commitment to produce in South Africa and grow the local industry.

We are taking the opportunity to shine the light on another business that we believe our hearts beat to the same drum.