A quick catchup with Louw Roets

We chatted to Louw Roets, contemporary furniture and lighting designer, who will be taking part in the DARLINGS feature at Design Joburg. 

What have you become known for and what defines what you do? 

I'm experimental in my approach to design and manufacturing. I combine my design knowledge with traditional methods by using modern technology to create a new experience with an every day object… form becomes function. 

What will you be unveiling at Design Joburg’s Darlings feature?

A new range of furniture using the traditional steam-bending method to bend wood. This range will feature a pendant light, occasional chair and dining chair. 

Is there a design movement or style that informs your creations? 

I'm very much inspired by Bauhaus manufacturing principles and mid-century modern aesthetics with a subtle African twist to it.

Which other Darlings creations do you covet and why?

I am not the coveting type!

What's your take on global design vs local design?

As cliche as it may sound I just try to have fun on a daily basis in what I do. The mix of South African cultures fused together and then combined with the bold African aesthetic and use of colour excites me... there are simply no rules. This is not Europe, this is Africa! 



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