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Southern Guild

About Southern Guild
Southern Guild commissions, produces and exhibits contemporary collectible design by the most compelling talents in South Africa. The gallery has pioneered the collectible design category on the African continent, propelling its artists and designers to make original work that is distinctly local and globally relevant. Founded in 2008 by Trevyn and Julian McGowan, Southern Guild’s rigorous curatorial programme has shaped the world’s perceptions of African design and forged a unique vernacular in the international arena. Located in Cape Town’s Silo District, adjacent to the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, the gallery showcases limited-edition and one-off pieces that have garnered multiple awards and caught the attention of the world’s leading collectors, auction houses, museums and institutions. The first African gallery to present at Design Miami and Christie’s London’s annual design auction, Southern Guild shows regularly at Design Miami in the US and Basel, and has exhibited at PAD London, The Salon Art & Design and Collective (New York), and Design Days Dubai. Its artists have shown at the Vitra Design Museum and Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and have work in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne) and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It frequently collaborates with New York galleries R & Company, Friedman Benda and Todd Merrill, further exposing its artist-designers to the most important international audience.
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Vumboni II 'Testimony'
By Rich Mnisi
Located in Capetown, ZA
This low-slung sofa is an evolution of Mnisi’s previous seating series, Alkebulan (an indigenous name for Africa, meaning “mother of mankind”). The starting point was the human body:...
Category

2010s South African Sofas

Materials

Leather, Sheepskin

Justine Mahoney, Sufferance Collage, Aluminium Printed Wall Art
By Justine Mahoney
Located in Capetown, ZA
The sculptures of Justine Mahoney have captivated audiences for their deceptively innocent approach to exploring the dark side of human existence. Using her own memories of growing u...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Contemporary Art

Materials

Aluminum

Rich Mnisi, Alkebulan I, Leather Chaise
By Rich Mnisi
Located in Capetown, ZA
A designer at the very forefront of African fashion, Rich Mnisi made his breakthrough into furniture design with Southern Guild in 2018. All his work displays a keen awareness of the...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Chaise Longues

Materials

Leather

Justine Mahoney, Venus, Hand Painted and Patinated Bronze Sculpture
By Justine Mahoney
Located in Capetown, ZA
Following on from her major new work, Sleep Ninja, launched at PAD London in October, Justine Mahoney launches another figurative bronze sculpture, titled Venus. Describing the piece...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Bronze

Rich Mnisi, Alkebulan II, Leather Chaise
By Rich Mnisi
Located in Capetown, ZA
A designer at the very forefront of African fashion, Rich Mnisi made his breakthrough into furniture design with Southern Guild in 2018. All his work displays a keen awareness of the...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Chaise Longues

Materials

Leather

Porky Hefer, Hydrogen Difluoride, Leather and Sheepskin Hanging Pod
By Porky Hefer 1
Located in Capetown, ZA
• A new collection of leather hanging pods by internationally acclaimed artist Porky Hefer, titled Molecules, will form the booth’s centrepiece. The series comprises three large hang...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Daybeds

Materials

Steel

Rich Mnisi, Nwa-Mulamula (Guardian), Rustica Desert Leather Chaise
By Rich Mnisi
Located in Capetown, ZA
Nwa-Mulamula’s Chaise (Rustica Desert) is a large, sculptural low chairs upholstered in taupe Rustica Desert leather. It is the second edition of this design, following from the prev...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Sofas

Materials

Leather

Philippe Bousquet, "Battle For Atlantis", Assemblage Chess Set
Located in Capetown, ZA
Philippe Bousquet is a multidisciplinary artist and designer from France, who has been living in Johannesburg since 2004. He is known for his intricately constructed jewel-like sculp...
Category

2010s South African Modern Game Tables

Materials

Steel

Otto du Plessis, Hornbill Woman, Patinated and Polished Bronze Sculpture
By Otto du Plessis
Located in Capetown, ZA
Hornbill Woman by South African artist Otto du Plessis is a bronze sculpture of a standing female nude in the classical figurative tradition crowned, unexpectedly, by a large hornbil...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Bronze

Madoda Fani, Itafile (Table) II, Hand Carved and Glazed Clay
By Madoda Fani
Located in Capetown, ZA
Madoda Fani’s trio of side-tables in black clay continues his foray into ceramic furniture. The series – titled Itafile I, II and III after the Xhosa word for “tables” – utilises a r...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Side Tables

Materials

Clay

NØDE, Intermissiøn, Carved and Anodized Aluminium Bench
By NØDE
Located in Capetown, ZA
The Intermissiøn Bench is the first limited-edition furniture piece produced by NØDE, a new design studio combining Industrial Design with modern production methods that comes out of...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Benches

Materials

Aluminum

Andile Dylavane, Idladla (Silo), Black Clay and Wenge Sculpture
By Andile Dyalvane
Located in Capetown, ZA
Idladla (Silo) is a monumental, mixed-media sculpture by international renowned ceramicist Andile Dyalvane measuring 1,44 metres tall. The lower half is a geometric base sculpted fro...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Clay, Wenge

Porky Hefer, Dihydrogen Monoxide, Leather and Sheepskin Hanging Pod
By Porky Hefer 1
Located in Capetown, ZA
A new collection of leather hanging pods by internationally acclaimed artist Porky Hefer, titled Molecules, will form the booth’s centrepiece. The series comprises three large hangin...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Daybeds

Materials

Steel

Andile Dyalvane, Nkcokocha (Moutain Peak), Black Clay and Wenge Sculpture
By Andile Dyalvane
Located in Capetown, ZA
Nkcokocha (Mountain Peak) is a monumental, mixed-media sculpture by international renowned ceramicist Andile Dyalvane measuring 1,5 metres tall. The lower half is a geometric base sc...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Wenge, Clay

Conrad Hicks, Copper Landscape I, Wall Art
By Conrad Hicks
Located in Capetown, ZA
Conrad Hicks is an artist, blacksmith and tool-maker in Cape Town. He specialises in hand forged metal work, using only traditional blacksmithing jointing methods as he believes thes...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Mounted Objects

Materials

Copper

Conrad Hicks, "Component II", Copper, Stainless Steel and Timber Sculpture
By Conrad Hicks
Located in Capetown, ZA
Conrad Hicks is an artist, blacksmith and tool-maker in Cape Town. He specializes in hand forged metal work, using only traditional blacksmithing jointing methods as he believes thes...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Copper, Stainless Steel

Dokter and Misses, Cry Baby, Hand-Painted Steel and African Walnut Cabinet
By Dokter and Misses
Located in Capetown, ZA
Dokter and Misses is a multi-disciplinary product design company founded by Adriaan Hugo and Katy Taplin in Johannesburg in 2007. Their innovative designs – including both limited-ed...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Cabinets

Materials

Steel

Conrad Hicks, "Firebird Chaise", Copper and High Carbon Steel Chaise Longue
By Conrad Hicks
Located in Capetown, ZA
Conrad Hicks is an artist, blacksmith and tool-maker in Cape Town. He specialises in hand-forged metal work, using only traditional blacksmithing jointing methods as he believes thes...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Benches

Materials

Steel, Copper

Dokter and Misses, "Rat Trap", Steel and Kiaat Cabinet
By Dokter and Misses
Located in Capetown, ZA
Dokter and Misses is a multi-disciplinary product design company founded by Adriaan Hugo and Katy Taplin in Johannesburg in 2007. Their innovative designs – including both limited-ed...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Cabinets

Materials

Steel

Stanislaw Trzebinski, "Extra Terrestrial", Bronze Occasional Side-Table
By Stanislaw Trzebinski
Located in Capetown, ZA
This side-table by sculptor Stanislaw Trzebinski appears alive and ancient at the same time. The artist is deeply inspired by the natural world – by the ocean life he encountered div...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Side Tables

Materials

Bronze

Chuma Maweni, "Imbizo", Carved Ebonized Timber and Clay Stool and Table Set
Located in Capetown, ZA
This clay table and stool set marked the first time ceramicist Chuma Maweni ventured into larger scale furniture. Called "Imbizo" (meaning “gathering” in isiXhosa), it encompasses a ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Dining Room Sets

Materials

Clay

Dokter and Misses, "Skip", Glazed Brick and Glass Sculpture Lights
By Dokter and Misses
Located in Capetown, ZA
Dokter and Misses is a multi-disciplinary product design company founded by Adriaan Hugo and Katy Taplin in Johannesburg in 2007. Their innovative designs – including both limited-ed...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic, Glass

Dokter and Misses, "Touch and Go", Steel and Glass Cabinet
By Dokter and Misses
Located in Capetown, ZA
Dokter and Misses is a multi-disciplinary product design company founded by Adriaan Hugo and Katy Taplin in Johannesburg in 2007. Their innovative designs – including both limited-ed...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Shelves

Materials

Steel

David Krynauw, "Jeppestown Waiting Bench", Wenge and Cowhide String
By David Krynauw
Located in Capetown, ZA
This Jeppestown bench is made from Wenge, a dark hardwood indigenous to South Africa, strung with leather "riempies" (Afrikaans for 'thongs') that were traditionally used to make sea...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Cowhide, Wenge

Dokter and Misses, Infidelity, Hand-Painted Steel and Kiaat Cabinet
By Dokter and Misses
Located in Capetown, ZA
Dokter and Misses is a multi-disciplinary product design company founded by Adriaan Hugo and Katy Taplin in Johannesburg in 2007. Their innovative designs, including both limited-edi...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Cabinets

Materials

Steel

Stanislaw Trzebinski, "Polydolichodactyl Muralis", Bronze Table
By Stanislaw Trzebinski
Located in Capetown, ZA
Stanislaw grew up in Nairobi, Kenya in a richly creative household filled with paintings by his late father – accomplished artist Tonio Trzebinski – artworks by close friends such as...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Console Tables

Materials

Bronze

Dokter and Misses, "Kasena Horseman", Desk
By Dokter and Misses
Located in Capetown, ZA
Adriaan Hugo and Katy Taplin are the couple behind Johannesburg’s Dokter and Misses. Inspired by the idiosyncrasies of their surroundings, their modernist furniture pieces with angul...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Desks

Materials

Beech

Justine Mahoney, Sufferance, Bronze Sculpture
By Justine Mahoney
Located in Capetown, ZA
The sculptures of Justine Mahoney have captivated audiences for their deceptively innocent approach to exploring the dark side of human existence. Using her own memories of growing u...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Bronze

Andile Dyalvane, Embo (Origin), Glazed and Hand Painted Clay Sculpture
By Andile Dyalvane
Located in Capetown, ZA
Widely considered one of South Africa’s foremost ceramic artists, Andile Dyalvane is guided by a deep spiritual connection to his Xhosa ancestors through his work. This large-scale c...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Clay

Dokter and Misses, Not My Problem, Steel and Kiaat Cabinet
By Dokter and Misses
Located in Capetown, ZA
Dokter and Misses is a multi-disciplinary product design company founded by Adriaan Hugo and Katy Taplin in Johannesburg in 2007. Their innovative designs, including both limited-edi...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Cabinets

Materials

Steel

Charles Haupt, "Tropism Mensa Foliorum", Bronze Lily Side Table
By Charles Haupt
Located in Capetown, ZA
Blending sculpture and design, Charles Haupt is always looking for the underlying geometry in the chaos that is nature. His Tropism series recalls a longheld fascination with the res...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Side Tables

Materials

Bronze

Jesse Ede, "Lunar", Aluminium and Slate Stone Console
By Jesse Ede
Located in Capetown, ZA
Born in Cape Town in 1985, Jesse Ede is a self-taught designer who favours a materials and process-driven approach to furniture design. Working primarily in aluminium, stone, bronze ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Console Tables

Materials

Slate, Aluminum

Andile Dyalvane, Umlisela Nomthinjana (Youth Collectively), Clay Sculpture
By Andile Dyalvane
Located in Capetown, ZA
Widely considered one of South Africa’s foremost ceramic artists, Andile Dyalvane is guided by a deep spiritual connection to his Xhosa ancestors through his work. This large-scale c...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Clay

Conrad Hicks, "Component I", Copper, Stainless Steel and Timber Sculpture
By Conrad Hicks
Located in Capetown, ZA
Conrad Hicks is an artist, blacksmith and tool-maker in Cape Town. He specializes in hand forged metal work, using only traditional blacksmithing jointing methods as he believes thes...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Stainless Steel, Copper

Otto du Plessis, Avo Woman, Patinated and Polished Bronze Sculpture
By Otto du Plessis
Located in Capetown, ZA
Avo Woman by South African artist Otto du Plessis is a bronze sculpture of a standing female nude in the classical figurative tradition crowned, unexpectedly, by the head of an avoce...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Bronze

Dokter and Misses, "Tjips Chips", Steel and Glass Cabinet
By Dokter and Misses
Located in Capetown, ZA
Dokter and Misses is a multi-disciplinary product design company founded by Adriaan Hugo and Katy Taplin in Johannesburg in 2007. Their innovative designs, including both limited-edi...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Cabinets

Materials

Steel

Andile Dyalvane, "Idladla (Grain Silo)", Terracotta Clay Sculptural Seat
By Andile Dyalvane
Located in Capetown, ZA
Idladla (Grain Silo) is a large-scale ceramic sculpture by internationally renowned South African ceramicist Andile Dyalvane. It is a central work in Dyalvane’s ground-breaking 2017 ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Terracotta

Justine Mahoney, "Siamese Twins", Painted Bronze Sculpture
By Justine Mahoney
Located in Capetown, ZA
Justine Mahoney creates collages and sculptures that mirror her upbringing in the 1970s in Johannesburg, where she was more aware of a sugar-coated magazine reality than the harsh p...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Bronze

Jesse Ede, "Sickle", Aluminium and Hand Silvered Black Mirror
By Jesse Ede
Located in Capetown, ZA
Born in Cape Town in 1985, Jesse Ede is a self-taught designer who favours a materials and process-driven approach to furniture design. Working primarily in aluminium, stone, bronze ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Wall Mirrors

Materials

Aluminum

Dokter and Misses, "Corner of", Steel and Panga Panga Cabinet
By Dokter and Misses
Located in Capetown, ZA
Dokter and Misses is a multi-disciplinary product design company founded by Adriaan Hugo and Katy Taplin in Johannesburg in 2007. Their innovative designs, including both limited-edi...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Sideboards

Materials

Steel

Madoda Fani, Itafile (Table) III, Hand Carved and Glazed Clay
By Madoda Fani
Located in Capetown, ZA
Madoda Fani’s trio of side-tables in black clay continues his foray into ceramic furniture. The series – titled Itafile I, II and III after the Xhosa word for “tables” – utilises a r...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Side Tables

Materials

Clay

Jesse Ede, "Eclipse", Aluminium, Steel and Slate Floor Light
By Jesse Ede
Located in Capetown, ZA
Born in Cape Town in 1985, Jesse Ede is a self-taught designer who favours a materials and process-driven approach to furniture design. Working primarily in aluminium, stone, bronze ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Floor Lamps

Materials

Slate, Aluminum, Steel

David Krynauw, "D1 Haywire", Blackened Ash Light
By David Krynauw
Located in Capetown, ZA
Uncompromising attention to quality, detail and originality is what sets Johannesburg-based Krynauw’s work apart. His studio draws inspiration from the method behind the work and thi...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Ash

Conrad Hicks, "Wife?", Forged Iron and Copper Bench
By Conrad Hicks
Located in Capetown, ZA
Conrad Hicks is an artist, blacksmith and tool-maker in Cape Town. He specialises in hand forged metal work, using only traditional blacksmithing jointing methods as he believes thes...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Benches

Materials

Copper, Iron

Justine Mahoney, "Initiation", Hand Painted Bronze Sculpture
By Justine Mahoney
Located in Capetown, ZA
Justine Mahoney's bronze figures juxtapose Western pop culture and African elements. "Initiation" depicts a young girl rendered in the style of a traditional African tribal sculpture...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Enamel, Bronze

Stanislaw Trzebinski, "Aequor Mercury", Bronze and Steel Water Sculpture
By Stanislaw Trzebinski
Located in Capetown, ZA
Stanislaw grew up in Nairobi, Kenya in a richly creative household filled with paintings by his late father – accomplished artist Tonio Trzebinski – artworks by close friends such as...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Fountains

Materials

Bronze, Stainless Steel

Jesse Ede, "Moongazer", Aluminium Chair
By Jesse Ede
Located in Capetown, ZA
Born in Cape Town in 1985, Jesse Ede is a self-taught designer who favours a materials and process-driven approach to furniture design. Working primarily in aluminium, stone, bronze ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary South African Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

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