Iconic furniture designer Haldane Martin, has gone public with the launch of his first retail showroom.
It is strategically located in the epicentre of the Woodstock creative district, across the road from The Kitchen, and close to Goodman Gallery, Stevenson, and St Ledger &Viney, making it easily accessible for art collectors, tourists and ad agency moguls alike.
The uniquely designed yellow sun burst was inspired by the name of the building – Fairweather House. A bright yellow, tensioned string installation draws the viewer into the space while also working to define and partition various areas within the space. Haldane’s fascination with weaving and line that is evident in his Baba Papa, Zulu Mama, Riempie and recent Source Chair designs.
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These designs along with his well-known and much loved Songololo Sofa, Fiela Feather lights, New Slant Shelving, Globe chair, and timeless Weightless collection, are all on display in fresh new finishes and dashes of colour. There are also a couple of “never seen before” designs such as the Bauhaus office desking system and the Kidult Coffee Table.
The showroom displays work from other leading South African designers - Ronel Jordaan, Lisa Firer, Wiid Designs, Fly Catcher, and brand new kid on the block - Gray. Artworks by prominent South African artists - Brett Murray, Stefanus Rademeyer and Gerhard Marx compliment this contemporary space and the iconic furniture.
The award-winning work of top South African furniture designer and producer Haldane Martin qualified as an industrial designer at the Cape Tech in 1992, also winning the Style Student Award. His approach to design is a holistic one, meeting the needs of the whole human being. His furniture is simultaneously meaningful for the spirit, beautiful for the soul and nurturing for the body.