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Meet the de­sign duo be­hind new fur­ni­ture brand hout­lander

Part her­itage, part ul­tra­mod­ern, Phillip Hol­lan­der and Stephen Wil­son cre­ate fur­ni­ture that’s as cap­ti­vat­ing in its sim­ple el­e­gance as it is in its crafts­man­ship. Hout­lander, the pair’s newly-launched brand, brings the age-old craft of car­pen­try into the age of 3D print­ing, prov­ing that tech­nol­ogy and tra­di­tion are hardly strange bed­fel­lows.

A chance meet­ing at a fur­ni­ture de­sign ex­change in Swe­den in

2014 saw Phillip and Stephen find in­stant cre­ative syn­ergy, de­spite very dif­fer­ent back­grounds (Phillip was a busi­ness­man while Stephen was in fur­ni­ture and cab­i­net mak­ing). Three years later, that very same dy­namic – wood­work, tech­nol­ogy, cod­ing and func­tional de­sign – caused their nascent brand to come to life. ‘We love the way tra­di­tional join­ery works, in that you needn’t use screws and nails, but rather well thought-out joints and fix­tures,’ says Stephen. ‘If you look at how pieces have been put to­gether in re­cent times, it re­lies heav­ily on a me­chan­i­cal pres­ence, poor ad­he­sives and even poorer fix­ings. But now, with robotics and 3D mod­el­ling, we can ef­fi­ciently cre­ate high-qual­ity join­ery.’

Backed by this phi­los­o­phy of qual­ity be­fore all else, tech-fron­tier pro­duc­tion and just the right amount of nos­tal­gia, the duo have (af­ter a 10-month lock­down in their stu­dio) launched their de­but col­lec­tion.

‘Our ap­proach is hands-on and con­nected,’ says Phillip. ‘We chose wood­work and fur­ni­ture mak­ing be­cause it’s an hon­est en­deav­our, in­spired by the tra­di­tion of Scan­di­na­vian ar­ti­san­ship passed down through gen­er­a­tions.’ And with the brand claim­ing the cov­eted ti­tle of Best Fur­ni­ture De­sign at 100% De­sign SA ear­lier this year, it just goes to show that hon­esty is the best pol­icy. Hout­lander hout­lander.co.za

CLOCK­WISE,

FROM FAR LEFT STEPHEN WIL­SON AND PHILLIP HOL­LAN­DER IN THEIR STU­DIO IN ROBERTVILLE, JO’BURG; AWARD-WIN­NING JOIN­ERY IN A MOD­ERN DE­SIGN; THE PAIR TAKE A HANDS-ON AP­PROACH TO THEIR PROCESS; THE FIN­ISHED AES­THETIC

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