STIL design gallery opened it’s doors in Franschhoek on the 31st August 2019. STIL showcases award winning South African furniture designers and product and is owned and run by Monique Vee and Christine Goosen whose work is carried in the space. Both Monique and Christine are design indaba alumni and Monique has been cited as one of South Africa’s 10 young creatives to look out for. Christine and Monique have shared space before at the acclamined design building 99 Juta in Johannesburg with South African designers of the year, Mash T Design studio and The Urbanative before moving their work to Franschhoek where Christine is based. STIL continues to foster the collaborative model that was started in Johannesburg by bringing the best of South African design into a single space and both Christine and Monique continue to work on collaborative projects within the design industry. Christine’s 2019 furniture range was launched in conjunction with Wolkberg casting studios which won them an award at 100% Design in Johannesburg in August whilst Monique concurrently launched furniture for the first Weylandts collaboration with South African designers at the event and continues to make unprecedented inroads in the South African design industry. These are busy ladies and they have just begun. Their furniture companies Monique Vee and Jacobs Collection were both founded in 2017. STIL also carries exclusive product by Franschhoek designer makers Douglasbuilt and Coco Africa as well as works by award winning Johannesburg and Cape Town based designers, art directors and artists. All furniture shown in the gallery is for sale with the added value that, being run by the designers themselves, bespoke pieces can be conceived in house for clientele. The name STIL references the minimalism evident in the duo’s designed furniture and quiet, understated curation of space as well as nods to design guilds of the past such as the BAUHAUS and other collective schools of thought. It is important to the pair that the resilient and arrayed talent of South African designed and made objects have as much representation, support and opportunity and place insofar as is possible.
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