Taking inspiration from traditional African design and techniques, and combining it with nature and a contemporary design aesthetic, has resulted in a unique range of interior products from South African-based company High Thorn. Handcrafted in Pietermaritzburg, Kwa-Zulu Natal High Thorn’s product range includes lighting, ottomans, tables, leather pots and twig framed mirrors.
[Image credits: top, Romantic Leather Chandelier; bottom, Cocoon Pod Pendant – High Thorn]
High Thorn’s lighting designs are a central feature. Leather strips are woven, plaited, twisted or combined with glass beads to form elegant pendants and chandeliers that either hang with a soft sensual drape; or are crocheted and wrapped to form individual organic shaped cocoons. Other designs feature majestic chandeliers made from woven twigs; primarily using Jacaranda twigs sourced from local tree fellers, that are then stripped back and treated with whitewash or stains like Mahogany. High Thorn also offers clients a custom design service, and designs have been in the interior of a luxury Lodge and other establishments across the region. In the server and coffee table designs the twigs used as legs, supporting glass and wooden tops.
[Image credits: Twig Chandelier – High Thorn]
Working with skilled artisans, every order allocated to an employee comes with instilling a sense of personal responsibility, a factor that is part of the company’s philosophy. The beading work is done by a group of local women who each work for themselves under the umbrella of a central organisation.
Prices and custom colours available on request
For further information about High Thorn visit: www.highthorn.co.za