Sep 17, 2012

by English Muse

Morning guys. Yes, it’s Monday again. But don’t worry, I have something wonderfully delicious to share with you, that is sure to brighten up your day. I have recently added a little wooden bench, with woven leather seats to my office. This is a very typical South-African look and we call it a riempie bankie. Riempie meaning leather strips woven for the seat and bankie as in bench. I was delighted to discover just such a bench, designed by two South-African designers, at West Elm!

This bench, called the Source bench, perfectly captures the essence and heritage of the riempie bankie.

This bench was designed by husband-and-wife duo Trevyn and Julian McGowan, from the South African design studio Source. Each seat is made from hand woven leather.

Source and West Elm have done an amazing job of retaining the integrity of this traditional South-African design, whilst bringing their designs to a global audience at a great value. The design is also available in single chairs. Why not use a bench and chair combination in your dining room?

Have a lovely Monday.

Ciao, Lelanie from of Beauty and Love


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One Response to “Bench: South-African design goes global”

  1. Jen O says:

    The red beach with woven seat? Absolutely gorgeous and I want one!

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