Posted: 12 February 2013
HL chats to Indigi Design's Natalie du Toit about the Cape Town-based company's latest range of products. What's on offer at Indigi in terms of colour this summer? Continuing with our signature graphic prints and bold colours, an infusion of Zest Yellow, Watermelon and Mint are highlights for this summer. The Neon Naartjie has been very popular as well this season and looks great combined with the Mint. What is the inspiration behind the range? I am very drawn to indigenous cultures, geometric patterns and silhouettes so my prints and furniture tend to be very graphic and have a certain ethnicity about them. The Conebush design comes from a picture I took with my phone from a hike on Table Mountain, so I guess one can find inspiration everywhere! I love the lift that bright colours give to an interior, so along with the key neutrals I’ve introduced some trend colours. What materials have been used? I work with predominantly textiles, metal and wood and love to explore the juxtaposition of the materials. With the textiles I work in, they are purely natural fibres such as cotton, linen and soon hemp which are all sourced locally. I try to source recycled wire for the metal products as much as possible and I select timbers from sustainable sources. What home style are Indigi products best suited to? We don’t just do bright and bold, but also have some classic designs and neutral colours in our range. We offer a custom service so that we cater to a variety of styles and tastes. We do tend to attract a clientele that has an appreciation for locally designed and handmade products. Where in the home can these products be used? The metal furniture is great for indoor and outdoor living – the stools are very popular for patios, dressing tables and lounge rooms. Cushions can be used throughout the house and are a great way to change the look of your interior and add some colour without breaking the bank. I’m a bit of a cushion and lampshade fanatic and love layering patterns and playing with colour combinations – our house is a bit of a test station for what I’m working on. Indigi also has a range of kitchen textiles such as table cloths, runners, napkins, tea towels, aprons and oven gloves. Do you make bespoke furniture and accessories in the same colour/patterns? Yes we do a lot of custom work and actually offer a manufacturing service to the trade as well as the public for lampshades, all kids of soft furnishings, furniture and lighting. A client may like a current product but want it bigger or in a specific colour, or translate one of the designs into a different piece of furniture. Clients also give us a picture or a drawing and we manufacture something custom for them. What new products are on the horizon for Indigi? I’m working on a collaborative project with fashion label Birch & Elm at the moment which will be launched at the Design Indaba expo. We are part of a really exciting installation where fashion meets furniture. Indigi will also launch new fabrics and furniture pieces at Design Indaba and there are some other products in development. While Indigi Designs goes abroad this month to exhibit at Ambiente in Frankfurt with the South African Handmade Collection, you'll be able to view their installation with Birch & Elm at Design Indaba from 1-3 March. Visit Indigidesigns.co.za for more information and to see the full range.