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Jacques Cronje's Minima Light

Listing 'organic design' as one of his passions, local architect Jacques Cronje is an architectural technologist by day, and recently added the title of lighting designer to his after-hours designation. We're delighted about the fact that he is now taking his innate talent for earth-friendly design into the realm of decor and items for the home. Explaining the origins of this new line, he says, 'I started with the design of my Minima stool made from criss-crossing digitally cut, gently curved 12mm plywood - the lighting followed on from that'. And so the Minima lighting range was born... Mirroring the name of the collection in his work, Jacques explains, 'I'm minimalist at heart; I like simplicity in design in terms of the materials used. So I spent a lot of time designing the structural system and how the segments of the lights would clip together, before working on the different curves and shapes'. The clever thinking behind these lights was to produce a truly nature-inspired object, made entirely of wood. The lights therefore clip together omitting the need for any metal fixing or glue in the process. He uses Forest Stewardship Council certified 6mm birch plywood as the main material, making the lights that much more sustainable. Prices range from just over R1 000 for the smallest light fitting to R2 622 for the largest one. These unique lights are locally stocked by Klooftique, 87 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town. Phone 021-424-9458 or email for more information. You can also visit Jacque's website at or follow him on Twitter @JacquesCronje.