hl next level 2018: director and co-founder of luvarre, lumar fourie

Trevor Stuurman
With product names like The Light In Shining Armour, Rockhead, and The Concrete Dutchman, the furniture design studio Luvarre – made up of designers Lumar Fourie and Navarre Ebersohn – doesn’t take itself too seriously. The pair showed works at four project spaces at Design Joburg this year – a real feat for such a young but clearly desirable brand. We talked to Lumar Fourie about their work.

how did you got started?

I have always had a desire to create; my father owns a precast concrete company and concrete became as important to me as oxygen. Concrete is where it all started, it never ceases to amaze and inspire me to push the boundaries of design.

did you always want to be doing what you’re doing now?

I have to say that I am very content where I am today. I have always looked up to my father and wanted to design and create just like he does.

do you have a particular favourite among the works you’ve created?

I would have to say the Minion, maybe because it was our very first piece and it still makes a statement.

what’s been your defining career moment to date?

To be honest, this feature in House and Leisure, being among your top creatives in our country, is a true honour. I will probably never forget this!

any creatives on your radar at the moment?

I recently stumbled upon another design company in Pretoria, Manna Design Studio, and I really believe they are a exceptional example of the top quality designers this country has to offer.

and are there any artists that you look up to?

Meyer von Wielligh and Heino Schmitt.

which single place would you recommend people visit?

Zeitz MOCAA. I’ll spoil it if I say too much, but it’s a must-see. What are you working on now? We are preparing for 100% Design and working on a dining table that will be more a piece of art than anything else... stay tuned.

Learn all about the game changers who are taking things to the Next Level in our #HLNEXTLEVEL2018  issue.