The original Blue Chair produced 10 years ago in steel and now refined and reissued in American Tulipwood. Image Vatic Studio
To celebrate their 10-year design anniversary, Dokter and Misses, presents The Blue Chair, a sustainable and carbon conscious reimaging of their very first chair designed in 2007.
Working together with the American Hardwood Export Council’s Seed to Seat initiative, Dokter and Misses decided to revisit their iconic steel work in American Tulipwood. Thanks to the wood’s light properties they were able to keep the essence of the chair’s original extreme geomantic profile yet evolve the design into a softer, more ergonomic piece.
“The original design was pure and modern, born out of very singular thinking, but it was not a comfortable chair,” explains, designer and cofounder, Adriaan Hugo. “It was too heavy. It just had to be resolved in a material that would make it functional and now thanks to this opportunity we could.”
From the pop geometry of Series A to the celebrated collectable wooden monoliths of the Kassena series, The Blue Chair stands as a representation of the most beloved parts of Dokter and Misses’ decade long journey as innovators in the South African industrial design landscape.
Come witness the evolution at Seed to Seat at 100% Design South Africa at Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg from the 9th to the 13th of August.
Dokter and Misses is looking for a part time Sales assistant who will represent the brand and carry out sales activities at our Braamfontein showroom.
Enthusiastic and well-organised team players are welcome to apply and become a member of our sales team.
What working hours are required?
• Candidate is required to work one day a week and on Saturdays.
• Be available to stand in when Permanent Salesperson is off sick or on leave.
• Be available for sales events and promotions from time to time.
Any skills and qualifications required?
• Matric Certificate or equivalent
• Basic computer skills (MS Office) Knowledge of Adobe Suite would be a plus.
• Above average communication and telephone skills
• Experience in sales
• An eye for Merchandising
• Knowledge of the South African and international furniture and product design industry
• This position requires extensive training as you will be selling a unique product and service
Primary Tasks and Responsibilities
• Maintain a customer database
• Make sales calls to new and existing clients
• Respond to sales inquiries and concerns by phone, electronically or in person
• Ensure customer service satisfaction and good client relationships
• Follow up on sales activity
• Monitor and report on sales activities and follow up for management
• Participate in sales events
• Monitor competitors, market conditions and product development
• Maintain showroom
• Ensure that product price tags are correct
• Represent the brand in a professional manner and embody the ethos of the company
• Assist walk in clients (greet with an inviting and friendly manner)
• Work with the Production Department as the link between them and the client
• Issue invoices and daily cash up
• Filing and record keeping
• Arrange and oversee product delivery
Personal traits Salesperson should possess
• Enthusiasm to work in a sales environment
• Punctual and Trustworthy
• Willing to learn about the company’s products and processes
• Must have a positive attitude
• Willingness to go the extra mile
• Attention to detail
• Effective verbal and written communicator
• Crisis Management and Customer Service
• Well groomed
• Confident and friendly
• Goal driven
• Negotiable depending on experience levels with opportunity to earn commission
Why work at Dokter and Misses?
• DAM is a growing company with a vibrant team working across various departments namely Design, Production and Sales.
• The company fosters a family dynamic that encourages motivation and growth amongst employees. Each staff member plays a role that is important to the everyday running of the company.
• The company is inclusive and all members of the team are encouraged to contribute their ideas to further the growth of the company.
• This position offers the potential of growth within the sales department and the opportunity to work within the South African interior design industry.
How to apply?
Email your CV along with a cover letter and at least two contactable references to firstname.lastname@example.org using your name - DAM sales position as the subject.
Note Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Should no response be received within 5 working days of date of submission of application, please consider your application unsuccessful.
Date Circulated: 2017 - 08 - 03 • Closing Date: 2017 - 10 - 03
Dokter and Misses debuts 3 new pieces at Transformation, a group show at Southern Guild's Cape Town Gallery.
Pictured above: 'Dreamz', 'Possibilities' and 'Desire'
Transformation explores the space that the collectible design gallery occupies between art and design, visionary expression and forthright purpose. Exhibiting newly commissioned work from 15 South African designers and artists, Transformation presents experimentation in material and scale, challenging the traditional understanding of where artwork ends and functional design begins. ‘Does a sculpture become design if it offers a useful surface? Is a chair cast in bronze or carved in marble a sculpture?’ asks Julian McGowan. As curator of the exhibition, Julian challenged this select group to produce a piece that invites the audience to ask similar questions. ‘We are working in a sphere where function becomes disfunction, where location and dislocation exist side by side, and intention and disturbance converge,’ he explains. As the contributors to South African collectible design explore the boundaries of this growing category, it is exhibitions like Transformation that define our participation in this global movement.
The exhibition includes work by Adam Birch, Chuma Maweni, Conrad Hicks, David Krynauw, Dokter and Misses, Guy du Toit, Jesse Ede, John Vogel, Madoda Fani, Otto Du Plessis, Sanell Aggenbach, Stanislaw Trzebinski, Trevor Potter and Xandre Kriel.Please note that the gallery will be closed between 23 December and 9 January 2017.
A cactus, padlocks, unicorns and a squiggle come together to form a new furniture and rug collection by Dokter and Misses that would sit comfortably in any 1970’s executive office in outer space.
Dokter and Misses will take centre stage this year at 100% Design South Africa as the Feature Designers of 2016. 100% Design, which has cemented its reputation as South Africa’s leading local and international design exhibition over the past two years, will be held alongside Decorex Joburg at Gallagher Convention Center from the 5th to the 9th of August.
‘Tattooed Sleeve by LW and CM’ by Laurie Wiid van Heerden and Ceramic Matters
Graphica introduces some collectible design pieces not yet seen in South Africa, despite having been exhibited by Southern Guild at international fairs such as Design Miami in both Basel and Miami, and Design Days Dubai. ‘Graphica is a visual feast of dynamic silhouettes and exquisite surface detailing,’ explains Southern Guild founder Trevyn McGowan. A Wiid Design bench hand-drawn by Ceramic Matters to resemble a tattoo, the Kassena Isibheqe cabinet and writing desk by Dokter and Misses, referencing a modern-day script to unite African languages, and Madoda Fani ceramic vessels decorated with armour-like patterning are some of the pieces to look out for in this exhibition. ‘There’s a strong African aesthetic to these works,’ adds partner Julian McGowan, ‘and visitors can expect this to be complemented by a dramatic reworking of the gallery space.’
Artists include: Adriaan Izak Hugo + Zander Blom, Babacar Niang, Brett Murray, Bronze Age, Daniella Mooney, David Krynauw, Dokter and Misses, Driaan Claassen, Gavin Elder, Gregor Jenkin, Justine Mahoney, Koop, Laurie Wiid van Heerden with Ceramic Matters, Madoda Fani, Porky Hefer, Rodan Kane Hart, Pieter Henning and Xandre Kriel, amongst others.
Graphica is open to the public from 8 April to 1 July.
Left / "Isibheqe Writing Desk" by Dokter and Misses, “Fear” by Brett Murray and “Bedjenak Chaise” by Babacar Niang
Right / "LALA Surma V and VI" by Dokter and Misses, “Our Turn to Eat” by Brett Murray, David Krynauw’s “Haywire Black Ash” and Xandre Kriel’s “Vos Altar”
The fifth installment of the museum’s popular contemporary design exhibition series will be running from from Feb. 12 through Aug. 21, 2016 where you will be able to see Dokter and Misses, the Horseman, a limited edition piece in their ongoing Kassena series.
Even with its otherworldly silhouette and vibrating patterned façade, the Horseman is still principally functional. Garnering it’s name from the way in which the spire shape appears to be riding the floor piece, the Horseman is seen as a bench – albeit a sculptural idea of one – complete with a flap down desk and other compartments to house the things that are precious to you.
The patterned Isibheqe cabinets are the latest addition to the Kassena series – the first of which was produced in 2012. The shape of the Kassena cabinets is inspired by the hand-painted adobe structures built by the Kassena people, who live in the Tiébélé region on the border of Ghana and Burkina Faso. The geometric patterns wrapped around the cabinets actually represent two literary texts in the Sotho and Tsonga languages, written in the Pan-Southern African writing system called Isibheqe Sohlamvu, or Ditema tsa Dinoko.
This isibheqe script is developed through the symbolic design traditions of the Southern African region, such as Sotho litema murals or Zulu amabheqe beadwork. Primarily for use with Nguni, Sotho-Tswana, Tsonga and Venda languages, the isibheqe script combines letters representing the key phonetic features of those languages into geometric syllabograms. Each triangle or circle shape in the vertical lines of text on the cabinets represents one syllable of the text.
As a decolonial alternative literacy, the writing system is an Africanist technology designed to advance Southern African language literacies. The isibheqe cabinets engage the literary force of this indigenous writing system, and together with the Kassena-inspired shape, create a poignant piece of Pan-African visual art.
Visit isibheqe.org for a visual description and further information about the Isibheqe Sohlamvu script.