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Dokter and Misses Team / 2015 / image David Ross
Dokter and Misses Showroom / Juta Street / Braamfontein
Katy and Adriaan / 2015 / image Pieter Vosloo

ABOUT US

Dokter and Misses is a Johannesburg-based multi-disciplinary product design company.

Established in 2007 by industrial designer Adriaan Hugo and graphic designer Katy Taplin they develop furniture, lighting and interior solutions for private and corporate clients as well as educational institutions.

Their hand-painted pieces form part of a growing catalogue of limited-edition collectible work that has been exhibited in Basel, Dubai, London, New York and Miami.

Products show a common theme: pieces can be best described as modernist, with strong construction lines and bold colours that form graphic shapes and spaces. The work is conceptually smart – juxtaposed ideas that would usually clash come together to form innovative wholes.

The showroom at 68 Juta Street in Braamfontein is a showcase for the lighting and furniture which is manufactured in Johannesburg.


Clients include / MTV / Multichoice / Nando’s / Neighbourgoods Market / Nike / Propertuity / Reddford House / University of Columbia / University of Johannesburg / University of Pretoria / University of Witwatersrand.

IN THE PAST

2003

Katy Taplin and Adriaan Hugo meet while studying. The chemistry is good.

2005

They design screen-printed cardboard handbags for SA Fashion Week.

2007

Dokter and Misses is officially formed. Their first range is a riot of primary colours and patterns, best described as ‘Bauhaus Meets Dr Alban’. They listen to Talking Heads while they make oversized, powder-coated metal bling, triangular plates, purses, lampshades and graphic vests. There is applause.

2007

They also open a shop at 44 Stanley.

2008

They've found their groove now and it’s called Easy Now. A collaboration with musician and artist Givan Lötz takes place. The range has strong structural lines, there are pictures of poodles and snow foxes and it’s all set to a soundtrack. The look is relaxed, human; it’s about being dirty, about slowing down, taking holidays. This range is the first time Dokter and Misses introduce wood and ceramic.

2008

A poster exhibition and event One Vote with artist Kudzanai Chiurai, encouraging 'voters' to cast a vote of non-confidence in the Zimbabwe elections.

2008

They create a public sculpture of bent metal where each construction creates a different puzzle and viewpoint. The sculpture is erected at Ellis Park Train Station.

2008

Dokter and Misses flex their graphic muscles and exhibit the Graphik Server at the Joburg Art Fair. This forms the inspiration for a number of works over the next few years.

2009

Bent is launched. Bent dustbins, shelves, hooks, desk storage, tables and side-tables supported in black, white and primary colours are arranged playfully – as focal points or as simple utilitarian pieces. The Morf follows – a mutation of Bent.

2009

The Two-Man Table is launched as part of the Southern Guild showcase at the Joburg Art Fair. This becomes the first version of the Flexi-desk design.

2009

They combine forces with Cape Town gallery Whatiftheworld and open CO-OP.

2010

Dokter and Misses produce furniture and lighting for Main Street Life and are invited to design a room at boutique hotel Twelve Decades. They continue their collaboration with artist and friend Kudzanai Chiurai – The Black President is the second issue in a series of independent magazines that Dokter and Misses art-direct. A Cape Town store is opened with fashion designer David West.

2010

Die Laaste Braai (The Last Barbecue) en Die Slangtang (The Snake Tongs), a collaboration with artist Zander Blom, is exhibited as part of the Southern Guild stand at the Joburg Art Fair.

2011

The popular De Wildt ceramic range is launched, followed by the Swazi Soapstone lamps. Dokter and Misses are selected to be part of the Design Network Africa (DNA) program. Southern Guild invites Dokter and Misses to exhibit concept pieces Pipe Lights and Rocking Chairs. They design furniture for fashion designer Suzaan Heyns’ shop.

2012

They are invited to sit on the Southern Guild Design Foundation Board, a group of twelve members brought together to promote and support South African design. The architecture department at the University of Pretoria asks Dokter and Misses to create customised drawing desks and lockers. They exhibit the first Kassena Server with Southern Guild.

2012

Dokter and Misses head to Accra, Ghana for the first Design Network Africa (DNA) workshop. They make friends and meet future collaborators. State of the Nation is released – the third issue of Kudzanai Chiurai’s independent magazine.

2013

Their editioned work is shown at a number of international shows – Design Days Dubai, Design Miami/ Basel, Graphic Africa at Platform Gallery in London, and Collective in New York. CO-OP is no longer a gallery-shop space – it becomes a single source shop of Dokter and Misses products. The architecture department at the University of Witwatersrand commissions customised desks. They are featured in Wallpaper* and chosen as Young Guns by Dwell.

2014

Dokter and Misses introduce more colour to their previously primary colour palette. They say goodbye to 44 Stanley having outgrown their shop of six years. They redesign the trophy for MTV Africa Music Awards (the MAMAs).

2014

The LALA Shwantla is nominated for Design Indaba’s Most Beautiful Object in South Africa. Southern Guild invites them to show work at GUILD in Cape Town, Design Miami/ Basel and Design Miami. They are featured in The New York Times.

2014

Dokter and Misses team up with Architect Clara da Cruz Almeida to design the POD-iDLADLA – a modular, prefabricated nano-home. It makes it onto the cover of Visi. They produce a bespoke reception desk for Nando’s and exhibit the Veld Couch and Soldier Screens at 100% Design South Africa – both collaborations with fellow DNA members Ronel Jordaan and Gone Rural.

2015

The editioned work continues to travel; the LALA Techno showing at Design Days Dubai while Sun City (hth) and Verster (hth) are included in Making Africa at the VITRA Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany. The Kassena server evolves into Kassena Town for Grains of Paradise at R & Company in New York. They appear in Contemporary Design Africa published by Thames & Hudson.

2015

Dokter and Misses get techy with the solar-powered Isabelo WiFi bench. Time to move again: the workshop is relocated to a bigger space in Jeppestown.

OUR FRIENDS

ADRIAAN KUITERS DONKEY CHILD PROJECTS GIVAN LÖTZ ISIBHEQE JOE PAINE KALASHNIKOVV GALLERY KATHRYN WHITE NICO KRIJNO AUREUM PLAY BRAAMFONTEIN SOUTHERN GUILD UNKNOWN VATIC WHATIFTHEWORLD WYATT HAIRDRESSING AND BARBERING