Our first solo show with Southern Guild will launch a new series of collectible furniture inspired by the creative disorder and decay of urban ecosystems. Largely consisting of sculptural cabinets in timber, steel and glass, this new body of work experiments with jagged shapes, odd proportions and stacked forms overlaid with textural surface treatments.
“Smooth surfaces are interrupted by jagged lines and unconscious gestural marks,” say designers Adriaan Hugo and Katy Taplin. “Function is encapsulated and overgrown by clumps of irregular forms. Traditional furniture structural configurations are turned inside out and decorated with dysfunctional clutter. Negative spaces become a nest for 3D visual noise.”
Inspired by Tramp Art and the notion of needing to be busy, Practically Everywhere aims to communicate the feeling of being in an environment rather than the actual environment itself. In keeping with Dokter and Misses’ strong graphic signature, the new collection overwhelms the observer while exploring themes of over-saturation, disruption and unconscious actions and reactions.
Ever responsive to their local surroundings and Joburg’s inner city, Hugo and Taplin conceived of this collection as an abstracted study of the urban ecosystem as it adapts to and is overtaken by natural forces. Where others might see decay and ruin, the designers explore the evolving beauty as nature reclaims the city.
Hugo and Taplin founded Dokter and Misses, a multi-disciplinary product design company, in 2007. Their respective industrial and graphic design skills combine to create work described as “modernist, where strong construction lines and a bold use of colour create graphic shapes and spaces.” Their innovative designs – including both limited-edition and production furniture, lighting and interior objects – have captured the attention of interior design enthusiasts across the world and defined an original aesthetic that is distinctly modern and African.
Dokter and Misses’ editioned work has been shown at Design Days Dubai, Design Miami/ Basel, Design Miami/, The Salon Art and Design and Collective (both in New York), and as part of the Graphic Africa exhibition at Platform Gallery in London and Grains of Paradise at R & Company in New York. They have exhibited at major museums such as the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York and VITRA Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany and have been featured in Wallpaper*, Dwell and The New York Times. The couple won the Icon Award at the Southern Guild Design Foundation Awards 2015/2016, and participated in the ground-breaking programme Design Network Africa (2012-2014).
#DAMSummerHoliday is a whimsical collection of holiday snapshots featuring Dokter and Misses products.
The campaign follows selected products in wild and wonderful situations as they holiday in and around South Africa. The Moonjellies head to the coast for a magical scuba tour, the Sweat Lamps take a time out in the great outdoors, Lala Luxe lives it up at the office party and the Easy Coat Stand goes through a traumatic breakup.
In the spirit of giving we are gifting one lucky winner with an enticing prize: an R8000 Dokter and Misses voucher!
Here's how to enter in two easy steps:
Step 1. Submit a photo of your DAM product OR submit an artwork of a DAM product on holiday and tag it #DAMsummerholiday
Step 2. Make sure you are following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
Find some inspiration on our Instagram page for more info.
Terms and Conditions: This competition is open from 14/12/2018 until 13/01/2019. Entrants need to follow or like @dokterandmisses to enter. Entrants must post on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using #DAMsummberholiday. Prize not redeemable for cash. Multiple entries are allowed. Winner will be announced on 14/01/2019. Please note that this prize excludes custom products and delivery costs. One winner will be chosen across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Starting October 2nd we’ll be celebrating 10 years of Dokter and Misses with weekly specials. Expect some serious nostalgia along with nostalgic pricing for selected products.
As we look back on the past 10 years we'll revisit our highlights while offering some favourite products which will be on sale at their original release price.
How does it work?
Follow us on social media to see what product is on offer, each product will be on sale at it’s original sale price for one week only.
Place an order through our website or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
All products are made to order with a 6-8 week lead time, this could mean that delivery will be in 2018.
Weekly offers run from Monday 8am until Saturday 3pm.
50% deposit payment must be made to confirm order while payment in full is required for orders under R2000.
Pricing excludes delivery and installation.
All prices include VAT.
Offer limited to one item per person.
Trade discounts not applicable to this promotion.
Why the lead time?
We make each piece to order so that you can pick exactly what colour and/or timber finish you want. The DAM team is dedicated to producing product that is of the highest quality – this all takes time and we’ll keep you updated as the production process progresses.
When will my order be ready?
Order placed 2 - 6 October. Delivery 16 - 30 November
Order placed 9 - 13 October. Delivery 23 November - 8 December
Order placed 16 - 20 October. Delivery 1 - 15 December
Orders placed after 20 October will be delivered in 2018
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 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.