Pedersen + Lennard
Luke Pedersen and James Lennard are a Cape Town based creative duo whose studio has been producing award-winning furniture and changing South African design. Having worked and lived in Sweden and the USA respectively and with customers in more than ten countries abroad, they are fiercely true to their local training. Their design speaks for itself: smart designs are easily executable; clever solutions are assembled by hand; core materials are used. They balance an affinity for materials that have a rural or tactile sense with a persistent search for materials that have the ability to solve modern issues. Their use of wood, steel, glass, laminates, plastics, stone and various surface treatments produce heirloom pieces. The related environmental benefits are not incidental. Their workshop in Woodstock has ploughed new vigour into the area in a way that suggests the use of rural lessons for the regeneration of this previously forlorn space. With a pastoral understanding that community collaboration reaps a bigger crop and apprenticeship/teaching-by-example is the most sustainable way of affecting change their furniture will normalise responsible resource use for generations to come.