The Urbanative

Centurion, Gauteng, 
South Africa
http://www.theurbanative.com/
  • Booth: 1277


 Press Releases

  • (Jan 31, 2019)

    Our Story

    TheUrbanative is a contemporary African furniture and product design company in South Africa. The furniture and products are differentiated by the juxtaposition of abstracted African cultural graphics, motifs, lines and forms with the functionality & look and feel of modern, midcentury and bauhaus furniture silhouettes guided by the philosophies of craft, collaboration, authenticity and evolution.

    All of the products are designed and manufactured in South Africa. 

    Started by Mpho Vackier an engineer turned furniture designer, TheUrbanative constantly explores the role of culture and cultural representations in modern societies, with the aim of telling contemporary African stories through furniture and product design.

    What We BELIEVE

    We BELIEVE that design should make life better.

    We BELIEVE in Form and Function. 

    We BELIEVE that functional design can always look good.

    We BELIEVE in authentic design.

    We BELIEVE simplicity is sophistication.

    We BELIEVE in studio pets.

    We BELIEVE in collaborations with amazing creatives!

    We BELIEVE AFRICA is the ultimate place to be.


 Products

  • TheUrbanative Oromo Occasional Chair
    The Oromo Chair is inspired by the beautiful organic lines of the Oromo (Kemetic Africa) hairstyle in Jimma in the late 1800s. The Oromo chair is available as an occasional/tub or dining chair....

  • Inspired by the beautiful organic lines of the Oromo (Kemetic Africa) hairstyle in Jimma in the late 1800s.

    The Oromo chair is made from rolled powder coated metal framework with a textured rope detail on the back rest and an upholstered drum seat.  The seat is upholstered in luxe velvet along with a graphic fabric at the bottom of the drum.
     
    Size: 530 mm X 530 mm X 700 mm (H)


    Please contact us for the price, customisation/fabrics along with the spec document for the Oromo chair at hello@theurbanantive.com

  • TheUrbanative Nasara Screen planter
    Inspired by the fan-shaped hairstyle worn by Queen Nayara one of the wives of Chief Avenge in the DRC during the early 1900's, the screen structure is powder coated with weaved rope details and includes with planters....

  • This metal framed screen with rope weaving is inspired by the fan-shaped hairstyle worn by Queen Nayara one of the wives of Chief Avenge in the DRC during the early 1900's. The screen structure is powder coated, has weaved rope details and comes with planters.

    Size: 1500 mm X 365 mm X 1500 mm

    Please contact us for a price, customisation queries/ colours  and a full spec document at hello@theurbanantive.com 

  • TheUrbanative Thandekile Console/Server Unit
    The Thandekile console/TV/server unit is a bamboo timber piece with abstracted Ndebele patterns punched out circles onto a white satin finish engineered timber door panels....

  • The Thandekile console/TV/server unit is a bamboo timber piece with abstracted Ndebele patterns punched out circles onto a white satin finish engineered timber door panels.

    This server unit personifies the application of modern design silhouttes to cultural/ traditional design inspirations. The silhouette of this piece is reminiscent of typical midcentury unit with an afrocentric inspiration.

    1800 X 500 X 750 mm

    Please contact us at hello@theurbanative.com for pricing, customisation, timber finishes and to get a full spec doc for the piece. 

  • TheUrbanative Makeba sidetable with builtin lamp
    This multifunctional sidetable has a built in lamp and additional storage shelf underneath, powder coated steel work with woven detail and stone or timber top....

  • This multifunctional sidetable has a built in lamp and additional storage shelf underneath, powder coated steel work with woven detail and stone or timber top.

    Inspired by the towering hairstyles of the Fulani women, this piece is inspired by traditional African hairstyles (crowns)  but represented in a way that provide space solutions for the modern client.

    1500 mm X 500 mm diameter 

    Please contact us for stone and timber top options at hello@theurbanative.com

  • TheUrbanative Thulani Loveseat
    Powder coated steel frame and upholstered loveseat with 400 X 600 mm scatter and a multifunctional built-in timber (Bamboo) side table inspired by a typical Ndebele line.<br /><br />Size: 1400 mm X 830 mm X 880 mm<br />...

  • Powder coated steel frame and upholstered loveseat with 400 X 600 mm scatter and a multifunctional built-in timber (Bamboo) side table inspired by a typical Ndebele line.

    This loveseat is perfect for small apartment living as it is 2 pieces in one.


    Size: 1400 mm X 830 mm X 880 mm

  • TheUrbanative Dondo Dining table
    The Dondo dining table is inspired by the West African talking drum which is hourglass-shaped and whose pitch can be regulated to mimic the tone and prosody of human speech....

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    Our Dondo dining table is inspired by the West African talking drum which is hourglass-shaped and whose pitch can be regulated to mimic the tone and prosody of human speech. 

    Powdercaoted steel frame with laser cut deal and stone/ timber top. * custom powdercoating colours available on request/availability * RAL colour system

    Please contact us at hello@theurbanative.com for spec sheets, top finishes and available colours.

    900/1200 mm dia X 760 mm (H)

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