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Meet the maker: Studio Stirling

Meet the maker: Studio Stirling

Est 2015, Johannesburg.

Who is Studio Stirling?

Studio Stirling is the brand that is passionate about beautiful hanging chairs, loungers and daybeds

What was the idea behind your brand?

Studio Stirling has built a global reputation for its airy, elegant hanging chairs and complementary range of metal outdoor seating. Clean lines, comfort, and lightness, along with a commitment to eco-friendly material and support of local craftsmen have made them a popular choice of many interior designers looking to add not only style but a measure of social and cultural responsibility to decoration.

What is your creative process that inspires you to create what you do?

“I want to create something that’s functional, but also beautiful,”  “It works as an extremely comfortable, ergonomically designed chair, but I want to create an emotional response too. The physical experience of the chair, how it changes the way you feel when sitting in it; I want to create a sense of well-being.

I am talking about an experiential space, what happens to you when you are in the chairs. They are there for you to spend time in, chill and relax in. What happens when you sit down matters to me, it has to have the added dimension of relaxation.

“I just absorb ideas from nature all the time,” says designer Joanina Pastoll. “For instance, one of my daybeds is inspired by the pattern on an insect’s wings; one hanging chair is inspired by the delicate veins of a leaf; another  by the stark silhouette of branches against the sky.” I also love graphic elements, balance, proportion and juxtaposition - these all come from my design background

In a world of homogenised mass-production, these handmade products often require less energy than mass-produced items and will inevitably last longer. This dedication to handcrafting strong, durable products has another positive effect: it cuts back on waste, bringing Studio Stirling’s commitment to nature full circle.

How many people work for you?

We are a small team an have intimate relationships with clients and suppliers.

What are your best sellers?

Slings, Bubbles, Nest Eggs, Wheels

What is YOUR favourite product of your collection?

The Bubble and the Slings

What to you is the best thing about selling on KNUS?

It's South African and Knus curated a stunning selection of design pieces - it is great to be in the company of all these beautiful items.

Why would you say it is important for customers to support local?

Making a difference starts at home. We are locally inspired AND globally relevant.