Darren Myburgh and Ernst Mittermair
This is a proudly South African design at its best, using all proudly South African materials: matumi wood, Rustenburg black granite and Kudu hide. The Kudu hide provides a gorgeous hue for the light and the intricate leather stitching decorates and ties the Kudu hide in perfectly with the matumi top and bottom. Small wooden highlights are inserted into the granite base to consolidate the piece.
The matumi is a majestic evergreen tree and a protected species in South Africa. It can grow up to 40m in height and carries pale yellow flowers and fruit.
WHERE ARE THEY FOUND?
The matumi is associated with water and is most often found near permanent rivers and in riverine forests. In South Africa it is found in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and the Northern Province.
Matumi wood is very heavy and hard, is used for furniture, boats, floors and construction work. It was used for railway sleepers up to 1960.
The bark of the matumi tree is used in traditional African medicine, mainly for diarrhoea, arthritis and other digestive problems.