By Adrian Lombard and Darren Myburgh
Adrian Lombard and Darren Myburgh
Darren Myburgh and Ernst Mittermair
Clean crisp lines and elegance permeate this fusion of matumi wood and brushed stainless steel. The two-tier structure creates a floating effect and adds to the feeling of space, light and calm that this piece represents. This dining table features style, functionality and an appealing design.
Adrian Lombard: “Design is intelligence made visible.” This personal expression embodies the life and work of Adrian Lombard. The founder of Essential Earth Global and Essential Curiosity is a connoisseur of personal branding and specialist in designing products, spaces and experiences. He combines fast-paced, high-level intellectual thought with authentic, creative and soulful creative talent. Each project Adrian creates has meaning, ritual and history etched into the space and fabric. He gets his inspirational ideas from international trends, global travel, world cuisine, playing the piano and the simply joy of living.
Darren Myburgh: This young and inspiring designer studied industrial design at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. After completing his studies, Darren spent a year as an FGASA (Field Guide Association of South Africa) field guide – and this is where his love and appreciation for nature developed into a yearning to work with wood. He was destined to meet Gys Potgieter, who was soon fascinated and impressed with Darren’s passion for craftsmanship and design talent. This remarkable partnership in Kuni has realised Darren’s dream of designing unique, one-of-a-kind and high-end furniture.
Family: Rubiaceae | Synonym: Breonadia salicina
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.
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