Wiid Design is a Cape Town based design studio, established by Laurie Wiid van Heerden. explores the notion of luxury, in it’s past and future terms, here in South Africa where the first and third worlds collide.
“I don’t just pay attention to detail; I’m obsessed by it, both in my own work and the world around me.
All my pieces incorporate handmade elements, pieces that are part of the production which I oversee personally, this is very important to me and I believe it brings out the value of my pieces, similar to investing in a piece of art.”
Wiid design creates pieces/products that can be seen as the interface between art and design - where materials are transformed into life enriching and durable products.”
Wiid Design’s work comes from a conceptual and artistic environment, an angle on various topics of contemporary culture, with a focus on traditional handcrafting in combination with avant-garde techniques. Skillfully combining traditional handcrafting and avant-garde techniques, Wiid transforms materials into life-enriching and durable objet d’art.
Being nominated as a finalist in the Absolut Visi Designer of the year competition in the emerging designer category for 2011 and having exhibited at international design fairs such as 100% Design in London, Design Days Dubai, Design Miami/Basel in Switzerland and Design Miami in the US just shows the quality of work and attention to detail that Wiid Design presents in its work.
Laurie Wiid van Heerden received the “maker to market” award at the annual Southern Guild Design Foundation awards ceremony in 2013. This award recognizes a design company that understands the value of packaging, for presentation and protection, identity and brand building, logistics and the various processes that take place between production and sales.
Wiid Design was also awarded the “Conde Nast House & Garden award for production excellence in South African design” at 100% Design South Africa, 2014 and the “Best Lighting Design” award at 100% Design 2015.
The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) awarded Laurie Wiid van Heerden the 2015 ImpACT Award for Design at the annual awards ceremony that was held in Sandton.
Wiid’s product range includes furniture items such as stools, side tables, dining tables and benches and also a range of lighting and tableware pieces.
“Apparition” is a limited edition bench, designed for Design Miami/Basel 2013.
The patina creates a anomalous experience where the bench appears as something it is not.
Untitled (after W.B)
Each timber component is hand machined and fitted with careful consideration to present the "energy" or "movement" of the piece. The main source starts with intricate timber joints which creates a cluster of sharp bevelled angles. This cluster or source (origin), starts to breakdown into lines and facets, spreading through the length of the bench.
Meeting the end of the piece, the angles are aligned and placed accordingly to form a controlled point, bringing the piece to completion.
The bench is fabricated from a 3m long, 5mm thick electo-galvanised mild steel top, 4.5mm stainless steel legs with a durable ferro-grade black powder coat, custom black patina stainless steel fittings, with in-house manufactured custom cladded timber elements and finally finished in a durable satin clear lacquer.
Manufactured in Cape Town from 100% organic and completely recyclable dark cork, this particular grade of cork is manufactured from recycled cork particles and is produced industrially without the use of additives and requires low energy consumption.
"Corkabitation is a collaborative project with dhk architects and Wiid Design." Furniture and lighting is designed by Laurie Wiid van Heerden.
*Photography by Justin Patrick