Spotlight on: Mlondolozi Hempe


Here are quick facts about Architectural Designer, Mlondolozi Hempe. He is the co-owner at Broad Based Design – a multi-disciplinary design studio. Their work covers brand identity, Graphic design, Furniture design, Interior design and Architectural design. Why else is he one to watch? Hempe is one of the local talents who are building a better world through creativity.


A product of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, the Port Elizabeth designer created a wooden chair modelled against a traditional “potjie” pot. We admire his dynamic thought process and reimagining existing objects. Who knew the traditional three legged pot could be transformed into a functional piece of furniture?

Hempe wanted to integrate the traditional object into the South African urban lifestyle. He then translated its form into an unexpected piece that functions as a small side-table or stool. The furniture piece has been featured on Top Billing and Design Indaba.


“I was inspired to take an often forgotten object in my culture and transform it into something present in everyday city life,” says Hempe. The wooden potjie chair forms part of Hempe’s Inanimate to Animate furniture collection. It was showcased for the first time at his Xhosa-inspired living space designed for the 12 Rooms exhibition at Leon at CCXIX in Cape Town. You want to see the much talked about piece for yourself? The exhibition runs until 30 August.

By Asanda Sizani

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