Home Grown South Africa
Home Grown South Africa is a case study for a furniture system that caters to low-fee independent schools in South Africa.
As a broader concept it is an adaptive local design and production system for classroom furniture in developing countries. The furniture is made from locally available materials and uses common fabrication skills that are specific to each culture and region. It is adaptable and scalable to regions and countries all over the world where there is extreme poverty, high unemployment and income inequality, and lack of educational infrastructure.
Status: Prototype, available for development
Materials: Steel rod, used cardboard, resin, polyester webbing
Accolades: 2012 Deutsche Bank Award for Creative Enterprise, runner up / 2012 Helen Hamlyn Design Award, nominee
Photography: Matthew Booth
Home Grown is about exploring opportunities within different cultural settings and economic environments to find solutions that are sensitive to local needs and circumstances. Not only does it provide well-designed classroom furniture where it is desperately needed, it also provides new local business opportunities.
During the production process, Home Grown South Africa uses a limited kit-of-parts made up of various shapes and sizes of bent rod. These are welded together in different combinations to create a wide variety of applications.
Statement of Line
The furniture range is designed to support both pupils and teachers while providing settings in and out of the classroom including communal spaces. The pieces themselves are designed to be used indoors and outdoors, and are lightweight and stackable so they can be easily moved around and transported to remote locations.