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Gauteng-based Paper Republic specialises in the creation of functional paper products, decorative items and eye-catching installations.
BCom Business Management graduate Cobus Gous started his company Paper Republic towards the end of 2012 when he made some works on commission. Then he realised the potential for a retail range that could reach customers across the country.
Today, his range of functional paper products includes lanterns, mobiles, flowers and more, as well as installations and products for events, weddings and private spaces. His creations are stocked in shops as far afield as London, Dubai, Washington DC and Panama City.
What attracted you to the idea of working with paper?
The attraction was the simplicity of white paper specifically. It can be easily overlooked, but offers endless possibilities to create beautiful products and installations.
What has the response been like?
Our products have been very well received and the feedback has been good. We are blessed but remain humble in all our achievements. We have won various accolades and we’ve worked with well-known individuals and companies. We have also been featured in various publications and blogs.
Would you explore other mediums?
We are constantly looking to expand and improve our product offering. We are also collaborating with a few artists at the moment in creating new items for 2016. Paper will always be our main focus, but we will adapt and change when the time is right.