Q&A with the Design Duo Behind Kino

Q&A with the Design Duo Behind Kino

WORDS Biddi Rorke PHOTOS Courtesy of Kino

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better table companion than Kino’s new dining chair – whether you choose a striking and playful colourway, or an elegant wood finish.

Handcrafted, stackable, made from solid wood: the Kino dining chair is a piece worthy of a place at any table. Use it to add a fun, colourful element to a clean-lined dining space, or keep things subtle with a pared-down natural ash or American walnut finish. Design duo Nico Hendriksz and Anton Louw (pictured opposite) explain further.

How did Kino come about?

We both have a background in industrial design. A combined woodworking workshop in 2013 led to a nursery furniture range called Kind (Afrikaans word for child), but we soon realised that it was time for the brand to grow up and develop into something more. With a small alteration to our logo, we became Kino – a high-end furniture brand. Everything is designed and manufactured locally by our small team of skilled and passionate craftspeople.


How would you describe your design aesthetic?

Ideas for new products are often sparked by experimenting with new manufacturing processes. Although we have never set out to design a product to suit a specific style, most of our work is Japandi (Japanese-influenced Scandinavian style). Our design process happens organically – it is a natural form of self-expression – and our approach has always been towards clean, minimalist detailing.

What sets this dining chair apart from others?

Its design and proportions make it visually ”light”, considering it is a sturdy, solid-wood chair. The many colour options and finishes give clients the freedom to make a space unique and exciting. The fact that the chairs are stackable (up to four) makes them super-practical should you need to store them – and economical for global shipping too.


What type of wood do you use?

Ash is used for all the colour options. This timber has a beautiful grain, which becomes even more pronounced when colour is applied. Usually, chairs in colour finishes don’t boast the unique natural texture of timber.

Is it all manufactured locally?

Yes, every detail from design to manufacturing is done in-house at our workshop in Durbanville, Cape Town. This allows us to have complete control over quality and lead times. In terms of product development, we share the design process. Nico takes the design into 3D modelling and technical drawings, before passing them on to Anton, who is in charge of production.

For more information, visit kino.co.za.

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