Houtlander, the furniture-design duo best known for their iconic chairs, has joined forces with local design sensation Dokter and Misses to create the ‘One Night Stand’, an irresistible piece of collectable design.
Houtlander’s co-founders, Phillip Hollander and Stephen Wilson explain that the collaboration came about when Dokter and Misses’ Adriaan Hugo suggested turning Houtlander’s signature chair into a furniture piece that doubles as a bedside table, complete with integrated lamp and drawer.
“It was an exciting partnership, because we have such very different styles,” Hollander observes. On the one hand, Dokter and Misses is known for its experimental ethos, often blending materials like wood and steel to create pieces that have an undeniable, and equally unmissable, element of ‘cool’. In contrast, Houtlander has developed a reputation for classic, timeless wooden furniture. “Our pieces have a big accent on sustainability and craft,” Wilson adds.
The melding of these contrasting design philosophies has resulted in a piece that “is an instant conversation starter”, in Hollander’s words. “Ultimately, this is a work of solid design,” he points out. “We’ve simply made it more accessible and affordable.”
The bedside table also represents “a one night stand” between these two rapidly growing local brands, each steadily gaining a loyal following amongst lovers of South African design; a niche which is, itself, gaining traction. “It was a great partnership, since we share neighbouring showrooms at the 99 Juta Precinct,” Wilson comments.
Says Katy Taplin of Dokter and Misses, “Working with Houtlander was fun and effortless. The role of each party was clear and we’re keen to push the collab further and create more hybrid furniture together in the future.”
The One Night Stand is available to purchase from Houtlander or Dokter and Misses.