Fibre Designs: OUTDOOR FURNITURE & RUGS THAT LOOK GOOD & DO GOOD

June 12, 2019 3 min read

Fibre Designs: Weather-resistant outdoor rugs & furniture

EUROPEAN DESIGN MEETS VIBRANT AFRICAN COLOURS… THE RESULT IS STYLISH & PRACTICAL

When Pierre Antoine & Leanne Fairweather, the designers behind Fibre Designs, saw a gap in the market for hardy outdoor furniture & rugs, they knew just how to fill it…with a collection of all-weather crocheted rugs, pillows, poufs, ottomans, sun loungers and banquettes. The Verandah Collection blends European design with vibrant African colors and the result is stylish, practical and versatile.

 

 

PROUDLY SUPPORTING LOCAL WOMEN IN LIMPOPO


The Cape Town-based duo decided from the outset that the collection must be proudly local and have a meaningful social impact.  After clothing manufacturing experienced a downturn in Limpopo, Fibre Designs launched an empowerment training project in the region, utilizing the talents of local craftswomen, previously employed in the declining industry, to weave and crochet their creations.

Turning a traditional fine craft practiced for generations into a sturdy all-weather indoor-outdoor product was no easy undertaking and the women went through a steep learning curve to adapt to this new product range.

 

 

 

CROCHETED BY HAND, USING INNOVATIVE WEATHERTECH MATERIAL


Each item in the Verandah Collection is crocheted completely by hand with huge crochet needles. Every piece is worked on by only one highly trained weaver to ensure continuity of tension and workmanship. The women have an intrinsic feel for how to create beautiful, high quality products.  

Fibre Designs creates outdoor furniture & rugs using traditional crochet and weave techniques. The company works with talented weavers through a female empowerment project in South Africa. Two outdoor loungers and rugs are shown by a pool in a lodge in South Africa. Available at Sarza furniture & home décor store in Rye.

 

WeatherTech yarn is used in this collection and just under 1km of yarn is used per finished square meter. The yarn is especially engineered for outdoor use and was developed by Fibre Designs in Cape Town. UV-, weather- and mold-resistant, the yarn could not be better for durability and outdoor use.

 

COMBINING DESIGN WITH TECHNICAL KNOW-HOW


Born in The Democratic Republic of the Congo, but now based in Cape Town, Pierre Antoine is the creative inspiration behind Fibre Designs and a great believer in craftsmanship and quality. He is a true expert in his field and his flair for design, coupled with technical understanding of hand-woven textiles, means he has been sought out by ABC New York, the world’s largest retailer of rugs, as well as by the likes of Sotheby’s and Christie’s.

Fibre Designs creates outdoor furniture & rugs using traditional crochet and weave techniques. The company works with talented weavers through a female empowerment project in South Africa. An outdoor rug is shown in the patio area of a luxury hotel. The patio furniture is available at Sarza furniture & home décor store in Rye.

 

  

TAKING BESPOKE FLOORWARE TO A NEW LEVEL


Each Verandah Collection item can be made bespoke in a variety of colors, stitches and weaves. 

 

Fibre Designs creates outdoor furniture & rugs using traditional crochet and weave techniques. Each item can be customized with bespoke colors, weaves and stitches. Two different stitches are shown in close up.  The patio furniture is available at Sarza furniture & home décor store in Rye

 

 

The company also takes bespoke floorware one step further. In addition to their designed collection, Pierre and Leanne offer a completely customized consultation and design service. For example, any color can be matched, be it a fabric, paint swatch, artwork or even a lipstick! Complicated shapes can be created or a rug can be made for wall-to-wall fitting.

 

Fibre Designs creates outdoor furniture & rugs using traditional crochet and weave techniques. The company works with talented weavers through a female empowerment project in South Africa. A yellow indoor-outdoor rug is shown. The patio furniture is available at Sarza furniture & home décor store in Rye.

 

  

Why we love Fibre Designs


We chose Fibre Design’s Verandah Collection because we love it when traditional craft and design blend with contemporary ideas. We are particularly proud that the Verandah Collection is a collaboration between fresh South African designers and local traditional crafters, all working together to the highest standards.

 

Most importantly, the product doesn’t just look good, it’s super practical – an outdoor rug or lounger you don’t have to bring in every time the weather takes a turn for the worse is a game-changer! When a product looks good, is practical and gives back to the local community through skills and employment, everyone’s a winner.

  

  

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All imagery courtesy of Fibre Designs, @fibre_designs