Our store is a curated collection of home goods, furniture and accessories, designed to make your living space beautiful and unique. Every item has a story to tell. Our ethos: buy well and buy less. Love every purchase so much that it will be with you for a very long time.
Hello, I’m Sarah. I created SARZA because I wanted to champion the incredible creativity of my country of birth, South Africa. I was raised in the beautiful seaside city of Durban; a crazy melting pot of Indian, European and African cultures, which influenced the food, fashion and design in exhilarating and unusual ways. Our homes were filled with traditional Zulu pots and we would make beaded bracelets as children. We devoured deliciously hot “Durban” curry and shopped for fabrics and clothes in the city’s spice-filled bazaars. It was exciting and eclectic, and still is.
I believe these influences ignited wanderlust in me. I was hungry to see more of the world; to absorb as much of what it could offer me. After a trip to France (and a wonderful man) stole my heart, I settled in Antibes on the French Riviera. I was lucky to be given the opportunity to source products for super yachts. I fell in love with design and décor, but it was the creators of the products that I began to discover in Africa that inspired me most. I have since been fortunate to source and curate product for clients such as the luxury African eco-lodge group, Singita and other boutiques.
Yet another adventure brought my family to Rye, New York. I am thrilled that my lifestyle store, SARZA (a blend of my name and the official abbreviation for South Africa), is able to bring a stylish slice of my heritage to your homes and lives.
CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN DESIGN
Many of our items are sourced from South Africa, our founder’s homeland, and an emerging hot spot for incredible artisan and design talent.
A new generation of talented creatives is embracing Africa’s distinctive aesthetics, diverse cultures and rich heritage. Their work is contemporary but draws on Africa’s stories, materials and artisanal traditions. The results are striking, timeless and always beautifully crafted.
AN EMPHASIS ON QUALITY & SUSTAINABILITY
As a design-led business, we know there is no machine that can truly replace the hand or the eye. SARZA’s pieces are often hand-made and one-of-a kind. Many of the products are created by small businesses that support communities, crafters and artisans by employing their skills and creative energies – always with an emphasis on quality, sustainability, fair working practices and respect.
Meet the team
We are the Sarza family, some of us quite literally! We are a small team hailing from all around the world. We share a passion for great design with real human connection.
Africa is in her heart and soul. Passionate about design, travel and creating beautiful homes full of meaning.
World-traveller, lover of the great outdoors and master of the South African braai!
Proudly South African, an avid runner and passionate about food, wine and the outdoors.
Loves bespoke furnishings and thoughtful style. A keen photographer, inspired by nature, travel and new adventures.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Interior Design enthusiast, inspired by color, texture and patterns. Favorite hobby is time spent in nature with my kids.
Constantly torn between city life and the great outdoors. Inspired by nature, travel and timeless style.
Planning and organizing is her forté. Passionate about mastering the mind with techniques like meditation. Enjoys spending South African summer nights outdoors.
Tech and gadget geek. A speed demon who loves cycling and adventure.
Meeter and greeter, always ready for walkies, often found sleeping on the job.
UNIQUE, HANDMADE & SUSTAINABLE
Many of our pieces are handmade to order and can be fully customized.
TO LAST A LIFETIME
We focus on timeless designs, lovingly crafted from high quality materials.
EVERY PIECE TELLS A STORY
Our pieces are inspired by global cultures & landscapes.
ETHICAL & ECO FRIENDLY
Curated with a focus on ethics, sustainability and respect.