Uniqwa Furniture pieces are the embodiment of raw, relaxed and, well, unique. Using recycled materials to bring its sophisticated designs to life, the company prides itself on being sustainable and socially responsible.
From banana leaves and driftwood to recycled elm and plantation timber, the enormous catalogue showcases some of the most unexpected transformations from natural waste to artistic, functional furniture.
But using sustainable materials is simply second nature for founder and director Charl van Heerden, who cites a number of benefits including environmental impact, character and connectedness.
‘There are so many sustainable and renewable resources that don’t impact the environment negatively,’ he says. ‘Using recycled materials is the responsible way to add beauty to our homes.
‘These types of materials often have even more beauty because of the history and exposure to the elements,’ he adds. ‘They create such amazing character that can’t be replicated by man.’
The fusion of earthy roots meets modern living seems to work in an infinite loop of inspiration, with the materials inspiring the designs, the designs inspiring the mood, and the mood inspiring the lifestyle.
‘Our designs are inspired by nature and by raw materials. Our products create calmness and relaxation in a room, yet maintain a sophistication and functionality,’ Charl says.