Jo Carlin Design - Swiss craftsmanship in Africa
Stretch out your hand. Bend a couple of fingers out of sight and what you have left is approximately the number of family owned and operated firms still producing traditionally crafted furniture. One of them, Jo Carlin Design, has been around for over four decades.
Founded as a factory in which dedicated artisans could practice their time-honoured skills without compromise, Jo Carlin Design established a unique reputation for creating individual pieces to suit individual needs.
Today Jo Carlin Design maintains both its commitment to the finest hand craftsmanship, and its ability to customise each piece to the client’s personal specification.
Run your eyes over a Jo Carlin Design piece and you see the difference. Run your hand over one and you feel it. More than the look of great tradition honed to a modern sensibility. It is the tradition itself.
Through collaboration with international acknowledged designers, we add a spice to our heritage, which we respect, but want to challenge. Our approach is heavily influenced by our experiments with natural materials and geometric forms, giving our work a nice sculptural touch. We strive to build objects that are not just comfortable to sit in, but also interesting to look at.
All of our products are made in the Jo Carlin Design plant located in Cape Town, South Africa. Our factory is vertically integrated, allowing us complete control over all aspects of our production from raw wood to final product. This gives us versatility to meet our client needs and delivery requirements. With detailed attention paid to woodworking processes and the exact tailoring that has become a hallmark of a Jo Carlin piece of furniture. We are proud to present our traditional and classic contemporary collections for your review.
In all of our manufacturing, Jo Carlin Design respects our environment. We understand the balance of supply afforded by select harvesting and have been using only certified sources for decades.