Wanna know why Mother City Hardware is cool and groovy?


Wanna know why Mother City Hardware is cool and groovy?

Kick-ass industrial style for the smart modern home

Mila Crewe-Brown

Mother City Hardware co-founders Marco Simal and Justin Rhodes have filled a gap in the market for locally manufactured, functional design with their lockers, shelves and furniture. We salute them for giving functional items a high-end, considered approach with kick-ass industrial style. Why should you keep an eye on them?
1. They won the award for Best Product Design at this year’s 100% Design show
The celebrated product is their modular steel Kitchen Island, which is a sexy loose unit featuring drawers and open shelves, a stainless steel top and luxury elements such as Blum soft-close fittings and integrated sockets by Le Grand. We love that they’ve tapped into the need for modular units (as opposed to fitted) and have done so in their signature urban-industrial aesthetic. The unit comes in two-, three- and four-bay sizes, with beautiful extras like a cork cutlery drawer and brass knurled knobs.
2. They’ve reinvented the humble locker
Their product line consists largely of lockers thanks to Simal’s self-confessed love of these school-era staples. But with their design savvy, thoughtful colours and luxe additions such as integrated cable management slots, adjustable feet, soft closing doors, and polished stainless steel that doubles as a mirror, they’ve taken an ordinary item and given it designer status.
3. For the love of functional design
The brand is all about utility and urban functionality and takes inspiration from everyday essentials in and around their hometown, Cape Town. Their products, which include side tables, cabinets, servers and storage units, are about functionality and approachability, but there’s a sophistication that makes them utterly lust-worthy.
4. Deliciously covetable colours
If it wasn’t already cool enough using a steel locker as a bedside table or medicine cabinet, you can also choose from an array of incredible colours that we can promise you never saw in your school change rooms. Mint, royal blue, mandarin and canary yellow are all part of the palette.
5. This talented duo also masterminded Cape Town’s downtown-cool co-working space Tiny Empire
This office space has the same utilitarian, industrial feel to it (thanks in part to its heritage) but has a very on-trend, stylish interior to boot. And if the names Neighbourgoods Market and Whatiftheworld mean anything to you, you’ll know that Rhodes was (and still is) behind both.

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