Chaumette: Local wares fired with a global glaze

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Chaumette: Local wares fired with a global glaze

Collaboration shows off furniture smalls, accessories and décor items with a refined African undercurrent

Mila Crewe-Brown


No stranger to design, Jean-Pierre de la Chaumette has just unveiled décor brand Chaumette. Thanks to his decades-long career as a publicist for design clients and as an interior decorator, it was only natural for Jean-Pierre to launch into product design.
Chaumette finds itself at the intersection of local and luxury design, curating and creating everyday homeware items that are made with quality in mind. Collaborating with artists and designers from an impressive black book, JP has conjured stylish and ostensibly simple furniture smalls, accessories and décor items with a refined African undercurrent.
You can expect partnerships with furniture maker Andrew Dominic, ceramicists Vorster and Braye, glass artist Heidi Gouws, framer Wessel Snyman, product designer Mpho Vackier and leathersmith Ryjaan Abrahams.
The offering includes Ndebele-inspired metal and kiaat storage trays, bowls, bags, tables and stools, all with an honest tactile nature thanks to leather, brass, cork and the like. The theme of his virgin range is Coal + Clay, rooted in various methods of production that use fire and clay, both of which speak to the traditional African way of life.
“We have such a unique offering in SA; such profound talent,” JP said. “I also have a sense that people are tired of cheap imitation and large scale production. We’re all wanting authenticity in our homes, and so local design plays an ever larger role in this thinking.”

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