Ten years ago eyebrows were raised among architectural circles at the concept of timber specialisation. Fortunately that didn’t deter Jacques Cronje, a self-taught designer with a background in building science who’s made his mark creating beautiful timber homes across South Africa.
Having learnt the ropes from specialist design-and-build companies in Knysna, he went on to establish a practice in his namesake, Jacques Cronje Timber Design, in Cape Town. That was five years ago.
Today, Jacques’s deep respect for nature and curiosity in structure has materialised into his latest creative endeavour minima: bespoke and digitally crafted timber interiors. His first range includes a series of eight understated timber light shades. With no need for glue or metal fixings due to a delicate clip-in system, they are elegantly simple, statement pieces that have caught the attention of industry specialists and interior retailers.