Design

Beautiful detailing and immaculate craftsmanship are standout features of our furniture. By finding a delicate balance between simplicity and a signature style, we’ve struck just the right note in our designs to allow them to create neutral and peaceful, but non-sterile environments. With enough character to give a space depth, but pared-back enough that they can appeal to a wide audience. With consideration for the traditional yet inspired by technology and a modern design approach, Houtlander crafts quality furniture that is simple but special, traditional but contemporary.

Awards include 2017 Best Furniture Design - 100% Design SA, 2018 South African Designer Of The Year - 100% Design SA, 2019 Most Beautiful object in South Africa - Design Indaba. 

Environment

We only use sustainably harvested American Oak to produce our furniture. Not only for the fact that Oak possesses the resilient and aesthetic properties that enhance our furniture but also encompasses the Houtlander ethos of sustainability. Our timber carries FSC and NHLA certifications that ensure the conservation of the resource. It takes 0.014 seconds for the timber used in one Spindle Back Diner to regenerate in the US forest.

Timber is one of the most sustainable resources available as hardwood trees naturally grow without any human intervention. In the process the tree absorbs Co2 out of the atmosphere and turns it into bio matter - timber. When the tree is harvested at maturity it would have converted tonnes of Co2 into timber. When we use the timber to make long-lasting furniture, about 1166kg of Co2 equivalent is locked into each cubic meter of timber. The carbon footprint of our furniture is a fraction of that of plastic or steel substitutes.

For more information on hardwood sustainability visit: americanhardwood.org

About us

Founders Phillip Hollander and Stephen Wilson have come together to create timeless and beautifully crafted furniture, with their team of designer-makers at Houtlander they work in a collaborative fashion to bring you the best that Houtlander has to offer. We care about basic human principles of inclusivity, environment and legacy.


Phillip started off making furniture out of his dads garage for friends and family while he was a student. With a entrepreneurial mind and a love for working with his hands, making furniture was a hobby that naturally became a career. The love for timber and its natural appeal runs deep in his veins.


Stephen first fell in love with wood when he worked under an Austrian cabinet maker fitting out interiors of yachts. With years of experience he developed a deep understanding of different materials and its uses. He embraces technology in his design and has a passion for refining a product until its perfect.