Piece and quiet
STIL is a cool contemplative space celebrating local design
STIL design gallery opened its doors in Franschhoek at the end of August. A showcase of award-winning South African furniture designers and product, the space is owned and spearheaded by Monique Vee and Christine Goosen – both designers, whose work is also displayed in the space. The name STIL refers to the minimalism inherent in both designers’ ethos, as well as the quiet understated way in which the space has been curated.
All furniture shown in the gallery is for sale with the added value that, with the space being run by the designers themselves, bespoke pieces can be conceived and commissioned in house for customers.
Both Vee and Goosen are Design Indaba Emerging Creatives alumni – their participation in this renowned incubator programme playing a role in shaping their career trajectories to where they find themselves today – Vee was cited as one of South Africa’s 10 young creatives to look out for by culturetrip magazine. Goosen’s 2019 furniture range was launched in conjunction with Wolkberg casting studios, which won them an award at 100% Design South Africa in Johannesburg in August, while at the same show Vee launched furniture for the first Weylandts collaboration with South African designers. Their respective furniture companies – Monique Vee and Jacobs Collection – were both founded in 2017.
Before the launch of STIL, Goosen and Vee shared design space in the dynamic city complex 99 Juta in Johannesburg with fellow South African designers, Mash T Design Studio and The Urbanative, an exciting platform for local talent where collaboration and community were the core principles. However they eventually decided to move their operations to Franschhoek where Goosen is based.
STIL fosters the collaborative model that was started at 99 Juta in Johannesburg by bringing the best of South African design together in a single space – both Goosen and Vee continue to work on collaborative projects within the design industry.