French-Austrian studio Celia-Hannes worked with Cape Town craftsmen from limited resource areas to give shape to a “frugal” collection of furnitures that links the Northern and Southern emispheres in name of design.


Together with a metal wire bender and a group of grass weavers Celia-Hannes created a metal wire stool with an integrated storage space.


The “frugal” collection features a rope and steel hanging system, grass mat wall tiles and a  grass wall mats that incorporate steel hanging elements.


Celia-Hannes wall mats with steel hanging elements are inspired by the beautiful visual language of the Xhosa people and could be used as clothes racks or for holding small, lightweight objects in the kitchen.



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The grass wall tiles can be used for covering interior walls, combining acoustic elements with a dash of texture and color.


By seeking new uses for the traditionally-woven grass mats, historically used as sleeping mats, Studio Celia-Hannes have helped to maintain a local craftmanship and created products that are functional and appropriate for the people of the communities in which they are produced.


Hannes Schreckensberger and Célia Picard  say “We did an observation of frugal and simple crafts techniques and materials to highlight the potential of contemporary interpretations of traditional materials and techniques and geared to work in both the context of the northern hemisphere as well as the south”.

Celia-Hannes, Frugal Collection.

Celia-Hannes, Frugal Collection.

The collection was shown at the Vienna Design Week 2014 – design gallery Rauminhalt_Harlad Bichler – and is to be presented in Cape Town at the Design Discourse: Austria – South Africa exhibition.

Celia-Hannes, Frugal Collection.

Celia-Hannes, Frugal Collection.

Photos: courtesy of Celia-Hannes.

Celia-Hannes, Frugal Collection.

Celia-Hannes, Frugal Collection.