Sandton, Gauteng, South Arfica
Thabisa Mjo and her Mash T. Design Studio have released a new lighting collection comprising six brass lighting designs taking inspiration from the Lego building blocks and creating different shapes and designs.
The ‘Brazzo’ collection consists of five pendant lamps and a table lamp.
The designer’s particular favorites are the “Mesh” table lamp and the “Mon” pendant because each has a black mesh steel component, which makes them edgier.
The brand’s production is based on craftsmanship and collaboration.
“Creating a new design aesthetic requires collaboration with other designers and crafters that share the same values, which are about taking traditional craft, repackaging it, working with crafters to challenge them to use their age-old techniques that have been passed from generation to generation,” tells the designer.
While the brand had previously operated largely as a B2B service, Mjo decided to take a more direct approach to reaching consumers in the wake of the global pandemic.
“When Covid-19 struck, a lot of commercial developments stopped. The idea came to me to make something that was easy for a consumer to buy. I pictured it wouldn’t be too big and sculptural like our lights are. It needed to be small and fit in an average size home,” she says.
Mash.T sought to design pieces its team could make in the factory at a competitive price, so more people could purchase them.
Today the brand caters to all audiences, balancing making products that satisfy its retailers with those for its direct consumers too.
Product: The Brazzo Lamp Collection
Designer: Thabisa Mjo, Mash T. Design Studio
Manufacturer: Mash T. Design Studio