Spotlight: Melonwoods & Springlights Lighting
With a love for interiors and beautiful furniture, Melonwoods imports and manufactures a wide range of wooden and metal furniture and decor. We recently chatted to Carley Botha about this growing brand and their recent acquisition of Springlights Lighting.
Tell us about the history of Melonwoods and Springlights Lighting. What is your ultimate focus?
Melonwoods came about when we noticed a need for well-priced wooden furniture in the hospitality industry. Our first major client was the Drakensberg Gardens Resort.
We have adapted to our clients’ needs over time and expanded our imported furniture range to include a range of beautifully carved Indonesian furniture pieces in reclaimed teak wood and a range of handcrafted mirrors from Bali.
Local furniture manufacture is pricey and customers need bespoke sizes and finishes to fit into their décor plans. We entered this market 4 years ago. We now have a full local bespoke furniture manufacture division. We work with our clients (private individuals as well as trade customers and architects) to design and manufacture solid wooden furniture according to their needs and style.
We feel that bespoke wooden furniture need not carry exorbitant price tags. Our prices are extremely competitive and customers are getting tailor made furniture to fit into their homes/offices and projects.
Melonwoods Furniture shared a retail premises with Springlights Lighting in Umhlanga Durban and acquired this brand during the 2020 lockdown.
This has been a very exciting development as lighting is a completely new industry for us, but is extremely complimentary to the furniture division.
Our showrooms now offer furniture and lighting to customers. We also have a full complement of lighting specialists that assist customers with their lighting design in homes, offices and the hospitality industry. We go the extra mile in finding the right lighting solutions for our customers to suit their style and pocket.
Are your products locally sourced and produced or imported?
We support many local craftsman in that we have furniture and lighting made by South African craftsmen. We also import furniture and support lighting importers. This way we can offer a full complement of styles to our customers at various price points.
What personally inspires you in your working life?
I am captivated by beautiful design and interiors but seem to find that unique and good quality home décor and lighting are often too expensive for the man on the street. I want to make these beautiful options accessible to as many people as possible.
Planning a new product can sometimes be a nightmare. Can you tell us some of the common struggles?
One starts learning what to look for when designing a product. Yes, is it beautiful, but also, is it practical? Our clients dream big when it comes to design and appearance – taking this on to be a viable manufacture is where we as furniture and lighting specialists are of great assistance. We ensure that the piece will not only look beautiful, but will also be practical and useful for its full lifetime.
What is your favourite product in your available ranges?
I love our carved reclaimed units. The workmanship is unique and each piece, being individually carved carries a beauty that is unrivalled Our locally manufactured natural pendants are a great addition to all home styles. Again, each being handmade I understand the love and care taken in making each of them and enjoy partnering with local craftsmen.
Which designer inspires you?
We deal with so many local designers and architects and I am continually inspired by their creativity as they turn blank canvasses to places of comfort and beauty. We support them wholeheartedly and love working with them.
The perfect place in your home to indulge?
Living in a colder suburb in Durban my family can still indulge in sitting by a crackling fire in the fireplace and enjoy this with a good book and a great cup of coffee!
I know very few of us are travelling right now but if you could where would you go?
Our extended family is in the Cape so we use any opportunity we can get to go and visit them. We have always loved this beautiful part of our country. Internationally, Indonesia of course!
What’s your personal motto?
Life is about contribution, not competition. I am responsible to be the best version of me – learning, contributing, overcoming obstacles and spurring others on to greatness.
Discover more about this brand online at Melonwoods.
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