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Spotlight: Artaza Studio

Today, let’s chat with Diane van Rensburg from Artaza Studio to find out more about how to bring nature into our everyday living spaces. Artaza Studio can be found on the West Coast, Bloubergstrand in Cape Town.

Diane, please tell us a little more about yourself and your studio.

I am Diane and I design and create natural interior décor. I grew up in Bloubergstrand and it is where my wonderful hubby, Johan and I have chosen to live as well. I have always loved the outdoors and being surrounded by nature. In summer, if I am not on the beach or in the sea, I am at our family cabins on Bullshoek dam or swimming in one of the many rivers in the Western Cape. Constantly inspired by nature’s beauty, I aim to bring the natural elements into our living spaces.

I have a background in fine arts and have found the means to incorporate natural beautifully textured materials into décor pieces.

What sorts of materials do you look for when designing?

All Artaza designs are 100% natural, organic, and sustainable. Quality natural materials are sourced locally. The raffia I use comes from Madagascar. Rhapia Taedigera is the source of the raffia fibres, which are the veins of the palm leaves. I love the way the sandstone-like sepia bone chunks contrast against textured raffia, blending rustic earth and ocean elements.


How would you describe your designs?

My pieces are bold accents that complement natural interiors.

What trends can we look forward to seeing in 2022?

The New Natural is the latest trend in interior design. Structured natural simplicity has become increasingly popular world-wide as we tend to want to escape to nature, after spending stressful days in a concrete jungle.

We want safe, inviting spaces where we can rest and regenerate. Bright and bold are traded for soft neutrals. Comfortable furnishings, weathered woods, rich texture, and faded tones create calm, comfortable, chilled-out spaces to relax in.

I support the local community, who bring me a regular supply of sepia bone from our local beaches.


Tell us about the design process.

My raffia hanks are aged by going through a dark roast coffee bean wash, to achieve depth and warmth. The raffia is then hung up to be sundried. Perfectly imperfect clay beads are hand rolled at the studio and form a beautiful addition to some of the designs.

Jute, raffia, palm leaves and raw cotton can be splendidly intertwined using self-taught knotting and weaving techniques.
All foraged cuttle sepia bones are sanitised and treated at the studio and delicately sculptured.

What are your current favourite restaurants/shops?

There are so many gorgeous restaurants in Cape Town, but my favourite for a quiet romantic dinner with my hubbles, is Damhuis in Melkbosstrand. I love the history of the place, the ambiance, and the delicious food.

Do you have a personal motto?

Be kind, be thankful always, work smart, laugh often and love.

A place you visit to unwind?

Stunning Wilderness on the Garden Route. There are a few places to stay which are literally right on Touws riverbank. Moontide Guest Lodge is amazing! And Santos beach in Mosselbay.

Any exciting projects or collaborations you are involved in?

I am busy working on a few pieces for The Lofts Boutique Hotel in Knysna. They are revamping and going with a more natural look.



Artaza Studio is offering 25% discount on all their amazing raffia designs, which are wonderful gift ideas. They can be hung indoors as well as under cover outdoors. A matte white sandstone-like textured sepia bone ‘Ula’ necklace design can be coupled with the raffia designs and contrasts beautifully with the earthy raffia. Delivery is available all over South Africa.

Find out more online at Artaza Studio.

1 Comment

  1. Nicky olwage

    November 20, 2021


    Would love to know if i can order the yellow pots from Artaza studio



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