Uniqwa Furniture: Contemporary ethnic allure

29 June 2021

The Naga people of northern India are renowned for their arts and crafts, and lavish their skills on their ornate wooden dwellings, especially those built for chiefs.

“The higher the status of a Naga tribal chief, the more extravagant are his door panels,” explains Charl van Heerden, the founder/designer of Brisbane’s Uniqwa Furniture.

“We’ll be launching our Naga-inspired collection at Furnitex; a complete handcrafted solid wood range from cabinets to bedside tables. It features traditional joining methods – no hinges. We’re very excited about it.”

India and Africa are the key sources of inspiration for the South African-born designer who established Uniqwa in June 2009 and specialises in what he has dubbed “contemporary ethnic” furniture.

“I design about half of our ranges and source and adapt the rest. We’re committed to sustainability and mainly use recycled woods such as mango and acacia,” says Charl, who trained in furniture design and technology at Melbourne’s RMIT.

Getting its Australian launch at the Uniqwa stand will be mosaic wall tiles made from coconut shell. “They’re the world’s first eco-friendly tiles,” notes Charl van Heerden.

See Uniqwa Furniture Imports on Stand N30 at Furnitex, 21-24 July 2011, Melbourne Exhibition Centre.


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