Mother-daughter duo, Sue and Robyn Britz, along with their trusty furniture designer, Melissa Louise, have just launched their all-new Zana furniture range for you to admire and purchase. We decided to find out more about the Zana girls and their range…
Zana is an online product store with their studio and showroom based in Woodstock, Cape Town. Their work is full of pattern and colour but at the same time they offer clean and simplistic pieces that are versatile for any outfit or home. The brand has grown from a local to international audience in a small space of time and what better way to take their success further by introducing their very own Zana furniture range? We caught up with the girls to hear more about their business, inspiration and products.
Mother and daughter business relationships are legendary; tell us about your experience thus far?
Starting Zana as a mother daughter team has been an amazing experience. We are honest with each other and focus on what you both can bring to the table. Sue Britz has many years of experience in the printing and production industry and Robyn has experience with online, design and development. Having two skill sets has really helped us thrive as a growing business.
What should young, aspiring collaborators keep in mind when starting their own creative company?
It’s hard work starting a creative business. You need to find your voice and build an audience. Finding reliable suppliers can be difficult as well. Learning from your mistakes is key. We love what we do and we feel very rewarded by it, but we didn’t get here without a real hustle along the way!
What was the inspiration behind the design of your new furniture range?
About a year after we started Zana, we welcomed Melissa Louise to our team. After a few months we chatted and came up with the idea to design & locally produce Zana furniture pieces that were well made but still affordable. Melissa has experience in interior design and the furniture design industry, so it was a perfect scenario.
We used Melissa’s guidance and knowledge of the craft to bring the designs to life. We wanted to create simple and multi-functional pieces that work in the life of a young person, couple or family. They have clean lines and are in many ways a blank canvas for you to accessorise and make work in your space.
How can these products change the home?
They are the perfect blank canvas therefore making them easy to use within most homes. Our main inspiration was young people living in the city, something we would buy… Something beautiful that can adapt and move with you through the different phases of life. Multifunction is key as it gives you the freedom to move it around and it always looks considered.
Multifunction is key as it gives you the freedom to move it around and it always looks considered.
And how would you imagine one to style these pieces in their home?
We like the idea that someone may use our simple table as an entrance table with a brass bowl for keys and a big plant OR as a desk where you can store notebooks and your keyboard in the opening when not in use. Both these are beautifully finished off with our rose gold Trio pendant light. Our furniture range is perfect for a minimalist and or monochromatic space.
What has been your biggest décor challenge?
Our biggest décor challenge in the studio is storage; our dramatic growth paired with a lack of storage can make our studio look messy. Thankfully we are an online store! We have a mild case of hoarding with tons of prototypes, fabric books, screen printing equipment and not a lot of discreet space left in our (very full) studio to store it.
Interior Designer, Emily Henderson. She creates beautiful spaces, is funny and relatable online. We also love the contemporary spaces designed and executed by Antoni Associates. And we love to admire OKHA furniture through their store window every now and again.
For a creative business, an open plan office is great for communicating.
What are your top tips for designing an office – to ensure maximum productivity?
In production, spatial planning is important to ensure a good and uninterrupted flow of work. For a creative business, an open plan office is great for communicating. Also great light, lots of plants and storage areas.
Lace or leather?
What are you working on next?
We have had a busy year bringing out tons of new products. We have now shifted gears and are working on a screen-printing workshop to be held in Cape Town! More details will be announced on 25 June, keep an eye out on our social media platforms.
You can shop this range online at zanaproducts.co.za and if you can’t get to it anytime soon, in the meantime we suggest you stalk the Zana Instagram feed here for a range of styling tips and just general inspiration – you can’t go wrong.