I was a thrilled to discover furniture company Mabeo at the ICFF last week, but I can’t imagine why I didn’t know all about them already: They make beautiful furniture, collaborate with top designers, and they’re right next door to South Africa, in Botswana.

I’m so pleased to know that that at least one of the amazing exhibitors at this show is close enough to home to consider a bit of furniture shopping.

Mabeo Maun WindsorThe Maun Windsor chair is an African reinterpretation of the traditional Windsor chair designed by Canadian Patty Johnson, and made from sustainably harvested African hardwoods.

Mabeo Naledi table

The Naledi table is designed by Patricia Urquiola for Mabeo, and local weavers use telephone wire to weave the star shaped design in the top.

Another Urquiola design is the Kika Stool (below), turned and laminated from hardwoods, with colour detail on the rims.

Mabeo Kika