Design Team are the designers behind the Olkapolka and Sillybilly clothing ranges, but first and foremost they are a textile business, designing and printing contemporary, topical South African inspired fabrics for interiors and upholstery.
Lise and Amanda, the founders of Design Team pride themselves in having trained a team of previously unskilled workers to print accurate repeat prints using a freehand silkscreen technique. In April I visited the factory, where along with Lise, I met Wilna, Jennifer and Jean-Jacques – the lovely team that I work with on a regular basis. The factory was a hive of activity: I watched fabric being silk screen printed by hand, this was done by a team of two working carefully and methodically together. I also saw the finished prints being cured and set.
My handmade lampshades, using Design Team fabric, are available exclusively through louhopper.com.
The current range of lampshades represents just a small selection of the designs and colour ways available. I will add to these and ring the changes on a regular basis, so please keep visiting this page. However if you are looking for a particular colour way or pattern for an interiors project, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will try to help you find what you are looking for.
Look out for a wonderful new range of Design Team stationery and dining homewares coming soon.