A few weeks ago I saw Archibold pop up on my timeline and I couldn’t help clicking. It it beautiful, stripped of pretense, simple yet complex. There is nothing quite like the smell of wood to make a house feel like home. With these pieces you can have it be home with an added touch of minimal.
Based in Paarl, in the beautiful Western Cape, Suly and Mark have created Archibold, a furniture brand making side tables from solid, reclaimed wood.
Mark Buchanan is a Jazz and Blues musician and Suly Kuhn is a travel photographer. After experimenting and playing with wood on weekends, they soon realised they have something raw and unique. Immediately they took Archibold on as a full-time adventure.
The name Archibold means, genuine, bold and brave, this is what inspired Mark and Suly to start their venture into the field of simplistic & contemporary home decor. Archibold was born out of the love for design and the beauty of natural solid woods. Mark’s grandfather and great grandfather; Archibold were both carpenters, this is where his love for working with wood originated from.
Mark and Suly have a different outlook towards typical woodwork and prefers to leave the wood cracked and natural. They are inspired by the beauty of asymmetrical shapes and like to work with the imperfections.
Mark and I have always enjoyed working with our hands, Mark builds his own guitars and I build my own pinhole cameras. After a tree fell down in Mark’s yard, he took on a side project to make a table for his wife as a gift. I was still on a travelling adventure when I received the first photograph of the completed table. I instantly fell in love with the concept. Mark and I decided to collaborate, sharing design ideas and bouncing off each other’s skills to create unique tables. One table led to another until we decided to create a brand. Archibold was born.
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Archibold Solid Woods will also be exhibiting at the 2017 Autumn Kamersvol at St John’s College in Houghton, Johannesburg from the 26th to the 30th of April 2017.
Fickus (h/270mm, w/600mm) R10 500
Bottle Brush (h/420mm, w/740mm) R7 900
Solid Oak Diamond (h/350mm, w/460mm) R4 250
Solid Oak Oval (h/400mm, w/390mm) R3 950
Solid Oak Twin (h/260mm, w/750mm) R4 490
Solid Oak Circle (h/210mm, w/280mm) R2 390
Ficus Stump (h/300mm, w/250mm) R2 490
Pine Stump (h/390mm, w/220mm) R1 850
Solid Oak Egg (h/300mm, w/470mm) R2 600
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