Lotus House, Viviers Studio

Kassa is a design duo founded in 2017 by two sisters with a background in architecture, interior architecture and design. We have gained invaluable experience in exploring different creative fields in South Africa and France.

We believe that our work should have purpose, stir passion and bring hope through considered and well-crafted design.


Kassa was created when we decided to combine our careers in architecture and interior architecture with our love for product design. We want to take our time to create work that is thoughtful and adds beauty to people's lives.

Design is an international language and because we work from different countries we are able to combine creative influences from both in our work.

We have decided to shift our focus from building projects to smaller handcrafted objects. Through this decision we have more time to refine design ideas and we are able to involve local craftspersons.


We value hand fabricated, one-of-a-kind pieces that are purposefully made from high-quality materials to bring forth their inherent beauty. We design objects with stories, and in that way, we hope to connect people.

By supporting artisans with valuable skills, a bridge is created from one generation to the next.

We choose the artistry of handmade over machine made object. A small marking on a ceramic piece, the irregular lines of hand-woven textiles or the variation of naturally tinted colours are all subtle signs that a piece is unique, and real.

In an increasingly complex world, we want to simplify things. We want to focus on beautiful, tactile objects at a smaller scale.

We propose an alternative to the ‘buy and replace’ culture of our day, to a more mindful investment in carefully considered pieces.

We hope to create heirlooms that become visual reminders that we should treasure that which gives us joy.

We want you to know where our pieces come from and the journey they take to get to their destinations. We value fair trade and believe that arts from around the world should be shared in a responsible way.

To make hand-crafted items take time and by waiting a bit longer for a piece that you will buy once and keep forever you are directly investing in highly skilled artisans and the communities they support.

We believe in fair renumeration and giving credit where it is due. We hope to uplift the craftsmen and women that work with us, as they uplift us. It is only when we take hands that we are strong.

Press & exhibitions

(Article published): “Kassa’s playful bird baths”, p.54,55. House & Leisure, Create, Vol. 8: Autumn 2023.

(Online): “Kassa studio introduces architecture for birds”, VISI, March 2023.

'Light weaves' featured in House & Leisure, Volume 3: Summer 2021.

'Halau bench and rug', included at DIN-Design group show at Salone del Mobile, Lambrate design district, Milan, Italy, April 2018.

'A Heritage Apartment' (as part of Studium), included in Design Joburg, March 2017.

Product design, the 'Rotunda Drinks Cabinet' included in 'A New Wave' exhibition, curated and hosted by Southern Guild Gallery. 2016. Cape Town, South Africa / Miami, Florida, September 2016.

(Article): ‘A Celebration of Heritage’, Sunday Times newspaper, Lifestyle. September 2019. Words: Mila Crewe Brown

(Television interview): ‘Winslyn’, Kyk-Net / DSTV, 10 December 2019.

(Online): ‘4 Reasons you’ll fall in love with The Whippet in Melville Harvest Store’, Sunday Times, Lifestyle. September 2019. Words: Mila Crewe Brown

(Online article): ‘Kassa Studio celebrated Melville’s heritage at the Whippet in Melville’, House & Leisure. August 2019. Words: Garreth David van Niekerk.

(Article published): ‘L’artigianato otre il design Ritorno al futuro con valori’, Salone del Mobile magazine. April 2019.

(Article published): ‘Cafe Conscious: The Whippet all grown up’, Sunday Times newspaper, January 2019. Words: Mila Crewe Brown

(Published Feature): ‘ Blanket approach’, House & Leisure magazine. October 2018.

(Published Feature): ‘Hart susters’, Rooi Rose, October 2018. Words: Cornel Dunn.

(Published Feature): ‘Next level creatives 2018’, House & Leisure. July 2018

(Article published): ‘Good things come in pairs’. ELLE Decoration, May 2018.

(Article published): ‘It’s a wrap’, VISI magazine, August 2017.

(Cover & feature): ‘The Shape of the future’, Business Day Wanted magazine. October 2016. Editor: Jacquie Myburgh

(Published Feature): Studium design office featured in the Sunday Times, October 2016.

(Contributor for House & Leisure magazine May 2016). Article ‘Maison is where the art is’. Writing feedback from Paris Salon Maison & Objet 2016 for South African design and lifestyle magazine, House & Leisure.

(Published Feature): ‘Twiggy clock’, VISI magazine. October 2014 .

(Online article): Included in the Fresh talent series, VISI online. February 2013.

(Online feature): Luckypony blog, as part of REshape exhibition August 2012

(Online feature): “It’s what I’m into” blog feature, as part of REshape exhibition at Maker studio (75 4th Rd, Kew, Johannesburg, South Africa)

(Published Feature): Lanterna lamp design featured in Walls & Roofs publication. Volume 11, September 2010.

(Published Feature): Lanterna lamp featured on 25 Degrees in Africa.Volume 5 / Journal 5. Sep/Oct