When Grant started working with Andy at Cabinetworks in 2004 he finally felt like he had ‘come home’. With his background in antique furniture restoration, Grant appreciated the fine craftsmanship that we, at Cabinetworks, have made our forte, and he quickly grew from an employee into a passionate and involved co-owner.
A complete ‘water-baby’, Grant's childhood revolved around the ocean, which is where you will find him in his spare time surfing, diving and fishing. His passion for the big blue permeates his work. He believes that the soul of the sea is echoed in the symmetry, calm, and balance that Cabinetworks strives for in its furniture and design.
According to Grant, creating beautiful furniture is much like riding a perfect wave – with everything in balance (not a drop out of place) and all the details carefully executed – a magical experience!
Grant is looking forward to a long and successful future with, and for, Cabinetworks, marked by fine design and long-lasting craftsmanship.
The youngest designer in our team, Warren is well known and loved by all of us for his relentless optimism and unbridled passion for life. Design has never felt like a job to Warren, which is evident from the unfaltering manner in which he throws himself head on into every project he takes on, leaving a little bit of himself in every piece of furniture and kitchen he designs. Since joining us in 2011, Warren has introduced his fresh and innovative style to Cabinetworks, and has also been inspired by our existing Scandinavian-Asian design ethos.
Warren’s values align well with those we hold dear here at Cabinetworks, he has big dreams and goals and refuses to compromise when it comes to style or quality. He believes that we are entering a ‘...new era for Furniture and Kitchens, one in which Cabinetworks will rise to the occasion, bringing innovative design and true craftsmanship to the world’.
In his spare time Warren gets behind the lens. Photography is the creative outlet that gets him outdoors where he spends days hunting for unique and satisfying ways of visually reflecting the natural world. Back in the showroom Warren is equally content in the company of his colleagues and clients, his relaxed and patient temperament making him the ideal personality to manage our showroom, just one of the many roles in his lengthy job description!
Colin joined us mid 2011 after Andy had hunted him down and convinced him to take a break from running his own business to join us. This effort on Andy’s part proved to be very well spent, as Colin brought with him a wealth of creativity and inspiration.
When Colin is not in our workshop designing and crafting beautiful furniture, or onsite ensuring seamless, enduring installation standards, he is in his own workshop where he produces, amongst other things, hand-crafted guitars. Colin studied fine art at the National School of the Arts and has worked under a number of teachers – including Marc Maingard during his seven-year lutherie apprenticeship – acquiring the fine skills in jewellery and metal smithing that he incorporates in the building of his guitars. His guitars, like all the pieces of furniture and jewellery he crafts, are bespoke art pieces, and when one is made to order it reflects the personality of the person for whom it is being made.
Colin's deeply authentic design ethic fits perfectly with our vision at Cabinetworks to make useful and beautiful objects, imbued with the heart and soul of the craftsman, that stand the test of time.
Daniel travelled from his home country, Germany, to join us in September of 2011. Since then he has been working exclusively on one of our most exciting projects, Lion’s Ark. Born to a family of carpenters and designers, Daniel is himself a highly skilled designer and master carpenter and has brought with him a wealth of insight into European design and manufacturing techniques.
Daniel has quickly earned himself a reputation at Cabinetworks for his intense approach to all avenues of his life. Working for his family business back in Germany, Daniel gained plenty of design and manufacture experience before leaving school, but rather than diving straight into his studies of design and master carpentry, he chose to spend seven years working hard at his career in professional road cycling. Starting at the tender age of fourteen, Daniel trained for an average of seven hours a day and rose to the top of his field by age twenty. In the end his creative ambitions trumped his sporting ones, and he left his life as a professional athlete behind for one in design. He still spends a respectable amount of time on his road and mountain bike dreaming up new design concepts and simply enjoying being on his treasured bicycles in the hills.
After working as a candidate architect and obtaining her Masters in Architecture in 2013, Ineke joined us in July 2014. Following the completion of her Bachelors in Architecture in 2010, Ineke launched her architectural career in the Netherlands where she developed a passion for fine detail and innovation in all spheres of design.
Ineke believes that materials are imbued with the power to tell a story, evoke the imagination, and affect the design’s visual, tactile and emotional value. She is interested in the engagement of the body, mind and imagination through the sensory experience of architecture and design. She describes this encounter between the body and design as a dynamic dialogue. She believes that, as a designer, she is privileged to be given the opportunity to craft beautiful spaces for people. Her vision for her future at Cabinetworks is characterised by the key contributions she intends to make to the creation of unique and meaningful designs which will leave our clients smiling for years to come.
As the smallest member of the company, she has the biggest love for her favourite sport, trail running. She also loves being outdoors and her idea of a balanced lifestyle includes regular pilates, yoga and hiking.
Billy is the latest craftsman to join our team and has been a valued member of the family since July 2014. After working for an Aluminium Smelter in Johannesburg for 17 years, Billy felt it was time to return to Cape Town and pursue his passion for woodwork and outdoor adventures.
He has thrived in our workshop where his enthusiasm fuels his devotion to every new project. Billy’s philosophy as a craftsman encompasses patience, perspective and dedication. He finds meaning and fulfilment in the process of making furniture, the process of which he believes tells a unique story each time. He aspires to succeed both as an individual and as a team member through his steadfast commitment to delivering superior quality furniture.
Life for Billy is not all about work and he loves being outdoors. When he is not playing golf, cycling, or running he can be found at the beach with his family.