ABOUT MEMA DESIGNS
South African lighting design studio, Mema Designs, creates unique products using woven aluminium mesh fabric. A collaborative venture, developed over several years by business partners, Ari Geva and Sian Eliot, their exquisite lighting pieces are finely crafted and could be described as ‘jewellery for architectural spaces’. Their combined fifty years’ experience in industrial design and electronics engineering is a great foundation for an otherwise extremely artistic collaboration.
These exquisite lighting pieces come to life in their studio in the pulsating city of Johannesburg; the perfect place to bring together their unparalleled art, craft, and engineering practices.
“Our commitment to the project is to make beautiful and inspiring objects which lift people’s spirits and minds. Our natural sense of adventure, determination, and playfulness is what propels us through years of learning and experimentation, culminating in a truly unique process and series of products. Please share in our experience – by enjoying the results as much as we do!”
“We splashed out and commissioned three of Sian and Ari’s amazing lights for our newly renovated apartment in Cape Town. The lights provided a key design feature for the apartment as a whole. They are different shapes and colours, which speak to each other across the spaces. They are gorgeous, resplendent, throwing suggestive shadows, highlighting all our special features rather than dominating. We eat, talk and contemplate in their light. These lovely lamps are special in the daytime. In the dark, it is as if benign spirits enter the apartment and give it a blessing in colour and light.”
Brenda Cooper – Mema Designs’ very first client.
“The Ukhamba Lamp by Mema Designs brings an old world charm and sophistication to modern design sensibility. The lamp has a very strong physical presence in any room. At night dimmed low, it makes for an amazing light, especially along the architectural lines on the lamp shade itself. It is an exquisite piece of craftsmanship and design.”
Brendan Copestake – Owner at ‘Parts & Labour‘ – and happy Mema Designs client.
“During my visit to Design Indaba 2015 I was blown away by the beautiful, elegant and striking presence of the ‘mema designs’ lamps which look like they are made from silk but are in fact carefully formed metal mesh. They have a beautiful gentle but strong presence and they are unique and elegant and would work singly or in layers or in groups – (but my choice would be to fill the ceiling with them!) I have not been as taken with anything for a while and have no doubt that these beautiful lights will take the world by (an elegant) storm.”
Eugenie Drakes – Hand-crafted products developer, Piece.
“Mema Designs provides great quality, delivery, and product – with such unique designs. We’ll have to get a larger home to celebrate them all.”
Zia Dee – Visual Designer and happy Mema Designs client.