Studio 19 started as a multi-disciplinary design company in 2010. Founded by designer and creative Mia Widlake. It has grown from a solo venture to fully fledged Interior Architecture and product design company based in Johannesburg ,South Africa. Joined by the dynamic and energetic force that is Debbie Votin in 2015.
Studio 19 has broadened its horizons to include turnkey design for corporate and hospitality interiors and property development. As well as a large scale lighting and furniture manufacturing capacity.
Studio 19 occupies the vast area between Interior Architecture and Product Design. Designing offices, commercial spaces, residences and corporate identities for clients ranging from established restaurant chains to young luxury brands. Studio 19 designs each space with careful consideration to the clients needs and budget. As well as crafting and commissioning bespoke furniture, lighting, interiors, collectable pieces and luxury accessories to suit each project.
I am convinced that there can be luxury in simplicity.
I design instinctively. It's the only way I know how to live. What feels good. What feels right.
What creative solution can I find for each design challenge.
Give me a problem and I will approach it creatively, from my gut.
Experience | 15 Years
Skills | Project & Product Design and general inventor of things
Creating, building and negotiating are in my DNA.
It brings me so much satisfaction to guide a project to its final polished end.
I never take no for an answer, and a project is only finshed when I say it is. When it's perfect.
Experience | 15 Years
Skills | Project & Design Management and the ability to negotiate anyone under the table.
We believe that,
Honest design never dates, authentic materials will stand the test of time, hard work never goes unrewarded. And... if you do it, plan to do it right the first time.
FINDING BEAUTY IN HONESTY AND SIMPLICITY
Every product we design passes through the hands of local artists and artisans, each one sought out as a specialist in their particular field.
From the polished gently bent brass arcs of our Butler lamps to the glossy hand cast resin table tops and beautifully stitched and upholstered armchairs. We are eternally grateful to these special people for traveling the sometimes difficult path of trial and error with us while developing new products.
These special working relationships forged over several years allow us to remain close to the production of each piece that we make.
Our products are the fun that fuels us. The excitement of extensive experimentation, the creation of something totally different to what was planned and the accidental unearthing of hidden gems is what makes us feel like the Jekyll and Hyde of our creative world.
ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THIS JOURNEY WE HAVE DECIDED TO EMBARK UPON. BECAUSE WITHOUT THEM AND THEIR CONSTANT SUPPORT WE WOULD HAVE NOTHING. AMONG THEM ARE INCREDIBLE INDIVIDUALS, STORE OWNERS, LARGE ESTABLISHED COMPANIES AND YOUNG START UPS THAT BELIEVE THAT WHAT WE DO HOLDS MERIT.