A multi-award-winning product designer who’s remained a constant on the South African scene, Haldane Martin is one of those exceptional creatives that’s been able to move seamlessly and successfully between interiors and furniture. Since establishing Haldane in 2002, his pieces have achieved icon status for their contribution to the South African design language. Haldane collections express the zeitgeist of the day through an integration of conceptual depth, aesthetic appeal and functionality.
Haldane is bringing creative self-expression and premium outdoor lifestyle to the world through his latest furniture collections that endure the elements and make outdoor living a world-class experience.
‘At 50, I feel that I’ve found my niche that resonates with my passions. I kitesurf and I mountain bike. These collections can handle a wetsuit and some sandy feet. My idea of luxury has changed a little. It’s authentic luxury – more relaxed than when I made furniture as a youngster. When you’re a bit on the older-and-wiser side, comfort is as important as embracing the zeitgeist of the times.
‘These collections are personal and playful and very true to our family life and friendships. Our leisure time revolves heavily around nature and eating together. There’s nothing more Western Cape than that.’
Haldane continues: ‘Outdoor furniture is more casual than interior furniture, and it’s a little more technical in that you’ve got to be careful what materials you use and factors like how the sea air, the sun and the wind is going to affect something.
I’ve found my place as a furniture designer, specifically with outdoor.
‘The biggest project we’ve done with the new collection is Aquila, a game lodge just outside of Cape Town. They have a big restaurant area with a lot of Hula chairs. Tasha’s have some too. One of my favourite little projects is Eten Health Bar in Stellenbosch designed by Jenine of Lacuna Spaces; the Hula chairs and Polka tables are just perfect for that space.’
Premium Outdoor Furniture by Haldane Martin
photography: Lindsay Rae
styling: Lana Friedericks