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David Krynauw was born in 1984 in Piet Retiefa forestry town in MpumalangaHe grew up sharing an enormous passion for wood and woodwork with his father, who moved the family to a farm on the Swaziland border and planted a Eucalyptus Saligna plantation. 

David studied agriculture and winemaking at the University of Stellenbosch, and upon completing his studies in 2006, he worked as a winemaker locally and in the US. But he never stopped making furniture and in 2007, moved back to the family farm to start his own woodworking business.  

As his methods have evolved, so has his design language. Driven by the desire for a fresh approach, he experiments with different shapes and forms to produce unconventional and inspiring pieces. His Haywire chandelier, produced for Southern Guild, is an international best-seller that sold at London Christie’s and won the Object that Moves Award at the 2016 Design Foundation Awards.  

Now based in Johannesburg, David’s factory is part of Victoria Yards in the inner city, a hub of artisans’ and artists’ studios that incorporates an urban farm and social development initiativesConsistently pushing the boundaries of his chosen medium, David has ventured from production furniture and collectible design to architectural projects. Using CNC technology, he designed a way of working with a 3-axis machine to fabricate wooden components that can be joined to create anything from a chair to a building, a process he calls “the Joburg method”. His first range produced in this way won the Designer of the Year Award at 100% Design South Africa in 2015. 

In 2016, he erected his first building, an arched, open-air chapel in Morningside, Johannesburg, which was followed by a Cape Dutch-style building for the Kleine Rijke events venue in Hartbeespoort. He is currently developing a range of architectural elements that include green houses, housing pods, low-cost housing solutions, doors and windows.   

Through Southern Guild, David has exhibited his collectible works – including the more recent Jeppestown Bench and Jeppestown Play Bench – all over the world. With each new project, he sets himself difficult technical challenges that simultaneously explore the art of woodwork.  

David Krynauw
Haywire D1 Wenge with Copper Fittings

Wenge, copper
220 x 130 (8 arm)
Edition of 3

David Krynauw
Haywire D1 Wenge with Copper Fittings

Wenge, copper
220 x 130 (8 arm)
Edition of 3

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David Krynauw
Haywire D2 Black Ash

Blackened Ash timber
285 x 130 (11 arm)
Edition of 6

David Krynauw
Haywire D2 Black Ash

Blackened Ash timber
285 x 130 (11 arm)
Edition of 6

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David Krynauw
Haywire D3 Black Ash

Blackened ash timber
220 x 130 cm (8 arm)
Edition of 6

David Krynauw
Haywire D3 Black Ash

Blackened ash timber
220 x 130 cm (8 arm)
Edition of 6

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David Krynauw
Haywire Chandelier Walnut

Walnut timber
218 x 135 cm (8 arm)
Edition of 10

David Krynauw
Haywire Chandelier Walnut

Walnut timber
218 x 135 cm (8 arm)
Edition of 10

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David Krynauw
Haywire Chandelier Black Ash

Blackened Ash timber
220 x 130 (8 arm)
Edition of 10

David Krynauw
Haywire Chandelier Black Ash

Blackened Ash timber
220 x 130 (8 arm)
Edition of 10

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David Krynauw
Haywire Chandelier 95 Ash

Ash timber, powder-coated mild steel
385 x 170 cm (12 arm)
Edition of 3

David Krynauw
Haywire Chandelier 95 Ash

Ash timber, powder-coated mild steel
385 x 170 cm (12 arm)
Edition of 3

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David Krynauw
Haywire Chandelier Kiaat

Kit timber
218 x 135 cm (8 arm)
Edition of 10

David Krynauw
Haywire Chandelier Kiaat

Kit timber
218 x 135 cm (8 arm)
Edition of 10

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David Krynauw
Roundwire D1

Wenge, copper
Circle diameter 180 cm & Outer diameter with arms extended 300 cm
Edition of 3

David Krynauw
Roundwire D1

Wenge, copper
Circle diameter 180 cm & Outer diameter with arms extended 300 cm
Edition of 3

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David Krynauw
Haywire Chandelier Panga Panga and Copper

Panga panga timber, copper
285 x 135 cm (11 arm)
Edition of 5

David Krynauw
Haywire Chandelier Panga Panga and Copper

Panga panga timber, copper
285 x 135 cm (11 arm)
Edition of 5

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David Krynauw
Jeppestown Waiting Bench

Wenge timber, raw leather thongs
310 x 62 x 78 cm
Edition of 5

David Krynauw
Jeppestown Waiting Bench

Wenge timber, raw leather thongs
310 x 62 x 78 cm
Edition of 5

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Jeppestown Play Bench

Wenge timber, raw leather thongs
304 x 48 x 304 cm
Edition of 5

David Krynauw
Jeppestown Play Bench

Wenge timber, raw leather thongs
304 x 48 x 304 cm
Edition of 5

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