“On an occasion such as this, we should, perhaps, start from the beginning. 

So, let me begin. 

I am an African. 

I owe my being to the hills and the valleys, the mountains and the glades, the rivers, the deserts, the trees, the flowers, the seas and the ever-changing seasons that define the face of our native land.

I am the grandchild of the warrior men and women that Hints and Sekhukhune led, the patriots that Cetshwayo and Mphephu took to battle, the soldiers Moshoeshoe and Ngungunyane taught never to dishonour the cause of freedom.

My mind and my knowledge of myself is formed by the victories that are the jewels in our African crown, the victories we earned from Isandhlwana to Khartoum, as Ethiopians and as the Ashanti of Ghana, as the Berbers of the desert.

Being part of all these people, and in the knowledge that none dare contest that assertion, I shall claim that – I am an African.”

(Extracts taken from a Speech made by President Thabo Mbeki on behalf of the African National Congress in Cape Town on 8 May, 1996 on the occasion of the passing of the new Constitution of South Africa. At that time, Mbeki was the Vice President of South Africa under the presidency of Nelson Mandela)

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Taukobong LEGACY…

The TRUE meaning of my surname, TAUKOBONG, is…

‘Let there be CALM’…

In seTswana, the direct translation of TAUKOBONG is Lion in the blanket. A peaceful lion at rest.

When the LION is asleep in his blanket, there is a sense of calm in the jungle…

Because when the Lion is in a state of natural rest, all animals in the kingdom are safe and content.

I draw my strength, essence and spirit of my Lioness Lifestyle from the Lions (DITAU) of Africa that define my soul and Royal Heritage.

Inspired by NATURE

Design in Africa is also experienced in the way we live on the continent – a lifestyle that emphasises the beauty of being one with nature.

“We have one of the best climates in the world, and that has greatly influenced how we live in AFRICA. Our daily connection to nature in our lives is evoked into the spirit of how we design. That is where the true magic in our creation resides,” says Nthabi.

Through her designs, Nthabi brings to focus spaces that reflect relaxed and natural interiors with distinct elements inspired by nature.

Nthabi believes that residential and leisure spaces are so much more than interior spaces accommodating furniture and décor. These designer environments are  also healing sanctuaries, spaces that restore one’s soul…

The basis of Nthabi’s inspiration stems from the four basic Elements of Life:

*Earth *Wind *Fire *Water

It is in the selection and use of these natural materials and finishes juxtaposed with current, modern trends that calming and intimate interiors – spaces in which to relax, meditate and restore oneself are achieved.

Nthabi has honed her ability to consider living spaces outside of the boundaries imposed by formal rules as well as society’s understanding of luxury and trends so that her interiors become a space of healing.

This design philosophy is driven by Nthabi’s passion to inspire others to return to a natural and serene way of life; bringing in natural design elements to achieve a beautiful balance of modern design and effortless tranquillity.

Selling AFRICA to the World

Through her extensive experience in Interior Design spanning over 20 years as one of the top interior designers in South Africa, Nthabi Taukobong plays a special role in promoting design in Africa. She shines the spotlight on original African furniture, artefacts and accessories created throughout the continent.

Tribal objects personally sourced and curated by Nthabi, such as chairs, tables, headrests and stools form a very strong part of her curated collection – with preference for handmade artefacts and accessories, that have a distinct sprinkle of tribal character and charm…