Our story

We are a small team of people in the Cape Winelands passionate about creating practical furniture for small spaces, kid’s rooms, the office or any space that needs a funky face lift. Or just have an element of fun added to it.

The hello.karri studio originated during December 2016 when a team of skilled carpenters from our sister company,  Hands On creative building & management, suggested we do not shut down for the annual builder’s holiday and rather ‘play with all the recycled timber we gathered from our building sites’.

Hands On, our Franschhoek and Cape Town based construction company, had access to large amounts of recycled timber material from all our building sites.  As the company lives by the ethos of re-use, recycle and uplift, we decided to give it a go and ‘play’. Owner, Karin Cronjé, previously DIY Guru on Pasella and HOME Magazine contributor, took up the challenge to venture into a ‘new’ form of building.

After a few hand drawn designs and a few trial and error pieces, we got going and started to manufacture furniture from the preserved timber in the warehouse. Within a few months we have grown, and so our range of workshop equipment, to produce carefully crafted furniture all made by hand.

Today our range mostly includes different types of plywood & MDF board turned into funky lockers, tables, desks, a variety of innovative storage solutions for all ages, lifestyle units, play kitchens and practical furniture for the office & little ones. We support and only use timbers that are sourced from proper regulated suppliers and plantations.