About Us

Swiss craftsmanship in Africa.

Stretch out your hand. Bend a couple of fingers out of sight and what you have left is approximately the number of family owned and operated firms still producing traditionally crafted furniture. One of them has been around for over four decades, Jo Carlin Design. Founded as a factory in which dedicated artisans could practice their time-honored skills without compromise, Jo Carlin Design established a unique reputation for creating individual pieces to suit individual needs. Today Jo Carlin Design maintains both its commitment to the finest hand craftsmanship, and its ability to customize each piece to the client’s personal specification. Run your eyes over a Jo Carlin Design piece and you see the difference. Run your hand over one and you feel it. More than the look of great tradition honed to a modern sensibility. The tradition itself.

All of our products are made in the Jo Carlin Design plant located in Cape Town, South Africa. Our factory is vertically integrated, allowing us complete control over all aspects of our production from raw wood to final product. This gives us versatility to meet our client needs and delivery requirements. With detailed attention paid to woodworking processes and the exact tailoring that has become a hallmark of a Jo Carlin piece of furniture. We are proud to present our traditional and classic contemporary collections for your review.

In all of our manufacturing, Jo Carlin Design respects our environment. We understand the balance of supply afforded by select harvesting and have been using only Certified sources for decades. 

Inaki Elzaurdia