About Us

Interior Design Inspiration


Blacksmith is a dynamic company which has distinguished itself in the retail, hospitality and leisure markets since 1993, both locally and abroad.

The practice is involved in creating dynamic design solutions from the project inception through conceptualisation, documentation, implementation & procurement.

We have offices in both Johannesburg and Cape Town with a combined team consisting of 13 members, which includes 2 partners, conceptual designers, technical wizards, administration personnel and outsourced procurement. We utilise cutting edge technology combined with hands on service. We have also formed a Level 2 BBBEE company with Solebi Interiors called Solebi Blacksmith, which has successfully completed a number of projects. Learn more about our team below.

HELEN FARISH

Partner

Helen’s experience varies from small retail projects through to corporate design and planning, hospitality and casinos. Helen is responsible for the design and project management of various local as well as international projects.

RYAN ILLGNER

Partner

Ryan oversees the technical side of the business as well as fulfilling a project management role. He has been involved in many of the large casino and hotel projects of Tsogo Sun Gaming / Southern Sun Hotels .

OUR TEAM

Team Members

Learn more about our team members Amy, Nicole, Shoki, Juan, Gift, Sarah, Thabo, Jenna W, Thembe

JENNA PAGE

Associate

Jenna manages our Cape Town satellite office and works on all aspects of the design process from client liaison, project conception to completion. She specializes in the hospitality field and has a broad design ability having had experience in a range of projects around South Africa.

STEPHEN LYDALL

Associate

Stephen fulfills a technical advisory position for many of the companies projects. He is also heavily involved at the conceptual stage of new projects producing many of the perspectives. He has extensive experience in the hotel and casino industry.

MONICA SCHAFER

Associate

Monica is our Creative Manager, who enjoys working closely with manufacturers to custom design key pieces for each specific interior.  She has experience in Resort, Casino and Hotel projects both in South Africa and abroad.