Q&A with…

Mia Mélange, founded by Mia Danieli, is a Stellenbosch-based studio specialising in handcrafted home design. Founded on the basis of sustainable quality and a love for natural materials and ancient techniques, the label is refreshing in its eclectic designs and ethical approach to textiles. Mélange means ‘blend’ in French, and is also a type of yarn that is commonly used in the textile and fashion industries, and with a combination of Mia’s mixed heritage and a love for textiles, Mia Mélange is rising quickly in the textile world.

What is your design mission?
We aim to create timeless, high-quality and functional design, with a strong emphasis on the bountiful world of textiles.

What inspires your designs?
I am inspired by everything around me, particularly nature, diverse cultures and hand-crafting techniques.

Which of your fellow designers do you admire?
I love the colourful, geometric designs of MaXhosa by Laduma Ngkoxolo. His ability to use his rich heritage to create distinctively African knitwear with a fresh and modern twist stuns me.

What excites you most about how the industry is changing?
I’m so excited by the fact that the industry is going back to basics. There’s a focus on the return of slow fashion and appreciation of handmade goods.

How would you want the industry to improve?
I would like to see more local manufacturers and a variety of suppliers to choose from in the South African market. There’s so much creativity hidden beneath the surface that needs the opportunity to show itself.

What do you have planned for the upcoming Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair?
We are launching a capsule collection of luxury handbags, in collaboration with Ilundi Designs.

What do you hope to see in the future for Mia Mélange?
I hope to see a wide range or different products, all made in the same technique that our baskets are made from, and sold all over the world.