Design Team creates feel-good printed fabrics, inspired by nature and everyday life on the African continent. Cotton and linen base cloths are custom dyed to a unique colour palette, and printing is done by hand using flatbed screen printing techniques.
Amanda Haupt and Lise Butler started Design Team while completing their Textile Design and Technology degrees in 2000. What originated from a single stand at a trade show focusing on scatter cushions, grew to a brand that has become recognisable and loved by South Africans and sold across the globe.
New designs are generated continuously, often hand painted or drawn and then rendered for screen exposure. We have mastered the art of producing quality hand printed fabric on a commercial scale, with a varying monthly output of 6000 – 10 000 meters of printed fabric, without losing the authenticity of the hand printing process.
At the core of our business lies our large selection of fabric designs, which is mostly sold to decorators, interior designers, architects, manufacturers of furniture and bags. New design collections are launched at least twice a year, with easy to use sample hangers. All our homeware weight cotton and linen base cloths are custom dyed by a South African mill to ensure a unique colour palette and consistency in quality and availability. All fabrics are printed to order within a very short lead time, allowing us to offer a vast design selection.
With textile printing as our primary focus, Design Team developed the boldly patterned OLKAPOLKA clothing label and it’s toned down minimalist version DITTO clothing. The ability to design the fabrics used in these simple garments resulted in a unique, easily recognisable look that has a cult following in South Africa. Based on the success of these labels and customer demand we also design and manufacture SILLYBILLY capsule collections for children.
During the launch of our first retail store in 2014, we introduced Design Team as a lifestyle brand with an extensive variety of textile-based homeware products, cushions and accessories.
We believe that textiles are the most widely used and understood design medium because of its tactile and functional nature. Design Team strives to make good design accessible with a positive narrative through pattern and colour!