Exclusive: Creative lighting and mirrors from a female owned small business.
Modern Gesture is a female owned small business that is well known for uniquely beautiful home decor made with sustainability in mind. Candice Lawrence, the founder of Modern Gesture, has an expansive line of light fixtures and wall art that is inspired by the people, textures and environment of South Africa, where her studio is located.
The female owned small business incorporates sustainable processes when possible, using off cuts of wood sourced locally and flat pack shipping when possible. Lawrence herself is always involved in the turning and manufacturing processes executed by the female owned small business. This all takes place in her workshop in Retreat, Cape Town, South Africa.
Lawrence creates from a base of history. For example, the coveted Ndebele Necklace Pendant Lighting is inspired by beaded jewelry worn by the Ndebele tribe for generations. The jewelry itself is symbolic, and its lineage lives on through these fixtures in modern homes around the globe.
The female owned small business was named a 2015 finalist in the Nandos Hot Young Designer competition in South Africa, giving this Cape Town-based designer a larger platform to showcase her beautiful African woven lampshade light fixture, featured in Vogue Italia 2017 and on Top Billing South Africa.