For over twenty years, our work has been honoured by numerous award bodies, featured in publications and conferences including Wallpaper and Design Indaba, and loved by design enthusiasts the world over.
20 Years of Design
Founded in 1999 by Greg Gamble and Philippe van der Merwe, Tonic has produced a body of work spanning over two decades, that is undeniably current, enduringly classic and instantly livable.
With the knowledge that design does not exist in isolation, our work pays close consideration to context – the people and places which our solutions must ultimately serve. Empathy and engagement are therefore critical components in our process.
Operating from a former heritage home in Johannesburg, our highly specialised team works across a range of disciplines, both in product development and interior programmes. We have a collective fascination with pottery, objets, art and antiques, many of which we keep on display to inspire and inform our work.
"The way an object or space makes one feel is as important as it’s function. Our work operates on multiple levels at the same time – it's about creating something with utility as well as meaning."
Partner and Designer Tonic
COMMITED TO CRAFTMANSHIP
We believe that finishing an object by hand adds integrity in a way that is impossible to emulate via mass production. Every piece we produce is individually crafted by master South African artisans, and usually customised to individual requirements.