About Us

About the Studio

Justin operates design studios in London and Gloucestershire, undertaking projects in both areas and the counties in between. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Justin has an established reputation as a leading designer in the UK and beyond.

Born and educated in Cape Town, Justin studied English and Politics before discovering his passion for design. He then studied at Design Time School of Interior Design, where he honed his craft and developed a keen eye for detail. What was supposed to be a year out in London led to a life-changing opportunity when he became the Creative Director for Nicky Haslam. Justin learned at the foot of this master of Interiors and developed a deep understanding of design principles and the importance of storytelling in interiors.

In 2002, Justin opened his own eponymous brand in London. His client base is mostly legacy and repeat clients, who come to him for his ability to weave the requirements of their lives seamlessly in with his design work. With a focus on creating considered and curated interiors, Justin’s designs are a testament to his creativity and his dedication to delivering exceptional results. Whether you’re looking to update your home or create a new space, Justin Van Breda’s design studio is the perfect choice for those seeking exceptional design and a truly bespoke service.

Justin Van Breda’s passion for design extends far beyond his work with clients. He is a designer who believes in the power of community and the importance of preserving traditional craftsmanship. His social projects are a testament to this belief and of his commitment to the industry.

One of Justin’s popular projects is his Instagram series, “Tea for Two.” This series features conversations with fellow designers, artists, and creatives over a cup of tea. These intimate conversations provide a glimpse into the minds of some of the most talented individuals in the industry and offer insight into their creative processes and inspirations.

Justin is also passionate about preserving traditional crafts and techniques. In his Africa furniture collections, Safari and Cape Weaver, he shines a spotlight on the craft and community of African makers. Working with talented visually impaired artisans who create stunning rattan pieces and with emigre carvers and wittlers. Justin highlights the skills of migrant craftsmen bringing their unique talents to the UK and beyond.

Finally, Justin’s most recent project, Cape Looms, showcases the heritage talent of the women at Cape Looms in South Africa. These women weave beautiful mohair rugs using traditional techniques passed down through generations.

Through these projects, Justin Van Breda is committed to building community and sharing information. He believes that the future of design lies in preserving traditional craftsmanship and supporting the talented individuals who bring these skills to life.

Our work has been featured editorially in House & Garden, English Home, Elle Decor, AD, Veranda and House Beautiful AHL

CAPE CRAFT SCHOOL : Campus Opening February 2026

An initiative to create an academy for high school graduates to learn a series of sustainable crafts and business skills. Enabling them to enter viable and sustainable employment, and ideally to go into their communities and set up small enterprises, employing a small team and creating a micro economy. At the same time setting up an initiative servicing this micro economy; creating a fully fledged sales and commercial platform with international exposure for the craftspeople and buying opportunities for the international community.

The initiative was born of the estimation that each salary paid in South Africa supports about 5 people, and the firm belief that by creating micro pockets of education and growth, a society can transform from within. High school graduates in South Africa have very little further educational opportunities, and this initiative would give them the opportunity to learn applicable skills and crafts that could be implemented in a business on a grassroots level.

The concept is to educate 200 students per annum in a usable craft and skill. These students would be empowered to enter their communities creating 3-5 jobs and create a ground roots transformation. Each year this could impact the lives of 2,500 people living in low income or poverty environments. We envisage that the most successful graduates would be able to build and scale their enterprise, as there is an in-built alumni network of skilled workmen who they could employ. The school will set up continued mentoring programmes, online sales platforms, international exposure, and a continual marketplace for the crafts created by the alumni.

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