MAD Design Studios was founded in 2013 by professional architect, Mholi Mthembu and marketing specialist – turned interior designer wife, Nqobile Mthembu.
It was established with the vision to push the boundary of what the traditional architecture or interior firm does, by becoming a studio that would offer a turnkey solution i.e. from architecture to interior – all the way through to furniture design and manufacturing – in order to be a “one-stop-shop” for clients to realise their design projects with less effort and stress!
We love staying connected to key global industry trends, drawing inspiration from the sophisticated and contemporary designs – whether from Italy or the east or the US – and then making it relatable to the African context. Their touch is elegant and sophisticated, and love creating the unexpected, pushing possibilities and challenging their team to think out of the box.
We call it the MAD way.
Hours in our days
Projects under our belts
Laughs a minute
we’re all a little mad here.
People always ask “why call yourselves MAD?” and we laugh and tell them, “well, when you think about it – it requires a little madness to be bold enough to chase this dream!”, but we’re not MAD at all, we’re just a group of very passionate, creative and determined individuals.
The work we do is already very serious, and we treat it as such, however in the midst of the crazy, we find a reason to laugh, tease or throw a meme! We’re a family, united by a common dream and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Learn more about the faces of MAD Design Studios
Events, PR and Digital Coordinator
Accounts and Procurement Administrator
Kitchen Designer & Installation Coordinator
DESIGN IS FLUID
We believe that design should not be rigid, but flow to fit the context of its environment, but neither do we believe a circle can’t sit within a square!
NO ONE-SIZE FITS ALL
We believe that every new brief deserves a new solution. We’re trained designers for a reason and don’t offer clients “cut-and-paste” solutions.
A LITTLE MADNESS IS NECESSARY
There is no one solution to all design problems and even when the situation requires the same solution, we still look for the opportunity to introduce something MAD – this is our way