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Meet the designer: Bongani Mayaba

Bongani Mayaba is one of the newest interior designers to join the Blackline Interiors Design studio. We sat down with this young rising star of the South African design world to find out more about what inspires his design style:
Bongani Mayaba, Interior Designer With Blackline Retail Interiors
Where did you study design?

I graduated with a Btech in Interior Design from Tshwane University Of Technology in 2016, during which time I completed an internship programme with DHK Thinkspace.

What is your background as a designer?

After graduating I worked as a freelancer, mostly doing 3D renderings and space planning on small residential and commercial projects.

What are some of your favourite interior design projects that you have worked on?

I really enjoyed working with Saseka Ethnic Salon concept store and Granny Goose homeware stores.

What inspires you as a designer?

I get inspired by the world around me and people, those who aren’t scared to go for what they want in life.

Who is your favourite South African designer?

Donald Nxumalo.


What are some of your favourite upcoming interior design trends?

I think bold patterns, particularly those with an African flavour, are going to make a comeback this year. I also think industrial lighting is gong to be used more for retail and restaurant spaces.

Who is your dream interior design client?

I would like to design a resort one day, I think that would be an interesting project to get stuck into.


To work with Bongani and the Blackline Retail Interiors team on your next corporate, hospitality, retail or restaurant design, call +27 010 220 5362 or email to set up a free consultation for your business.

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Blackline Retail Interiors offers a turnkey design-build commercial interior design service for retailers, restaurants, brands and businesses. We work throughout South and Southern Africa.
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