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Introducing the KARIBA

4 March, 2019

In our continuous pursuit of delivering excellence and innovation in each of our products, we are proud to present our latest offering, the Kariba.

Like many of our other designs, the Kariba takes its name from a small Southern African town. For this new addition to our range, our design team looked to the north and drew inspiration from Kariba, a small town nestled on the shores of beautiful Lake Kariba. World-renowned for its raw natural beauty, Lake Kariba offers visitors a juxtaposition of tranquil waterways and rugged landscape, and the team really wanted this to be reflected in the design of the chair.

Kariba Dining Chair

The Kariba interprets this contrasting beauty in its form and functionality. This compact, open-backed chair takes up less space than some of the larger dining chairs on the market but does not sacrifice comfort. With a tilted backrest and sloping arms, the Kariba allows for easy relaxation around the dining table during a meal and long after it’s ended. An experimental design process has resulted in a chair with fewer parts and joins, giving it a degree of durability and strength demanded by high traffic applications. Crafted with the ongoing minimalism movement in mind, the design team envisioned a pared-back end-product with African flair. The Kariba is an amalgamation of the two styles, staying true to the trend forecast while incorporating a distinctly Southern African aesthetic.

“Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication and we kept this in mind when designing the Kariba. There was a need in the market for a dining chair that is both compact and comfortable, and we felt that a simple silhouette with a slightly wider seat would be the answer”, explains Woodbender R&D Manager, Grant Longmore.

As with all Woodbender designs, the Kariba is fully customisable. It can be upholstered in a fabric of your choice and is available in any of Woodbender’s 15 timber finishes.