About Us

Who we are, what we do & Why we do it

The Coco Africa workshop is a team of gifted woodworking craftsmen from the local community, focusing on the highest standards of manufacturing, joinery and finishing. Aubrey heads the production, concentrating on perfect joinery. Assistants Siyabonga, Eldriek and Vuyo process rough stock and finish jointed items to perfection. Cindy focuses on design and marketing and provides final quality control: no items leave the shop without having been properly looked over and lovingly felt.

What it’s all about: "The excitement of the wood arriving, watching the patina appear as the planks are processed. The scent of the natural wood oils in the dust. A few sneezes in between. Seeing the designs form as the wood gets a new life. Giving the designs a name. The smell of the wood as the branding iron burns the logo. The relationship and respect for each other as wood lovers in production. Working alongside a team of creative people. Establishing meaningful relationships with our clients. Working in such a beautiful part of the world.
The sheer joy of making beautiful things."

Cindy Douglas, creative director, owner.

The Cape Fox &
the Morning Star

The Coco Africa logo represents the Cape Fox and the Morning Star. In the Franschhoek mountains near the workshop, we are privileged to be living in close proximity with the Cape Fox. This petit endemic fox has black and silver-grey fur with flanks and underside a light russet yellow. The tip of its tail is always black. To show excitement the fox lifts its tail. The extent to which the tail is raised is usually an indication of the level of excitement. Our fox is full of anticipation.

The Cape Fox is nocturnal and most active just before dawn, beneath the morning star, or after dusk when sheltering in burrows. We share this affinity with an appreciation of the calm and collected time before and after the craziness of the day. Our inspiration for our products and their refined design usually appears outside of office hours.

Our Team

Handmade products are touched by human hands so many times from start to completion and then finished, cleaned & ready to put out into the world... and then when we think it looks finished, we sand it a little more

the Coco Africa team

Cindy Douglas
Aubrey Nybole
Eldriek Jack
Siyabonga Jebese
Vuyo Mpahleni