"Design consultation and creation for architecture, spatial, interiors and products."
Founded by Michele Grech-Cumbo, in 2010, StudioMIC is a design company focusing on a range of quality designer products for the home, office and corporate environments. We strive to create products for the product design, industrial design, interior and architectural spaces.
Our focus is on an aesthetically pleasing yet functional design which includes, concept sketching, prototyping, CAD modeling, reverse engineering and more. We synergise function and beauty together with quality and craftsmanship to produce the products we deem worthy for our clients.
We offer professional design knowledge, consultation and realistic production insight of bespoke, custom products. We also provide services for ideation, consultancy, conceptualisation, prototyping and more.
The team at Afrienza aims to provide beautiful, designer furniture in South Africa, not only to the wealthy but to the vast majority of people who cannot typically afford designer products. Afrienza designer, Michele Grech-Cumbo, undertook the process of designing furniture to solve this need. Striking a partnership with manufacturer Anastasios Asteriou, together they worked on the best methods of providing affordable designer furniture to the market. Secret compartments for hiding valuables, clever nesting techniques for manufacture along with dual-tone and textured materials are just some of the innovations coming out of the Afrienza collaboration. Afrienza provides innovative designer furniture solutions for the individual and the developer alike, with offerings for residential, commercial and hospitality.
Utilising clever design methodologies and innovative manufacturing techniques, the process yielded what is the current Collection of Afrienza’s African Designer Furniture. The Collection ranges from seating, tables and cabinetry to built-in cupboards and kitchens. And is now moving into interior design. Afrienza, “African” and “Enza” (Zulu for ‘create’), has created three tiers in their ranges: an Entry Level range offers products in engineered woods and melamine; the Custom range offers fantastic finishes in select materials and customised colour options; while the Bespoke range offers exclusive finishes in veneers, Fenix and other surfaces coupled alongside first-class stone tops and powder-coated steel furnishings with the option of full-dimensional customisation.
Not only has Afrienza developed a comprehensive product range of items, but the brand has also partnered with StudioMIC (Michele Grech-Cumbo) who provides design, architectural and interior consultation. Furthermore, other collaborations have been made with Fotakis Floors, Wolkberg Castings, Poseidon Bathrooms and platform23, to name a few. The showroom, located at Goodwood boards (Anastasios Asteriou) also offers an open gallery space of other collaborative products. The Afrienza team sees potential in collaboration and openly seeks designers, artists and artisans thinking in a similar way.