After graduating in Production Design from film school AFDA, Thabisa Mjo decided to go back to school to learn the art of interior design. She enrolled in a year-long Interior Decorating and Architectural Drawing course at Inscape Design School. “I love the idea of creating a product or designing a space that people have an immediate emotional response to”, she says about her career move. An entrepreneur at heart, she decided to specialize in retail and hospitality design, to help corporate clients design spaces that help narrate their brand and product story. This saw her design the TV studios of leading television production company, Bonngoe Productions and styling product launch events for leading brands such as Estee Lauder and Veuve Clicquot.
In September 2016 she launched her first lighting collection called, Pieces of Me, inspired by childhood games and fashion. The collection was launched at 100% Design SA where she walked away with “Best emerging talent” award and “Best Product” award. She launched her second collection, which included furniture, in 2017 at 100% Design UK in London where her exhibition was a favourite amongst media and expo visitors alike. She was also awarded the “Future Found Award” at the prestigious Design Foundation Award 2017. As her business steadily grows, Thabisa has her sights set on being a breath of fresh air in the African retail industry.