Kehumile Mate is a qualified Interior/Furniture designer, Fine Artist & Self-Taught Photographer who was raised in Mabopane, a township in Pretoria, but is now the founder of a Johannesburg-based bespoke interior & furniture design company, Mitsotso.
He initially studied fine art (print-making) in Pretoria then migrated to Cape Town to study interior design & worked as a restaurant interior designer at Harbour House Group, after hours.
His design journey began to blossom when he was chosen to be one of two people in South Africa to receive a scholarship to study interior design at Thomas More in Mechelen, Belgium; where he majored in service & furniture design. He spent the majority of his time working on interior projects for the city of Mechelen but at the same time improving his artisan skills.
The designer returned to South Africa to complete his design degree & commenced working as an office interior designer at DHK Thinkspace where he practiced for 2 years while working on his debut ottoman range which was launched at the end of 2018 through SABC3's Win a Home design show.
Mate has since been a part of various design projects, majority being for presidential & ministerial houses in Pretoria & Cape Town but is now refocusing his time & energy into creating more contemporary, pan-african furniture pieces and interiors.
His most successful creative project to date is the interior space he designed and built together with Nicholas Smit for SABC3's Win a Home Show.