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Introducing the MAKUTI

We are proud to release yet another bentwood design with a name inspired by small town Zimbabwe – introducing the Makuti chair and bar stool.

Located on the main road between the Harare and Chirundu border post, the sleepy village of Makuti is close to Kariba and shares its rugged beauty. The Woodbender design team drew inspiration from both the similarities and contrasts between the two towns when conceptualising the Makuti.

Makuti chairs
Makuti Chair

The Makuti dining chair and bar stool answers a market demand for dining room and bar area seating that is easy to get in and out of. The armless design allows for easy access into the chair and an equally easy exit out of it, which is especially useful in a crowded space such as a busy bar or dining room. It can also be neatly tucked underneath a dining room table and bar counter so that it takes up less floor space. A sloped, shallow backrest offers users a comfortable yet supportive place to lean back and relax while they enjoy a meal around the table or a drink at the bar. Because the Makuti is crafted with few parts and therefore few joins, it is robust and durable making it ideal for high traffic hospitality areas. These limited joins also allow Woodbender to market the Makuti at a competitive price point making it both a trendy and affordable option.

“We wanted to offer customers a chair that is comfortable, on-trend, and easy to use in crowded spaces. The Makuti ticks all those boxes”, explains Woodbender R&D Manager, Grant Longmore.

The Makuti is available as a dining chair and bar stool and is fully customisable. It can be upholstered in a fabric of your choice and is available in any of Woodbender’s 5 timber finishes.