There is no doubt that Navarre Ebersohn is a born entrepreneur – his passion, his works and his office speak of it.
As we walk in, we are guided up a steep staircase that leads to an attic office filled with small-scale models and experimental furniture pieces. We sit at a table of which the top is covered in wooden hexagons – a unique piece that resembles exactly what his company and his brands stand for.
Navarre started his company, Five past Five Designs in June 2013 and it has since only grown from strength to strength. A while after that he also launched Navarre and Marchand and later collaborated with Lumar Fourie and launched Luvarre, an ambitious innovation studio creating bespoke furniture in Pretoria. In addition to this, he also teaches 4th year design at TUT and he assists with the department’s new Maker’s Space for 1st year to 5th year students. His background is architecture and he still keeps that passion alive by collaborating with other architects and creating lovely, unique homes that can be fitted with some of his furniture and décor pieces. Between the three companies he owns, he covers a wide spectrum of products for a variety of clients – from individual clients to corporate clients like malls. From magazine stands to multi-use benches – you name it.
Navarre explains that he likes to experiment and with that comes combinations of materials that no one would ever have thought could work together. Many of the furniture pieces they produce consist of a combination of steel, wood and concrete or wood, leather and brass. The combinations are unorthodox and unusual, yet super durable and timeless.
We’re giving away one of Luvarre’s Mr. Slates (valued at R1750). To enter, simply complete the form below and tell us why you should win.