Who we are

Buhle Bendalo Designs (often referred to as BBD) is a full-service Interior design and Event design and styling business that prides itself on wowing. Design is personal. Good Design is integral. From spaces to homeware to furniture – everything that we create, is for the amazing people we service. After a particularly long day, have you ever imagined arriving home, taking off your shoes and throwing yourself on your couch? Now, arrive.
Buhle Bendalo Designs is also trusted by one of the largest design and build fit-out specialists in South Africa for their technical audits. Buhle Bendalo Designs is a strong team of draughts-people, contractors, installers, experts in floor wall finishes and window dressings and; vendors and suppliers whose networks stretch across South Africa and bordering countries. Altogether, these various people make the Buhle Bendalo Designs team strong and able to take on your project.

Buhle Bendalo Designs is a full-service African Interior Design and Event Styling company, founded by Buyisiwe Dlamini, with a focus on fusing a luxury and urbane African aesthetic with modern design. ‘Ubuhle bendalo’ is the Zulu phrase meaning ‘the beauty of creation’ and the founding pursuit of our brand. We have the unique ability to translate spaces to meet the bespoke needs of our clients and illuminate their tastes.

Buyisiwe Dlamini is one of the only design professionals, in Johannesburg, who is also qualified to advise on the management and life cycle of various facilities from commercial office space to hospitals. This is a rare skill as this qualifies her to consider the lifespan of the design of a facility from a repairs and maintenance view, increasing a property’s eventual resale value. She holds, with Distinction, a Postgraduate Diploma from the University of Witwatersrand in Property Development with a specialization in Facilities Management, the first and only Facilities Management qualification recognized by SAFMA (South African Facilities Management Association).

Having spent her early life in Soweto, Johannesburg, Buyisiwe’s love for beautiful aesthetics is founded on the melting pot of design experiences she had as a young girl in the township. Her love of colour and patterns is influenced by the beauty she saw around her as a child. She recalls her first major fashion moment – a black and white hounds tooth skirt matched with diamond detail stockings she saw on her cousin, and later how that resonated with the black and white diamond-set tiled floors she has come to love. She recalls her mother’s love for fitted two-piece luxury suits with silk blouses; their beautiful Gregorian lounge seat, with wooden trimmings, which was stitched most exquisitely. Her love for entertaining and styling she attributes to society parties in and around her mother’s childhood home, as well as her father’s friends. She has been an avid collector of fashion and home decor magazines from the age of 11 as well as an attendee at various design supplier indabas for years.

Her on -site experience spans almost two decades and includes project administration and management on large scale schools, residences and clinics. She is a leading young designer who has overseen complete home renovations to décor and styling. She is knowledgeable about and involved in full service design from concept design to project management and the management of contractors, space planning to furniture selection and colour consultation. She is known for her ability to lift the mood in spaces. She is passionate about design education, specifically educating clients and her community about their homes and the design industry across various social media and in her blogging platform *link*. As a designer, her main goal is to save her clients time, money and headaches; help her clients avoid the costly mistakes too many home owners make often. Buhle Bendalo Designs has worked with successful young professionals, CEO’s, entrepreneurs, development financiers and legal practitioners, and Buyisiwe is fond of her one-on-one relationship with her clients. Her personal design ethos speaks to integrity, adaptability and translation.

“I was raised around women and men who cared about the spaces they occupied. I think about colour and textiles and texture frequently. Do you recall Tapyt? It’s the name we used for vinyl flooring – I was infatuated with the prints. Having beautiful floors was important to our people. Looking back, I can’t remember a time I wasn’t analysing, creating or advising.”

Buyisiwe holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics and Management, Diplomas in Interior Design and Project Management, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Property Development (Facilities Management) with Distinction. The alliance of her educative and work background have set her up to design and preserve spaces across South Africa.

We are of the core belief that good design encapsulates vulnerable collaboration between ourselves and our clients. We aim to listen, with empathy, for desires unspoken. Our goal is to create rooms of contentment through the meshing of each client’s physical, emotional and visual needs with our design ability and vision.

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Contacts

Rosebank, Johannesburg, South Africa

info@buhlebendalo.com

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