Birba Brings Back Retro Chic
Creativity and drive are powerful tools. They can enable you to make even the wildest of your dreams come true, and as the great Walt Disney said, “If you can dream it, you can do it”. Words have never rang more true than for Cynthia Strydom, owner of Birba furniture in Cape Town, and her husband and business partner, Pierre. They had the ambition and dedication to create beautiful pieces with little to no, prior experience in designing furniture, and so they did.
Their story is something of a fairytale – Brazilian-born Cynthia met Pierre while they were working on cruise ships, travelling all over the world and seeing all the beautiful things it had to offer. Before long, it was time to get married and settle down and Cynthia, being from bustling and busy São Paulo found an oasis in Cape Town. With its serene ocean, magnificent mountains and vast open spaces, it was the ideal place to call home. Pierre, with a love of furniture and homeware and Cynthia, with an eye for design – thanks to her interior designer mother – were always going to surround themselves with beautiful things. Inspired by the creativity of Cape Town, and by the idea of following their dreams, they partnered up with a close friend to start their company, Birba.
And while the overall Cali-cool vibes are set to stay, Cynthia and Pierre are playing with materials like metals and fibreglass to see where that takes them. They’re even looking to add a little plexiglass and copper – there is no end to their creativity.
What makes Birba just so special is that both Pierre and Cynthia, with no formal training in the craft of putting furniture together, have simply figured things out as they go along. Through their drive to create pieces that they would want in their own home, they have collaborated and worked with tradespeople to put this beautiful brand together. And they have learned so much along the way. The name itself is even inspired by Palm Springs, Birba being a famous restaurant in the area and means ‘rascal’ in Italian. They are committed to making quirky, interesting furniture that is personal and special to each and every customer.
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