Dark Horse:  A candidate about whom little is known but who unexpectedly wins or succeeds.

We create goods with an edge that are built to last.

Dark Horse is a statement made by the professional – those who draw their own map and take on the world. Our choices combine a lifestyle of adventure with elegance and style. An understated sophistication.

You get magic when we wrap together our passion,quality, design, and customer service.

Through a refined batch process, using the finest locally sourced materials and skills,we balance the best in handmade production and global supply.

Dark Horse is Made in Cape Town & Enjoyed worldwide.



Dark Horse was born out of the rebellious passion and ambition to shake up the status quo. Jarrad and Lise Nelson are a husband and wife team that respectively studied architecture and interior design in Johannesburg. After many years of working on a variety of projects – Adventure called and they set off to travel across the UK and Europe -Meeting, seeing, living. ” Adventure, the unexpected and drive to connect has always been with us”


Having moved to Cape Town they searched for locally designed and produced furniture that met their appreciation for design and craftsmanship. Something that met high end standards and that was not bound by fashion trends.

With nothing available – They channeled their passion for design & the objects that they curate into The Dark Horse Brand. Their small one bedroom Cape Town apartment served as the launchpad. After a few months of overflowing prototypes, boxes and workstations – Often having to move the bed around to make space.  Six years later Dark Horse supplies goods globally.


” We think of our products as Industrial Glam – It’s raw and refined” Says Jarrad Nelson.

Dark Horse represents a spirit in us – It’s an expression that speaks to that voice, that different is better, that we shall challenge the rules and that whilst we may not know the path we shall find our way and when we do, we shall break through.

We’re built to take risks and push the boundaries – Will you join us?

Started in 2011. Dark Horse has been featured in multiple publications from GQ, Monocle, Wallpaper online, Visi, Conde Nast, LOUIS VUITTON and more.

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