Dark Horse is a statement made by the professional – those who draw their own map and take on the world.

The Dark Horse personality is ready for the journey – their choices combine a lifestyle of adventure with elegance and style. An understated sophistication.

Through a passion for detail and the utmost respect for craftsmanship, using locally sourced, finest materials, Dark Horse develops handmade and bespoke lifestyle accessories.

“At Dark Horse we believe in a passion for design, materials and craftsmanship – It represents a spirit in all of us, a driving force, something that embraces a new experience and welcomes adventure”.

We design and manufacture all of our goods in Cape Town, South Africa.


Dark Horse was born out of a passion for design and a need for furniture and accessories that would not require extravagant cost, but could still satisfy the owner’s elegant taste. Dark Horse was started in 2011 by interior design and architect duo, Lise du Plessis and Jarrad Nelson and has since been featured in House & Leisure,Visi, Elle Decoration, Wallpaper Online, Monocle Online and many more.


Dark Horse:  Entity that competes in a race or other contest and is not expected to win or has who has interesting qualities or abilities that most people do not know about.

A fitting name when we started out in 2011, no one knew who we were and we didn’t really know what we were doing.
We’re always humbled when we look back at the journey, the amazing support from friends and family but mainly from our clients. How they encouraged us when we needed it most, brought people round and proudly spend their hard earned money on a small brand.
With five years on and an incredible client roster to be proud of, we’re able to add another massive milestone to our history. 
Hamburg, Germany – Our first international office.
Will you help us to go global?
We work with individual clients, medium and large businesses. Some of our business clients include: Levis, IBM, Sabi Sabi lodges, Nandos, Nedbank, Standard Bank and many more.


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