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.


We’re underpinned by our core ethos of:

Passion, Design, Craftsmanship and Customer Service.

We design and manufacture all of our goods in Cape Town, South Africa. We source our materials locally and believe in empowering our staff, building lasting relationships with suppliers and a strong commitment to growing the sustainable production of our work.


The Brand

Dark Horse –  A spirit that always demands more.

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”.

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