Based out of our combined workshop and design studio in Cape Town we create buildings, spaces and objects.

Our approach is centred on
how to live well and crafting spaces that enable more connection.

We want to see spaces that are different. Ones that inspire and are humanised.


As partners, our team's job is to listen and then assist in leading each project. We come up with solutions that blend creativity and inventiveness with designs that are feasible, economical, and sustainable


Our design process includes collaborating with artisans and specialty contractors. We continuously test concepts, details and how things are made. This often results in working between paper, computer and in our specialized workshop.


Design needs to be considered and enable smarter and healthier environments. The buildings and
construction sector is responsible for 37% of global greenhouse gas emissions. We are motivated to design thoughtful, impactful, joyful and ultimately more sustainable solutions.


We offer architecture, interior and design services.

We work with local and international clients, some only require design work and other projects we take to site and manage the entire process.

Jarrad & Lise Nelson

Jarrad Nelson

N.Dip Architecture (University of Johannesburg )

Registered Professional - SACAP

PG Dip BMA (2024) ( Stellenbosch Business School)

Lise Nelson

B.A Interior Design ( Greenside Design Center )


Email: jarrad@dark-horse.co.za