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The Kariba From Woodbender

The KARIBA from Woodbender

In Woodbender’s continuous pursuit of delivering excellence and innovation in each of their products, they are proud to present the Kariba.

Like many of their other designs, the Kariba takes its name from a small Southern African town. For this chair and stool design, the Woodbender design team looked to the north and drew inspiration from Kariba. A small town nestled on the shores of beautiful Lake Kariba. World-renowned for its raw natural beauty, Lake Kariba offers visitors a juxtaposition of tranquil waterways and rugged landscapes. The team really wanted this to reflect in the chair and stool design.

Kariba Stools

The Kariba interprets this contrasting beauty in its form and functionality. This compact, open-backed chair and stool takes up less space than some of the larger dining chairs on the market but does not sacrifice comfort. With a tilted backrest and sloping arms, the Kariba allows for easy relaxation around the dining table during a meal or a drink at the bar.

The design process

An experimental design process has resulted in a chair and stool with fewer parts and joins. This gives it a degree of durability and also the strength demanded by high traffic applications. Crafted with the ongoing minimalism movement in mind, the design team envisioned a pared-back end-product with an African flair. The Kariba is an amalgamation of the two styles. It stays true to the trend forecast while incorporating a distinctly Southern African aesthetic.

Kariba timber finishes

“Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication and we kept this in mind when designing the Kariba. There was a need in the market for a dining chair and stool that is both compact and comfortable. We felt that a simple silhouette with a slightly wider seat would be the answer”, explains Woodbender R&D Manager, Grant Longmore.

As with all Woodbender designs, the Kariba is fully customisable. It can be upholstered in a fabric of your choice and is also available in any of Woodbender’s 4 standard timber finishes.

The new Woodbender online shop has a fully integrated safe and secure payment portal. Free local shipping to any destination in South Africa is also included. For international enquiries, please reach out to Woodbender directly to discuss your international shipping requirements with one of their seating specialists.

Purchase your Kariba chair or stool from Woodbender’s online shop now at

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