Founded by Neil Mare & Waldo Herselman in 2004, Nowa is one of the most respected custom furniture design & manufacture companies in South Africa.


Waldo Herselman & Neil Mare

Nowa specialises in custom made bespoke furniture and has an over 5000 sqm factory from where all our items are handcrafted with the utmost care and focus on craftsmanship and quality. We are a trade-only company that supplies exclusively to the decor and furniture industry in South Africa and abroad.

The slogan “dream, make, enjoy” encapsulates this passion; from the birth of a design, through to the manufacturing process… and then the satisfaction and appreciation for the end product, both in design and craftsmanship.

What we do

Nowa has both wood product and steel product divisions that enable us to do all manufacturing in-house. The wood product division is the most well-known aspect of Nowa, however, the steel division, which is able to manufacture in stainless steel and mild steel, are not far behind. This division allows us to custom make handles, bases, steel legs etc.

We have an in-house design team that design and conceptualise our ranges and product. They work closely with our clients and designers from around the world to ensure that we achieve their vision for their respective projects.

The Nowa goal is to deliver superb handcrafted furniture, timeously, again and again.

Open Positions


Nowa Designs is always on the lookout for a young energetic designer to become part of their team.  Candidates should be highly motivated with a natural passion for design.



  • Graduate degree in interior design.
  • Minimum two years in design experience.


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