You can now furnish your home with unique, custom-made, hand-beaded chandeliers direct from South Africa. Klaylife Chandeliers are different not only because each is hand-made but because their launch is helping a community in need.

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Klaylife chandeliers are imported by Melbourne-based father-daughter duo Phillip Jones and Kerri Wallace, who migrated to Australia in 1989. Wanting to keep ties with their South African heritage, they found a unique way to give back to a needy community in their former homeland. in 2014 Kerrie came across an Instagram post of clay-beaded chandeliers and fell in love with their stunning rustic beauty.

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Her efforts to find out more about the product led her to South African native Merewyn De Heer, who designs and produces the centrepieces from a farm in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa.

“My dad and I had already booked a trip to South Africa, so arranged to meet Merewyn face-to-face to see if there was a way we could work together, and import the chandeliers to Australia to reach a wider audience,” exlains Kerri.

Kerri and Phillip soon learned that Merewyn, a former advertising executive, gave up her occupation to pursue her passion for design and social responsibility.

“Merewyn is a brilliant designer and business woman but hadn’t considered exporting to an overseas market. Fortunately, my dad had spent his entire life in the industry, so from there, we entered into a really great partnership,” says Kerri.

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Located close to an African HIV centre, Merewyn’s farm sought to find a way to help the local HIV impacted women, They couldn’t find work due to the stigma attached to HIV so Merewyn offered them employment.

Starting with eight HIV impacted staff; the team quickly grew to 65 women of varying backgrounds and circumstances who all wanted to work for Merewyn to produce the hanging masterpieces.

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Each bead is hand-rolled, using raw clay from the region, then dried, kiln fired and dip-dyed before being masterfully strung onto unique wrought iron frames. This handcrafted process ensures no two lights will ever be the same. Every chandelier is numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity, in addition to being fully compliant with Australia’s electrical requirements.

The chandeliers are available to order from Curious Grace here in Australia. Chandeliers  come in a range of colours and sizes, with a 12 to 16 week turnaround time from order to delivery.

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“We hope those looking for a unique and show-stopping centrepiece – whether it be for a home, hotel or restaurant – will consider klaylife chandeliers as a beautiful addition to their space,” says Phillip.

“Not only are the Klaylife chandeliers stunning creations, they go a long way in helping a small group of South African women be self-sufficient to support their families and local community.”

You can see more of the work and unique designs from Klaylife Chandeliers on klaylifecom, follow then Faceboook : klaylife, Twitter : @klay_life and Instagram : @klaylife

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Do you like these beautiful Klaylife chandeliers? Would you have one in your home? How do you feel about supporting a  community in need?

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