Lemon's foundation is shaped by our Creative Director, Kevin Frankental. With a love for design history, Kevin finds inspiration in historic design, film, and art. He is focused on discovering what renders a piece timeless.
"There is a tendency to think that things were always better 'before,' which is why I believe there is such a nostalgic yearning among people these days. This is not to say everything was better before because it wasn't. However, there are timeless classics in all fields that stand out.
At the moment, there is a pervasive sense of sameness in the world, whether in fashion, beauty, or design, to name a few. For us, there is no interest in looking at what is new for inspiration, as the end result will always be just another version of something already existing.
Our process involves delving into the archives of historical design, film, art, fashion, or anything that sparks inspiration. It could be as simple as an old, beautiful photograph. Once we have our inspiration, the focus is on creating a piece that is a contemporary nod to the past. It has to be something useful and needed. Usually, it's about designing something for ourselves that we would love but can't find."
“Our pieces are elegantly simple, designed for everyday use and admiration. They evoke nostalgia and romance while staying true to the traditions of master craftsmen, fitting seamlessly into contemporary settings.”
Working in collaboration with designers from Kevin’s native South Africa and beyond, each piece is designed to find its unique place.
We hold a deep appreciation for all that is made by hand. The pieces in our collection are crafted to outlast us, remaining sturdy despite the telltale signs of use and affection. To ensure that neither quality nor integrity is compromised, we work closely with specialists in their respective fields, from artists and metalworkers to upholsterers and carpenters.
We do not mass-produce, mass production often leads to excessive waste and environmental harm, we take a different approach. Each piece of furniture is meticulously made to order, ensuring that no resources are squandered in the manufacturing process.
We are situated on the prestigious Herengracht - the second of four canals in Amsterdam belonging to the Canal belt and lies between the Singel and the Keizersgracht. Find us at 141 (1st floor) By Appointment
Cape Town Showroom
Situated just outside the city bowl, our Cape Town showroom is set in a a beautiful heritage building.
Visit us at 212a Buitengract street. By Appointment