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Dagmar Grimmelikhuysen – owner and sole designer of Moko – has always been inspired by the beauty of Mother Nature and all things earthy. Born and bred in Holland, her love of nature influenced her decision to study Floral Design – the art of refined floristry. Dagmar spent many years working in Floral Design before she moved to Cape Town at the age of 24. At that time, she operated and owned a Floral Design Studio in Cape Town, also called Moko.

After taking a break from work to raise her twins, Dagmar longed for a creative outlet. In 2011, she started working with wooden off cuts from her husband’s furniture business, Svencraft, and Moko – as it is now – was born. It all started with a range of children’s toys and has now taken a turn into homeware and decor design which is Dagmar’s latest passion.

As a designer, all Dagmar’s inspiration comes from nature and its elements. She enjoys working with wood and natural mediums and loves the variety of textures, patterns and smells she deals with on a daily basis. Moko focuses on using only recycled wood or wood from sustainable forestry.

Although her main medium is wood, Dagmar also incorporates bits of leather, water-based paints, and varnishes into her work. She often experiments with other mediums as a way to spark creativity and growth.