When Edgar Weylandt opened his furniture store in 1964 in Windhoek, Namibia, he could not have foreseen that his brainchild would grow into a national retailer with branches in South Africa and Namibia, with a groundbreaking concept store opening in Sydney, Australia, in 2013.
Edgar's son, Chris Weylandt, was the catalyst for this phenomenal growth. After qualifying as a CA, Chris worked in the family business in Namibia during the early nineties. He then relocated to South Africa to set up a manufacturing plant in Cape Town. In 1999 he opened the first Weylandts Homestore in Durbanville.
The store was an instant success, and in the new millennium more Weylandts stores opened in Greenpoint, Knysna, Fourways, Swakopmund, Windhoek, Menlyn and Umhlanga Ridge. The Weylandts name rapidly became synonymous with quality contemporary furniture and innovative designs. was invited to furnish the prestigious opening of CNBC in South Africa and sponsored the reality TV show Big Brother, as well as the much-anticipated House of the Year Awards.
Today, Weylandts is firmly established as the leading furniture and décor retailer in Southern Africa, offering clients contemporary quality designs sourced from around the world and showcased in a beautiful environment where space and natural light enhance the inspirational merchandising.
1964 Weylandts' Beginning
In Windhoek, Namibia.
In 1964, Edgar Weylandt opens the doors to the first Weylandts store. Situated in Windhoek, Namibia, this humble furniture retail store is the beginning of what is today a seven-store interior retail chain. In the same year, Edgar's son, Chris Weylandt, is born.
1990 Chris visits Namibia en route to Europe
Whilst living in South Africa, Chris pays his family a visit in Namibia en route to Europe. Taking an instant interest in the family business, Chris decides to stay in Namibia and work with his family. What was initially meant as a brief detour becomes five years of work experience in the family business.
1992 Chris and Thomas Weylandt buy manufacturing plant
1992 in Okahandja
Chris and his older brother, Thomas, buy a small manufacturing plant in Okahandja, Namibia. They expand the plant to meet the demand for stock in the Windhoek shop, as well as to export stock to South Africa.
1996 Chris sets up manufacturing plant in Cape Town
Chris relocates back to South Africa and sets up a manufacturing plant in Cape Town. He develops and manufactures a complete new range of furniture and begins to supply to the major furniture retailers in South Africa.
1997 Chris travels to Indonesia
1997 in Indonesia
Chris embarks on his first journey to source new products for Weylandts. His travels take him to Indonesia. Whilst there, Chris establishes contacts with whom he can design and produce new ranges for Weylandts.
1998 Weylandts branches into the retail arena
Ready for a new challenge, Chris decides to take Weylandts into the retail arena. After buying property in Durbanville, Chris builds a 2 500m2, six-level destination retail outlet in this beautiful Cape Town suburb.
1999 Weylandts’ first Homestore opens in Durbanville
Chris opens the first Weylandts Homestore in Durbanville. Stocked with an extensive range of Indonesian furniture, as well as ranges designed, developed and manufactured by Weylandts, the store is an instant success.
2001 Weylandts opens in Greenpoint
A 3000m2 and three-level destination store opens in a renovated warehouse in Greenpoint. Showing Weylandts' commitment to urban renewal, this industrial building compliments the clean, contemporary furniture and interesting objects found within its walls.
Weylandts imports the Shell Chair
Always on the lookout for inspiring pieces, Chris imports the Shell Chair from Denmark. Designed and produced in Denmark, this chair becomes an iconic piece amongst all the Weylandts ranges.
2002 Weylandts develops and launches the Casa Range
Inspired by simple, clean-lined European designs, the timeless Casa Range is designed, developed and launched by the Weylandts team.
Weylandts opens in Knysna
The Knysna store opens in an old boatshed situated on the trendy Thesen Island. Weylandts once again breaks new ground as one of the first tenants in this new development.
2003 Weylandts imports the Steamer Lounger
Chris roams the East for inspiration and returns with the Steamer Lounger from Malaysia. It is an instant success and is still one of Weylandts’ most popular ICONIC imported pieces to date.
Weylandts opens in Fourways, Gauteng
Weylandts opens for business in Fourways, Gauteng. This 3500m2, three-level building offers Weylandts customers a unique shopping experience. And is the first expansion into Gauteng.
Weylandts develops and launches the Solo Sofa
Inspired by Scandinavian design, the Solo Sofa is compact, clean and identified by its contemporary lines.
2004 Chris travels to remote regions in China
2004 in China
Chris travels to remote regions in China to source antiques. These feature items compliment the clean, contemporary designs that have become synonymous with the Weylandts brand.
Weylandts opens in Swakopmund
Situated in a beautiful old warehouse in the centre of town, this Weylandts store soon becomes a landmark in Swakopmund.
Weylandts imports pieces from the Philippines
Weylandts starts importing vibrant and edgy designer pieces from the Philippines. One such piece is the award-winning Egg Table.
Weylandts co-sponsors the SA reality show, The Block
Weylandts co-sponsors the South African version of the reality TV show, The Block. Weylandts furniture is viewed by thousands of South Africans who follow the show.
Weylandts Homeware Distribution Centre opens
2004 in Cape Town
Due to Chris' travels, there is an ever-increasing stock of homeware from around the globe. To house this stock, the Weylandts Homeware Distribution Centre is opened in Cape Town.
2005 Knysna Store relocates
In support of urban renewal, the Knysna store relocates to an industrial area. This move allows the store to become a bigger, freestanding destination store.
Weylandts opens in Menlyn
In response to the growing demand for Weylandts products in the greater Pretoria area, Weylandts Menlyn opens its doors.
Weylandts Warehouse and Distribution Centre opens in Gauteng
In response to increased demands, Weylandts sets up a state-of-the-art Warehouse and Distribution Centre in Gauteng.
Weylandts becomes the sole Kenneth Cobonpue distributor
Recognising the individuality of Kenneth Cobonpue's work, Weylandts becomes the sole distributor for Kenneth's designs in Southern Africa.
2006 Renovation and relaunch of Weylandts, Durbanville
To showcase Weylandts' increased focus on designer pieces and unusual artworks sourced from around the world, the Durbanville store is completely renovated and relaunched as a white shell of the space which allows for innovative ways of merchandising products.
Weylandts imports range from France
Returning to Europe for fresh inspiration, Chris imports teak ranges from Enthnicraft, the Belgium-based leading furniture manufacturer.
2007 Weylandts sponsors Big Brother Africa
Always at the forefront of contemporary culture, Weylandts accepts an offer to sponsor the reality TV show, Big Brother Africa.
Weylandts furnishes the opening of CNBC
Weylandts is honoured with an invite to furnish the opening of the news network CNBC Africa, a prestigious event attended by influential people from all over the world, including our then president, Thabo Mbeki.
Knysna Weylandts relocates
The Weylandts Knysna store relocates back to Thesen Island. The new premises are situated in what was originally a sawmill, complete with massive yellow wood beams.
Weylandts sponsors the House of the Year Awards
Weylandts partners with House and Leisure magazine in a sponsorship of the much anticipated annual House of the Year awards.
2009 Weylandts moves to new store in Brooklyn Design Square, Pretoria
To fully embrace the Weylandts lifestyle philosophy, the Weylandts Menlyn store closes its doors and reopens on Friday 30 October at the exciting Brooklyn Design Square. The Brooklyn Design Square fits with the Weylandts brand as it boasts an active, busy, open-air environment with restaurants and other "good living" retailers within the same vicinity.
Weylandts opens long-awaited KZN branch
In response to a huge customer demand, Weylandts opens its first KwaZulu Natal outlet in Umhlanga Ridge on Friday 24 July. The Umhlanga Ridge branch, situated at 9 Tetford Circle near to Gateway shopping centre, boasts 1400m2 of architectural space which showcases Weylandts' eclectic range of original designs, antique treasures and unexpected ethnic artworks.
2010 Weylandts opens in Kramerville
In response to the growing demand for Weylandts products in Gauteng, Weylandts Kramerville opens to the public.
The Kitchen opens at Weylandts, Durbanville
Customers to Weylandts' Durbanville store now get to enjoy the exquisite tastes of chic fusion bistro food at The Kitchen.
2011 The Kitchen opens at Maison Estate, Franschhoek
The Kitchen opens at Maison Wine Estate home of Chris Weylandt- adding yet another delightful component of the Weylandt good living experience to the wine farm - and is headed by experienced Chef, Arno Janse van Rensburg.
The Kitchen opens at Weylandts, Kramerville
Weylandts brings The Kitchen, along with culinary expertise and an inspirational setting, to their Kramerville branch.
2012 The Kitchen opens at Weylandts, Greenpoint
The Kitchen opens its doors in Greenpoint, offering delicious cuisine and a vibrant atmosphere to the inhabitants of the Mother City.