Peter Mabeo is the founder of Mabeo in Botswana, Africa. In 2006, following 10 years of making bespoke furniture for commercial customers in Botswana, he took initial steps towards creating a brand that would be the basis of realizing his aspirations of making interesting products in a meaningful way with a focus on quality, craftsmanship, design, sustainability, culture and people.
Under his direction, Mabeo furniture has ongoing collaborations with some of the most renowned international designers such as Calesson Koivisto Rune, Garth Roberts, Luca Nichetto, Patty Johnson, Patricia Urquiola and Studio Noi; as well as participation in highly regarded international design events such as Design Weeks of, Milan, London, Stockholm and at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York; where they have been honored with awards, such as Best Craftsmanship and Best Furniture. Mabeo products have received coverage in well-respected international publications including Elle Decor, Wallpaper, New York Times, Fast Company. Peter’s business leadership has also allowed Mabeo to successfully complete significant international projects of: the 201 room Five Star Hotel Nobis in Stockholm, and the 485 m/sqr office and public areas of the De beers Headquarters in Gaborone Botswana. Each of these was key to the establishment of the company as an international consumer and contract furniture manufacturer.
Based on his approach and achievements, Peter Mabeo has been invited to speak at international events and conferences, both in the areas of design as well as on development. He is also an advocate of development of good design as an effective tool for economic development, cultural relevance and self-expression, in the context of the rapid urbanization taking place in Botswana and on the African continent as a whole. As a result, ongoing relationships have developed with like-minded individuals and organizations such as Botswana International Trade Centre, United States Trade Hub, University of Botswana, Swedish Trade Council, various NGO’s, environmental sustainability organizations and small cooperatives.