MM DESIGN was established in 2019 by architectural couple Micah and Maxine Strydom. Having met at Tshwane University of Technology, they both completed their masters degrees in Architecture while lecturing architecture and interior design at the same time. This initial love for their profession in practice and in teaching inspired starting their own practice, allowing more freedom to teach and practice simultaneously.
The company name is derived from their combined initials and their love for M&M sweets. The rational is to be able to grow a practice in line with their ambitions and passions while growing their family.
Culture is often lost in the process of design, people constantly in pursuit of "trending" architectural buildings, spaces and graphics, forgetting who we are and where we have come from. We believe that culture, heritage and origin are essential parts of the design process, and as such make it a vital part of our African design business.
Striving to make everything we design stimulate the end user emotionally while being known as a creative company delivering appropriate design focused on quality, sustainability, functionality and the end user.
We are all humans, in it together, everyone trying to succeed, and MM Design wants to make that easier for as many people as possible.
God: He gave us every skill, blessing, talent and opportunity which we are thankful for.
Culture and People: Who we are and where we have come from ensuring the design is for the end user.
Creativity: Forward thinking and innovation are important to prevent stagnation.
Function: All designs must meet the needs of the intended use to ensure their longevity and sustainability.
Family: Always comes first, if we not living for our family, we missing the point.
what is architecture
Architecture is more than just drawing plans or creating stunning renders, it is about space making, creating environments that meet peoples physical and emotional, it involves context, nature, people, regulations, social integration, sustainability and so much more. MM Design takes all these things into account to ensure a well rounded result is achieved.
We investigate the human aspects of what is needed to produce an end result that works. Aesthetics are important, but as famous architect Louis Sullivan said:
"Form follows function"
What use is a building if it looks good but can't be used?
our experience and abilities
We always up for the challenge and will design at any scale, from a park bench to a skyscraper, no project is too big or small as MM Design will flex according to your needs.
Micah and Maxine both have experience in working on residential, commercial, retail, hospitality, medical and industrial projects of varying scale in each category.
No matter the type of project, the process will always remain the same, it will be a back and forth engagement between the architect and the client, identifying the needs and designing appropriate solutions
MM Design can be appointed for a full service from stage 1 to 6, or a partial service for if you only require a concept as per stage 2, for example.
3D modelling & drafting
3D models speak for themselves, they express the designers intentions in the from of a mass, very little in today's day and age is built without having first been modelled.
2D drafting is an important aspect of documenting a design, often once modelled, drafting details are then prepared showing how that 3D mass is assembled.
For both 3D and 2D services all we require from you is some design information of what your intentions are, be it vague or detailed, if we need more information or clarity once we have started, we will contact you for more information.
We offer the following modelling and drafting services:
rendering & illustration
First impressions matter, which is why you should sell your design as best you can when presenting to either a client, developer, or investor as they are going to base their decision on what you put in front of them.
Supply us with your design in either sketched, 2D drawings, or 3D model format and we will generate stunning visuals to wow your clients.
We offer the following rendering services:
graphic & web design
Engaging with your clients digitally is a big part of how users consume your content in today's day and age, more information is consumed digitally than ever before.
We develop graphics or web design according to your needs, focusing on your brand or personal identity to help keep what we produce inline with your core values and vision.
We offer the following graphic and web design services:
The following images show some of our recent projects. Please contact us if you would like to know more about some of our projects and what we have been involved in.