When you enter the Nzito store you'll enter a world of wooden wonders, African inspired natural furniture, and wonderful smells of the wax and oil used to finish the furniture and creative designs. Woods used at Nzito Furniture are teak, mahogany, mukwa and other exotic hard woods. Many of the furniture designs you will find in store have evolved over years.
All the designs were created 'in house' and are exclusive to the Nzito name. The latest ranges have a cleaner more modern look, with the same quality and attention to detail. You'll also find a lot of ideas for gifts and home décor. This range includes tea light holders, ornaments, coasters, wall plaques, lamps and lamp stands, picture frames, ethnic jewellery, chitenge bags, tea cosies and cushions.
Nzito gifts and home décor
Nzito Furniture designs and builds a unique range of furniture from naturally aged and reclaimed Dhow sailing boats in Tanzania. The range is exceptionally stylish, sustainable, full of character and perfect for businesses looking to make an impact. Alternatively, choose from their range of sophisticated teak furniture made in Zambia.
The Nzito furniture range has become popular internationally and appears in safari lodges, hotels and embassies around the world. The range is perfect for creating an elegant yet robust feel that is inspired by Africa.
Custom made joinery
Continuous research and development combined with their know how and design departments enables Nzito Furniture to manufacture virtually any custom-made wooden product. These include office furniture, domestic furniture, restaurant furniture, wall panels, bars, staircases and shelving.
Production and delivery
Nzito works with a large group of nearly 40 craftsmen who make original pieces each time. Furniture can be made for one-off venues like offices or restaurants, or for a group of lodges and hotels.
The team is managed by Nicola Swynnerton who is able to gather specific briefs from businesses interested in the furniture, manage the production with the team she works so closely with, as well as ensure delivery. Supporting fabrics and furniture details are sourced from within Zambia and around Africa.
Large orders are welcome, but furniture buyers need to be aware of the fact that lead times need to be managed carefully since each item is made by hand. Product specification sheets will include an indication of the expected construction time and this will be confirmed when a firm order is made with a 50% deposit.
Nzito Furniture includes
The design process
The design method used at Nzito Furniture is a co-operative process. Everything starts with an idea, either from an Nzito team member or from a customer. Sometimes designs are created in response to a special piece of timber that has been sourced. Lots of discussion, sketches and small models follow in order to make the idea come to life. A Nzito craftsman then carefully selects the wood to make the best use of its shape and character. The designs will continue to evolve throughout construction as the craftsmen adapt the design, responding to the wood and improving the appearance and functionality of the piece of furniture.
Hand crafted furniture
All Nzito's pieces are hand crafted. This allows carpenters to respond to the character of the wood, bringing out the best of its shape, grain, texture and colouring. Additionally, the wood used is sometimes recycled and often contains many nails and marks which can be incorporated into the design.
Upholstered sofas and chairs
The team is managed by Nicola Swynnerton who is able to advise on sofa and chair designs which use fabric sourced from South Africa. Choose from a huge selection of quality upholstery fabric.
Nzito Furniture has a division within the company which specialises in the design and manufacture of kitchens. Together with state-of-the-art computer equipment and years of experience, they are able to conceptualise and design virtually any kitchen required, taking into consideration blend, style, design, form, function and quality. Whether you want a modern, contemporary kitchen or a traditional farm house kitchen, Nzito is able to accommodate you.
Placing and managing orders
You can order one-off pieces through the enquiry form or contact details on this page. You will then be contacted and guided through the design and build process. Additionally, you can pop in store and discuss your needs at the Nzito Furniture shop in Lusaka.
The Nzito team is happy to work with individual clients for their homes. The company also has many years of experience working on projects for hotels, lodges and safari camps. Their doors and windows are ideal for houses as well as business premises. Nzito can produce customised doors and windows as specified by individual clients. Set an appointment with the Nzito team to discuss your particular building project and specific requirements.
Nzito Furniture offers one of the largest selections of doors in Zambia – including hinged, pivot, glass, folding, sliding and track doors. They are able to cater for almost any requirement or budget. Purpose-made doors and frames can be manufactured from a variety of timbers, including mukwa, rosewood, teak and MDF, according to personal choice and design.
As with doors, Nzito's aim has always been to manufacture a full range of the very best quality wooden windows from locally available hardwoods, at the most competitive prices. The range includes: hinged, top hung, small pane, full pane, mock sash, sliding and folding windows.
Flooring and decking
The Nzito product range includes solid wood flooring and decking which is supplied in teak, rosewood, mukwa or saligna. When laying a floor, the company incorporates special products and designs that help prevent moisture build-up from the underlying concrete slab.
Nzito is the proud sole distributer of QS Ironmongery and door controls in Zambia. The products are extremely competitively-priced solid stainless steel door handles and other controls – the best value for money option available anywhere in Southern Africa.
Range of doors