Did you know the Maldives is home to over 5,000 reef manta rays, the largest known population in the world? Taking inspiration from these fascinating marine residents, this artwork is amarvellous expression of vernacular architecture.

Hefer employs traditional techniques, crafts and materials to create a functional space with modern relevance. Suspended among the treetops and woven with natural materials, this astonishing hideaway also offers a whimsical venue for private dining.



Porky Hefer

Cape Town, South Africa


Hefer spent 16 years in advertising, during which time he worked as a Creative Director in Cape Town and New York agencies, and became one of South Africa’s most awarded creatives, in 2007 he left advertising to start up a creative consultancy, Animal Farm. Four years later he founded Porky Hefer Design.

Hefer focuses on conceptual precepts, which manifest in three dimensional forms in a variety of executions, from public sculpture to product and furniture design. He regularly challenges our relationships with everyday objects, inspiring us to look again.

Vernacular Architect exploring traditional techniques, crafts and materials to create functional objects that have modern relevance. He mimicks and references the natural world and collaborates with craftsmen to lift your heart and inspire you.