South Africa is a breeding ground of great design right now, and Johnson says there are many reasons for its recent artistic renaissance. "People really make do with what they have, so there are a lot of people creating things for themselves and it is not so automated. It is not a place where everything is made by the millions," Johnson says.
On a recent trip, Johnson spotted a man making and selling chairs in a roadside shop. He stopped, loved what he saw and placed a large order. "He said to me that he was hoping somebody would get a bonus and be able to come along and buy one of his chairs," Johnson says. "For me, that's the best part of the job. I can see something and love something and be able to buy it and he is happy and I'm happy. What is better than that?"