Research Unit (RU) is a Utilitarian Lifestyle Brand based in Cape Town, South Africa. Our products are designed through careful use and balance of materials, considering each form and it's function with acute attention to detail.

RU began in 2011, in a bedroom by husband and wife team, Chad and Erin-Lee Petersen. Their mission from the beginning,  was to learn high-level skills of making accessories to extremely high standards and at a superior quality.

 With an equal passion for good design and innovation with the lowest level of resources available, they resorted to YouTube. They took the time to research and document each step during their design and development process, to offer you a well made product at superior quality and have done even more to enable these products to be made by individuals who come from a previously disadvantaged life. "We taught our staff skills we learnt ourselves and continue to find more communities to help and give back to in South Africa. We believe that innovation, good design and very fine craftsmanship go hand-in-hand." The multiple-award-winning creative duo have had an innovative approach to business from the very start, raising their initial capital from the sale of an iPhone 4, they took out with a 24-month contract when no formal institutions would support, whilst working in radio/TV, Industrial Design and Luxury Retail for several years.  

EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES AND SUSTAINABILITY "Our mission is to give back to as many communities on the tip of Africa as possible. The aim is empower people by working with them on projects to create superior quality, sustainable goods to make an impact on the world. We believe that one of the greatest form of sustainability must be to give back to our community, in creating jobs and skills. The knowledge generated from doing so, can be passed from one generation to the next. Although we’d love our customers to own one of every carefully considered item we make, we also believe that fewer products, made better, can be treasured for a lifetime mainly to preserve the quality level and standard of every pice made. We observe the age-old traditions of Japanese craftsmanship, for each of our South African-made products, while applying innovative technology and industrial design experience, to create products we trust are built to last for generations."  

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