“They took on the challenge to design a bench with social distancing in mind, and they won.” The Nando’s Hot Young Designer Talent Search (HYD), now in its third iteration, is all about unearthing fresh talent and launching, as well as supporting the careers of local designers. For the 2020 edition of HYD, young designers were asked to create a unique bench that responds sensitively to seating needs in a time of social distancing.
You’ll know a Dokter and Misses piece when you see one – think distinct use of colour and pattern, and geometrically inspired design. But don’t rest too easy, this design duo is all about pushing the envelope…
Celebrated luxury fashion brand, MaXhosa, is broadening its horizons with the launch of a homeware range. Founder Laduma Ngxokolo’s vision? ‘To adorn black people’s homes in Africa with our own items.
No visit to 100% Design South Africa at Gallagher Estate is complete without a stop at its café at the heart of the exhibition floor — it’s the place to meet, eat and dissect the stellar design on show, and always a key feature of the event. This year, Studio Leelynch was the dynamic force behind it. Step inside The Clout Café, fired up by Nando’s
Former Nando’s HYD winner, Thabisa Mjo was approached to participate in Futura Base at Milan Design Fair 2019. Thabisa, with support from the Nando’s Design Programme, curated the Sacrosanct Hut, featuring works from a diverse range of young South African designers, at different stages of their business journeys, from the emerging through to the established.
…There was a metallurgical engineer who followed her heart and became a designer. She formed her own company, TheUrbanative, with the aim of telling African stories through modern furniture and product design, and within three years became SA’s Designer of the Year. Meet the heroine of this story, Mpho Vackier
Based in Cape Town, Naturalis is much more than a chair manufacture factory, it has grown to become a family of nearly 40 people, some of whom come from challenging backgrounds, including those who have done prison time. We chat to Naturalis founder Sandalene Dale-Roberts and her team about how creating and manufacturing chairs has given the Naturalis team purpose, and had a transformative effect on their lives and families.