After an intensive judging process, the winner of the Nando’s Hot Young Designer (HYD) Talent Search Competition has finally been revealed. Katlego Tshuma has been named as 2020’s winner. For his entry, he looked to the traditional African mat for the inspiration behind his winning Sangu Bench. Sangu is the Xitsonga word for a traditional African grass mat.
“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.
Among the many ways students, teachers and practitioners of design approach their practice, one school of thought that consistently pops up is the idea of design not a only as way to create aesthetically pleasing functional objects, but also as a method to find solutions to problems, a method of facilitating the user’s interaction with their environment so that it feels complete and intuitive while being aesthetically pleasing.
Khosi Leteba’s Lesotho inspired Bodulo collection impressed the judges at Clout Industry Days, and now, in collaboration with one of South Africa’s leading design studios, it has been brought to life, and it is ready for the world stage.