At the recent Decorex Cape Town showcase, held from 16 to 19 June 2022, Clout/SA was invited to curate an exhibition of past and current designs by the various finalists and winners of the Nando’s Hot Young Designer (HYD) competition since its inception in 2016. The result was a bold and eclectic exhibition that featured a variety of furniture, lighting, and pattern designs. Many of these pieces were brought to life through various collaborations between emerging designers, established designers and makers, all initiated by Clout/SA.
From the 27th of October to the 1st of November, Clout/SA took a capsule collection from the Right Here, Right Now! exhibition which debuted in Cape Town in June 2021, to Johannesburg audiences during the Basha Uhuru Creative Uprising youth festival. Alongside the exhibition, we hosted a panel discussion during the festival’s Ideation Nation design conference. Tracy Lee Lynch, the creative director of Clout/SA and the Nando’s Design Programme, as well as Clout/SA’s content editor Malibongwe Tyilo, sat in conversation with three of the Nando’s HYD finalists, Katlego Tshuma, Sipho Twala and Thando Nxelewa. They discussed among other things, the thinking behind their designs, the value of collaboration, lessons from working with more established designers through the Nando’s Design Programme, as well as challenges that face the manufacturing sector. We’ve put together some highlights from the 80 minute long discussion. Watch below for some insights from Lynch and the emerging designers.
The collaborative relationship between Nando’s and the world of South African design and art is a deeply productive one and has grown the Nando’s aesthetic design direction into one of the most sustainable and authentic collaborations in Southern Africa. On that note, we’re beyond excited to unveil the latest collaboration between four of our 2018 finalists and Wiid Design Studio founder, Laurie van Heerden.
The purpose-first enterprise, creative agency, and business-to-business (B2B) market-maker for South African design, Clout/SA, and art consultancy platform HUB, will host a cross-disciplinary design and art exhibition at Cape Town’s historic Union House from 21-25 June 2021. The week-long exhibition will form part of the inaugural Cape Town Design Trail. The trail, which is organised by the Decorex Africa portfolio, runs from 1-30 June 2021 and comprises city-wide installations, exhibitions, talks and open studios located at over 80 participating sites.
“There’s what we imagine, there’s what we understand, and there’s what we execute,” says Katlego Tshuma, the 2020 winner of the Nando’s Hot Young Designer talent search. His Sangu Bench concept which won him the top spot was inspired by the ubiquity of the grass mat among several traditional African cultures, where it is used to sit, sleep, and even as a screen. “I realised that I’d have to take grass mats into 2020, in a contemporary way. So I was like…how do I take this concept of grass and put it into a bench, and that is what the Sangu Bench is about,” he explains.
Since winning the competition, he has expanded on the initial Sangu concept to design several pieces that make up the collection. The first of piece has been brought to life in collaboration with Adriaan Hugo, the designer and co-founder of the award-winning design studio, Dokter and Misses. Watch the video above to see the process, the final bench, and to hear Tshuma share some lessons from his experience.
“There’s what we imagine, there’s what we understand, and there’s what we execute,” says Katlego Tshuma, the 2020 winner of the Nando’s Hot Young Designer talent search. His Sangu Bench concept which won him the top spot was inspired by the ubiquity of the grass mat among several traditional African cultures, where it is used to sit, sleep, and even as a screen.
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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.