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There is no turning back now!

June 2021 marked yet another milestone for Clout/SA. In partnership with House Union Block in Cape Town, Clout/SA hosted Right Here Right Now, an expansive exhibition that served as window to some of the best contemporary South African design, curated by Tracy Lynch, creative director of both Clout/SA and the Nando’s Design Programme.

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Design dynamite! Even in the smallest packages

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.

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Opening of design and art exhibition: “Right here, Right Now!”

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.

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A vibrant African interior design treatment ignites the new Flame Studios at Constitutional Hill

Photographs by Elsa Young Johannesburg’s Constitutional Hill is the new home of the strikingly designed and just-launched Flame Studios. Named for the Flame of Democracy, …

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Pone Creatives founder Lesego Maloka’s creative journey

The journey to becoming a textile designer was not a straightforward one for the 38-year-old founder of Pone Creatives, Lesego Maloka. Although she initially studied …

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Katlego Tshuma Announced as Overall Winner of the 2020 Nando’s Hot Young Designer Talent Search

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.

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Thabisa Mjo delivers another first for South African design

The multi-award-winning designer just became the first South African designer whose work now forms part of the permanent collection of one of the world’s most prominent design museums.

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Here are the 2020 Nando’s Hot Young Designer finalists

“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.

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Designing the New Normal

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.

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