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.
Ahead of the announcement of the winner of the Nando’s Hot Young Designer Talent Search 2018, we caught up with Nando’s co-founder Robbie Brozin, to find out what motivated Nando’s, a global chicken restaurant chain, to become champions of South African design through initiatives like the Nando’s Hot Young Designer Talent Search.
When South African designer Thabiso Mjo received an invitation to exhibit in Milan during Milan Design Week in 2019, she reached out to Nando’s Design Programme creative director Tracy Lee Lynch. With Lynch’s guidance, sponsorship from Nando’s, and collaboration with fellow South African designers, she curated a one-of-a-kind installation showcasing some of the best design South Africa has to offer. We caught up with her before she headed off to Milan to chat about the installation, as well as the power of collaboration.
Currently preparing for its third iteration, the Nando’s Hot Young Designer Talent Search continues to reveal a wealth of fresh local creative talent. The 2018 competition — in which designers were asked to submit a pattern with a forward-thinking South African aesthetic — was flooded with entries.
When Nando’s put out a call for pattern design entries for the 2018 edition of the annual Nando’s Hot Young Designer Talent Search, hundreds of talented young South Africans sent in entries that told amazing stories, inspired by various uniquely African narratives. Meet the 10 finalists in the clip above and hear from the panel of judges.