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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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Phansi, through the eyes of a design curator

The process of design curation is strongly linked to an obsessive pursuit of beauty and relevant content, coupled with a deep need to reveal and …

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It Takes Two

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…

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Home Wear

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.

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The Past is Present

As emerging SA designers increasingly turn to their heritage for inspiration gold, Phansi ubuntuART Museum in Durban is where X marks the spot on SA’s design treasure map. Brimming with significant cultural artefacts, never has a space such as this felt more important for the future of South African design.

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Designer-maker spotlight: TheUrbanative

…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

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Meet Naturalis

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.

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