Towards Milan Design Week 2021: In August 2019, at the 100% Design South Africa showcase, we hosted our inaugural Clout Industry Days powered by Nando’s, where both emerging and established designers across several disciplines, textile, lighting and furniture, were invited to pitch their ideas to a panel of industry experts and the Nando’s design team. Emerging designer Khosi Leteba’s Bodulo collection was one of the winning pitches. And now, through a collaboration with the award winning Wiid Design studio, his designs have been brought to life in preparation for Milan Design Week 2021. Included in the showcase are other collaborations between the other winning ideas from Clout Industry Days pitch session, as well as collaborations to bring winning patterns from Nando’s Hot Young Designer Talent Search 2018 to life.
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.
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.
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.