Enter Nando’s HYD 2022!

Are you an aspiring furniture designer? We invite you to serve us a server!

Entries are now open for the fourth iteration of the Nando’s Hot Young Designer (HYD) talent search. This time around, entrants are tasked with designing a condiment unit/server. These units feature prominently in all Nando’s casa’s and they display Nando’s acclaimed Peri Peri sauces. The challenge is to design it in such a way that these sauces and their piquant ingredients, which form an intrinsic part of the Nando’s experience, remain visible and accessible to customers throughout their visit. Entries close 31 May 2022.
Condiment units by Dan Saks, HYD 2020 finalist Sipho Twala of Kwhebula Arts, Dokter and Misses and TheUrbanative.

About the competition

Nando’s HYD talent search is managed on behalf of Nando’s by Clout/SA. Clout/SA is a creative agency and business-to-business market-maker for South African design. The competition is sponsored by Nando’s. The end goal is prototype and list the winning condiment unit on The Portal to Africa – Nando’s online marketplace where interior designers working on Nando’s restaurants around the world can shop for original pieces of furniture and lighting that are designed and manufactured in South Africa.

Past years called for lighting solutions, patterns and benches; and these prior competition rounds have seen their respective winners propelled into the limelight – Thabisa Mjo (with her Tutu 2.0 pendant fitting) and Samantha Foaden (with her beaded Buhle Bulb) jointly in 2016; Agrippa Mncedisi Hlophe (with his vibrant, flowing pattern treatment) in 2018; and Katlego Tshuma (with his Sangu Bench inspired by the organic forms found in traditional African grass mats) in 2020. 

“The biennial Nando’s HYD competition is a highlight of the design sector’s calendar. Every two years we meet and get to know 10 finalists, and these 10 finalists are mentored by Clout/SA, and then linked to opportunities such as seeing their designs prototyped. Many of these designs – such as Thabisa Mjo’s Tutu 2.0 pendant – go on to become best-sellers on the Nando’s Portal to Africa, driving revenue to the designers’ start-up businesses, and helping grow this exciting sector through inclusive access to opportunities within the Nando’s global market. Nando’s HYD is about changing lives by making sure we utilise the platform we have to shine a light on creativity and opportunity!” enthuses Tracy Lynch, Creative Director of the Nando’s Design program and Clout/SA.

Up-and-coming designers are challenged to bring their own “sauce” by entering vibrant, yet functional, conversation pieces, whose inspiration is rooted right here at home, on the African continent.

Clockwise from top left: Nando's interior by HK Studio with condiment unit by Dokter and Misses; Nando's interior by Studio Leelynch with condiment unit by Saks Corner; Nando's Paarl interior design by Studio Leelynch with condiment unit by Dokter and Misses; Nando's Sandown Retail with interior design by D12 Interiors with condiment unit by former HYD winner, Thabisa Mjo of Mash T Design.
This technical drawing shows a generic condiment unit, with the ideal proportions for inclusion in a Nando's restaurant interior. Please refer to this when designing your piece. Scale 1:20

How to enter

This is a 2 part entry process. You must enter your details into the online form below as well as submit accompanying visuals for each bench design you want to enter. You may enter as many times as you like.

1Consent form
2Your details
3The story behind your design
  • How to enter

    1. Fill in the online entry form
    2. Supply accompanying visuals on boards
    3. Download, sign and upload the Nando’s HYD 2022 Terms and Conditions form
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