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No visit to 100% Design South Africa at Gallagher Estate is complete without a stop at its café at the heart of the exhibition floor — it's the place to meet, eat and dissect the stellar design on show, and always a key feature of the event. This year, Studio Leelynch was the dynamic force behind it. Step inside The Clout Café, fired up by Nando's

Clout Café at 100% Design


Photographs by: David Ross

Mzansi magic made real. That’s what visitors to The Clout Café, designed by Studio Leelynch and fired up by Nando’s, experienced in abundance at this year’s 100% Design. Creative director Tracy Lynch drew on the work of both well-known design brands as well as rising local talents. Patterns by several of Nando’s’ Hot Young Designer 2018 finalists, for example, were a key feature.

‘I wanted to introduce the new work of established and emerging designers in an interior setting that inspired, delighted and amplified a positive story of where we are now,’ explains Tracy. ‘I’m committed to showcasing SA design as a world-class, notable category. Together with Michael Spinks and the greater Nando’s design team, we have nurtured a focus on creative strategies to develop young talent.’

This focus was not only reflected in the pieces that furnished the café but was also a major thrust of the Clout Designers’ Days, two days of workshops at 100% Design in which emerging designers pitched their work to a panel of industry professionals. The best pieces can be seen at 100% Design South Africa 2020 and will be included on the Nando’s Portal to Africa.

Featured South African design:

Hlabisa bench by Mash. T Design in collaboration with Houtlander.
Pattern on chairs and tables by Spamandla Mdunyelwa and Primrose Chimhanda.
Pattern on counter by Kamogelo Mthunzi. 
Server unit and benches by Sifiso Shange.
Woven counter front by Vogel Design.
Woven Skhonza lamps by Buzwe Nxasana.
Skyline lights by Mash. T Design in collaboration with Sakhile Cebekhulu.
Chairs and tables by Naturalis.
Screen detail by TheUrbanative.
Cork stools and cork lights by Wiid Design.
Pendants by Wiid Design and Ceramic Matters.
Eating ledges by Studio Leelynch.
Mosaic tiles by Wolkberg Casting Studio.
Curved benches by Houtlander.
Powder-coated metal light by Pedersen + Lennard.

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