Thank you for entering Nando’s HYD 2020

We would like to send a big heartfelt thank you to all the entrants who submitted designs for the 2020 Nando’s Hot Young Designer talent search! Due to our extension of the entry deadline in response to the pandemic, from end July to the 11th of August, finalists will now be contacted by the 15th of September, and not 17th of August as previously announced; and the winner will be announced shortly after. Thank you once again for all your brilliant entries. South African creativity never ceases to inspire!


Custom designed 'Joburg' waiting bench by David Krynauw in Nando's Nelpark, interior design by Studio Leelynch.

Custom designed timber bench by Neil Grantham, in Nando's UK headoffice.

Red Hlabisa bench by Mash. T Design in collaboration with Houtlander, for Clout Cafe.

Woven Nguni benches by Vogel Design.Woven Nguni benches by Vogel Design.

Steel and cork benches by Wiid Design.

Interdependence II bench by Houtlander, featured in Spazio Rossana Orlandi, during Milan Design Week 2019.

Hlabisa bench by Mash. T Design in collaboration with Houtlander, woven by master weavers, Ma Ntuli and Beauty Ngxongo.

Steel bench with leather seat by Sifiso Shange.

Detail of curved timber bench bench by Neil Grantham, custom designed for Nando's headoffice UK.

The Brief

The current spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has left much of the world with no choice but to maintain social distance. This will eventually pass, however, it will leave its mark on society, and for the foreseeable future, even once we have flattened the curve and lifted lockdowns, it is likely that a level of social distancing will remain.

Every Nando’s Casa has a waiting bench for patrons to sit on while they wait for their take-away orders. What should this bench look like in the age of social distancing? How can it be easily adapted once the pandemic fully subsides and we can safely sit together once again. We’re calling on all aspiring furniture designers to design a show-stopping bench, a reminder of the resilience of the African spirit, and a celebration of Southern Africa’s ever-evolving and eclectic design aesthetic.

Don’t miss this career-launching opportunity to propose the kinds of solutions to the world’s problems that we believe great design can, and to see your very own designs come alive. 

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