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A vibrant African interior design treatment ignites the new Flame Studios at Constitutional Hill

Photographs by Elsa Young Johannesburg’s Constitutional Hill is the new home of the strikingly designed and just-launched Flame Studios. Named for the Flame of Democracy, …

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Pone Creatives founder Lesego Maloka’s creative journey

The journey to becoming a textile designer was not a straightforward one for the 38-year-old founder of Pone Creatives, Lesego Maloka. Although she initially studied …

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Katlego Tshuma Announced as Overall Winner of the 2020 Nando’s Hot Young Designer Talent Search

After an intensive judging process, the winner of the Nando’s Hot Young Designer (HYD) Talent Search Competition has finally been revealed. Katlego Tshuma has been named as 2020’s winner. For his entry, he looked to the traditional African mat for the inspiration behind his winning Sangu Bench. Sangu is the Xitsonga word for a traditional African grass mat.

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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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Here are the 2020 Nando’s Hot Young Designer finalists

“They took on the challenge to design a bench with social distancing in mind, and they won.” The Nando’s Hot Young Designer Talent Search (HYD), now in its third iteration, is all about unearthing fresh talent and launching, as well as supporting the careers of local designers. For the 2020 edition of HYD, young designers were asked to create a unique bench that responds sensitively to seating needs in a time of social distancing.

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Clout South African Design

Designing the New Normal

Among the many ways students, teachers and practitioners of design approach their practice, one school of thought that consistently pops up is the idea of design not a only as way to create aesthetically pleasing functional objects, but also as a method to find solutions to problems, a method of facilitating the user’s interaction with their environment so that it feels complete and intuitive while being aesthetically pleasing.

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Clout: the book

Hot off the press! Clout / A heartfelt celebration of South African design is a gorgeously curated design compendium sharing the collaboration between Nando’s design programme, Clout, and established and emerging creatives.

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Clout South African Design

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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