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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
Celebrated luxury fashion brand, MaXhosa, is broadening its horizons with the launch of a homeware range. Founder Laduma Ngxokolo’s vision? ‘To adorn black people’s homes in Africa with our own items.