We selected 26 pitch presentations from the entries that responded to our competition advertised through the media and our Instagram account, @clout_sadesign. The 26 were invited to pitch concepts and prototypes in the hope of having these new designs selected for inclusion in Nando’s online catalogue and purchasing platform – the Portal to Africa – and ultimately, commissioned for the interiors of Nando’s restaurants around the world. In addition to that, the winning pitches are set to receive year-long mentorship from the Nando’s Design Programme and a complimentary exhibition stand at 100% Design South Africa 2020. The pitches were presented over two incredible days, and the products and ideas we saw blew our minds. Beyond the winners, there are many more designers which we will be collaborating with on various products.
And the winners were…drumroll…Glorinah Mabaso of LED Interiors, Rene Forbay of RF Designs, Siyanda Mbele of Pinda, and Khosi Leteba
These sessions were judged by a panel which included Tracy Lynch, Creative Director of the Nando’s Design Programme, Michael Spinks, the Property and Development Director at Nando’s South Africa, Laurence Brick and Cathy O’Clery of Platform Creative Agency, and Malibongwe Tyilo, the editor of Clout and associate editor of Maverick Life. This was the first of many such sessions that are being planned, with the broader industry itself ultimately set to benefit. Watch this space.