This year’s Design Indaba which took place at the CTICC from 27 Feb to 3 Mar was a visual feast as always… On the day I was very much drawn mostly to the decor / interior design sections (oh and the food section - come on now, you know me ). For some weird reason I wasn’t really in a fashion and jewellery mood, so therefore you’ll see that my recap is mostly focused on all things to beautify your home. But don’t you worry, I have some really amazing things to show you.
I did at least catch a bit of one of the fashion shows and I totally loved the Design Indaba ramp setup this year. Check it out:
The show was for Chimpel who specialises in luxury leather accessories and whoever came up with the idea of putting all the models in simple black deserves a high 5. It certainly ensured that the accessories and the accessories only took centre stage.
Now for the rest of my findings…
Loved these colourful “Play Play” cabinets by De Steyl. They’re all the way from the Garden Route and for these babies you can select your cabinet size & style, what colours you want and what furniture feet you want. They’re made from Birch Plywood with laminate faces and finished in natural oil:
Still in the category of wooden cabinets, how insanely beautiful is this piece by Andrew Dominic who does private commissions and custom interiors:
Lucas R Adams from Kraftisan offered up some fun, environmentally friendly lamps and laptop stands:
And I was totally obsessed with these moustache cups from Quirky Me (they’re situated in the Old Biscuit Mill btw):
Other ceramic pieces which caught my eye were these cute animals in bowls and on plates by Cath Price Ceramics:And other intersting things included the following (apologies, I realised afterwards that I didn’t get business cards / names for all, but I’ve tried my best to add that info in where I could):
Bjorn was very drawn to this stand by Thingking with their version of a Rube Goldberg machine which is a deliberately over-engineered machine that has to perform a very simple task in a very complex way, using chain reaction events. For example here the ball has to travel from one end to the other, but it has to do so by passing over and through various weird & wonderful things that ensure that the ball keeps moving:
And I was captivated by this little sheep dressed by cowgirlblues who designs knitwear made from top quality, natural & local fibres sourced from Karoo sheep & goats farms:
I also loved these little recycled robots by Jasper Eales Original. Don’t they just look like the possible character lineup for the next Pixar film in the making?
Because I’m allergic to pollen, these beautiful hand-painted paper flowers by Durban based Freshly Found were also right up my alley:
And I agree, it is quite spectacular. I couldn’t even imagine what it must feel like to wear a piece like that. Stunning.
But my personal most beautiful object has to go to the cupcakes from Queen of Tarts :
All ‘n all the Design Indaba was a very inspiring day out. Well done to all the creatives who exhibited this year. It’s so exciting to see how South Africans are pushing the boundaries of design, thinking outside of the box and creating things that uniquely African.
I sadly left there wanting to change up pretty much my whole apartment (again). Hopefully one of those “you’ve won the <insert name here> lottery” emails will come through… ** crossing fingers **
PS. If anybody can confirm the designers I missed above, please leave a comment below and I’ll update the post.