Monthly Archives: February 2012
So, while Rose is off attending the first day of the Design Indaba conference (she just phoned saying that the conference is, in one word, “AWESOME” ), I thought to share the finalists of the 2012 MBOISA award with you.
Nominated for the Design Indaba Expo’s 2012 Most Beautiful Object in South Africa (MBOISA for short) award, Design Indaba unveiled the 10 most beautiful and beguiling designs made over the past year earlier this month. Find the finalists below as listed on the Design Indaba website…
“Every year, the country engages with the question of what constitutes beauty through the MBOISA award. While some may consider beauty an aspect of taste and others know it on sight, beauty becomes far more profound than a visual sensation when design attributes such as social significance, economic impact, usability, sustainability and even humour are thrown into the mix.” – designindaba.com
The Most Beautiful Objects in South Africa for 2012 are:
“The //hapo Museum (or just “//hapo“), which takes its name from the San word for “dream”, forms the primary entrance to Freedom Park in Pretoria. The concept evolved into the creation of large boulder-like volumes that contain the interior storytelling spaces. The boulders are planted at the base of the Salvokop hill like a rock outcrop. The copper-clad walls and roof will eventually rust to green and merge with the natural landscape. The interior spaces of the museum are designed with a cave-like quality, with natural light dramatising the large volumes and ‘outcrop’ forms of the buildings. Designed by Office of Collaborative Architects – GAPP Architects + Urban Designers, Mashabane Rose Associates and MMA Architects.”
2. Bird Neckpiece by Eric Loubser
“Johannesburg-based jeweller Eric Loubser’s design conveys the idea of a flock of birds around the neck, as if they are actually carrying the necklace and hovering around the wearer. It is inspired by a Victorian aesthetic, and made out of 9ct gold, silver, rose quartz, haematite and rubies. It is as light as air but also substantial; pretty and feminine but with a dark edge; precisely engineered with a messy, thrown-together look.”
3. Consol Solar Jar by Ockert van Heerden and John Bexley
“Housed in a one-litre Consol Classic preserve jar, which provides a practical and attractive casing, this alternative light source is literally bottled sunshine. Solar-powered LED lights are powered by sunlight, which is harnessed through a solar panel fitted on the lid. The Consol Solar Jar received the Special Recognition Award at the 2011 Institute of Packaging SA Gold Pack Awards. Although not strictly packaging, the judges decided that this clever use of a packaging material deserved an accolade.”
4. Frail Flower Paper Sculpture by Rebecca Jones
“Artist Rebecca Jones’s work reflects the precariousness of the world. She uses paper because it is an everyday medium that, though fragile, lasts indefinitely. The plants she depicts are not true botanical specimens but her work is so intricately constructed that each sculpture seems alive. The shadows thrown by the plants extend and emphasise their linear quality.”
5. Fish-Scale Dress by Suzaan Heyns
“This dress is an extension of Suzaan Heyns’ Autumn/Winter 2012 show, “True Colours”, which reflects on the dichotomy of human nature and who we really are when no one is looking. Our double-sided nature is symbolised by the different materials in the dress. The fragile nude netting reflects our natural vulnerability. It is juxtaposed with the repetitive pattern of hand-cut metallic leather scales representing the self-important parts of ourselves – our more cold-blooded, reptilian nature.”
6. Curious Couch by Margaret Woermann (Heartworks) and Peta Becker (Projekt)
“Margaret Woermann and Peta Becker have transformed an old ball-and-claw couch into a functional work of art literally bursting at the seams with life and creativity. The couch is the product of a new collaborative project between Woermann and Becker called The Curious Room, an experimental design lab where the pair focus on one-off pieces. The Curious Couch has been worked on by more than 25 people who designed, recaned, embroidered, crocheted and upholstered it. A reaction to standardised mass-produced design, the couch was inspired by the idea of metamorphosis.”
7. Ridge Forrester Hanging Planters by Joe Paine
“This amusingly named planter was born from the designer’s observation that television directors use plants as a key device in soap operas. “Through the bougainvillea and amaryllis we are privy to the most sordid capitalist lives,” says Joe Paine. The planter, manufactured from bent tube and handmade mild steel spinnings, reflects the bold jaw line of Ridge Forrester from the American soap opera The Bold and The Beautiful.”
8. “A Travel Journal, Volume 1 and 2″ by Mornè Visagie
“This hand-stitched lithograph on paper was part of a body of work for Mornè Visagie’s exhibition at the 2011 UCT Michaelis Graduate Art Show, which took Robben Island as a site of personal, social and aesthetic exploration. Visagie spent the first five years of his life – from 1990, when his father was posted to the island by the Department of Correctional Services, to 1995 – living among its small community of mostly prison employees. This piece distills the hues of the scrub-filled landscape and its surrounding sea into a slowly changing spectrum of pure colour.”
9. Lily Pad Ring by Kirsten Goss
“The Lily Pad Ring exemplifies Kirsten Goss’s contemporary design style, combining intriguing organic lines with a playful edge. Goss returned to South Africa after launching her eponymous design label in London in 2002. A qualified jewellery designer and Stellenbosch University alumni, she has a passion for experimenting with metal-smithing techniques, stone cutting and inspirational combinations of the two. All her pieces are handmade.”
10. PASTE mural by Linsey Levendall
“This mural appeared as part of PASTE, a street art exhibition curated by Shani Judes that took art out of the gallery space and into the streets of both city and township. Linsey Levendall was one of 15 local artists selected to design, illustrate or photograph work around the theme of Khayelitsha culture. The work was turned into a large-scale print that was pasted in Khayelitsha and the inner city of Cape Town.”
All of the MBOISA finalists will be on display at the Design Indaba Expo, open to the public from Friday 2 March to Sunday 4 March at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The award will be determined by public vote via SMS or online vote, and the result will be announced on Sunday afternoon in the DStv Events Arena.
SMS the word “MBOISA” and the number of your entry, followed by your name and contact number to 43431 (SMSs cost R2)
Vote on the DESIGN INDABA website: HERE
All MBOISA images and info sourced via the Design Indaba website: here
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It’s finally that time of the year again! Design Indaba 2012 is but a day away, whoop-whoop!
This year however, Rose and I are extra excited as we have been given media accreditation and will be attending the live simulcast of the Design Indaba Conference which starts tomorrow as well as getting up close and personal with all the exhibitors at the Expo. The Conference is held over three days, with a back-to-back speaker programme that features a wide range of designers, artists, social entrepreneurs, ad gurus, filmmakers, culinary masters and this year even a scent expert!
We are practically bouncing up and down in our seats from excitement! Keep your eyes peeled as we will be soaking up all the design goodness and posting regular feedback and play-by-plays! YAY!
For those of you unfamiliar with Design Indaba, it’s THE event on the South African design calendar which includes the design conference, expo and other design festivities. To further explain the significance of this annual design celebration find below a few excerpts from the proverbial “horse’s mouth”, i.e. The Design Indaba website…
Highlights of the Design Indaba Expo 2010.
“Presenting the very best of South African creativity, Design Indaba Expo is a showcase of exceptional design across all disciplines, including advertising, architecture, craft, décor, film, fashion, graphic design, interior design, jewellery, new media, publishing, product design, visual media and more. Every year sees a more sophisticated interpretation of what South African design is.
Setting a high professional standard, each exhibitor is pre-approved by a curatorial panel of industry experts, ensuring that you will only see bespoke designs of the highest quality on the Design Indaba Expo floor.
In 2010 the core Design Indaba Expo, showing more than 280 exhibitors, including 80 first-time exhibitors and 40 Emerging Creatives, drew well over 35 000 visitors, including 379 journalists and 427 buyers – one third of which were international.“ – designindaba.com
So why all the fuss?
1. Design Indaba Expo is your all-in-one creative stop, recognising and celebrating local creative work across all fields.
2. All designs are quintessentially South African – no derivatives, no imports.
3. An influential contingent of local and international buyers consider Design Indaba one of their key shopping destinations, creating a platform for productive trade relationships.
4. On the Design Indaba Expo floor you can catch all-day fashion shows, short films and Pecha Kucha presentation, chat to the designers or simply browse the gorgeous creations on display.
5. Design Indaba Expo coincides with Design Indaba Conference, resulting in a week of creative rejuvenation.
THE DESIGN INDABA EXPO takes place from the 2nd – 4th MARCH 2012 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
Friday 2 March: 10h00 – 20h00 (On-site tickets sales close at 19h00)
Saturday 3 March: 10h00 – 20h00 (On-site tickets sales close at 19h00)
Sunday 4 March: 10h00 – 18h00 (On-site tickets sales close at 17h00)
Pensioners and Students: R40
Scholars and Children: R30
Kids under 10: free!
Info & images via the Design Indaba website (be sure to check it out for more info)
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South African luxe fabric house, St Leger & Viney, is hosting an exciting international lifestyle trend event at the University of Johannesburg on the 28th of March. The event, called “Design Focus“, will feature local and international design industry leaders including none other than international interior design legend, Nicky Haslam.
“This event presents a rare opportunity to interact with, and be inspired by, one of the world’s most revered and appreciated designers. Nicky Haslam is known for his high-end design, commissioned by rocks stars and royalty alike. His style is ever changing, yet always distinguishable for its charm, and with his decades of experience no one marries a historical sensibility with a modern contemporary outlook quite like Nicky Haslam. Nicky is as renowned for his timeless interiors as his for informative and witty presentation style. We are confident that he will stimulate, educate and inspire you with his humour and knowledge.“
Other speakers include David Walker of the impressive UK fabric & wallpaper houses Sanderson & Zoffany; José Angel Climent of the luxury textile group, Lizzo Designs in Spain; as well as Philippe van der Merwe of Tonic Design and Jamie Clyde, the CEO of SLOW Lounge.
Whether you are an architect, designer, decorator, or just an enthusiast, Design Focus is sure to be both inspirational and educational and not to be missed! When else in your lifetime are you likely to see Nicky Haslam in the flesh?! SO exciting!
For more info check out the event details: here, or contact Anna Keep at (011) 444 6722.
- Shinan: Nicky Haslam brings his glamour to Toronto (arts.nationalpost.com)