Most Beautiful Object in South Africa 2013 Finalists!

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“It’s our great pleasure to present the much-anticipated Most Beautiful Object in South Africa (MBOISA) 2013 finalists. Featuring a diverse selection of objects, the MBOISA finalists were nominated by a mix of design journalists and cultural commentators in South Africa.”

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“Every year Design Indaba invites the public to engage with the question of what constitutes beauty through the MBOISA award. More than just an object of visual delight, MBOISA encourage a wider definition of beauty – one that encapsulates attributes such as social significance, economic impact, usability, sustainability and even humour.” – Design Indaba

———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- “We know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that’s why the winner is determined by public vote. Vote for your most beautiful object in South Africa, via SMS. The winner will be announced on the afternoon of Sunday 3 March at Design Indaba Expo.The designs of all the MBOISA finalists will be on show at Design Indaba Expo, open to the public from Friday 1 March to Sunday 3 March at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.”

{Go to the Design Indaba website (here) for a full description of each finalist’s design and to vote!}

So what do you think, see something you like? Who is going to get your vote?

{All info and images via Design Indaba}

Décor Dictionary: CMT

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CMT is another term stolen from the fashion industry. As designers and decorators, we regularly use this abbreviation when working with the custom design manufacturing process…

CMT:  is a acronym most often used in the fashion production industry meaning “Cut, Make & Trim”. It can also be used in relation to the décor trade to describe the fabrication process of bespoke furniture, window treatments and upholstery. “Cut” refers literally to the cutting of the fabric, timber, or other elements; “Make” is putting it all together; and “Trim” refers to quality control and readying the item to be shipped. In short it means “manufacture”.

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One week to Design Indaba Expo 2013!

“Today marks exactly one week, or seven sleeps if you like, until Design Indaba Expo 2013 kicks off – South Africa’s biggest and most prestigious showcase of 100% local design!”

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AND as you can imagine, Rose and I are super dooper excited! The Design Tabloid has, like last year, graciously received media accreditation for the 2013 Indaba and we will not only be attending the Expo but the Conference Simulcast as well *happy dance*

Now if you think the Expo is cool, eish, you should experience the conference… it’s a-freaking-mazing! It makes me all lyrical! Featuring over 30 local and international speakers – it’s three unbelievable days of inspiration and design overload to get your creative juices flowing. The speakers are masters of their industries and disciplines, with knowledge that you will not find on the internet or in a book. Attending last year’s conference was a life-highlight… no kidding.

Design Indaba Conference 2013 takes place from Wednesday 27 February to Friday 1 March 2013. Now, the conference is a little pricey but if it is in you means to go – do it! Alternatively you can attend the Simulcast which is cheaper. You will never regret it.

This year’s EXPO promises to be even bigger, cementing the platform’s position as the go-to destination for taking the pulse of South African creativity. To get you all psyched for this year’s Indaba here is some highlights from the horse’s mouth…

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“For 28 hours, over three days next weekend (Friday 1 March to Sunday 3 March) the Cape Town International Convention Centre will be abuzz with things to see, do, experience, make, create, shop, eat – it’s the ultimate inspirational indulgence.”

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Exhibitors

Design Indaba Expo’s distinguishing characteristics are two-fold: it showcases exceptional design across all the creative disciplines (from architecture to jewellery design, fashion, visual art, craft, industrial design and everything in between); and it sets an exceptionally high professional standard. More than 400 exhibitors will be strutting their creative stuff this year with some 20% of these being first-time exhibitors at Expo. The always-popular Emerging Creatives platform again promises to bear testament to the scope of ingenious young designers in South Africa.

Entertainment

There’s simply too much entertainment happening on the Expo floor to mention it all! From a Miniplex screening three-minute documentaries to all-day fashion shows and music by top South African artists, there’s entertainment for the whole family.

Food

Food trucks are all the rage at the moment, and we’re excited to be having Cape Town’s biggest food truck contingent on the Design Indaba Expo floor! Limoncello, El Burro, The Good Life, Durban’s Finest Curry and The Juice Deli will all be pulling their mobile dining trucks to a stop at Expo.

Equally exciting are the pop-up restaurants that will be, um, popping up at Expo. Beijing Opera, Ma Mere Maison, Queen of Tarts and The Creamery will all be putting in a culinary appearance.

DIY Workshops

Stop-motion movie animation, wind sculpting, animal masks and design school sessions headline the Design Indaba Youth (DIY) workshops this year as the programme takes on an innovative new direction. Click here for the full DIY programme, more details and prices.

Awards

We like to give credit where credit is due and to promote the creative industries by recognising exceptional work. The Most Creative Stand award, the Innovation Award and the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa (MBOISA) award are all manifestations of this commitment.

Talks

See Pecha Kucha-style talks by top design graduates from around the world. There’s also a talk by Anthony Silverston of Triggerfish, the Cape Town animation studio that produced the country’s first feature-length animation film Adventures in Zambezia. Magazine doyenne Jane Raphaely will be talking about her autobiography and the independent UK-based Daniel Charny will be launching his new initiative, Fixperts, in South Africa at the Expo.

And this is by no means the comprehensive list! Here’s the full programme to further indulge your creative anticipation.

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Design Indaba EXPO at the Cape Town International Convention Centre

  • Friday 1 March 2013 10:00 – 20:00
  • Saturday 2 March 2013 10:00 – 20:00
  • Sunday 3 March 2013 10:00 – 18:00

EXPO Tickets available at the door or through Computicket

  • Adults: R70
  • Pensioners and students: R50
  • Scholars (Ages 10 – 18): R40
  • Children under 10: Free

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VISI ♥ DIY

It is no secret that Marica and I are total VISI fans. Naturally, when they approached The Design Tabloid to get the Décor Diva‘s view on blogs, social media and it’s effect on design, for the February 2013 Issue – we were over the moon.

However, the best was yet to come. We found that we had managed to sneak into one of the best issues I have read to date. Brilliant page turner for design lovers such as we are. Seriously – by the time I had turned the last page, I still wanted more – more of those divine VISI-styled images, more news, views, and interviews about the clever local creatives and their products.

This DIY issue even had the unmotivated DIY-er in me going, wanting to get to my trash and make something to boast about with it.

Wanna know what tantalised me most? Here goes…

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1}  Okay as expected – I am going to point you directly to the page that has given The Design Tabloid national print media coverage – Page 14 of the awesome section “32 Reasons to always love smart ideas”.  Altogether now – Whoop, Whoop!!

2}  Dustbin Décor – working with plastic bottles to make a bird-feeder (hubby favourite) and what looks like something so do-able – the Liquid Chandelier.  It just blows my mind that we can create such easy peasy good-looking items from what has always been termed “rubbish”.  You do however need someone with some electrical understanding to stand by you.

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3}  Second Life – I love that there is a trend around taking what would have been considered the unthinkable a good few years ago, and making a creative décor item from it.  Like the pieces made from tyres.  My first thoughts when reading this was “I need a Man Cave to decorate – soon!”

4}  You know how Mosquitoes are not wanted and yet are always around on those hot summer evenings and nights, biting into your flesh.  One of the most effective mosquito remedies I have found is a coil that you burn.  However, the messiness caused by the ash and question “what the heck do I put this on/in?” – put me off that coil.  No more – Catherine Raphaely from Planet Baobab Safari Camp found the perfect solution in a floor polish tin.  Congrats Catherine – I loved the solution. (Page 66)

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5}  Page 84 had a full page image of row upon row of toasters, stretching from what I can only imagine to be the 50s to present time.  That was sobering for me.  Why?  Because I have experienced many of those toasters at one time or another in my lifetime.  NO – who wants to be reminded how many toaster designs you have lived through! Dah.  Just as a postscript here – when Marica and I spoke about this toaster business, she went on to tell me about an awesome lighting project she did while studying design.  It involved one of them toasters.  It sounds totally ingenious, just as she is.  I am trying to get her to write a post on that toaster.  Maybe you can join me in nudging her.

6}  While in the Obsess & Collect section, another truly creative and authentic SA collection by Ekim Falconer of Bone Idol (cool name) was a display of rusted implements, crockery and skulls.  Mostly stuck onto the front of his house!  It blends beautifully into the natural surroundings.  Which is what makes it so clever?  Man oh Man – some people might think that they are “bone idol” but ingenious they are!

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7}  I am not too sure whether it was 2010 or 2011 that I first encountered the “Yarn Bomber” – Cape Town’s own Isabeau Joubert.  She had a field time bombing various iconic statues or public arenas with huge knitted coverings.  There was a time when I knitted some and that is why I was intrigued by this yarn bombing sub-culture.  Read about her on Page 180.

This issue of VISI has once again brought home to me what a plethora of creative talent is to be found in South Africa. Creatives that take our natural and cultural aspects to broadcast our unique South Africa brand. I am reminded that The Design Tabloid came about for this very reason – to showcase SA talent.

My question to you in closing is this: “Have you read the I Love DIY issue of VISI?” If not, why not? JUST DO IT!

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Chappies Edible Street Art

Rose and I just stumbled across these amazingly creative clips uploaded by Chappies, South Africa’s most iconic bubblegum! In January of this year Chappies, with the help of some talented creatives, created six edible street art installations all around South Africa – starting at Woodstock train station, Cape Town on the 15th and ending in Greenside, Joburg on the 21st. Each of the six installations depicted a winning fact submitted by South Africans. Rose and I could not help recollecting some fond childhood memories of many sunny days spent with mouthfuls of Chappies and filling our brains with tons of “Did You Know?” facts.

Do yourself a favour and go watch the other four installations clips: here. I absolutely LOVE these clips!