Most Beautiful Object in South Africa 2014 Finalists!


It’s our great pleasure to present the much-anticipated Most Beautiful Object in South Africa (MBOISA) 2014 finalists. Featuring a mixed bag of finalists including film, fashion and photography, the MBOISA finalists were nominated by a variety of South African design journalists and cultural commentators.


“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 designs of all the MBOISA finalists will be on show at Design Indaba Expo, open to the public from Friday 28 February to Sunday 2 March at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The winner will be announced at 16:00 on Sunday 2 March at Design Indaba Expo.”

{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?

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{All info and images via Design Indaba}


Design Indaba FilmFest: The Human Scale

If I were to mention the word “FilmFest” to you, what would come to mind? Bearing in mind that the Design Indaba FilmFest is largely driven by design and as such mainly documentary films? Probably not expecting any Oscar award-winning movies hey?

Well, I am going to be honest with you, in the past two years that we have covered Design Indaba, both Marica and I showed very little or no interest in the film side of the Indaba. My mind conjured up images of boring doccies.

This year we were generously given a complimentary ticket to a film of our choice and that is what inspired me to dig deeper. I selected my movie coming out of my interest and off I went Monday night.

I viewed the screening of The Human Scale directed by Andreas Møl Dalsgaard. What is that all about? The growth of cities, the social impact that modernism design has had on city dwellers and the solutions offered by a visionary Danish Architect and renowned urbanist Jan Gehl and his inspirational team, to “use design to create a better world for all to inhabit.Gehl Architects has played big parts in developing city infrastructures for social prosperity in such cities such as New York, Dharma India, and Copenhagen etc.

Why is this the movie of my choice – because it has been claimed that in the year 2050, 80% of the world’s population will be living in cities! Go figure dudes, go figure! And we who are working in the field of design are able to become more involved in creating a better space for city dwellers.

As a thoroughbred Capetonian, I have to talk about the hectic Cape Doctor (the infamous south east wind). The “Doctor” was so hard at work last night that the normal screen used by the Indaba FilmFest team had to be ditched. They obviously had to chase their tails in an effort to get a temporary screen up and running – from where I was sitting, it looked like hard labour by nicely muscled men. BUT THEY DID IT – and I say KUDOS TO THE TEAM!

 You will see from the images, despite the wind blowing at 90 km per hour, the spirit there could not be dampened at all. It was very festive indeed! The venue – the central courtyard of the Castle of Good Hope – oldest building in South Africa. We were surrounded by plenty of history there. Because it is an open air theatre set up, we had huge back cushions and grass floor mats to sit on. Comfy enough! There were food vendors on site, wine for sale and what movie does not have popcorn. As I said – very festive, once the movie hit the screen, peeps were tucked under their blankets to keep warm. The sound and the quality of the movie were really spot on.

Despite the fact that at the end of the movie, I had enough of the wind, it was an amazing experience and I will do it again next year.

Just as a teaser – the last movie on the Design Indaba FilmFest program is Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. It will be screened at the Nu Metro movie house at the V & A Waterfront. Am I going to be there?  You bet your bottom dollar on that. To quote Vicki Sleet of I Want That – “Race you there!!”

Check out the rest of the Design Inbaba FilmFest line-up: here

{Images via Design Indaba}

Geared For Design Indaba 2014!

“It’s that time of the year again! The Design Indaba Expo, South Africa’s premier showcase of high-end design and homegrown wares, starts this Friday!”


Rose and I are super excited and geared for this year’s Indaba – especially considering that host city Cape Town is boasting with an impressive new title: World Design Capital 2014! I’m sure we can expect some awesome Design Capital related happenings at this year’s expo.

Further adding to our excitement: The Design Tabloid has, like last year, received media accreditation for the 2014 Indaba and we will not only be attending the Expo but also the Conference Simulcast!

I got all lyrical about the conference last year… it’s just SO amazing! The Conference is an opportunity to learn from and be inspired by the world’s foremost creatives, thought leaders, entrepreneurs and trendsetters. It’s THE not-to-be-missed creative inspiration event of the year.


“Dubbed ‘the Conference on Creativity‘, the Design Indaba Conference is all about how design, creativity and innovation can positively impact the world. In 2013 the likes of Creative Review editor Patrick Burgoyne said it is ‘perhaps the best design conference in the world‘”


Design Indaba Conference 2014 takes place from Wednesday 26 February to Friday 28 February 2014. Be sure to check our Twitter & Facebook feeds during this period as we will endeavour to post regular little snippets of our conference experience!

Now, 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…


“For 28 hours, over three days next weekend (Friday 28 February to Sunday 2 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.”


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

I also can’t wait to see the nominations for this year’s MBOISA (Most Beautiful Object In South Africa) awards in the flesh (you can take a peek at the nominees: here). The there is the fashion shows, delicious food & pop-up restaurants, workshops, talks, and of course the exciting Design Indaba FilmFest and MusicCircuitAnd that is just the tip of the iceberg! Here’s the full programme to further indulge your creative anticipation.


Design Indaba EXPO at the Cape Town International Convention Centre

  • Friday 28 February 2013 10:00 – 20:00
  • Saturday 1 March 2013 10:00 – 20:00
  • Sunday 2 March 2013 10:00 – 18:00

EXPO Tickets available at the door or through Computicket

  • Adults: R80
  • Pensioners and students: R60
  • Scholars (Ages 10 – 18): R45
  • Children under 10: Free


Quick Tip #30: Paint-Dipped Baskets

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Here is another brilliant “paint-dipping” Décor Quick Tip. This easy DIY idea is one of our favourites – especially if it involves metallic or neon paint!

#30  Use the paint-dipped effect to turn a budget basket into a one-of-a-kind designer item. A brilliant splash of colour, whether pastels, neons or metallics, can add instant interest and contemporise an otherwise dull and rustic woven basket.

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