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Design Indaba Conference 2015: Quotable Quotes

The Design Indaba Conference is such an amazing inspirational (and motivational) experience – this year wasn’t any different. I’m always astounded by the talent and innovation – creativity truly has no boundaries for these design greats. I love to be surprised by a speaker – someone I would not have thought would interest me and then ends up blowing my mind.

As last year I left the note scribbling and just listened. Often the gist of a speaker’s talk or believe system can be summed up in one powerful quote. The folks at Design Indaba also create these super cute and quirky quote cards for each speaker (you can see the rest on their website: here).

Below are some of my favourite quotes and nuggets of wisdom from each of the speakers I had the privilege to listen to. I’ve also include a link back to the various Speaker Profiles – do yourself a favour and check out the unbelievable things each speaker has accomplished…

There’s just too much shit design in the world.Hella Jongeruis, renowned Dutch industrial designer,  issues plea to return to quality at the Design Indaba Conference 2015

When you have to redesign the same thing over & over again, you become just ‘garde’ not ‘avant garde.’Emily Oberman, a multidisciplinary design working for Pentagram (the world’s largest design consultancy), at the Design Indaba Conference 2015.

I believe that if you give people honesty & something to trust, they will want more of it.Roy Choi, creator of LA’s celebrated gourmet food truck culture, at the Design Indaba Conference 2015.

Fail harder. You have to be able to fail! – Dan Wieden, American advertising executive who coined the Nike tagline “Just Do It“.

I love imperfections. The flaws keep the imagination open. Perfection kills everything.Hella Jongeruis at the Design Indaba Conference 2015

Imperfection is beautiful and not just something ‘good enough for Africa‘”Studio Propolis, a husband-and-wife design team based in Kenya.

Colours are like musical notes. You can play endless games.Rosita Missoni, matriarch of the famous high-end Italian fashion house, Missoni.

The difference between fashion & the home is that designs for the home are meant to last.Rosita Missoni at the Design Indaba Conference 2015

Colour is a topic I can investigate for the rest of my life, it’s really an ongoing research. – Hella Jongeruis at the Design Indaba Conference 2015

Make the most of what you’ve got. Everything has potential, even if you don’t think it does.– British designer, Dominic Wilcox, at the Design Indaba Conference 2015

“I was a ‘cast out’ kid and that gave me some other perspectives” says Yoni Bloch, Israeli musician and co-founder of Interlude.

Architecture today is pornography. It’s all about beauty. My buildings are like your ugly friend. – Santiago Cirugeda, an activist architect from Seville, Spain.

“One thing I have learned is the work is so much better if you are having fun.” – Omar Victor Diop, a globally heralded photographer from Senegal.

Playfulness is the most powerful way of finding ideas. – Dominic Wilcox, at the Design Indaba Conference 2015

The nature of creativity is to not let your brain default to the known … creativity requires independent, unprecedented thinking. – Casey Neistat, a maverick American filmmaker whose wildly popular YouTube videos are redefining the industry.

{Images via Design Indaba}

Emerging Creatives 2015: Our Picks

By Marica

I have to confess, I did not enjoy this year’s Design Indaba as much as I did previous years. Not because it was any less inspiring or amazing but because I was trying very hard to suppress a bad case of mutant sinusitis/flu. You know, the kind that laughs in the face of antibiotics.

A took a rather fevered (pun intended) rush through the Expo space and tried to absorb as much beauty as possible. It was also good to finally put friendly faces to some of the local creatives we’ve cheered for in the past – the talented ladies behind Touchee Feelee and Handmade By Me for instance.

As always I lingered around the Emerging Creatives section – they did not disappoint!

Here are some of my favs…

Ash Ceramics:

I adored the colourful ceramic pieces by Cape Town-based artist Catherine Ash. Her handmade range included delicate tortoise shells sculpted from porcelain and interesting ceramic wall installations. However, my favourite part of her vibrant range was the contemporary collection of plates, bowls, vases and mugs which featured striking trendy geometric patterns in bold colours.

Ash Ceramics:  website  |  facebook page

Maria Magdalena:

Ag, you know I can’t resist quirky illustrations – of course I fell head-over-heels for these detailed black ink beauties by Maria Magdalena van Wyk! En dan het sy so mooi Afrikaanse naam ook nog (I too come from a loooong line of Maria Magdalena’s and Maria Johanna Catharina’s – guess what “Marica” is short for…)

Each line drawing takes inspiration from Van Wyk’s life, such as poetry, strong female influences or her favourite songs. She sells these limited edition illustration prints through her eponymous company, Maria Magdalena.

Maria Magdalena:  website  |  facebook page

Kiara Gounder:

I know we rarely touch fashion here at The Tabloid – it’s not really our bag – we’re all about the décor. However, the stunning creations by fashion design graduate Kiara Gounder had me drooling! The structured clothing pieces were beautifully sleek, edgy yet elegant. The real showstopper however was a jaw-dropping 3D printed neckpiece that seems incredibly delicate and detailed.

Kiara has been exploring the potential of 3D printing in fashion. For this particular range she sought inspiration from microscopic images of fossils, plant cells and insect cells for inspiration for the detailed patterning.

Most Beautiful Object in S.A. 2015 is…

mboisa

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And the winner, by public vote, for Most Beautiful Object in South Africa 2015 is… 

…”The Boomslang

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Kirstenbosch’s suspended walkway designed by architect Mark Thomas and structural engineer Henry Fagan is the public’s choice in the Most Beautiful Object in SA at Design Indaba Expo 2015.

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“This award is such a wonderful surprise! Never before has there been an opportunity like this for an architect and an engineer in South Africa,” said Thomas about Kirstenbosch’s commission. “It has felt unreal from the beginning – I still pinch myself about this project. We worked on it for three years. We were surprised that it was possible to create such a complex 3D shape.”

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Inspired by a snake skeleton, the walkway is a curved steel and timber bridge that winds and dips its way through and over the trees. It takes the visitor on an awe-inspiring journey through nature, rising up from the forest floor into and through the trees and bursting out above the canopy, giving spectacular panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains, Garden and Cape Flats. Thomas and Fagan designed the structure to be low maintenance and low impact.

{What do you think of this year’s MBOISA winner? Who did you vote for?}

Road To Design Indaba 2015!

“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 the Design Indaba Festival 2015 – that right this year they have dubbed it a “festival”… and what a delicious festival of creativity it is!

The brilliant FilmFest kicked off the official Indaba festivities last Friday and the Conference and Simulcast start tomorrow. Then on Friday the doors will be thrown wide open to welcome the public to the amazing eye-candy experience that is the Expo.

Oh, and don’t forget the music – if you want some local head-bopping, hip-swaying, foot-tapping entertainment the Design Indaba music circuit will be grooving from 25 to 27 February.

The Design Tabloid has, like the previous 3 years, received media accreditation for the 2015 Indaba and we will not only be attending the Expo but also the Conference Simulcast! Lucky, lucky ladies we are!


 “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‘”


I sure I will get all lyrical about the conference yet again… it blows my mind consistently every year! It’s THE not-to-be-missed creative inspiration event of the year. 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 27 February to Sunday 1 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 at the 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 this year’s MBOISA (Most Beautiful Object In South Africa) nominations in the flesh (you can take a peek at the nominees: here). Then there is the fashion shows, delicious food & pop-up restaurants, workshops, talks, and much, much more….


Design Indaba EXPO at the Cape Town International Convention Centre

  • Friday 27 February: 10:00 – 20:00
  • Saturday 28 February: 10:00 – 20:00
  • Sunday 1 March: 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

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