Sunday, 24 March 2013

Design Indaba 2013- Part(y) 1...

For years now I'v been talking about how I can't wait to get my butt down to Cape Town for the annual Design Indaba. Unfortunately, every year university scheduled deadlines for either the Friday or Monday of the Indaba weekend. Being the diligent hard working student I was, I had to put my trip on hold. For 4 years. and I was tired of it.

After completing my degree in Industrial Design at the University of Johannesburg I decided 2013 was going to be MY year. I'm going to do the things i'v always pushed to the side because of my studies.

My little adventure in Cape Town did not only include dabbling in a bit of kite surfing and seeing friends (see postcard from paradise post). My main intention was to experience what all the fuss about the Indaba was about.

So without further a due, let me begin (that was quite the introduction wouldn't you say?)

So naturally Haldane Martin was exhibiting at the Indaba. Showcasing his Source Chair range. A simple, minimal stand that incorporated the Plumen lightbulb illuminating his work and a splash of neon orange sprayed on the legs of the range. I wouldn't have dreamed of anything less from Haldane.

Nina du Plessis Interior and Product's recycled paper mache' lights had interesting geometric elements as well as a mix of different materials. An circulating trend I picked up at the Indaba was how designers were starting to use reclaimed materials as the basis of their products. Handcrafted's Stand was showcasing jewellery pieces made from reclaimed photographic waste silver whilst product and fashion designers were taking advantage of using scrap tyre rubber into their products.

Geometric shapes exhibited on pillow cases and a paper display showing Kerry Muller's love for Africa.

Kirsten Sims's quaint illustrations on canvas and paper.Her whimsical drawings make the everyday just that much more bearable with her cards and calendars.

Zayne Holl and Bradley Wedderburn's Mr Fox Furniture was selected as  one of the few Emerging Creatives for the 2013 Design Indaba. The duo specialise in designing and creating simple, functional Scandinavian-inspired pieces. What was interesting about their stand at the expo ,was that they had strategically placed a "hey there browser" sticker in full view of passer by's. What was even more interestign was that the "hey there browser" plaque was the last thing I saw when glancing at the stand. The sinple use of space within their stand and the aesthetic of their furniture and lighting spoke for themselves, so good job guys!

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