Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Visit Design Indaba at the Cape Town Book Fair


Design Indaba Conference will run from 25 to 27 February, 2009, with the Design Indaba Expo following the Conference, running from Friday 27 February to Sunday 1 March, 2009, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.


Visit the Design Indaba stand at the Cape Town Book Fair from 14 to 17 June, 2008. We will be situated at stand Q713 in the small publishers’ section, where we will be offering discounted prices on Design Indaba All Stars, the 2008 buyers guide and Design Indaba magazine.


Get your copy of Design Indaba All Stars in bookstores nationwide for only R350. Stockists include selected Exclusive Books stores, Wordsworth CT, Clarkes and the The Book Lounge. You can also log on to and purchase your copy online.

Covering the first 10 years of Design Indaba, this book serves as a record of the growth of creativity at the cusp of the millennium. Lucy Orta. Mark Farrow. Erik Spiekermann. Jonathan Barnbrook. Fernando Gutierrez. Stefan Sagmeister. Sir Terence Conran. Irma Boom. Stefano Giovannoni. Neville Brody. Karim Rashid. Mary Lewis. Shubhankar Ray. Kenya Hara. Ross Lovegrove. Peter Saville. Dan Pearson. Bob Sabiston. Shigeo Fukuda. Milton Glaser. Ron Arad. David Adjaye. Dieter Rams. Fernando and Humberto Campana. Michael Bierut. Tom Dixon. Inga Sempé. Christoph Niemann. Matali Crasset. Paul Priestman. Javier Mariscal. Tobias Frere-Jones. Massimo and Lella Vignelli. Yves Béhar.

For more information please contact Lucinda Johannes at or Tel: (021) 465 9966.

Congratulations to Natalie Glinister, Martin van Aardt, Juliette Krige, Johan Louw and Tyrone Beck, who won a copy of Design Indaba All Stars and a South African Design T-shirt through our delegate survey


Both the local and international speakers at Design Indaba 2008 concurred that design needs to tackle serious issues – but have fun while doing it. The newest edition of Design Indaba magazine, "Line Drawing", does just that – sideways.

Expect the likes of New York design duo Karlssonwilker inc, hot conference-favourite Shin-ichi Takemura, jeweller Christoph Zellweger, automobile stylist Oona Scheepers, acclaimed local fashion designer Amanda Laird Cherry and a city focus on Durban, which includes a fun 50 Buck Design special.

Click here for a full distribution list. For subscriptions please contact Lucinda Johannes at or Tel: (021) 465 9966.


The Design Indaba Expo 2009 Early Bird Booking discount is open to exhibitors who sign up and pay before 31 July 2008.

Why pay R1875 per sqm for a standard package? Instead, book at the 2008 rate of R1725 per sqm.

Enjoy Custom Rates of R1500 per sqm instead of R1600 per sqm.

So call us now to take up this great opportunity!


  • Over 260 exhibitors.
  • Over 20 000 visitors.
  • Over 300 local and international buyers.
  • Generated over R23 million worth of media value.

For new exhibitors or more information please contact Beverley Cupido: or Tel: (021) 465 9966.

Drawing the line at serious fun

Both the local and international speakers at Design Indaba 2008 all concurred that design needs to tackle serious issues – but have fun while doing it. The newest edition of Design Indaba magazine, “Line Drawing”, does just that – sideways.

“Binding the magazine on the top was just a fun idea and we thought, why not?” design director Richard Quintal explains this edition’s format of flipping open like an exam pad. “Inside, the landscape shape gives the magazine a completely new feel and will undoubtedly change the reading experience,” he goes on.

The cover itself was designed specially for this post-conference edition by New York design duo Karlssonwilker inc. Inspired by their adventures in South Africa, the layered images offer a frank, quirky and often controversial interpretation of our national icons.

DI Magazine - Page 55-56
This utilitarian approach to the social contribution of design is continued inside the magazine, fuelled by the Design Indaba 2008 coverage. Editor of Creative Review, Patrick Burgoyne weighs in with a review of the conference; Portuguese design journalist Frederico Duarte visits the Design Indaba 10x10 Housing Project; British creative industries entrepreneur Eckhard Thiemann shares his impressions of the expo, and editor of Designtimes, Mark Rosenberg visits Design Indaba’s newest offspring, the Creative Companies Conference in Amsterdam.

Featured speakers include hot conference-favourite Shin-ichi Takemura, who revisits his assertions of a new era of mass media and describes his projects in more detail. In turn, jeweller Christoph Zellweger interrogates the future of the body image, while South African automobile stylist Oona Scheepers explains how she is inspired by nature. Acclaimed local fashion designer Amanda Laird Cherry shows how her work is intertwined with the recent history of South Africa.

DI Magazine - Page 62-63
The interview with Laird Cherry also introduces a city focus on Durban design. Besides features on architect Ruben Reddy, illustrator Kim Longhurst and city rejuvenation project Cascolands, there is also a fun R50 Buck Design special, which invited Durban creatives to select the best design to be bought in the city for less than R50.

A chockablock news section includes Jason Bruges’s new Memory Project, Andrew Makin’s Motel Mo Pi Chi, South Africans at the Milan Furniture Fair, the second Open Lab, the Verge Digital Conference and Cape Town’s newest design space – Curious, Whetstone and Frankley. Readers also stand the chance of winning a R750 hamper of “indie undies” from Ruby and Men United, or one of three copies of Along the Way by Disturbance Design.

See, serious fun.
DI Magazine - Page 34-35
Design Indaba, Q208, “Line Drawing”, is available in selected Exclusive Books stores, Melissa’s and other outlets.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

International Young Design Entrepreneur

The British Council presents the International Young Design Entrepreneur (IYDE) award for the fourth time. IYDE champions and celebrates the importance of creative entrepreneurs working in the field of design. It is awarded in partnership with 100% Design (, London’s international trade fair for furniture and interiors.

The IYDE awards are unique in rewarding entrepreneurial ability. We recognise that a finalist may be active as a designer, however his/her work as an artist should be secondary to their focus as an entrepreneur in the promotion of the design industry in their country. Artistic talent will not be factored into the judging procedure – finalists will be judged solely on the merit of their entrepreneurial abilities in the industry.

Application is open to all South African nationals.

Applicants should: - Be aged between 25 and 35
- Already be working in the design sector (see sector list below)
- Be entrepreneurial and have shown their ability in the promotion of South African design, in either a commercial or public context, or both
- Through their character, drive and abilities demonstrate their potential to be a future leader of the sector in their country
- Have English language skills to IELTS 6 - ‘competent user’ or above

Download information and the application form which will be available on 11 June 2008 at:

This award programme is open to all qualified candidates throughout South Africa.

Please email your application to Andrea Ogle at: or Tel: 011 718 4318 by 30 June 2008.

Mark the subject line of the email ‘‘ 2008 IYDEY application material”.

If you would like to attach your CV or copy/photo of your work, you are welcome to do so.

Design sector definition - Participants will be drawn from any of the following sectors:
· Architecture, interiors and environment
· Graphic design: communication, publishing, branding and multimedia
· Product design manufacture: furniture, industrial products and craft
· Interactive and digital media
· Design promotion: exhibitions, events, festivals and retail

Sunday, June 01, 2008

The New Spell

The New Spell An Exhibition of Contemporary South African Art Opens: Thursday June 5, 2008 18:00 – 20:00 Closes: July 30, 2008 David Krut Projects, New York is pleased to present The New Spell, an exhibition of contemporary South African art curated by Lucy Rayner, with artists Themba Shibase, Michael MacGarry, Nandipha Mntambo, Maja Maljevic, Nina Barnett, and Robyn Nesbitt.