Friday, December 19, 2008


Design Indaba wishes you safe, festive and happy holidays.


Experience the fabulous Marcel Wanders, Dai Fujiwara of Issey Miyake, AdamsMorioka’s real message, 5.5’s challenge to the status quo, Javier Mariscal's theatricalities, Dunne & Raby’s technological futurism and Bruce Mau’s vision for massive change… all at Design Indaba Conference and Young Designers Simulcast from 25 to 27 February 2009. Booking and more information at


The first Design Indaba 10x10 house designed by MMA Architects’ principals, Luyanda Mpahlwa and Mphethi Morojele, has been shortlisted for the Design Museum’s Brit Insurance Design of the Year award. On a winning streak, the project received the prestigious Curry Stone Design Prize in September.

Catch up on the latest developments:


Creativity that knows no boundaries. That's what Design Indaba Expo is all about. Elegant lamps made of ostrich feathers; recycled milk bottle caps assembled together in flower mobiles; funky jewellery made from old-fashioned silverware; sophisticated laptop bags crafted from billboard vinyls. These are just some of the ideas that have wowed the crowds over past years – as well as hundreds of influential buyers from across the globe. Come and see the latest on the catwalks in all-day fashion shows, sample the finest in food and drink, vote for the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa, view the short-film festival, be enticed to buy from more than 250 exhibitors and hobnob with the designers in person. Above all, be awed by the creative spirit of innovative South Africans.The Design Indaba Expo is nearly full, to avoid disappointment contact Beverley Cupido on 021 465 9966 or


The SOUTH competition submissions from across the country are currently being adjudicated. The SOUTH exhibition of legends and competition finalists will debut at the 2009 Design Indaba Expo. Then it's time to take the message to the world – stand back Milan, London and New York, here comes SOUTH!


Some people think that advertisers and designers sit around all day drawing pictures, which doesn’t sound much like hard work at all. Fortunately, Vespa South Africa know this isn’t true, which is why they have announced a deadline extension for Art Vespa 2009. The revised closing date is 15 January 2009. The prize remains, of course, an ultra-stylish Vespa LX150 wrapped in the winning design, which is sure to evoke the envy of less inspired colleagues. Visit for more info and entry forms.


Nampak invites all professional design studios, agencies and freelance designers to compete in the Nampak Packaging Design Challenge and be acknowledged for creativity in the area of packaging and graphic design.

Entrants in the professional category can either participate as a group/business or as an individual, while the student category will involve pre-selected packaging design students. All you need to do is register in order to qualify.

The deadline for submissions for the Nampak Packaging Design Challenge is 31 January 2009. Winners will be chosen and notified in February and the final exhibition of winning designs will take place at the Design Indaba Expo from 27 February to 1 March 2009, as well as being featured in the Design Indaba magazine. The first prize is an Apple Macbook Pro and the second prize a Wacom tablet.

Click here to download the full entry form.


The inaugural Western Cape Furniture Design competition has announced its theme: EAT. The theme seeks to inspire a creative take on furniture that forms part of eating environments – tables, chairs, servers or other furniture in a dining room, outdoor, kitchen or other environments. The competition is open to all professionals and students in the Western Cape and R50 000 worth of prizes are to be won. Entries close on 23 January 2009. Visit for more information and entry details.

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