Friday, February 13, 2009

Design Indaba Expo: New Leaves, Every Year

Design Indaba Expo showcases the best South African creativity under one roof, don’t miss the 60 first-time exhibitors showcasing the freshest design trends and innovative ways to change the world.
Get acquainted with furniture by greymeta and Aram Lello, sample So!Go’s delectable food condiments and ruminate on Chew magazine, an online publication. NOMILI’s 3D rapid prototypes flirt with the art or design distinction, while photographers Clinton Friedman and Ed Suter show their diverse applications. Not to mention the designs of Milk&Cookies and ilovestencil, which is sure to steal a heart or two.

Want to make a statement? Get your head into a Makoya Makaraba to stand out in any soccer throng or if you prefer to hit the streets, deck yourself out in Butan Wear. Accessorise with Gypsey Lou, Chimpel, Township Patterns and Mongoose, or step into a pair of Bennett & Co shoes.

A strong furniture contingent is lead up by Misael’s limited-edition exclusive objects by the likes Leora Lewis, Rebecca Townsend, Heath Nash, Lyall Sprong, Bronze Age, Walter Oltmann, Joe Mapfuno, Mickael Kra and Andile Dyalvane. Best known as Top Billing’s handyman, Aidan Bennetts will be showing his own range of contemporary furniture. And Sally Arnold’s bold custom-tufted rugs and soft furnishings are sure to catch your attention. The finalists for the Western cape Furniture Competition will also be on display.

Also keep an eye out for brand new products and ranges from returning exhibitors such as Heath Nash, Imiso Ceramics, Tsai Design Studio, Zenzulu, Haldane Martin, Cornelius Lemmer, Ideso, Woodheads, Dry Furniture’s cool new kids’ range and, of course, Stoned Cherrie’s 2009 Winter range, hot off the New York Fashion Week catwalk.

Get a taste of the future of South African design through the Emerging Creatives platform, sponsored by the Department of Arts and Culture. Showcasing 40 of the country’s freshest young designers, this is a trendspotter’s delight. Over the years, the likes of Vuyisa Potina, Christel Stipp, Daniel Ting Chong and Anja Venter all launched their careers here.

Click here to view the complete fashion and film programme.

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