Furniture and decor at the Design Indaba Expo concentrates strongly on sustainability, recycling ordinary household items into innovative design or good old quirky. A few exhibits resembled jazzed up craft; taking beading which started out in South Africa as a rural development craft, into high end art. Case in point; the beaded wall hangings at the entrance.
Some designs were like ‘you want how much for that?’ Others were an opened mouthed, shock horror reaction of ‘how’d YOU make it back this year?’. A few stood full head and shoulders above the crowd while one to wo soared proving that South Africa can be reckoned as young-innovation-going-places. Here’s what caught me eye.
Monkeybiz South Africa is the real deal. Its a non-profit organization started in 2000 which focuses on women’s economic empowerment and health development in economically strained areas. This year they’ve taken beading to the next level by recreating ordinary household products like Hulettes sugar and Rooibos tea boxes. Yes, beads. I liked these because they were quirky and fun.
Chandler House and Serpentine shared a stand combining wire & bead mirror frames and ornamental vases which I think is trying too hard with glazed earthenware ceramics and homeward. They complimented each other remarkably well so overall, a strikingly sophisticated look.
Denim and leather artist Zavick is being sponsored by Woodheads Design Collectiive. This guy is crazy and fun to speak to. He’s appealing for an agent to assist in marketing his work as well as all your old denim jeans because without any, he can’t create this.
Now for some of my favorites.
Durban based Wendy-lee Douglas is the smart spaces designer behind I Love Bokkie, a collection of really cool kiddies furniture and decor. Not knowing much about kids and their needs, I did however notice how cleverly all corners are rounded for safety. Amazing how something so simply obvious could become such a striking key feature. Visit her blog for some charming decor finds and ideas. Nice one lady. I wish your business all success.
Katie Thompsons describes her studio Recreate as Extra Ordinary Repurposed Furniture and Lighting. And that it is. My absolute favorite designer for pure ingenuity and originality. Love her work.
Get these cute painted wrought iron coat hooks from Chris Vintage Designs. Perfect for a little girl’s room or shabby chic divas. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +27 (o)73 611 1446.
David Krynauw is a young designer who’s doing some incredible work. Vist his website to view his simple, striking furniture designs. I loved these desk lamps made from sustainable wood and tin buckets. Man, you gotta love South Africa.
I could keep going you get the idea. The tip of Africa has some cool stuff made by awesome people. Happy shopping.
love & light