Design Indaba Conference 2019 springboard for new talents

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The Design Indaba Conference has been running annually since 1995. The creative celebration of design, creativity, and design-thinking has evolved into a multidisciplinary platform for the creative community in South Africa, Africa, and internationally.

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The Design Indaba Conference 2019 from February 27 to March 1 brings together big-name designers and trendsetters and emerging and budding talents. The presentation and talks program is underlined with many different events including a range of African and international music.

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The Opera House of the Artscape Theatre Centre in Cape Town’s central business district is a great place to welcome participants from all walks of the creative life. The always highly anticipated Trend Forecast by Li Edelkoort who was previously also a speaker at our KOHLER Design Affair is a highlight not to miss. Interested parties don’t have to be in Cape Town, though, to attend. The seminars and talks are streamed and simulcasted to other cities in South Africa.

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Design Indaba’s Emerging Creatives exhibition is a much thought-after showcase of 50 up and coming designers. The exhibition incorporates the conference’s guiding principle of a ‘Better World Through Creativity’ perfectly. Since 2005, Emerging Creatives displays the work of these still-unknown designers from disciplines ranging from furniture to fashion, art to architecture, branding, and product design.

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In this year’s showcase under the theme ‘Design driving social change’, the ‘Architecture, Space and Interiors’ caught our attention. From Durban-based Thabiso Joyisa who wants to build a new school of architecture at the Durban University of Technology in South Africa to Lesego Maloka, creative director of Pone Creatives, designing home furnishing, fabrics and products for gifting, interior designer Simphiwe Mlambo exploring Afrofuturism, furniture designer Christine Goosen, functional aluminum artist Kara Schoeman, Ladysmith-based interior designer Bright Dimba, to surface designer Primrose Chimhanda who was inspired by nature and geometry, the displays are phenomenal.

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Source: photos are courtesy of Design Indaba Conference 2019.

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