Johannesburg’s premier décor and design trade show Design Joburg was back for the second time on 25 to 27 May 2018 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. The exhibition showcased the best and most innovative in South African design and opened visitors’ eyes to new, interesting, and quirky approaches. Andrea Kleinloog and Megan Hesse, co-owners of Anatomy Design and HK Studio, were again the creative directors for the show that they aimed to make even more integrated and cohesive.
To this end, there were several sections to the show. Apart from the usual trade show, the Rooms on Views were the most prominent part. Based on the previous year’s success, it was given more importance and is now called ‘CoLabs’ as it is a true and intimate collaboration between designers, architects, brands, suppliers, and artisans bringing all their talents and crafts together in these beautifully designed spaces. A new addition in this area was the overall sponsor Fired Earth paint that gave the designers the opportunity to create their own color for their suites. The signature colors were then available in the Fired Earth booth for sale and will be so in stores nationwide.
The CoLabs spaces were designed by Liam Mooney, Heather Boting, Buzwe Mabuza of Design Dreams International, Donald Nxumalo of ANX Interior Design, Erica Schalkwyk of Form Interior, Mia Widlake and Debbie Voten of Studio 19, Ryan Illger of Blacksmith, Adrian Morris of Design Partnership, Joe van Rooyen of JVR Architects and Interiors, and Tristan du Plessis of Studio A. In addition, the more established design firms such as Design Partnership, Studio A, Blacksmith Interiors, and JVR Architects acted as mentors for designers and decorators who are just starting out. These included Jacoline Sema, Praveen Dinna and Jadene Naidoo, Tshepo Sealetsa, and Tuami Zulu.
We didn’t want to be left behind and struck up a collaboration with Nelson Kubheka, Kelly Adami, and Sumaya Vally and Sarah De Villiers of Counterspace Studio for extraordinary installations in and around our booth.
Another novelty at Design Joburg came from the culinary corner. Chef David Higgs and his crew joined the show with a pop-up restaurant. Their establishment Marble in Johannesburg is the first live-fire restaurant in the city. As expected they surprised with innovative, unexpected, light, organic food creations that were inspired by nature. The authentic and hearty treats were a delight. On the more practical side, the Design Corridor served as a retail area for show visitors. Here they could purchase items to take home and let the inspiration become reality. On display were ceramics, textiles, signature furniture and more. Finally, no one wanted to miss the exhibition of the best projects from South African architects. The Architect’s Gallery was the place to get inspiration and start dreaming about a future property and design project. Sumari Krige who curated the CoLabs and the ladies from Anatomy Design did again an outstanding job with this year’s show. The forward-thinking and experimental designs set the bar for other shows in South Africa, the region and in general pretty high. We can’t wait to see what they are going to come up with next year.