As in the previous two years, the organizers of the trade show focused on bringing together designers and artists who incorporate Africa’s heritage in design, tradition, and modernity. The results are uniquely African, yet international, design and concepts everyone is waiting for.
Drawing inspiration from the vast continent’s resources, colors, textures, patterns, brings out strong design thinking and daring creations. Africa’s leading contemporary and decorative design trade show showcases international and local designers and design brands.
The platform is ever evolving. With the Rooms on View exhibition where designers work with brands to bring African designs with a global perspective to delegates was a hit from the start and will be even more prominent in 2019. Nine aspiring and established designers including Tuami Zulu of Proportion Studio of Design, Wendy Douglas of Douglas & Douglas, Julia Day, Nelson Kubheka of Ommni Design, Dylan Thomaz, and Fanie van Zyl of FVZ Studio have been hard at work for the room-sets.
We are keen to learn what inspirations spurred their imagination and which brands joined them in their adventure to bring the best of African contemporary design to the trade show visitors.
As African as the colors, materials, patterns, is the air of adventure that dots the atmosphere. Even at the Convention center this will be felt and experienced. To add a note of wilderness, Design Joburg 2019 sports a gin bar lounge designed by Mia Widlake and Debbie Voting of Studio 19. Together with Hendrick’s Gin bar, they have elevated cucumbers and rose petals to be part of the true African experience.
Delegates not only crave to see the latest designs that are inspired by Africa’s environment, flora and fauna, but they love to hear about the design processes from the experts. For the first time, a four-day speaker series gives insights into the minds of local and international creators.
The KOHLER Theatre is a meeting place where trade show attendees can join the conversations with well-known designers such as Michael Anastassiades and Yinka Ilori. Michael explains his work with light and Yinka take listeners on a journey from his native Nigeria to the design mecca of London.
On Friday afternoon, the first KOHLER Design Forum Johannesburg brings even more speakers to the stage for interesting dialogues.
Design Joburg 2019 promises to be even more interesting and fascinating as in previous years and we are thrilled to be right there to share our impressions with you. Stay tuned and check back for more information or come visit us in Hall 1 at the booth D10.