WORDS Amelia Brown IMAGES courtesy of 100% Design South Africa
Bringing together the best in local design – textiles, furniture, accessories, interiors and more – the sixth instalment of 100% Design South Africa takes place 7 – 11 August 2019 in Midrand, alongside Decorex Joburg.
In addition to an exciting line-up of exhibitors, the collaborative feature stands are not to be missed, with themes that cover every aspect of our lives, from work and play to refuelling and resting.
Here are 5 things to look forward to:
1. Feature Designer & Feature Artist
As the Feature Designer of the Year multidisciplinary creative Laduma Ngxokolo of MAXHOSA BY LADUMA will showcase his distinctive aesthetic in a homeware range that includes rugs, cushions, throws, upholstery and wallpaper, as well as some exciting new developments. Street artist r1 is the inaugural Feature Artist. He’ll be illustrating the intrinsic relationship between art and interiors and how they inform one another in a cohesive space.
2. 100% Lounge & 100% Dine
Design heavyweights Haldane Martin and John Vogel are behind this year’s 100% Lounge and 100% Dine showcases respectively. With 25 years in the furniture and interior design industry, Haldane combines his thorough understanding of how spaces function and knowledge of product design for the show’s ultra-stylish leisure space. Vogel Design, known for its contemporary, African-inspired creations, will be introducing a new collection in the hospitality context at the 100% Dine stand.
3. 100% Work & 100% Workspace
With co-working and flexible workspaces gaining global popularity, as well as a greater understanding of how a workspace’s design can impact productivity, engagement and wellbeing, smart office solutions are being developed to meet this demand.
Taking inspiration from a visit to Milan Design Week, Letizia Verona of DSGN will be spearheading the design of a “Collaborative Workplace”, while INOVA, an expert in the design and fitting out of modern working environments, will be exhibiting Bene products. This Austrian-based office furniture and service company views the office as a living space with products that encourage communication and collaboration, and the stand will demonstrate the potential of an agile workplace.
4. 100% Café
Tracy Lynch, Creative Director of both Studio Leelynch and Nando’s Design Programme, which includes Clout, a talent incubator, is behind this year’s 100% Café (aka The Clout Café). Tracy will be drawing on the work of a number of well-known South African design brands and rising talents for the installation – Mash. T Design Studio, Wolkberg Casting Studios, Pedersen + Lennard, Wiid Design and Naturalis, amongst others. As always, the 100% Café promises to be the centrepoint not only for inspiration, but for socialising, connecting and engaging during the show.
The development of young talent, fundamental in Tracy and Nando’s collaborative approach, will not only be reflected in the pieces featured in the café, but will also be the focus of the Clout Designers’ Days. Taking place on 9 and 10 August in the 100% Workspace arena, emerging designers will be invited to pitch their work to a panel of industry professionals that includes Tracy, Michael Spinks, Nando’s Property and Development Director, and 100% Design South Africa Creative Director Laurence Brick.
The best pieces will be supported with a showcase at 100% Design South Africa 2020 and included on the Nando’s Portal to Africa (read more about that here), which creates a platform for exposure and commerce for emerging local designers.
5. 100% Sleep
With the wellness trend highlighting the importance of quality sleep, so the bedroom, a space where design and comfort converge, comes under under the spotlight. The dynamic design trio that make up 99 Juta’s Apartment 2B collective – Monique Vee, Thabisa Mjo of Mash. T Design Studio and Mpho Vackier of TheUrbanative – have come together to create the 100% Sleep stand. We’re looking forward to the debut of an exclusive range created in collaboration with Weylandts.
100% Design South Africa is on at Hall 1, Gallagher Convention Centre, 19 Richards Drive, Midrand, from 7 – 11 August 2019, 10am – 6pm. Tickets, which can be purchased at the door or from Computicket, are R120 for adults, R100 for students/pensioners and R20 for kids under 12. Trade can register online to gain complimentary access; on-site registration costs R100.