Design Joburg 2022: What to Expect

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Appropriately held in South Africa’s most afropolitan city, the country’s edgiest design and decor show – Design Joburg – is back with Design Joburg Collective as a fringe event.

One of the biggest highlights of the South African design and decor calendar, Design Joburg taking place from 19-21 May at the Sandton Convention Centre, is now in its fourth year, and is set to be a full-scale showcase of the best in local interiors and design, fashion, architecture and sustainable design practices.

The event taking place will once again shine a light on where local design talents are putting their energy, and what the future holds for design as a vehicle of change in southern Africa and beyond.

Design Joburg
Design Joburg

The fringe event – Design Joburg Collective – kicks off from 17-21 May, and will be live in nearby decor and design districts of Kramerville and 44 Stanley. Both events will present an opportunity to enjoy an intense design download at your leisure – so coordinate your visits with friends and client meet-and-greets, and dip into the sessions that appeal.

The 2022 iteration of Design Joburg has some exciting highlights which you can look forward to:

Design Joburg Collective

This fringe event includes walk-arounds, industry gatherings, brand launches, studio showcases, trend talks, workshops and VIP Lexus chauffeur drives for attendees.

Architectural & Art Tours

There will be two different walking tours at this year’s event: a tour of The Bank with Daffonchio This year’s programme includes designer-led in-person building tours of iconic buildings including The Bank in Rosebank designed by Daffonchio Architects and The Leonardo in Sandton, designed by Co-Arc International Architects. The tours will have a brand-new VR component that will allow visitors to experience buildings from the inside without even leaving the gallery. 

Design Dialogues

The Design Theatre will be a space to pause and catch up on fascinating and eye-opening design-focused talks, both from local shapeshifters and commenters and international mavens, who will be broadcast in via the Design London platform. Cocoon Lifestyle’s Bilala Mabuza will lead the curation of this engagement space. The impressive lineup of speakers and moderators include: Koutsoudakis, Mnisi, Stuurman, Sir Abner, Andrea Kleinloog, Melody Maker, Nthabi Taukobong, Peter Rich, Steve Pinto, Ann Roberts, Chris Bakker, Donald Nxumalo, Gillian Holl, Graham Wood, Kulani Keagile, Tessa Proudfoot and Trevor Sibanda.

Design Joburg
Design Joburg

Highlighting the new

The latest from leading female creatives Mpho Vackier, Zizipho Poswa and Candice Lawrence, presented by headline sponsor Sanlam Private Wealth.

Architectural gallery

The Architects’ Gallery, a showcase of some of the country’s finest architectural projects. This year however, the introduction of a three-dimensional immersive element will bring each of the buildings in the gallery to life. 

Hendricks Gin X Dark Horse bar

The return of the popular favourite, featuring the iconic gin and its signature blend of 11 botanicals.

Viewing Rooms restaurant

This year Design Joburg has teamed up with South African designer furniture collective Always Welcome and multi-brand audiovisual distributors Planetworld to launch The Viewing Rooms Restaurant. The restaurant will be a focal point where design, architecture and food converge.


The best part of a show with a design bent is the opportunity to shop and the Retail Corridor is a dedicated space where visitors can take a slew of locally designed lust-haves home with them – from cushions to ceramics and of course a phone full of images to mull over for further at-home inspiration.

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