Nando’s Hot Young Designer Finalists 2020

WORDS Michaela Stehr IMAGES courtesy of CLOUT

The 2020 Nando’s Hot Young Designer (HYD) finalists have been announced, as part of the brand’s biannual search for up-and-coming talent.

The aim of the competition (in its third iteration) is to celebrate young creatives and provide a platform for them to showcase their designs and help launch their careers.

The brief for this year was to create a unique bench that adheres to the notion of social distancing, while being both aesthetically pleasing and inviting.

A panel of eight judges included Thabisa Mjo of Mash T Design Studio and Mpho Vackier of The Urbanative, who were jointly awarded Designer of the Year at the 2019 100% Design South Africa Awards; VISI Editor Steve Smith; VISI Editor-at-Large Annemarie Meintjies; Creative Director Tracy Lynch of Studio Leelynch and the Nando’s Design Programme; Editor Malibongwe Tyilo of the Nando’s Design Programme; Art Director Jo Skelton of the Nando’s Design Programme; and Michael Spinks, Property and Development Director for Nando’s.

This year’s submissions featured such a high standard of work that there was a tie for one of the places, while another entry came in from two jointly responsible designers, leaving the total number of finalists at 12, instead of the usual 10.

Below, in no particular order, are this year’s finalists:

  • Anele Vezi
  • Bebe Donnolly
  • Christian Botha
  • Darren Myburgh
  • Jan de Wet & Jeanne Scholtz
  • Katlego Tshuma
  • Mimi Roberts
  • Ngwako Matloha
  • Sipho Twala
  • Siviwe Jali
  • Thando Nxelewa

The overall winner will be announced at Constitution Hill after the finalists attend a mentorship event in November 2020, where leading designers will share their tips, skills and insights.

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