Nominees: Most Beautiful Object in South Africa 2019

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WORDS Lindi Brownell Meiring IMAGES courtesy of Design Indaba


Voting is now open to the public for this year’s Most Beautiful Object in South Africa, an annual Design Indaba event now in its 12th iteration.

Coinciding with the Design Indaba Festival, which runs from 27 February – 1 March 2019, the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa sees 10 local personalities and industry leaders, which this year includes VISI Editor-in-Chief Sumien Brink, choose a design that they believe is deserving of the title of the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa.

“We want the public to decide what they think constitutes a “beautiful object” – and it’s not just about what something looks like, it’s also about smart functionality, or a design’s ability to enhance the quality of life for its user or effect change,” says Design Indaba Festival organiser Beverley Cupido. “In the selection process itself we want to foster a sense of appreciation, accessibility and engagement.”

Below is the full list of the nominees, as well as the nominators:

  • African Bridal Dress by Mzukisi Mbane (nominated by TV presenter Bonnie Mbuli of SABC3’s Afternoon Express)

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  • Cancer Dojo App by Conn Bertish (nominated by Tabatha King from King James Group)

  • Collective Amnesia by author and playwright Koleka Putuma (nominated by Jay Pather from the Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre)

  • Copper & Glass Kettle by Ebert Otto (nominated by Sumien Brink, Editor-in-Chief of VISI)

  • Interdependence 2 by Houtlander (nominated by local entrepreneur Nandi Dlepu)

  • Nenzima Desk by Mpho Vackier (nominated by interior designer Donald Nxumalo)

  • Okapi x Capsule – Yemasa by OKAPI (nominated by style guru Felipe Mazibuko)

  • River Love Sofa by Heino Schmitt Design (nominated by television personality Zuraida Jardine)

  • Sounds of Sibikwa by artist Usha Seejarim (nominated by Market Theatre Foundation CEO Ismail Mahomed)

  • Stellar Scintillation by artist Chris Soal (nominated by Kaya FM Radio Presenter Bridget Masinga)

The public can vote for the design they think deserves the 2019 accolade at conference.designindaba.com/mboisa. The nominated designs will be exhibited at the Design Indaba Festival, as part of the Nightscape event, which is free to the public from 5pm onwards. The winner will be announced at the festival on 1 March.