Discover the Best of South African Craft and Design at NEXT23

Discover the Best of South African Craft and Design at NEXT23

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Export-worthy creations by South African designers and artisans will be on show as part of NEXT23 at Decorex Cape Town.

The latest in South African design and artisanal mastery will be showcased at NEXT23 during Decorex Cape Town, which takes places at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 22 to 25 June 2023.

The NEXT Trade Exhibition is an annual showcase which aims to highlight local designers and assist international buyers who are sourcing for the global market. The showcase is proudly presented by the Craft and Design Institute (CDI), a South African non-profit with over two decades of success in developing creative people, small businesses, and the craft and design sector at large.

For 2023, there are 24 exhibitors who represent the best of South African craft and design – a balanced blend of well-established and award-winning names, mid-career designers and newcomers. All of the NEXT23 exhibitors have been coached through the CDI’s export development programme, which has supported over 70 businesses since inception. This programme has been running for several years and was initiated and run with the support of the Dutch Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries (CBI).

Modern Gesture will be showing at NEXT23
Modern Gesture

Pieces by all 24 NEXT23 participants will be on display for all four days of Decorex Cape Town, giving visiting buyers – and members of the public the opportunity to view the new and exciting collections and ranges, and engage with the exhibitors themselves.

The list of creatives showing at NEXT23 this year include:

Textiles and fabric

  • Lulasclan
  • A Love Supreme
  • Barrydale Weavers
  • Amelia Jackson Industries
  • Greenie
  • Cottonberry CC


  • Thabo Makhetha Designs
  • Chimpel
  • Massella Shoes
  • Mors Design
  • Knot Again


  • Woza Moya
  • The Herd
  • Lashongwe Designers
  • Kioni Goods


  • Macassar Pottery
  • Lungijoe Ceramics
  • Zizamele Ceramics

Objets d’art

  • Head On Design
  • Clareb Designs
  • Unique Driftwood Creations

Furniture and lighting

  • Minima
  • Modern Gesture
  • Feeling Africa

Decorex Cape Town runs from 22 to 25 June 2023 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). For more information and tickets, visit Decorex100% Design Africa and Design Joburg

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