Cape Town’s annual 2015 Design Indaba Expo is currently underway, and a perusal of the artisans has left me totally enthralled and rather envious that I won’t be there in person.
The Expo is the largest of its kind in the world and has attracted 40 speakers and 2,500 delegates. It’s set to transport visitors into an arena of extraordinary design and exquisite artistry.
In the mix is a melting pot of talented creative minds from around the globe with everything from furniture to fashion featured. Described as South Africa’s ‘premier showcase of high-end design’ the Expo is a must see for those in the design trade and attracts buyers and creative spirits from around the world.
The expo also enables local creative geniuses to get their wares on the global stage. The Expo provides a ‘commercial platform for South African designers to showcase local goods and services to the world market through influential international buyers’.
‘By attracting the world’s brightest talent, Design Indaba has become a respected institution on the creative landscape’ says its publicity blurb. It’s also one of the few ‘multi-sectoral events’ that embraces all the creative sectors. These include graphic design, advertising, film, music, fashion design, industrial design, architecture, craft, visual art, new media, publishing, broadcasting and performing arts.
Cape Town furniture designer, Pierre Cronje will again showcase his seamless designs. Made from quality timbers sourced locally and abroad his timeless, custom made pieces are much sought after and internationally recognised.
I also managed a quick peek at Carole Nevin Designs featuring a large range of hand printed textiles. She set up shop in 1993 by training a group of women from the Masiphumelele community near Cape Town to print vibrant African themed designs on fabric. What started out as designs on tablecloths and place mats has grown to a point where the company now supplies the décor industry with textiles for furniture, cushion covers and upholstery.
Have a look at the Indaba site and salivate! www.designindaba.com
Photos courtesy of www.designindaba.com
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