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Call For Entries: Design Indaba Exhibition on African Design



The Design Indaba Expo, the largest exhibition of design on the African continent, is a global commercial platform where designers from all sectors gather to market their products and services to local and international buyers. Next year (2014), a ground breaking exhibition of African design and innovation to be held at the Expo, and Design Indaba is inviting designers and innovators from across Africa to participate in it.


This is the first year that the expo is looking beyond the borders of South Africa to showcase work from other African countries as well, and it’s an opportunity to be a part of a major exhibition, which will form the focus of the Design Indaba Expo. The project will showcase African ingenuity in finding solutions to its own problems, using local materials wherever possible. The exhibition will function as a survey of emerging, established and unexpected talent spanning the entire continent.


To select the entrants who will take part in the exhibition, the expo team has tapped into their network of international design leaders to act as advisors. The curator panel consists of practicing designers, retailers and journalists who are at the cutting edge of the design world. They are interested in any field of design that is making strides in Africa and affecting the way people live, with a particular focus on solutions tailor made to conditions in Africa.


There is an extensive list of relevant sectors, including architecture, urban planning, fashion, visual arts, photography, furniture and décor, graphic design, and film. In all the fields, the same selection criteria apply, most notably the fact that anyone can enter – emerging and established creatives. Other factors that will be considered are as follows:


  • The panel is looking for designs, products, objects, inventions and ideas that break with tradition and represent a fresh direction and new mode of expression.
  • There is a predominant interest in design by Africans, for Africans, about developments taking place in Africa. Thus, African-born designers or designers residing in Africa will be given preference, although work by anyone focused on delivering solutions to African environments will be considered.
  • As long as there are sketches or solid research, the work does not have to be finished.
  • Physical examples of the work will need to be available for display at the Design Indaba Expo 2014, except in the case of architecture, urban planning and some industrial developments, where photographs and scale models are acceptable.


The deadline for submissions is Friday 29 November 2013, and entrants will be notified in January 2014 whether their work has been accepted.


The Expo will be held in Cape Town, from 28 February – 2 March 2014. You can enter by filling out the online application form, here.


Visit the Design Indaba website for more information:




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