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Design Indaba 2014 | Who to follow on Twitter and Instagram



The Design Indaba will soon be upon us so we’ve decided to put together a list of some interesting people we think you should follow on Twitter and Instagram for an inside look into the Indaba.




The organizers of the Design Indaba have various ways to help you stay in the loop about what’s happening.


Twitter: @DesignIndaba@DI_Expo@DIFilmFest



Search for these hashtags – #DesignIndaba, #DesignIndabaExpo & #DesignIndaba2014




Design Indaba Expo 2014

Design Indaba Expo 2014


Design Indaba Expo opens for buyers on Thursday the 27th and to the public on Friday the 28th. It runs until Sunday the 2nd of March. The event sees more than 35 000 people through the doors each year, and the floor is packed with Emerging Creatives, designers and makers. We visited a few studios in Cape Town and Joburg in preparation for the expo. Here’s who to follow for more behind the scenes.


Cape Town Fashion Council





As the representative of over 900 members including local fashion brands and industry stakeholders within the clothing and textile industry, the Cape Town Fashion Council aims to get national and global recognition for the Western Cape’s fashion design sector. The council will showcase the work of 40 local designers in 20 shows over the 3 days.



Daniel Charny




Together with designer and Conference 2014 speaker Thomas Heatherwick, UK curator Daniel Charny will launch the British Council’s ConnectZA Maker Library in South Africa at the Design Indaba Expo – Saturday March 1st at 10:30am. Working across cultural, education and commercial environments, Charny is recognised for his distinctive combination of strategic and creative thinking. Charny works closely with the Design Museum London as Content and Interpretation consultant. He has lectured in design in higher education for 20 years, including as Senior Tutor at the Royal College of Art in London. He is currently Professor of Design at Kingston University. His latest exhibition for the Victoria and Albert Museum, Power of Making, was a critical and popular success, becoming the most visited free exhibition ever staged at the V&A. Most recently he has cofounded Fixperts, a creative social project.




Vukile Batyi


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Vukile Batyi is a Durban based graphic and product designer who makes interesting one-of-a-kind beaded clocks, watches and iPhone covers. He will also be exhibiting his work at this year’s Indaba as part of the Emerging Creatives section.








Lazuli is a locally produced ladies clothing, art and lifestyle label, specializing in silk, organic cotton and lace. They will be one of the exhibitors at this year’s Indaba.








Anomali Jewelry is a Stellenbosch based jewelry company founded by Marlette Strauss and Moniek van Zyl, jewelry design graduates from Stellenbosch University in 2010. The duo makes handcrafted and unique designs using contemporary and unusual materials.




Studio 19




Studio 19 is multidisciplinary design company, focusing on furnishings, bespoke details and lighting started by Mia Widlake. The Studio is based in Johannesburg. They’ll be showcasing a dining and side table adaptation of the Y table, as well as the new Butler Lamp, Constellation Lamp and Butler seating system in brass and oak as one of the exhibitors at this year’s Design Indaba.


Ed Suter




Photographer Ed Suter has been turning his quirky, distinctly South African images into placemats and coasters since 2008. Suter has recently created new placemat and coaster designs to be sold in selected Woolworths stores and in 2012 he designed a range of products called “Good Times” for Mr Price Home. In 2012 Quivertree Publications published Sharp Sharp, a book of Suter’s photographs looking at great style on the streets of South Africa. At Design Indaba 2014 he will be showcasing his new placemat and coaster range, as well as new cushion covers and custom-printed storage crates.








Thingking is a “designing and making” consultancy, established by Lyall Sprong and Marc Nicolson, interested in creating unique experiences, and geared at electronic integration. This year, they collaborate to launch the British Council’s ConnectZA Maker Library Network.



Sobeit Studio

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Find Sobeit Studio in a beautiful Art Deco building at the foot of a majestic mountain in the gorgeous seaside village of Muizenberg, dreamily, sometimes feverishly, designing and creating pieces of tomorrow. The studio’s desire: to make the ordinary obsolete.




Renee Rossouw Studio


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Renée Rossouw is a graphic-orientated, colour-fixated architect-designer obsessed with comics, colour, patterns and everyday objects. Her work explores 3D graphic dialogues between objects and she is fascinated by the relationship between the user and his/her interaction with it. Rossouw describes her design work as falling into the category of art-meets-design.





Find the full list of exhibitors here.




 Ozwald Boateng




Ozwald Boateng is a world renowned menswear designer. He is known for his classic tailoring and bespoke style. Boateng is on the advisory panel for the Africa is Now exhibition at Design Indaba Expo 2014.




Tom Dixon OBE


photo credit: Sophia Evans for the Observer

photo credit: Sophia Evans for the Observer


Tom Dixon, OBE is a Tunisian born, English product designer. Some of his earlier work can be seen in museums across the world from the Victoria & Albert Museum to museums in New York, Boston, Paris and Tokyo. Architektur and Wohnen magazine recognised him as Designer of the Year 2008. Tom will is one of the curators on the on the advisory panel for the Africa is Now exhibition.




Jackie Burger


Photo: Elle SA

Photo: Elle SA


Jackie Burger is the Editor of ELLE magazine South Africa, she has previously been the brand manager at Foschini, associate fashion editor of Fair Lady and acted as a brand consultant for Lever Ponds. She will be a speaker as well as a curator at the 2014 Design Indaba.




Ayse Birsel & Bibi Seck




Product designers who work with Herman Miller, Hewlett Packard, Target, and Renault, to solve problems and bring innovative solutions to market. Ayse Birsel grew up in Izmir, Turkey. In 1989 she received a Fulbright Scholarship to complete her Master’s Degree at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. Bibi Seck is a Paris born industrial designer who received his Master’s degree in industrial design in 1990 from ESDI, Paris. The duo are both on the advisory panel for the Africa is Now exhibition at Design Indaba Expo 2014.


@AyseBirselSeck & @bibiseck




Design Indaba Conference 2014

Design Indaba Conference 2014


Clive Wilkinson




South African born Clive Wilkinson is a Los Angeles based architect, designer and strategist whose architectural firm lists Google, JWT (New York), Twentieth Century Fox, Disney, Ogilvy & Mather (New York) and BBDO France as clients. Clive will be one of the speakers on the second day of the conference.




Lauren Beukes


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Lauren Beukes is the award winning author of Moxyland, Zoo City and The Shining Girls. Lauren doesn’t only write novels but also writes comics, tv shows, screen plays and works in journalism. She will be the last speaker on the second day of the conference.




Chris Gotz




Chief Creative Officer at Ogilvy & Mather Cape Town, Chris Gotz began his career at JWT in Cape Town, before moving on to Hunt Lascaris AMC in Johannesburg. He won his first Loerie Grand Prix for launching YFM, South Africa’s first black youth radio station, at the same time upsetting an awful lot of people by sending them a petrol bomb in the mail (as part of the campaign). In 2000 he moved down to Ogilvy & Mather Cape Town, where he’s been ever since, working on campaigns for Volkswagen, SAB, Mondelez, Audi and many others.




Stefan Sagmeister




Stefan Sagmeister formed the New York-based Sagmeister Inc in 1993 and has since designed for clients as diverse as the Rolling Stones, HBO, and the Guggenheim Museum. Having been nominated five times for the Grammies, he finally won one for the Talking Heads boxed set. He has also earned practically every important international design award. A native of Austria, he received his MFA from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and, as a Fulbright Scholar, a Masters from Pratt Institute in New York. In the beginning of 2008 a comprehensive book titled Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far was published by Abrams, and is currently in its third printing. Solo shows on Sagmeister Inc’s work have been mounted in Zurich, Vienna, New York, Berlin, Tokyo, Osaka, Prague, Cologne, Seoul and Miami. He also teaches in the graduate department of the School of Visual Art in New York and lectures extensively on all continents.Every seven years Sagmeister undertakes an experimental year – a year where he freely pursues new design directions and avenues. In September of 2008 he began his second year-long client-free sabbatical, when he conducted design experiments in Indonesia until September 2009. In 2012 multidisciplinary designer Jessica Walsh became a partner in Sagmeister Inc and the design firm was renamed Sagmeister & Walsh Inc.



El Ultimo Grito


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El Ultimo Grito was founded in 1997 by Roberto Feo and Rosario Hurtado. El Ultimo Grito works across media and for a range of international commercial clients and institutions, their work is widely exhibited and is part of the permanent collections at the Victoria & Albert Museum (UK), MoMA, MAD (US) and the Stedelijk Museum (NL). They were awarded the London Design Medal 2012 for their significant contribution to design and London.



Juliana Rotich


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Juliana Rotich is an IT professional who is the co-founder of In 2011 she was named Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year in Africa by the World Economic Forum. Juliana will be speaking at 09:50 on the first day of the conference (26 February 2014)




Dave Hakkens


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Dave Hakkens is a 25 year old designer from the Netherlands. Dave graduated cum laude from the Design Academy Eindhoven and will be speaking at Design Indaba as part of the Pecha Kucha.




Teshia Treuhaft


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Teshia Treuhaft is also part of the speakers who are part of Pecha Kucha at the 2014 Design Indaba. She is an artist and designer and also an MFA candidate at the Rhode Island School of Design in the Department of Furniture Design.




Kyla Philander


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Kyla Philander is a videographer and musician (one half of the Cape Town based Hip Hop duo, Exorsistahs) who feels music and video are strongly linked. “I am a storyteller – and video is the ultimate expression of my stories,” she says. She will be one of the speakers at Design Indaba 2014.




Find the Design Indaba Conference programme here.




Design Indaba Music Circuit 2014

Design Indaba Music Circuit 2014


Mpumelelo Macu


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Photo: Mpumelelo Macu


Mpumelelo Macu is a designer and self-taught photographer and musician going by the Dj name ‘’Mr Moeh 24.’’ As a newcomer to the Dj scene this will be his first time playing at the Design Indaba. He says “If I can move just one person on the dance-floor and change the way they see music, my job is done.”



Nonku Phiri


Photo: © Danielle Clough

Photo: © Danielle Clough


Nonku Phiri is a Cape Town based graphic designer, singer and songwriter who also happens to be the daughter of legendary South African musician Ray Phiri. She describes her music in the following way, “I’d describe myself as an experimental artist I guess. I don’t like boxing myself in or following any formula, so whatever comes out, it’s organically put together based on what I’m experimenting with.” Catch her performing at the Design Indaba 2014.



Card On Spokes




Shane Cooper is a jazz bassist, composer and producer based in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2013 he was selected as the Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz. Having performed with Kesivan & The Lights, Babu and The Restless Natives as a multi-instrumentalist, Cooper writes and performs electronic dance music under the name Card on Spokes.  



Big Space ft il Duce




The many-monikered DJ and Producer Big Space hails from Johannesburg, via Lesotho. Having worked with the likes of Spoek Mathambo, Schlacthofbronx and Scratcha DVA on celebrated releases in Europe and collaborations with 7FT Soundsystem and Jumping Back Slash in South Africa, he is set to release his new EP later this year. Anthea Duce otherwise known as il Duce or Party Bastard hails from the UK but has immersed herself in the South African party scene through numerous projects and events, namely Cold Turkey. As a founding member she began delving into live visuals and projections at her events as a means of experiencing the club circuit in a new way.








Born Smiso Zwane, Okmalumkoolkat aka all black black kat, aka smart mompara aka bhut’yang’chaza aka ikati elimnyama aka The Sjambok Ambu is a “man of many names and many games.” Okmalumkoolkat has gained a cult-like following both in South Africa and abroad as a purveyor of underground cultural cool. The one-of-a-kind artist is a tastemaker and a game changer both sonically and visually



John Wizards




Maputo, Cape Town and Dar es Salaam – the three cities that influenced the musical act John Wizards. These are the places that bandleader and producer John Withers either travelled through or lived in and feels have had a marked influence on his musical output. They also happen to be cities in which Emmanuel Nzaramba, John Wizards’ Rwandan singer has lived too.



Find the full Design Indaba Music Circuit programme here.


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