100% Design South Africa is a feast for aesthetes – those who love art and design. Touted as one of the largest curated exhibitions of its kind on the continent, the event, which takes place at Gallagher Estate, showcases innovative and contemporary design from all over the world.
“Visitors to this year’s 100% Design South Africa can expect no less than wall-to-wall proof of the artistic and aesthetic genius of their fellow South Africans – the sort of genius that’s helped make our country as gorgeous as it is,” says Programme Director, Cathy O’Clery.
New to 2017’s showcase is the Fabric and Wallpaper Gallery where a selection of highly-rated international and local fabrics from sixteen pioneering fabric houses will be displayed, as well as a multisensory exhibition experience called The Light Tank. Johannesburg-based designer Gregor Jenkin has been revealed as this year’s Featured Designer, following on from Dokter and Misses in 2016. Known for his frequent collaborations with iconic artist William Kentridge, Gregor’s presentation of modern furniture and product design is expected to be a highlight.
On the whole, 2017’s programme stretches across bespoke textiles, architecture, furniture and product design. These are the 8 exhibitors we’re excited to see:
Ashlee Ainsley Lloyd
Cape Town-based Ashlee Ainsley Lloyd uses textiles, yarns, raffia, natural cane and metals to create her industrial designs. Each of her pieces is inspired by complex forms found in nature and handcrafted with the intention to evoke a sensory and emotional experience. About her Molecular Chandelier pictured below, she told Homemaker’s online that she wanted “to create a floating, primitive and virtually conscious formation whose textured shape is reminiscent of ravines and abysses found in dramatic natural earth formations that are present on this beautiful continent”. See Ashlee’s portfolio.
Dokter and Misses
Established in 2007 in Johannesburg by industrial designer Adriaan Hugo and graphic designer Katy Taplin, Dokter and Misses has now developed into a multi-disciplinary product design company. Their hand-painted pieces are characterised by a modernist style embodying strong lines and bold colours and have been exhibited in Basel, New York, Miami and London. Take a look.
Based in South Africa and now Europe, Durban-born Clint Friedman creates furniture and product designs informed by the Japanese philosophy Wabi Sabi, which celebrates and honours imperfection. His sharp, graphic and simple aesthetic involves taking his signature botanical images and applying them to garments, homeware and lifestyle accessories turning them into functional art. View his product range.
Bbellamy & Bbellamy
Artist, scientist and designer David Bellamy is the founder of this textile studio and curated fabric shop based in Muizenberg, Cape Town. All David’s fabrics are hand or block-painted using soluble, low-toxicity inks on biodegradable clothes that don’t generate ocean or landfill waste. “We should be making everything last for as long as possible, every object should have nine lives, so we should always live with old and new things,” he says. See his nature-inspired textile collection.
Young Gauteng spotlights 10, emerging designers whose unique perspectives present the Gauteng of today and who over time will embody the Gauteng of tomorrow. 100% Design South Africa, in association with the Gauteng Tourism Authority, has selected works from designers such as Sakhile Cebekhulu, Sheni Moshabesha, Subusiso Nkosi and Vusani Ravele, to name a few, with the aim of showcasing their unique design flair which is set to shape our creative landscape.
A Love Supreme
Stationery, apparel and interior product brand A Love Supreme describe themselves as “playful and punchy”. Desiring to do something other than working as graphic designers at an agency, husband and wife team Ryan and Leanne Botha launched the brand in 2014 to honour their spirit of adventure and sense of humour. All designs are hand-drawn and transformed into book covers, art prints, gift bags, notebooks and wrapping paper. Peruse their quirky collection.
Kann was founded by Houssam Kanaan and Meghedi Simonian in 2010 when Houssam took over his father’s workshop which had been operating in Lebanon since 1958. Kann Studio then began producing furniture exploring the 1950s mid-century aesthetic and selling it online before opening two showrooms in Paris. Currently, they work with a team of designers, craftsmen, upholsters and painters to create custom-made furniture that has graced editorials in publications such as Elle Decoration, Marie Claire and Ideat. View their bespoke furniture.
100% Design South Africa runs from 9-13 August 2017 at the Gallagher Convention in Johannesburg.