Design Indaba’s Most Beautiful Object in South Africa 2019 Nominees Announced

Each year, Design Indaba selects prominent members of the industry to put forward their nominations for an object which they feel encompass the pillars of beautiful, innovative, uplifting and functional design. The objects that are nominated range from fashion to furniture and the interactive selection process allows the public to vote for their favourite object. The winner is announced at the Design Indaba conference, taking place from the 27th of February to 1 March 2019.

We want the public to decide what they think constitutes a “beautiful object” – and it’s not just about what something looks like, it’s also about smart functionality, or a design’s ability to enhance the quality of life for its user or effect change. In the selection process itself we want to foster a sense of appreciation, accessibility and engagement, explains Design Indaba Festival organiser Beverley Cupido.

This year will be the 12th since the initiative was started and in the spirit of celebrating the vast amount of diversity in the design landscape, there are 10 nominees this year which will be showcased at the conference, giving the public the opportunity to really engage up-close.

Here are the impressive contenders for 2019: 

African Bridal Dress by Mzukisi Mbane, nominated by TV presenter Bonnie Mbuli
Nenzima Desk by Mpho Vakier – nominated by interior designer Donald Nxumalo
Stellar Scintillation by artist Chris Soal – nominated by Kaya FM Radio Presenter
Bridget Masinga
Sounds of Sibikwa by artist Usha Seejarim – nominated by Market Theatre
Foundation CEO Ismail Mahomed
Copper and Glass Kettle by Ebert Otto – nominated by Sumien Brink, Editor in Chief
of Visi Magazine
River Love Sofa by Heino Schmitt Design – nominated by television personality
Zuraida Jardine

Okapi x Capsule – Yemasa by OKAPI – nominated by style guru
Felipe Mazibuko.

Cancer Dojo App by Conn Bertish, nominated by Tabatha King from King James Group

Interdependence II by Houtlander, nominated by local entrepreneur Nandi Dlepu

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