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Design Indaba: Take a shine to five of the freshest new faces


Design Indaba: Take a shine to five of the freshest new faces

Emerging creative talents to watch at this year’s expo

Nothemba Mkhondo

Design Indaba, Africa’s top creative conference, has drawn creative minds from across the world since 1995. The annual show, centred around creating “a better world through creativity,” begins on Wednesday in Cape Town.
The Emerging Creatives programme, which supports, educates and mentors SA’s future designers, is always a must see. These are the up and coming creatives not to miss at this year’s conference:
Zinhle Zulu – illustrator
Zulu’s comic book-esque illustrations feature brightly coloured African inspired characters and stories. “Illustration as a medium has so many possibilities of preserving culture through the colours, textures, variations and the different things that symbolise parts of our cultures,” says Zulu.
Madri Scherman – leather accessories designer, Masch
Scherman’s brand, Masch, produces leather accessories, including bags, visors, bow ties and wallets. With her background in molecular science, Scherman started Masch to create everyday luxury pieces that are timeless, ageless, and environmentally conscious.
Taz Watson – jewellery designer, Kirra Jewellery Watson is the founder of Kirra Jewellery, which makes one-of-a-kind pieces created with hand selected gemstones. Everything is sustainable and African, from sourcing to manufacturing and packaging.
Simphiwe Mlambo – interior designer
Afrofuturist-inspired bespoke objects are what you can expect from the Durban-based interior designer. “I am constantly inspired by my surroundings and heritage and constantly looking for a way to communicate these ideas in a modern context through elegant forms and finishes,” says Mlambo.
Kara Schoeman – furniture and homeware designer, Kara Artistics
Schoeman creates functional aluminium art. With a BA in fine art, her work gives everyday décor items an art twist with pieces such as her decorative aluminium bowls inspired by the textures and patterns of coral and leaves.
• The Design Indaba will take place from Wednesday to March 1 at the Artscape Theatre. Tickets for the Cape Town conference and Johannesburg simulcast are available at Webtickets.

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