Peace in a pod as SA talents take on Milan Design Week
The Sacrosanct pod incorporates some of the best works by local designers in a collaborative effort
Six SA designers are showing their work at the Ventura Future exhibit of Milan Design Week in Italy until April 14. Their exhibit, “Sacrosanct”, is displayed alongside other international designers, brands and labels.
Curated and concieved by Thabisa Mjo of Mash T Design Studio, the room-sized Sacrosanct pod invites visitors to fully immerse themselves in the exhibition.
The exhibition incorporates Mjo’s Tutu 2.0 light, which won her the Nando’s Hot Young Talent Search Lighting Design Competition in 2016. It was exhibited at 100% Design SA in Johannesburg and 100% Design in London. The centerpiece of the interior is a server designed by Mjo featuring beaded panels by Qaqambile studio in association with Spier Arts Trust.
Mirrors with woven details by Candice Lawrence of Modern Gestures adorn the walls alongside two carpets by The Ninevites – one mounted on the wall and the other on the floor. The Urbanative’s Mpho Vackier’s Oromo chair, upholstered with fabric by Bonolo Chepape of Lula’s Clan, can also be seen alongside four ceramic vases designed by Laurie Wiid van Heerden of Wiid Design.
The Sacrosanct project is supported by Nando’s. The creative director of the Nando’s Design Programme, Tracy Lee Lynch, said SA designers are being recognised for the quality of their work.
“Often a piece reflects so much more than just one person’s ideas or responses. It’s perhaps why, when works travel from SA, they get the response they get – because they feel like they’re a whole universe in one piece. There’s so much inspiration here that isn’t cookie cutter, that isn’t very safe.”