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Empowering Women in Design: Celebrating South Africa’s Creative Mavens during Women’s Month

Throughout history, women have consistently pushed boundaries and left an indelible mark on the world of design. From visionary interior designers to groundbreaking architects, women have defied expectations and shattered glass ceilings. Their passion, skill, and unwavering determination have propelled the local design industry to new heights, inspiring generations to come.

A formidable force

Women in design are a formidable force, showcasing their unparalleled creativity and achievements. And what better time to honour their ingenuity than during Women’s Month, which includes the significant National Women’s Day on 9 August? This perfect alignment allows us to pay tribute to the remarkable contributions of these visionary women. Coinciding with Women’s Month, other leading decor and design events will take place. Namely, Decorex Joburg, 100% Design Africa and Design Joburg. This will take place from 3 to 6 August 2023. It will feature a host of powerful female designers who take the local industry to the next level.

Women’s Month applauds the extraordinary roles women play in all spheres of South African society. The honour of hosting their shows during this significant time is an added opportunity to celebrate the extraordinary women of our design industry. These women will be putting on a vibrant display of creativity and talent at the events. The will take place along a host of other exhibitors.

This will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre. It will be brought to you by Samsung, Plascon, Sanlam Private Wealth and Lexus. These collocated shows boast the creative expertise of female creative directors, interior designers, milliners, architects, artists and more.

With their innovative ideas and boundary-pushing designs, these powerful women are propelling the local industry to new heights. By attending these events, you’ll have the opportunity to witness their brilliance firsthand and be inspired by their trailblazing work.

Interior designers

Exhibiting at Decorex Joburg, Tshegofatso Mochubi is the owner and designer behind Fatso Interiors. It is an emerging quality-oriented interior decor brand inspired by Mochubi’s combined love of fashion and art.

Bespoke home designer Kristin Hulda will be at 100% Design Africa to demonstrate how you can transform your space. This will include adding custom design elements that inspire and feed your soul. Distinguished Living which an interior design brand ia headed up by Boitsheko Ganyane. This will be creating a ‘Room Set’ that shows off her creative prowess.

The matri-architects

Matri-Archi(tecture), is an association of architects, artists, planners, scholars and thinkers. They work to bring African women together for the development of spatial education in African cities. They will be presenting their work on the development of the future of the African built environment. This will take place at theirt 100% Design Africa stand. 

Award-winning product design

In the first place, Ronel Jordaan, is a veritable doyenne of local design and is a multiple-award-winning textile designer. Her hand-felted decor pieces and accessories, were produced as part of a job-creation project. They are being exported all over the world. You’ll find them, and her, at 100% Design Africa.

Empowering Women in Design Ronel Jordaan

The hot young designer

Exhibiting as part of the Clout/SA stand at 100% Design Africa is promising newcomer  Nindya Bucktowar, one half of Durban-based bespoke ceramic studio Kalki Ceramics. In October 2022, she and her partner Nikhil Tricam were announced winners of the annual Nando’s Hot Young Designer Talent Search for their ‘Cactus’ server. 

Also, the winning piece, which will be displayed at the show, turned to South African flora and desert landscapes for inspiration: ‘The colours that we develop at Kalki Ceramics are often inspired by our experiences of nature … a hike in nature, the dense forest and the colours that exist there,’ said Bucktowar. 

Female thought leaders in the Future of Design Studio

Future of Design is an exciting fusion of physical and digital exhibits, interactive workshops, live demonstrations and presentations by South Africa’s top design authorities, who will be speaking about current and future issues facing the design industry. 

In addition, expect insightful talks from Hannerie Visser, the owner and creative director of food-focused design and brand consultancy Studio H; Tracy Lee Lynch, the designer behind Studio Lee Lynch and creative director of Clout/SA; and Georgia Black, the founder of micro-festival producers Littlegig.

Sustainable chairs designed by women 

Decorex Africa challenged local designers to create a signature chair that incorporates the five Rs — reduce, reuse, recycle, repurpose and refuse — to be showcased at the central restaurant area of both Decorex Cape Town, which took place in June, and Decorex Joburg in August. 

Garnering an astounding response from renowned local designers, the display includes creations from the likes of Andrea Kleinloog of Hesse Kleinloog, Sanri Pienaar, Hannerie Visser and more. Keep an eye out for unconventional surprises from visionary designers like maverick milliner Crystal Birch.

Andrea Kleinloog

Where art meets design

As a matter of fact, Candice Berman’s eponymous gallery in Sandton, Johannesburg, has grown to be one of the leading contemporary art destinations in the country since its inception in 2013. 

Also, visit the Candice Berman Gallery at Design Joburg for the Where Art Meets Design exhibition featuring works by leading South African contemporary artists, including Robert Hodgins, Sam Nhlengethwa, Nkosinathi Thomas Ngulube, Zolile Phetshane and John Vusi Mfupi.

Then, join us in this celebration of women’s creativity, as we embrace the unique perspectives and transformative influence they bring to the world of design. Don’t miss the chance to be part of this extraordinary gathering of talented individuals and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Decorex Joburg, 100% Design Africa, and Design Joburg.

Finally, mark your calendars for these remarkable events and get ready to be captivated by the unstoppable force of women in design.

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