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1Fash­ion de­signer Khu­malo, her­self a for­mer nom­i­nee of the award, picked hus­band-and-wife de­sign duo Dok­ter and Misses for their colour­ful Kassena Town Cabi­nets in­spired by the mud houses of Ghana’s Kassena peo­ple. Khu­malo says by com­bin­ing art, de­sign and func­tion, “Dok­tor and Misses have cre­ated a per­son­al­ity in its own right. In a way, these ob­jects are al­most like cit­i­zens of South Africa them­selves.”

2This book takes the form of a cap­ti­vat­ing photo es­say, doc­u­ment­ing an epic South African road trip. The text and pic­tures are by three of South Africa’s most prom­i­nent young pho­tog­ra­phers: Sipho Mpongo, Wikus de Wet and Sean Metel­erkamp. “We made this nom­i­na­tion be­cause we be­lieve the book delves deep and com­pli­cates the no­tion of what beauty is,” say the De­sign Ind­aba team.

For Ar­chary and Hol­ley, the de­sign of a Pea Wasabi Mousse they shared at this five-star ho­tel’s Five Hun­dred eatery still lingers with them more than one year later. Of her con­coc­tion, Chef Candice Philip says: “Things that peo­ple over­look – for me, that’s where the beauty is. Like they say, you eat with your eyes first.”

4To make her star­burst jacket, Le­sothoborn Makhetha used her na­tive Ba­sotho blan­kets as the pri­mary ma­te­rial. “I have taken the blan­ket and ba­si­cally cre­ated a se­ries of pan­els that al­most make a star shape – hence the name star­burst.” Of her nom­i­na­tion, Gam­bade says: “The jacket is uniquely African. It com­bines her­itage, craft, beau­ti­ful pro­por­tions and func­tion. It is time­less.”

5Young artist Gunn-Salie’s first solo ex­hi­bi­tion, held at the Good­man Gallery last year, “tran­scends the tra­di­tional def­i­ni­tion of what art and de­sign can be”, says Kohn. “Art can be just as pow­er­ful as de­sign and can also solve prob­lems.”

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