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.”