‘I WANT MY DAUGH­TER TO know and un­der­stand WHAT IT MEANS TO work hard TOWARDS YOUR DREAMS.'

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MANINI RAMPOLA THE PROD­UCT DE­SIGNER

Start­ing out in the fash­ion world in the early 2000s, de­signer and en­tre­pre­neur Manini Rampola was soon faced with the un­wel­com­ing re­al­ity of the in­dus­try, re­sult­ing in her leav­ing it al­to­gether. She turned to in­te­ri­ors as a form of es­cape and this, com­bined with her in­ter­est in mar­ket­ing, led her to a new life path in the form of prod­uct de­sign. ‘I’ve al­ways been cre­ative and wanted a way to ex­press that,’ Manini says. ‘De­sign­ing con­tem­po­rary fur­ni­ture made sense, and I use my mar­ket­ing knowl­edge to sell and create brand aware­ness.’

Manini has two ba­bies in her life that are clos­est to her heart: her first, De­tail’24, is her seven-year-old retro-meets-Scandi de­sign stu­dio that has re­cently ex­panded into an on­line shop to broaden her brand’s reach; her sec­ond is her daugh­ter Kananelo, to whom she gave birth last year and who has given Manini a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive and ex­tra drive… not that she needs it. See her new range at this year’s 100% De­sign South Africa in Joburg.

I’d love to work with lo­cal in­te­rior de­signer Noks Dlamini-Nx­u­malo of Hush In­te­ri­ors. de­tailtwen­ty­four.co.za Dis­cover Manini’s top five In­sta­gram ac­counts to fol­low at house­an­dleisure.co.za.

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