TREND­ING…

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - AGENDA -

IN DE­SIGN AND ART

Ab­stract is back and African art is big at in­ter­na­tional fairs and auc­tions. Lo­cal names to look out for are Serge Alain Nitegeka and Zan­der Blom. De­sign-wise, colour and pat­tern are huge (or dark, moody colours with acid high­lights), as is mixed me­dia – think steel com­bined with weav­ing. Mid-cen­tury is a word on every­one’s lips, and de­sign­ers are grav­i­tat­ing to artists such as Pi­casso for in­spi­ra­tion in their prod­ucts. One­off pieces are in de­mand, whether con­tem­po­rary or vin­tage, as peo­ple seek work with prove­nance, which speaks of the de­signer’s own iden­tity.There are ma­jor things hap­pen­ing in sur­face de­sign and we’re watch­ing the new style emerg­ing from peo­ple like Atang Tshikare and Re­nee Ros­souw. 3D print­ing is also start­ing to make its mark in South African de­sign.

IN­SPIR­ING AR­TI­SANS AND DE­SIGN­ERS

We can’t get enough of Dok­ter and Misses – such a strato­spheric de­sign brand with in­cred­i­bly re­solved prod­ucts. Vo­gel has the per­fect mix of one-off and com­mer­cial items, so that every­one’s spoilt for choice. Look out for work by Jus­tine Ma­hony, Beth Diane Arm­strong and jew­ellery de­signer Kather­ine-Mary Pichu­lik – three women mak­ing waves on the scene.

BE­SPOKE ITEMS OR EX­QUIS­ITE BOOKS

Robert Sherwood in Cape Town’s Bree Street and Sta­ble, a few blocks down in Loop, are two places to search for be­spoke items.The for­mer ex­cels in the quirk fac­tor; the lat­ter is the per­fect place for great South African prod­ucts by young de­sign­ers. Gen­er­a­tion in Jo’burg’s Hyde Park is another spot filled with great finds we love.

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