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.