STOP TO SPOT THESE TRENDS ON THE RISE (AND FALL)
Wallpaper and handpainted surface decoration
The Kassena Server by Dokter and Misses is a great example – painted by hand by designer Katy Taplin, in the tradition of the Kassena people of Ghana and Burkino Faso where the women paint their own huts. Designers such as Atang Tshikare and Nicole Levenberg are on our radar.
Overscaled weaving, with grass, plastic, wire…
A mix of contemporary lines and production methods juxtaposed with age-old weaving techniques. Porky Hefer’s Fallen Bird’s Nest for Southern Guild was a runaway success at Design Miami/Basel, while Mali designer Cheick Diallo’s seating made from fishing nets is awe-inspiring. Fellow Design Network Africa member Gone Rural, in Swaziland, has taken weaved homeware to a new level.
African textiles such as Kuba, Yoruba and mud cloth are big. They have such rich, historical associations.The Yoruba women of Nigeria create their Adire indigo-dyed cloth through techniques that have been developed over hundreds of years, while the DRC’s prestige Kuba textiles are dyed with twool, a red substance obtained from tropical trees believed to have magical, protective properties.
African retro graphics and African-inspired jewellery The popularity of Pichulik’s bold necklaces says it all. Givenchy’s mosaic-print jersey dress and the geometric pattern on one of Burberry’s latest Prorsum bags has us convinced that designers are tapping into our continent for inspiration.
Knock-offs Originality will always remain king.The cheaper version of an original design may seem like a bargain, but it’s bound to deteriorate fast. We support authentic originals!
Mass-market items Who wants to walk around in the same top as everyone else? We’re all for custom-made pieces.That’s why the Watershed at the V&A Waterfront has us excited.
Beige There’s a world of colour out there, and this is definitely the season to flaunt it – in your home décor and in your wardrobe. Bye bye, boring beige.
Guarding your ideas The spirit of collaborating with like-minded creatives is the way forward.That’s how design hubs like Maboneng in Jozi and Woodstock in Cape Town are formed.