The Sunday Independent - - METRO -

AS RE­CIP­I­ENTS of best fur­ni­ture de­sign at the re­cent 2018 100% De­sign South Africa, held along­side Decorex in Johannesburg, Cape Town-based de­sign duo Kino made an im­pres­sion on the pub­lic with its strik­ingly min­i­mal pieces.

Hav­ing launched Kino at the show last year as part of the 100% Tal­ent fea­ture, Nico Hen­driksz and An­ton Louw walked away with “Best of 100% Tal­ent”, pro­pel­ling them into a year of pos­i­tive for­ward mo­men­tum.

Cre­ative di­rec­tor of 100% De­sign South Africa Lau­rence Brick be­lieves that the show is in­valu­able in launch­ing brands and prod­ucts.

“Why 100% De­sign South Africa is so ef­fec­tive is it ex­poses de­sign­ers to the right au­di­ence, and vice versa, and fa­cil­i­tates pro­duc­tive re­la­tion­ships within the in­dus­try,” says Brick.

This most re­cent ac­co­lade is proof of the ex­po­nen­tial growth they’ve ex­pe­ri­enced over the last year as a re­sult of be­ing ex­posed to the in­dus­try.

Hen­driksz and Louw started their work­shop do­ing odd man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs and cus­tom pieces.

“It was an im­por­tant time in our ca­reers in that it al­lowed us to hone our skills and de­velop deeper ma­te­rial knowl­edge,” says Louw.

But the projects weren’t re­ward­ing enough in terms of the ex­pres­sion and scope they of­fered. De­sir­ing a project that they could call their own, and that al­lowed them the room to de­velop a range of prod­ucts that ex­pressed their own de­sign iden­tity, they started Kino.

CAPE Town-based de­sign duo.

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