Designs ac­claimed across all dis­ci­plines

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - ARTS - Abhinanda Datta

LEAD­ERS of South African de­sign were hon­oured last night at the fifth an­nual De­sign Foun­da­tion Awards, dur­ing a cer­e­mony held in Cape Town.

Trevyn McGowan, chief executive of The Guild Group and De­sign Foun­da­tion Board Mem­ber, told Week­end Ar­gus the cal­i­bre of win­ners was a tes­ta­ment to the great qual­ity of de­sign com­ing out of South Africa.

“The win­ners are all at the top of their fields and their work is able to com­pete with the best in the world,” he said.

The De­sign Foun­da­tion

Board asked a panel of judges to sub­mit nom­i­na­tions for the seven cat­e­gories. The panel in­cluded past win­ners of the awards, as well as

‘It makes us re­alise how much we’ve got to choose from’

Cathy O’Clery of Plat­form Creative Agency, cu­ra­tor and in­te­rior de­signer Tracy Lynch, Ti­aan Nagel of House and Leisure, Su­mien Brink and An­nemarie Mein­jies of Visi, and Leigh Robert­son and Ntombenhle Shezi of Elle Dec­o­ra­tion, as well as nom­i­na­tions from ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions for the Ap­pren­tice Award.

“The nom­i­na­tions re­ceived this year opened up a whole new scope for the De­sign Foun­da­tion. They were var­ied and di­verse and we ap­pre­ci­ated our nom­i­na­tion panel putting much thought into spread­ing the pool of nom­i­na­tions across all our dis­ci­plines – from fur­ni­ture, light­ing and dec­o­ra­tive ob­jects to in­dus­trial de­sign, sur­face and tex­tile de­sign and craft.

“It’s an award process that is ex­cit­ing be­cause it’s al­ways in­ter­est­ing to see the nom­i­na­tions come through and then de­bate and dis­cuss the win­ners. It makes us re­alise how much we’ve got to choose from in our tal­ented coun­try,” McGowan said.

The seven awards were spon­sored by var­i­ous com­pa­nies. Abi­gail Rands, marketing director of Krone, spon­sored the pres­ti­gious Icon Award, won by Gre­gor Jenkin.

This win marks the sec­ond Icon Award for Jenkin, who was also the re­cip­i­ent in 2012. This South African vet­eran has bod­ies of work wor­thy of im­mense praise, in­clud­ing a solo show cur­rently run­ning at South­ern Guild, fea­tur­ing over 20 mon­u­men­tal pieces.

Robin Sprong Wall­pa­per won the Maker to Mar­ket Award that cel­e­brates a de­sign com­pany that un­der­stands the value of marketing, con­sumer in­ter­ac­tion, pack­ag­ing and de­liv­ery.

Other win­ners in­cluded Thabisa Mjo, founder of Mash T De­sign, who won the Fu­ture Found Award, hav­ing al­ready achieved ex­cel­lence with lim­ited re­sources in her light­ing and fur­ni­ture de­sign com­pany. She re­ceived a year of free le­gal con­sul­ta­tions from in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty lawyers Von Sei­dels.

Third year in­dus­trial de­sign stu­dent at Univer­sity of Jo­han­nes­burg, Kei­tumetse Maake, re­ceived the Ap­pren­tice Award, af­ford­ing her a 12-month in­tern­ship with ac­claimed fur­ni­ture de­signer and maker David Kry­nauw, a past De­sign Foun­da­tion Award win­ner.

The Man­u­fac­ture Award, spon­sored by Bronze Age, was won by Ng­wenya Glass, for go­ing be­yond ex­pec­ta­tion to aid de­sign­ers in re­al­is­ing their prod­ucts, while the Ob­ject That Moves Award, for an orig­i­nal prod­uct that has ex­pe­ri­enced great com­mer­cial suc­cess, went to Adam Hoets of Wil­low-lamp, who will re­ceive free ex­hi­bi­tion space from spon­sors 100% De­sign South Africa in 2018.

Spon­sored by AfriSign, The De­sign With Pur­pose Award, recog­nis­ing so­cially re­spon­si­ble work with a fo­cus on de­sign, went to So­larTur­tle, a so­cial business that de­ploys ul­tra-se­cure en­ergy kiosks at ru­ral schools to pro­vide ba­sic elec­tri­fi­ca­tion needs.

Or­gan­iser Tracy Lynn

Che­maly said this was the most an­tic­i­pated award cer­e­mony for the greater de­sign in­dus­try, and it is al­ways a plea­sure for her to con­trib­ute to this night of celebrating tal­ent, hard work and in­no­va­tion.

De­sign­ers dis­play their cre­ativ­ity through designs that make a dif­fer­ence.

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