Ris­ing de­signer Si­fiso Shange shares his favourites

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Ilove to tell sto­ries through de­sign,” says Si­fiso Shange, who trained as an in­te­rior de­signer, and has his own range of con­cep­tual sneak­ers. Now un­der the men­tor­ship of Eu­ge­nie Drakes of the De­sign Foun­da­tion, he’s de­vel­oped a range of fur­ni­ture, Afri Mod­ern, in­spired by his Zulu cul­ture.

Dur­ing the day Si­fiso is an in­te­rior de­signer, and at night he’s hard at work on Afri Mod­ern, even giv­ing each piece he de­signs a fu­ture launch date. “I’ve dated some pieces 2030 and beyond.”

Si­fiso is a reg­u­lar at Mel­rose Arch, Jo’burg, so that’s where you’ll usu­ally find him, sketch pad and pen in hand. On the week­ends, he bal­ances his time be­tween build­ing his brand and spend­ing time with friends, and in­dulging in his other pas­sion, mu­sic.

SOURCES Dladla Mshun­qisi


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1 THE MUHLE MUHLE SIDE­BOARD This is my favourite de­sign from my range.2 THE MU­SIC OF DLADLA MSHUN­QISI I’m pas­sion­ate about the Dur­ban Gqom genre, an in­ten­si­fied elec­tric drum ver­sion of kwaito.3 DUR­BAN My lo­cal travel des­ti­na­tion of choice. It’s where I’m from and where my story – and the story of Afri Mod­ern – all be­gan.4 KAT DE­WAR JEW­ELLERY I love the con­cept of tak­ing nat­u­ral ob­jects and turn­ing them into some­thing new.5 SHOE DOG BY PHIL KNIGHT (Si­mon & Schus­ter). I’m cur­rently read­ing this mem­oir of the cre­ator of NIKE. I’m a die-hard fan of the brand so the book is in­spir­ing.6 MON­TALE PARIS BLACK AOUD is a ‘banger’ of a scent, I wear it al­most ev­ery day.7 HOLMES BROTH­ERS This cloth­ing and re­tail brand from Dur­ban is a beau­ti­ful re­flec­tion of the city and South Africa’s di­verse ur­ban cul­ture.

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