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MANINI RAMPOLA

- san­lamhmc.co.za Belarus · Iceland · Austria

IN­TE­RIOR DE­SIGNER

I’d like to con­sider my­self a prod­uct and in­te­rior de­signer. I de­sign fur­ni­ture that we make lo­cally. I be­lieve in crafts­man­ship, so in essence I’m a crafter of be­spoke fur­ni­ture pieces.

The ear­rings I de­signed were an ex­cit­ing chal­lenge and it took me a while to fig­ure out what de­sign to go with. They were in­spired by a need for some­thing dif­fer­ent in SA. Hand­made craft is be­com­ing an im­por­tant part of our be­ing. It’s im­por­tant for me be­cause it means I get to ex­press my cre­ativ­ity and ideas through craft.

We got in­volved in this year’s fair be­cause I felt this was the right time to ex­pose our tal­ents. I met Cas­san­dra Twala at last year’s 100% De­sign and we talked about cu­rat­ing the space. She be­lieved in me and the rest, as they say, is his­tory.

The fair is an in­te­gral part of one’s ca­reer. I launched my fur­ni­ture range there in 2014 and it’s crazy that a cou­ple of years later I am cu­rat­ing a space. It gives cre­atives an op­por­tu­nity to ex­press them­selves and meet with po­ten­tial clients.

The fair this year is about go­ing back to mak­ing. I am look­ing for­ward to see­ing what the ven­dors of­fer in in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the theme. All the ven­dors were care­fully selected to of­fer some­thing dif­fer­ent and unique.

I go back to the fair ev­ery year be­cause of the cre­ativ­ity, the en­ergy and the vibe. NOTHEMBA MKHONDO

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