Designs acclaimed across all disciplines
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.