Introducing Design Indaba’s Emerging Creatives for 2019

Lesego Maloka

Each year Design Indaba, in collaboration with the Department of Arts and Culture, drafts a new crop of South Africa’s budding creative minds to form part of the event’s Emerging Creatives platform. This is an annual opportunity for young designers who might not have much industry exposure to showcase their work, and hit the ground running in their careers.

Here, we meet the creatives who will be exhibiting this year in the category ‘Architecture, Space & Interiors’.

Durban-based creative Thabiso Joyisa has taken on an ambitious task. He wants to build a new School of Architecture at the Durban University of Technology. Passionate about the way architecture and education can change the environment for the better, Joyisa established a student organisation at the university called Level Six.

Another architect who hopes to empower people through his work is Max-Gordon Stoffberg, an architecture graduate pursuing a Master’s of Philosophy in Inclusive Innovation. His work is focused on the social enterprise Question Mark Kaffy, which seeks to empower Cape Flats creatives.

With a similar mission to transform, the next Emerging Creative, Lesego Maloka is the founder and creative director of Pone Creatives. Her company focuses on home furnishings, fabrics and gifting – adding joy to people and places.

Lesego Moloka

Durban-based interior designer Simphiwe Mlambo says he aspires to explore Afrofuturism to create bespoke objects. “I am constantly inspired by my surroundings and heritage and constantly looking for a way to communicate these ideas in a modern context through elegant forms and finishes,” explains Mlambo.

Simphiwe Mlambo

Transformation within the home is at the core of Christine Goosen and Kara Schoeman‘s practices. Both up-and-coming designers in the furniture and homeware space, Goosen and Schoeman combine art and product to create fascinating designs. Schoeman is the co-founder of Kara Artistics, which specialises in functional aluminium art. Goosen creates aesthetically pleasing designs for modern homes. Her company Jacobs Collection was launched in 2016 and has since been featured in Elle Decor and Visi magazine.

Kara Schoeman

Bright Dimba works in the interior and homeware space and dreams of operating a design showroom in Ladysmith, KwaZulu Natal. In 2017 he established Dukada, an artisanal crafts company based in Ladysmith, a small town of KwaZulu-Natal. It is a design/craft collaboration with the rural women crafters of the town and specialises in the design and production of unique, handwoven, colourful furniture products and accessories.

Another designer innovating within the spaces we occupy is Primrose Chimhanda. She’s a print designer with a background in architecture and interior design. Her company Primrose Charmz is behind 27 Collection, a series that looks at surface design inspired by nature and geometry. “This surface design collection is named after my age,” she says. “Each design is inspired by a form of nature which represents an expression of the most powerful lessons I’ve learnt.”

WGSN’s Lisa White will be attending Design Indaba 2019 this February. Read our highlights and key takeaways from the 2018 edition here.

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