Design Joburg: The spirit of collaboration

The spirit of collaboration, born out of Design Joburg’s CoLab features, has become an integral part of the show. This spirit even spills over into many of the standalone Rooms on View exhibitor’s stands. With more exhibitors combining their skills and offering to further enhance their presentations at the show, we delve a little deeper into the show’s CoLab features by chatting to the 6 designers that are at the heart of transforming the Sandton Convention Centre come 24 May 2019.

Fanie van Zyl from FVZ Studio
  • Tell us about your CoLab feature and why this particular concept?
    A well designed living room and kitchen that exudes confidence and sophistication for the eligible bachelor. We wanted to have a little bit of fun really. It’s not something I‘ve done before and so the excitement of doing something different was alluring.
  • Who will you be working with on your CoLab?

We’re partnering with Ken Leiman Furniture and designing a kitchen that showcases craftsmanship and skill. Culinary Equipment Company will be supplying various kitchen elements including a Lacanche range cooker for a more credible lived-in aesthetic. Ligne Roset are supplying our dining and lounge furniture whilst Natural Stone Design are bringing the magic for our countertops and splashbacks. We’re also working on an exciting tech element with Bang & Olufsen that will complete the visitor experience.


Julia Day

    Describe your CoLab feature in one sentence and why this concept
    My CoLab feature is called In-Residence, and my time and I are creating a luxurious lounge that will cocoon visitors, a space so convincing you’d never know it was temporary. This is an opportunity to showcase my quintessential style of authenticity mixed with a dream team of industry’s foremost artisans and suppliers.
  • Who makes up your dream team?
    My CoLab will feature furniture by De Padova and lighting by ELDC, ceramics by Marina Walsh with marble courtesy of Marmenova whilst the steel architectural features are by Pazz Design and all the shopfitting by T&R Design.

Wendy and Ryan Douglas of Douglas & Douglas

    Describe your CoLab feature and why have you opted for this concept?
    A patio space featuring our unique outdoor furniture collection which is anything but boring.Living in South-Africa and being spoilt with such wonderful climates, we believe outdoor spaces should be just as thrilling as indoor ones. 
  • Who are you collaborating with?
    We will be showcasing our own Douglas & Douglas Outdoor Collection with new pieces being launched at the show. We are super excited to be collaborating with international brand Sunbrella for all the fabrics on these pieces too. We’re also working with Wolkberg Casting Studio who are creating the most beautiful floor. Our aim is to inject oodles of creativity and color to outdoor living with beautifully handcrafted furniture pieces which are practical and durable too.

Nelson Kubheka of Ommni Design

    Nelson Kubheka

    Describe your CoLab feature and tell us why this concept?
    An interior representation of discovering the new that comes with every journey and place. I was keen to capture the idea of the world becoming smaller and more fluid especially in how people relate and connect with one another. It’s a narrative about taking parts of our journey home with us to inspire others and remind people of the magic of self-discovery through travel. 

  • Who are the suppliers and artisans working with you?
    In my living area and work-from-home space I am collaborating with T&R Design on the shopfitting and cabinetry, The Urbanative and Wunders on the furniture whilst Coote & Wench will be supplying my lighting and Home Fabrics my textiles and wallpaper.
Render of stand by Nelson Kubheka

Dylan Thomaz of Dylan Thomaz Studio


    What is your concept for your CoLab feature?
    We are creating a timeless classic living room space, using iconic furniture pieces as the staple feature, all set against a strong architectural background. I wanted to try something different but at the same time stay true to the aesthetic that I am known for.

  • Who are your collaborators?
    I am thrilled to be working with some stellar brands including Crema for my furniture and lighting and Tilespace for my flooring and walls. Visitors can expect a strong curatorial aesthetic but that still characterises the elegance and sophistication that people expect from me.
Interior by Dylan Thomaz

Tuami Zulu of Proportion Studio of Design


    Tell us what you’re planning to create at the show
    I am calling it Show Me Your Darkness and presenting an indoor/outdoor lounge, bar and home gym. This idea stems from a quote by R. Queen “Light is easy to love. Show me your darkness”. This theme has something that I believe will draw people in. The theme encourages you as a visitor to be consumed by desire, and this will be reflected in how people engage with the space.

  • Who are your collaborating brands?
    Our focus this year is to engage with our guests into every detail of the space we’re creating and exploring how this space makes them feel. We’re working with some really great brands including Technogym, Tynox Stone, Professional Shopfitters, Hendrick’s Gin, Persian House International, True Design, La Grange Interiors and Joburg artist Stephen Graham.
Render of stand by Tuami Zulu

For captivating room sets with thousands of ideas waiting to be taken home, visit Design Joburg, featuring Rooms on View from 24 to 26 May 2019 at the Sandton Convention Centre. Tickets from Webtickets or at the door.





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