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Jan 24, 2020

The Homemakers Expo – Designer Spaces Challenge

The Designer Spaces Challenge is a favourite feature at the Expo and an incentive to give up-and-coming interior designers and decorators a chance to share their creations at the 2020 InHabit Johannesburg HOMEMAKERS Expo.

The theme for the 2020 Expo is appropriately themed; InHabit. We live in a world that is better connected than ever before. InHabit is about improving the way people live in their homes and how they connect with everything around them. The applications for 2020 have been rolling in. We have selected eight individuals to showcase their designs and décor skills at the Expo end of February.

InHabit 2020

The Designer Spaces Challenge is an opportunity for talented designers to showcase their products and designs at the 2020 Expo taking place at the Ticketpro Dome from 27 February to 1 March.

The concept behind the InHabit theme is to create a space in the home, inspired by our motherland – Africa. It should display the unique design style of our magical continent. Africa is trending in fashion, design, and architecture. The whole world is looking at us for true, authentic inspiration. The brief to designers was clear. Enrich your concept with an African flavour that serves as an inspiration to embrace our African roots. The idea is to bring these trends to life with the InHabit theme at heart. Designers could choose to re-create any room in the house. From cosy reading corners and unique workspaces to eccentric lounges and opulent bedrooms, the options were endless.

Designer Line Up

A few of 2020s participants include Mlondolozi Hempe, Amanda Mlombo and Cecilia Kapasula. HOMEMAKERS has been running a bi-weekly interview with each designer asking questions about trends and what creates the perfect environment to fully InHabit your home. Catch up with the designers and read about their inspirations and trend forecasts for 2020.

Mlondolozi Hempe is the founder of the design company Umongo, where his projects are an exploration of art through design and architecture. He carefully fuses these elements with his South African culture and childhood experiences. With a unique approach in combining contemporary elements in furniture with interior and architectural design, he believes that design is a “uniform language to be explored”.

Amanda Mlombo’s successful interior design company Blush Affluent specialises in interiors, homeware, furniture and consulting. Mlombo is known for her decluttering and organisational skills in design. The mother of two has travelled the world, which has, in turn, inspired her renovated and newly designed spaces.

For the House of Sweet Savannah, Africa is at the centre of all design projects. Owner Cecilia Kapasula, says her design house is about adding a piece of Africa into your life. Through an array of vibrant, bold and bright decorative products, House of Sweet Savannah specialises in exclusivity with their custom-made items.

Follow HOMEMAKERS’ Designer Spaces Challenge stories and keep an eye out for more designer features.

Get your tickets for the 2020 InHabit Johannesburg HOMEMAKERS Expo here!


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