SPHERE brings together the best in South African design and will be present at 100% Design South Africa. A curated selection of products that stand out because of their sculptural qualities, form and scale. Made of materials with texture, touched by the hand of the maker. Natural and sustainable materials have been used to create these statement pieces for the interior. ´Development by Design´ enables small and medium businesses in South Africa to develop and grow. Nearly 30 entrepreneurs are participating in the project, taking their design studio, workshop or manufacturing company to the next level, and onwards to the export market. The Dutch Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries (CBI) has set up this programme in South Africa, and has partnered with the Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI) and the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA). Together, these partners promote local entrepreneurs at local shows and international trade fairs. At 100% Design in Johannesburg from today August 6-10, Development by Design is presenting the exhibition _SPHERE, showcasing 17 South African companies. Be inspired here Minima from Cape Town is using ´cutting edge´ manufacturing technologies to create sculptural wooden lamps. Contemporary forms meet minimalism with the competitive advantage of being flat packed. Skinny Laminx is boasting their signature patterns in fabrics and home textiles. Their latest creative brain child Diggi Dot will be shown at the exhibit. Hand screen printed onto cotton linen blends using environmentally responsible ink. Saks Corner shows African design and Scandinavian style make an interesting combination, by introducing their new ´Afriscan´ range of coffee tables. Durban based Africa!Ignite is presenting their ´Langazela´ range of cushion covers using reinvented traditional patterns, hand embroidered by women in rural communities in KwaZulu Natal. Meyer von Wielligh understand wood, and are showing their MUD coffee table, a new addition to their highly acclaimed MUD range, with an nature inspired wooden top and metal feet. Mungo Designs, based in Plettenberg Bay, and renowned for their quality towels and textiles from natural fibres, will show new colour ways and patterns to their already highly acclaimed Itawuli range, all woven using natural fibres on restored traditional looms. Mungo are synonymous with the melding of traditional manufacturing methods and contemporary design and styling. Indigi Designs are launching a new set of side tables, made of black metal, and a new range of fabrics, all in their signature, geometrical style. De Steyl are showing their cleverly and beautifully made storage units, the 2DO range, with surface patterns designed by Renée Rossouw capturing the essence of Memphis meets Africa. George based Veneer Concepts has applied their exquisite traditional wood veneer techniques into a nested set of side tables, with a copper metal base. The application of contemporary design to traditional techniques make these products a signature example of ´development by design´, and an exciting new direction for Veneer Concepts. Beloved Beadwork’s exquisite and original beadwork is extending their line by launching some truly amazing XL showpieces; small sculptures for the home. Design Afrika is all about baskets, showing a range of statement pieces, Buhera and Bulawayo gourds hand woven in Zimbabwe, giving Binky Newman’s trademark a contemporary ´twist’.Johannesburg based Evolution Projects uses historical imagery and narratives, and together with the latest in print technology, translates this into contemporary design for the home. Their fern print on textiles will launch at the exhibition.Feeling African is making a statement with their sculptural metal wire chair in a lush green colour. Clever design for both indoor and outdoor, as 2 or more chairs make a great bench. Technology meets tradition. Lidi Ada Naturals create eye catcher lamps made of feathers and other natural materials. Their love and respect for nature is clearly evident in the quality of finish and detail in each piece. Each ´sphere´ is skilfully hand crafted in the Western Cape. Vogel Designs is showing their Moove and Cape Star range of solid wood side tables, real signature pieces from this design house, taking inspiration from petals, flowers and plants. Nature inspired design meets traditional hand skills meets technology. Cowgirlblues is applying their outstanding dyeing techniques onto precious materials such as mohair and wool. Their knitted textiles are statement pieces for the home. Guideline Manufacturing’s Horizon table is a real statement, from whatever angle you look at it. A metal ‘landscape’ supports the glass top, and holds the wooden legs. Quality craftsmanship, contemporary design and cutting edge technology combine in this amazing piece. Visit SPHERE exhibition at 100% Design South Africa at the exhibition in Hall 1 Stand F21 from 6 – 10 August 2015 at Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg. See you there!
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