Designed to excel

by Tania Wannenburg
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The design industry in South Africa is celebrated with awards of excellence to showcase its significant role in the built industry.

In celebration of excellence in design, the first 100% Design South Africa awards were recently announced in the C.O Designs Launchpad Theatre at Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg and were presented by Liz Morris, Editor of Condé Nast House & Garden and Julian Gelb, ex-Chairman of Home Fabrics.

100% Design South Africa forms part of the Decorex SA portfolio and is considered a 110% value-adding company with a Level 3 B-BBEE rating. This inaugural showing of 100% Design South Africa attracted some 50 000 exhibitors and visitors, who were exposed to a dynamic mix of established interior companies, edgy young product designers and interactive demonstrations.

The following awards of excellence in design were presented:

Best Surface Design:
Awarded to Mud Studio for their new ceramic bronze tile range.

Award covers wallpaper, textiles or any decorative surface on a piece of furniture or product design, both local and international.

Best Textile Design:
Awarded to Evolution Designs for their historical flora print collection.

Award covers any printed, woven or 3D textile-related product, both local and international.

Best Lighting Design:
Awarded to Willow Lamp for their cascading chandeliers.

Award covers any electrical lighting design, both local and international.

Best Product Design:
Awarded to Art in The Forest for their collection of pieces by 14 ceramicists on one table.

Award covers any ceramic, glass, plastic, metal or paper product.

Best Furniture Design:
Awarded to Meyer Von Wielligh for their Mud Cabinet (inspired by a dry riverbed with cracked mud) made from walnut and mild steel.

Award covers any furniture piece over 500 x 500mm, both local and international.

Best Interior Design on a stand:
Awarded to Head Interiors for their contemporary take on a luxury game lodge.

Award covers any interior designed room-scape on a stand.

Condé Nast House & Garden Award for Production Excellence in South African Design:

Awarded to Wiid Design for the furniture and lighting on the Spier Cork Creative Bar.

The judges included Liz Morris, Editor of Condé Nast House & Garden; David Trubridge, New Zealand-based lighting designer; and Lisebo Mokhesi and George Boorsma from Ink Design Lab. Each of these awards covered South African products in the above categories, which the judges deemed to be of superb quality in design and production.

The launch of these awards has set a high standard of achievement in terms of design, and 100% Design South Africa is excited to build on the success of this first-ever awards programme well into the future.

For more information visit www.100percentdesign.co.za

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