Every year 100% Design South Africa is an opportunity for designers and makers to show new work, creatives to collaborate and South Africans to appreciate the incredible variety on offer.
A judging process by industry experts awards the highest achievers. This year, among others, Designer of the Year went to Gregor Jenkin, Best Textile Design to Design Team, and Best Furniture Design to Houtlander. Special mention went to Laurie Wiid van Heerden for his Meraki Daybed, a stunning sustainable piece designed with environmental impact in mind, and furniture designer David Krynauw. Best stand went to Source IBA for its Afrotel space for 100% Hotel.
Other highlights included the lighting from Hoi P’loy, always the epitome of industrial elegance. We’re infatuated with the way the brand reinterprets vintage lighting styles, such as this Molecule 8 pendant in gunmetal grey. We spotted Monique Vee at Design Indaba earlier this year and loved her minimal and graphic approach to seating, so we were thrilled to see her at 100% Design with her full Suspension range. Nikki Schomer of Gold Bottom Pots’ afro-chic vessels gives African motifs a slicker feel in a clean, monochromatic application. The Ninevites, like Nikki Schomer, take something highly traditional – in this case graphic rugs – and update them for renewed relevance. 100percentdesign.co.za
Credit: Photographs: Claire Gunn, Elsa Young, Anthea Pokroy, Text: Julia Freemantle, Debbie Loots, Kirsty Wilkins