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As a signature initiative of Design Joburg, our CoLabs were once again the draw card that brought the masses to the show, resulting in much social media hype. Teaming up with a number of the country’s leading brand names, this year’s headline acts included Form Interior’s Erica Schalkwyk, Tristan du Plessis, Donald Nxumalo, Heather Boting, JVR’s Joe van Rooyen with Mavromac & Gatehouse, Liam Mooney, Design Dreams International’s Buzwe Mabuza, Blacksmith Interior Inspiration and Design Partnership. Fired Earth’s partnership with the show’s CoLab features saw the creation of about a dozen new paint colours in collaboration with the participating designers that impressed visitors with its spectrum of usable colours.
Some of the show’s highlights this year included the new Retail Corridor, a bonus for those who wanted to purchase some of the fantastic design items at the show and Front Row, an exhibition that threw light onto some of the top new local and international designs in seating and side tables. Whilst Heather Boting’s table displays, appropriately entitled Banquet, gave visitors some serious table setting aspirations.
Curated by Shaun Gaylard, Architect’s Gallery was another successful new feature, highlighting a selection of impressive completed works by the country’s leading architects including SAOTO and Boogertman & Partners. The show’s novel architectural element proved to be popular with industry leaders and visitors who lingered to admire the various projects which featured both in print and in spectacular model form.
This year’s food and beverage scene was a hive of activity. CoLab, Marble Restaurant’s pop-up, was abuzz with visitors who had a selection of fresh and inspired salad pots, filled baguettes and on trend cocktails to choose from. Thoughtfully designed at the hands of Oniroco’s Irene Kyriacou, the swish bar and café was welcomed as a comfortable spot to refuel and recharge in high style.
Thanks to the HK Studio team, the Hendricks Gin Bar presented yet another bar option for discerning visitors, fusing Ardmore’s wild, animal-centric designs with the herbal infused notes of Hendrick’s Gin.
With architect Joe can Rooyen took visitors on a style journey, making them forget they were in a convention centre, whilst Black Fabrics’ alluring stand wowed with swathes of fabric in bursts of colour. Lastly, Tonic’s colour rich, generously decorated room set proved that they’re worthy recipients of the Design Joburg directorship Mavromac & Gatehouse’s presentation role.
With the standard of design increasing and the pull to Design Joburg becoming an unstoppable force visitors and potential exhibitors are keenly awaiting 2019’s offering.