Design Joburg announces its CoLab designers for 2019

The heart of Design Joburg, featuring Rooms on View, remains their CoLab features.
CoLabs see leading interior designers and architects challenged to create curated room sets using the wares of several leading industry brands.

The show is thrilled to announce 2019’s lineup of talented designers planning to transform the Sandton Convention Centre into Africa’s nucleus of cutting-edge décor and design.

Tuami Zulu - Proportion Studio of Design

Pushing the boundaries with his exploration of space and form, Tuami’s interest lies in the relationship between people and spaces, line and form. His highly sculptural bench, inspired by the form of a dancer in flight, earned him an award from Germany’s Parkett Dietrich International Benchmark competition and his mentorship with Studio A earlier this year resulted in a stand that visitors talk about to this day.

Dylan Thomaz

Thanks to an impressive background in visual merchandising, Dylan’s many interior design projects tell an intimate story of who their clients are. Equal parts curation and design, Dylan has a knack for creating layered spaces injected with depth and character and an undercurrent of classicism. While his client list is long and its addresses span the globe, this will be Dylan’s debut at Design Joburg.

Wendy Douglas - Douglas & Douglas

This Durban designer’s studio produces furniture and interiors that the press has lapped up. She’s all about creating personal, functional spaces that reflect the client’s style and feature a mix of natural materials and textures as well as dark colours like black. The brand’s Carter Drinks cabinet drew in the crowds with its copper front and crimson interior when it launched at Design Joburg’s inaugural show.

Lindie Ferreira

Creativity oozes from Lindie Ferreira’s pores. Once the owner of celebrated clothing label Marion and Lindie, this fashion designer has turned her gaze to interior design. Lindie’s love of pieces with provenance is what sets her apart and her collaboration with Miller’s Antiques, Heavenly Feathers and Starch at last year’s fair was no exception. This year she’ll be the leading the charge with her very own CoLab feature.

Julia Day - Generation

Synonymous with landmark international design brands, Julia’s Hyde Park store Generation imports a selection of the best furniture and accessories from global design heavyweights like De Padova and Seletti. Julia also designs interiors marked for their understated luxury and simplicity using the very best quality pieces. She set the bar high with her 2017 Design Joburg CoLab with architect Joe van Rooyen entitled Sample Library and 2019 should be no different.

Nelson Kubheka - Ommni Design

With nearly a decade of experience and a glut of African projects under his belt, Joburg based Nelson Kubheka creates upscale interiors and spacial solutions for residential, commercial and hospitality clients. Earlier this year at Design Joburg he caused a stir with his sophisticated, mineral rich bathroom for Kohler, which saw a fresh take on African inspired glamour with lashings of black and brass. His bathroom’s graphic Bogolan wallpaper was such a hit, it’s now available to order. 

Andrea Graff

This Cape Town interior designer has spent more than two decades honing her skill in the residential interiors market. Andrea’s spaces, from sophisticated Bantry Bay apartments to luxe Constantia homes, all convey her respect for tradition and love of eclecticism. Her work is dispersed along the Cape coastline and appears as far away as Los Angeles. Colour, pattern and the occasional style mash up are what give her interiors expression.

Noks Nxumalo - Hush Interiors

Noks’ interiors are defined by her penchant for refined and contemporary luxury design. Focused on both residential and commercial projects, she works with a string of top drawer clients, one of them a Swazi royal, for whom she designed a boutique hotel. Her younger brother is interior designer Donald Nxumalo which speaks volumes of the design DNA in her family. Look out for her upcoming range of furniture and homeware under the banner Hush La Maison.

Fanie van Zyl - FVZ Studio

Last year Fanie created the show’s slick and sophisticated press lounge with moulded wall panels, iconic furniture pieces and a cool klompie brick floor. Having begun his career at Tonic before going his own way, Fanie’s knack for creating refined, contemporary spaces, often with an unexpected element, (cue the brick floor) is what he is becoming known for.  

Stay tuned for more from our exhibiting brands as they confirm their spaces for Design Joburg featuring Rooms on View 2019.


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