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Design Joburg’s CoLabs are a name in their own right and stand for all that the show promotes - collaboration and a meeting of minds across the industry. This year the CoLabs feature trailblazing designers and architects creating room sets in their own signature styles.
With the standard of design increasing and the pull to Design Joburg reaching an overwhelming strength, visitors and exhibitors will be treated to design overload within the collaborations.
Meet the new CoLab Designers:
Creating a home office for our 2020 show, interior stylist, sourcer and adviser Roxanne Ferreira will explore the increasingly blurred lines between the home and the workspace. Highlighting the importance and allure of investment pieces, her room set will be “a bold space, delivering loads of pattern and punch”, she says, true to her eye-catching aesthetic. In addition to using cult global brands, Roxanne is a supporter of the premium local design sector, combining the two to create layered interiors that are daring and exciting. With her brand at just 3 years old, Roxanne was also listed as one of House and Leisure magazine’s 2019 Next Level creatives.
Disco glam, respect for local craftsmanship and a love of experimentation are a few of the markers that set Envy&Co apart from the rest. Founded by dynamic Cape Town based duo Jaco Janse van Rensburg and Kay Abrahams, the brand is set to inject a dose of eclectic originality to our 2020 show. Their multi-disciplinary studio offers: a boutique design consultancy, responsible for luxurious retail spaces, family homes, ad agencies and even a diamond museum, as well as an ever-growing collection of limited-edition objet. The latter has pushed brands like Wola Nani into a whole new light.
Headed up by Lane Reeves, this Joburg interior design studio works on a vast array of projects from residential renovations to office interiors. Most recently Metaphor Design has been working on the large-scale upgrade of a retirement estate, challenging the norm by incorporating luxury and sophistication to what is typically a dreary model. Her studio is known for its holistic approach, providing slick design solutions that are practical too. Lane is a loyal supporter of homegrown talent and works closely with local designers and crafters, which is something we at Design Joburg can get behind.
A year after designers Zimkita Sidumo and Siyabesho Thutha launched their interior, décor and design brand, the pair made it into the top 3 of SABC 3’s Win A Home Design Challenge. Since then, Blaque Pearl has completed a slew of impressive residential and commercial interiors, including Fridays restaurant with its classic-cool, bistro style interior. The pair’s love of upcycling, as well as their budget sensitive approach has made them a sough after team with a distinct and imaginative style.
With a host of seats on various boards and degrees under her belt ranging from Interior Architecture and African Art History to Property Development, it’d be fair to call Potlako Gasennelwe the best kind of overachiever. Her brand PG Interiors has 24 years behind it and has completed work in a broad range of spaces, scooping numerous awards in return. Potlako believes in design with integrity and never settling for average. Some of her most notable projects include Tsogo Sun, Serena Hotel Kigali, MTN Head Office 14 Avenue and Shambala Resort - Mandela’s Private Retreat among others. “We understand the commercial value of a brand and consider ourselves creators, nurturers and custodians,” she says of her approach. Besides being one of this year’s CoLab designers she is also designing the #DJ20 restaurant for Chef Wandile Mabaso.