Design Joburg 2022 – The Return: May 2022

South Africa’s edgiest design and décor show, in its most Afropolitan city, is back!

Design Joburg, now in its fourth year, is a full-scale showcase of where interiors and design, fashion, architecture and sustainable design practices are in South Africa, where new talents are putting their energy and what the future holds for design as a vehicle of change and drive in Southern Africa and further afield. 

Presented by Sanlam Private Wealth, driven by Lexus and in association with Hendrick's Gin, The Glendronach and South African Tourism, Design Joburg is on from 19 to 21 May 2022 at the Sandton Convention Centre, while the fringe event - Design Joburg Collective (which will include industry walk-arounds, trend talks, brand launches, workshops and networking events) kicks off on May 17 and will be live in nearby décor and design districts Kramerville and 44 Stanley. 

As much a cerebral as a social event, Design Joburg is an opportunity to grab a glass of bubbly, mingle with local talents and fellow cognoscenti and most importantly to get up close and personal with some of the most exciting and stimulating creative endeavours happening in the décor and design arenas right now. 

OUR CREATIVE PANEL
We’ve swapped our Creative Director for a Creative Panel who are driving this year’s Collaborations and Highlights. This panel includes some of the country’s finest creative minds including interiors maven and founder of Cocoon Lifestyle Bilala Mabuza, ideas synthesiser Sir Abner Makgamatha and artist and creative director Manthe Ribane; who’ve all pooled their resources to create a deeply immersive experience that embraces technology and tech innovations, sustainable design practices and explorations, new developments and material usage and a post-pandemic response to the world as we know it. 

DESIGN DEEP–DIVE
The three-day event is an opportunity to enjoy an intense design download at your leisure. Coordinate your visits with client and friends meet-and-greets and dip in and out to the events that appeal. Iconic Johannesburg architectural and interiors projects will be open to event-goers with a series of designer-led walk-arounds, while insightful talks spanning fashion, current design trends, the relevance of sustainability in the 21st century and understanding design in the Metaverse will provide intense food for thought for industry members and the public alike. A focus on software developments in the interior, architecture and design worlds will also be a strong focus of this year’s show, and guests can expect to be brought up to speed with a host of cutting-edge tech-focused industry developments. 

FRINGE FACTOR
An innovation from 2021, the Design Joburg Collective is now a permanent feature and must-do for the local décor world’s decision makers and devotees alike. A collection of décor-focused events hosted as a ‘fringe’ to the show, Collective returns to Kramerville and 44 Stanley (with further districts to be announced). The Collective includes Lexus drivebys and on-foot walk-arounds, industry gatherings and brand launches, studio showcases, trend talks, workshops and importantly, a chance for lovers of décor and design to gather again and immerse themselves in the world they love. 

As much a cerebral as a social event, Design Joburg is an opportunity to grab a glass of bubbly, mingle with local talents and fellow cognoscenti and most importantly to get up close and personal with some of the most exciting and stimulating creative endeavours happening in the décor and design arenas right now. 

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