Nando’s HYD announces 2020 finalists

The hottest young designers in South Africa are unveiled in Nando’s bi-annual talent search.

The Nando's Hot Young Designer Talent Search (HYD) recently announced its much-awaited list of finalists for 2020. The popular competition, now in its third iteration, aims to unearth fresh new designs and launch the careers of local emerging creatives. For the 2020 edition of HYD, young designers were asked to create a unique bench that responds sensitively to seating needs in a time of social distancing.

The 2020 HYD finalists were chosen by a prestigious panel of eight industry judges – including a few good friends of the show – with furniture designers Thabisa Mjo of Mash T Design Studio and Mpho Vackier of The Urbanative, Steve Smith, the Editor of Visi; Annemarie Meintjies, Deputy Editor of Visi; Creative Director Tracy Lynch of Studio Leelynch and the Nando’s Design Programme; Michael Spinks, Property and Development Director for Nando’s; art director Jo Skelton of the Nando’s Design Programme; and editor Malibongwe Tyilo, also of the Nando’s Design Programme, all leading the judging charge.

11 entries made the 2020 HYD finalist list:

  1. Anele Vezi
  2. Bebe Donnolly
  3. Christian Botha
  4. Darren Myburgh
  5. Jan de Wet & Jeanne Scholtz
  6. Katlego Tshuma
  7. Mimi Roberts
  8. Ngwako Matloha
  9. Sipho Twala
  10. Siviwe Jali
  11. Thando Nxelewa

Speaking of the quality of work demonstrated by the entrants, Lynch was “blown away by the incredibly creative responses to a very challenging brief. The entries were powerful and beautifully presented. Receiving these well-conceived expressions, which highlight the layers of our unique heritage and reflect the future of South African design from our emerging designers, fills me with hope and happiness. If the future is in the hands of this generation, then we have so much to look forward to!”

All finalists will be invited to a mentorship session – featuring a range of top local designers - hosted by Nando’s that is set to take place in November 2020. The overall winner of the HYD will be announced at a separate event, to be held at Constitution Hill once the first mentorship workshop is concluded.


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