South Africa is a hotbed of design, which is celebrated annually by Design Indaba’s naming of the country’s “emerging creatives.” What distinguishes this group of talents is their ability to inspire us with designs that represent the perfect union between form and function. Magrietha Labuschagne’s current collection, Nomad, makes a strong visual impact due to the proportional planning of the designs. Modernist in the sense that form follows function, her pieces are designed to be flat-packed, and are made from steel and solid wood in a variety of quality and price classes, catering to a broad market. Ontlametse Molefe’s concept for the Malbec Hotel Bathroom is a tranquil and modern, focusing on honest materials that define a true farmhouse experience. His Pleeko Print Studio – designed on two levels, with a shopfront at ground level and a mezzanine above it – is resplendent in pink with a curved silhouette.
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