A group of 33 leading South African designers will present their new product ranges of small furniture, lighting, home textiles, and fashion and home accessories at a new exhibition in Cape Town this month.
The NEXT18 Trade Exhibition, taking place at the Homecoming Centre in the East City precinct of Cape Town from February 22 – 25, showcases the best of SA craft and design, ready to be ordered by local buyers and international importers, retailers and decorators. If you are in Cape Town from February 22 – 25, don’t miss out on this fantastic new exhibition – we hope to see you there!
The NEXT18 Trade Exhibition is part of the ´Development by Design´ programme, which enables small and medium businesses in South Africa to develop and grow. Over 50 entrepreneurs have been participating in this programme, taking their design studio, workshop or manufacturing company to the ‘next level’, and onwards to the export market. The project is an initiative of The Dutch Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries (CBI), and their local partners, the Craft and Design Institute (CDI) and the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda).
With a focus on the latest international design trends, whilst retaining their integrity of provenance, the companies’ new product ranges include bags made of intricately woven recycled rubber tyre tubing by Mors, pendant lamps made of interlocking patterns of bamboo and wood veneer by Minima, and jacquard woven textiles in bold colours and patterns by African Jacquard. In order to really stand out with their own design ‘signatures’ the entrepreneurs drew inspiration from their African roots, translating traditional design language into a contemporary design vernacular. The paper sleeves, bags and wallets by The Wren are made of natural materials and therefore have a reduced environmental footprint, whilst the handmade felt accessories by Heartfelt take social aspects into account, providing decent work and income for women in a remote rural community. John Vogel’s furniture has handwoven panels, which are manufactured in their Cape Town factory, employing more than 50 skilled people.
The NEXT18 Trade Exhibition will take place from February 22 – 25 daily at the Homecoming Centre (15A Buitenkant Street) from 10am – 6pm in the East City of Cape Town. Admission is free. For more visit the news page here.
The NEXT18 Trade Exhibition will coincide with the #cocreateDESIGN FESTIVAL, a new initiative of The Netherlands Consulate General, which will take place in venues around the East City. To find out more about the #cocreateDESIGN FESTIVAL, visit the website: http://cocreatesa.nl/cocreatedesign-festival-2018/