In the second of our three-part spotlight on African design, we focus on South African designers being promoted through the Design Network Africa. The DNA’s aim is to promote the best designers that the continent has to offer.
Ronél Jordaan (South Africa)
Entirely self-taught and following her own creative instincts, Ronél Jordaan began by turning fine gossamer thread into robust felted forms. Inspired by the eloquence and serenity of nature, she uses 100% merino wool to create her ground-breaking collection of rock cushions, pebble carpets, wall hangings, and throws. Her range is continually expanding and her label can be found in outlets across the globe.
Dokter and Misses (South Africa)
Operating from their studio and showroom, Co-op, in the city hub of Braamfontein, Adriaan Hugo and Katy Taplin produce furniture, lighting and innovative interior objects. Inspired by the idiosyncrasies of their surroundings, their modernist angular design has a bold upbeat energy that makes their objects and furniture immediately desirable and urban cool.
Imiso (South Africa)
Andile Dyalvane and Zizipho Poswa are the winning team behind Imiso Ceramics Studio. Located in the buzzing district of Woodstock, the studio is known for its handmade collectors’ pieces and exquisite table ware. ‘Imiso’ means tomorrow in Xhosa, and these distinctly African designs with a futuristic edge draw inspiration from a mix of urban culture, local traditions and the wonders of nature.
Heath Nash (South Africa)
Conceptual designer and creative thinker Heath Nash has been running a studio in Cape Town since 2004. His iconic and ground-breaking lighting designs made from post-consumer recycled plastic waste and galvanised steel wire have received world-wide recognition. As a designer, curator and artist, he continues to explore new avenues in design with a passion for merging the hand made with the industrial.