I once again had the priveledge of attending the Design Indaba Expo. As a former product designer, I was pleasently surprised. The product and innovative design seemed more varied and interesting than in the past. Here follow my favourites, and a few chosen by my kids.
The designer who stood out the most for me this year, was Stephen from SKOG KIDS with their range of flat pack children’s furniture.
My famiy in particular seemed to enjoy this stand. My kids build & re-built the activity table and a stool, and were actually upset when we left (even though they had been begging to go home before I took them to see the stand on our way out). This confirmed my gut instinct that this was clever furniture that would appeal to children. The activity table also has quite good ergonomics, encouraging them to sit with their back straight.
Special mention also to the following:
Sebastian Bosman and his team at TBT for The Braai Tool. this is a clever and versatile solution to a South African problem.
Marc Ruwiel with the IDESO Powerpac who are looking for investors for their bicycle powered electricity generator.
We also quite enjoyed:
Sandine Schafer and Esme Castens who were there for the Foshini Design awards.
Bruce & Jeanne of WOW (World of Wonder) for their quirky Koo baked beans can seat, Bovril storage seat, biscuit & sushi cushions, coin clocks etc.
My eldest daughter particularly liked the CTCFD (Cape Town College of Fashion Design) with its Miss Universe Costume.
Also there were:
Mary-Anne Grobler of Matter of Fakt with her jewelry that shows off raw stones.
Rodney Brand with his beautiful hand crafted table tops and bowls.
Design Indaba Expo itself:
This was the most enjoyable DI exhibition I have attended (& I’ve attended most since its inception). the layout was clear and understandable, but still eye catching, while the interactive areas added a sense of fun and excitement with doodle spaces and the like where individuals could leave their mark.
The City of Cape Town added its own challenges, and I loved the #bebetter tag they posted to challenge us to share our ideas for improving low-cost living.
I especially enjoyed the selection of products this year, so congratulations goes to my former colleague Mugendi who was product design curate this year.