CatT’s Pick of the Design Indaba Expo 2015

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.

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Nada Spencer: Cape Town Ceramicist

Nada Spencer is a Cape Town ceramicist who works in a variety of clays. She creates a lot of porcelain slab work, stone ware, loves the beautiful warm tones of earthenware, and also does some slip casting which gets hand etched.

Setting up for the potters market

Setting up for the potters market

Each piece is subtly unique, but fitting within a family of design, acknowledging both her design training, and her personality. Bowls, platters, beads, pendants, sculptures; the forms are more varied than the clays and techniques she uses. Etching, carving, drawing, painting, dipping etc; the decorating techniques as varied again.

The reason for all this variety is simple. Nada gets bored with repetition and needs to have variety to continue being creative. She said this potential for variety and the ability to “form my own canvas” were what attracted her to ceramics in the first place.

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Design Indaba Expo 2014 Highlights

It was great to see old friends, colleagues & past students; and good to see what was on offer this year. Here are my super quick thoughts on the 2014 Design Indaba Expo.

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Bumping into Mugendi (no stranger to design circles).

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My favorite of from the Africa Design exhibit.

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Edu chair with great potential by interior designer Simone Biggs.

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e labs charging ahead scooter design

And finally the DID stand by Absa

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Particularly the soccer ball, or rather socket ball… and the slow cooker that was a modern upgrade on what my granny used on the farm when I was a little girl.

Lots of the usual stuff too, some nicely improved upon over the years.

More detail to follow! The exhibit is open for 1 more day Sunday 2nd March 2014, till 8pm at the CTICC so go have a look if you are in Cape Town.
You can also see their website.