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2014 Most Beautiful Object in South Africa
29 Jan 14
The complete list of finalists for the 2014 Most Beautiful Object in South Africa is revealed. Who will get your vote?
Design Indaba Expo 2014 Innovation Award
3 Mar 14
Shonaquip, a mobility and seating solutions provider, was the unanimous winner of Design Indaba's Innovation Award for 2014.
Behind the scenes at Shonaquip
• Duration: 00:04:36
26 Mar 14
What began as a mother's wish to give her daughter mobility has become an enterprise making all-terrain wheelchairs for more than 70 000 users.
Product spotlight: Jabba Surf Rack
29 May 14
Cape Town-based designer Jasper Eales has designed a series of surfboard storage systems including the Jabba Surf Rack. Design Indaba takes a closer look.
Product spotlight: Wooden Potjie Chair
7 Jun 14
Mlondolozi Hempe and Laduma Ngxokolo transform the traditional South African "potjie" into an unexpected functional furniture piece.
Product spotlight: Chaise Muse
10 Jun 14
Artist-blacksmith Conrad Hicks' sculptural pieces often emerge from working with the raw material in his forge.
Product spotlight: Liz Chandelier
12 Jun 14
Luxe be a lady: Egg Design's new chandelier collection is big on glamour and smart to boot.
Product spotlight: Fallen Bird's Nest
14 Jun 14
In Porky Hefer's latest exploration of nest-like structures, the nest seems to have fallen from the tree, creating a comfy lounger.
Product spotlight: Edyn Garden
17 Jun 14
Stay connected to your garden with the world's first smart garden system and app.
Product Spotlight: Paradise is Here
19 Jun 14
Concrete meets chlorophyll in designer Heather Moore's new fabric collection, Paradise is Here, which embraces the contrasting qualities of the urban jungle.
Product Spotlight: Docks Table Black
21 Jun 14
Form follows context in Andile Dyalvane's Docks Table Black that reflects the gentrification of the neighbourhood in Cape Town where his studio is located.
Product Spotlight: Karoo Chair
28 Jun 14
The Karoo Chair by Curious Room is a felt and fabric ode to the natural beauty of the South African landscape.
Beaded iPhone cases by Vukile Batyi and Laduma Ngxokolo
1 Jul 14
The quintessential 21st-century accessory gets a Xhosa-inspired case courtesy of Vukile Batyi and Laduma Ngxokolo.
Blocks and Grid by Scholten & Baijings
5 Jul 14
Scholten & Baijings latest fabric collection reinterprets colour blocking as an exercise in subtle colour gradations.
Braaitjie by Dieter Zermatten
10 Jul 14
A pint-sized ‘braai’ hopes to reinvent South Africa’s obsession with barbecuing meat outdoors.
Woven vessels by Design Afrika
12 Jul 14
Unusual material combinations give these traditional woven vessels a contemporary twist.
Flip and Sketch by Ryan Frank
17 Jul 14
Ryan Frank's eco-sleeve design brand TAPEGear falls for flax.
Tuffy by Konstantin Grcic
19 Jul 14
Konstantin Grcic's Wild Bunch collection of furniture for Magis gets a new addition.
Kettal Mesh by Patricia Urquiola
21 Jul 14
Patricia Urquiola contrasts the texture of expanded metal mesh with the solidity of wood and marble in her latest collection of outdoor furniture for Kettal.
Instomi metal sideboard by Meyer von Wielligh
24 Jul 14
Meyer von Wielligh contrasts smooth metal with aged wood in the latest addition to its signature range.
Orbit coffee table by Stratflex
26 Jul 14
The Stratflex family of furniture grows with the addition of this cleverly designed flat-pack table.
Whisper chandelier by High Thorn
31 Jul 14
High Thorn's latest lighting design is a cascade of leather evoking a laidback sense of luxury.
Soldier Screens by Dokter and Misses and Gone Rural.
11 Aug 14
Dokter and Misses collaborates with Gone Rural to create a new partition screen system.
Veld couch and Pebble Stool by Dokter and Misses
11 Aug 14
Dokter and Misses are on a collab kick – this time with renowned felt artist Ronel Jordaan.
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First ever Ghana Pavilion at Venice Art Biennale designed by David Adjaye
• Duration: 00:43:07
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