Meet the new wave of SA design talent!

Design Indaba releases the names of 40 young designers selected for its coveted Emerging Creatives programme in 2013.

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The initiative gives young designers the opportunity to showcase their work alongside established designers at the Design Indaba Expo. Sponsored by the Department of Arts and Culture, it exposes them to the public and to industry professionals, including local and international buyers and media.

The programme is open to students, new graduates or anyone entering their chosen creative field for the first time. Although it is aimed at development, applicants are identified by the standard and quality of their work.

“This year’s standard was exceptionally high, with a record 190 people applying for positions,” said Kelly Berman, Expo manager. “We were really blown away.

Emerging Creatives is one of the many ways that Design Indaba is committed to nurturing and promoting the creative talent of young South Africans. It’s become one of the most popular sections at the Expo – a fact proved by record sales and orders placed in 2012.

“It was a true eye opener in terms of exposing myself to a larger audience in a very short space of time,” said Lucas R. Adams of Kraftisan, whose ‘Luna Lamp’ sold out on the Expo’s second day last year. “The contacts, the support, the sales, and the experience have all reinforced my current path and have given me three times the determination to go forward!” 

The 40 Emerging Creatives, who each receive an Expo stand, a ticket to attend the Young Designers Simulcast the Design Indaba Conference and a business skills workshop, are:

Fashion Design 

Furniture/Product Design 

Graphic Design 

Jewellery Design 

Visual Art