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A fortunate witness
Matthew Kentridge's new book gives readers an intimate insight into his brother William’s creative process.
Artist's Almanac by Essie Letterpress
The third edition of the Artist's Almanac by Essie Letterpress showcases some of the most exciting South African graphic designers.
"Die Steunpilaar" by Jan Douglas
The South African designer creates a leaning lamp to add to his collection of minimalist lights and furniture.
The evolution of Taibo Bacar
Mozambican fashion designer Taibo Bacar's latest colourful collection signals an evolutionary shift in his eponymous label.
Students explore the future of this ancient material in "Ceramic Futures" at the CERSAIE expo of ceramic tiles and sanitaryware in Bologna, Italy.
The cheap "China bag" has become a symbol of migration in Africa – and a popular material for artists and designers to reimagine.
Okmalumkoolkat's new music video for "All Black, Black Kat", directed by Chris Saunders, is a dreamlike mash-up of tradition and modernity.
Cork bar stool by Wiid Design
Wiid Design's new bar stool brings together two unlikely materials – cork and concrete.
The upcoming LagosPhoto Festival highlights photography that imagines alternative African realities and obscures the medium's role as truth-teller.
New work by Daniel Ting Chong
Cheeky, bouncy and bold – here's a sampling of this prolific Cape Town-based designer's recent work.
This local illustrator is set to launch her first children's book, "Mu's Wolf Problem", later this month. We catch up with her here.
Marianne Fassler: The fashion landscape has never been more vast
Marianne Fassler's been dazzling fashionistas with her inimitable frocks for more than two decades. She shares her take on the fashion landscape and more here.
The rebels of architecture
A new six-part documentary series tracks architects operating at the fringes of the profession – and even the law.
Next Generation: Megan King
Megan King's social enterprise Colour iKamva delivers a bright burst of colourful hope to children's spaces in Africa.
A helping hand
A new smart tool from MIT Media Lab is blurring the lines between handmade and digital technology. But that's not a bad thing.
Designer Q&A: Jaco Haasbroek
Did you know? Cape Town-based illustrator Jaco Haasbroek drew 170 new icons to represent the facts on the inside of the Chappies bubblegum wrapper.
This Mandela Day, we pay tribute to our home-grown hero with Garth Walker's cover design for the 29th issue of "ijusi" magazine.
Lookbook: Word Cup
Facebook communication designer and football fanatic Ji Lee creates a league of his own with his Word Cup challenge.
The love for a warm nostalgic glow from the past inspired Hoi P'loy to import vintage lighting accessories to South Africa.
A fire detection system for shacks
A devastating shack fire that displaced thousands and took the lives of three people spurred this team of UCT students to turn theory into reality.
Clementina van der Walt
Step into the studio of Clementina van der Walt – a ceramicist in search of meaning through making.
A new kind of business
South African furniture designer Haldane Martin chats to Design Indaba about how he has adapted his business through a shift in focus and new collaborations.
Stop waiting, start making: Lessons in liveability from Jeanne van Heeswijk
Based in Rotterdam, Jeanne van Heeswijk is a visual artist who creates situations in public places to provoke interactions between members of the public.
Housing: temporary intervention vs permanent solution
Informal settlements are a common reality in Cape Town and South Africa’s urban landscape.
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