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Life in 3D
There's much talk and excitement about 3D printing. Is it the "next big thing"? Michaella Janse van Vuuren tells us about the pros, cons and possibilities.
Mr Price Home’s new CoLab series sees the retailer collaborating with trending local designers in creating fun, colourful and contemporary products.
Family of furniture
Jan Douglas's collection of bespoke, low-tech furniture combines utility with a narrative element that draws on his Afrikaans heritage.
Sisters Astrid and Karen Schwarz design for passion and create for purpose, all the while uplifting and inspiring with their stationery and jewellery ranges.
"In the City" is a journey through some of the unexpected and delightful things that can happen in an urban space, thanks to Andrew Shoben and Greyworld.
Simplicity, functionality, useability and the ethical use of materials are some of the key design considerations for Jasper Eales.
Combining delicate floral forms with vivid abstract patterns, Potterseed ceramics have a sophisticated African feel about them. We visited the Cape Town studio.
Product spotlight: Langazela by Africa!Ignite
Bright, bold and beautiful, in this week’s Product Spotlight we take a closer look at Africa!Ignite’s Langazela cushions.
Lost in plain sight
His passion for travel and love of landscapes underpins photographer Dillon Marsh's work. He finds the unusual in the everyday, elevating it to a fine art.
Product spotlight: Chairman by Nawaaz Saldulker
In the first of a new series looking at bespoke South African designs that demonstrate a unique craftsmanship, we feature Nawaaz Saldulker's Chairman.
Texture designer Isabeau Joubert's interest in handcrafts like knitting and crochet has led her to creating objects that introduce a new kind of materiality.
Love ZA Buy ZA is a new campaign aimed at creating awareness around the positive impact of buying local clothing.
Ticket to ride
You’ve got the infrastructure, so how do you get people out of their cars and onto public transport? You find a more engaging way of speaking to them.
Stories from the South side
What happens to cultural production when the West is the “exotic other”? No More Westerns, the theme of the 2012 Impakt Arts Festival, explores this question.
Walking the talk
Sometimes you need to shout, other times you need to talk. But you’ve always got to walk the talk, Jens Martin Skibsted believes.
Breaking out of the silo and onto the street
The Your Street Challenge, inspired by Design Indaba, seeks to transform urban space through creative thought.
Photographer Melanie Dunea was curious about the last meal the world's top chefs would want to have. She documented it in a collection of visual delight.
Questioning the question
As the director of Design-Led Innovation at Philips Design, Clive van Heerden is working to bring designers into the process of technological development.
Interior designer Tracy Lynch tells of her passion for finding the unexpected, her love for junk shops and the importance of heartfelt spaces.
With a form follows materials approach, Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek creates distinctive designer furniture from scraps of wood.
Shades of green at COP17
The look of the South African Climate Change Response Expo running alongside COP17 in Durban was conceptualised by designworkshop : sa.
Food for freedom
Hunger for Freedom is more than a book with recipes, it captures Nelson Mandela's life journey through the perspective of food.
Must-read food books
There's more than a little food for thought in these six must-read food books.
Food urbanist Carolyn Steel argues that cities, like people, are what they eat. She explains how food shapes the cities in which which we live.
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