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Tropical Noire by Simone Brewster
The London-based designer's new vessels, inspired by African woodcarvings, are unveiled at London Design Festival today.
Marti Guixé: Creativity without culture and knowledge is just spam
The playful Catalonian designer gets serious about culture and creativity.
A multilingual typeface
Azer, co-designed by Wael Morcos, is a family of fonts that can be used in Arabic script, English and Latin variations.
Henrik Vibskov: Chaos in systems
We asked the Danish fashion designer how he works and plays. His answers are typically Vibskovesque – honest, profound and a little puzzling.
Japanese interactive designer Masashi Kawamura takes us on a journey through a world of real and animated shadows in this music video.
A water pump for remote farmers
A new foot-operated irrigation device is capable of tripling the revenue of smallholder farmers, says its manufacturer.
Masashi Kawamura's crazy imagination comes to life
The Tokyo-born interactive designer on luck, sleepless nights and balancing fun with success.
Jens Martin Skibsted: Humanity needs to focus on two things
The Danish designer and creator of Biomega bicycles on his love for t-shirts and why he doesn't do sci-fi.
Next Generation: Jess Gouws
This young local jewellery designer tells us about finding beauty in old and discarded objects.
The Sticky Brick Fingers
Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of "The Sticky Brick Fingers", Henrik Vibskov's Spring/Summer 2015 men's collection.
We chat to Cape Town-based sisters Astrid and Karen Schwarz about living, working and designing together.
Andrew Shoben: City spirit
We chat to the playful artist and founder of greyworld, who counts the city as his biggest inspiration.
How do you deal with failure?
Failure is built into the creative process. But how to face it? Nine designers tell us how they do it.
Q&A: Studio Formafantasma
The Italian duo tell us how it works to design as a unit, their conceptual approach and experimenting with lava as a material.
Next Generation: Ruth McNaughton
This young designer uses a 100-year-old loom to create refreshingly modern garments in mohair.
Kettal Mesh by Patricia Urquiola
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.
Pentagram's Abbott Miller has designed an app that allows users to choreograph their own ballet sequences.
Blocks and Grid by Scholten & Baijings
Scholten & Baijings latest fabric collection reinterprets colour blocking as an exercise in subtle colour gradations.
Next Generation: Fayaaz Mahomed
Industrial designer and recent graduate Fayaaz Mahomed of Unfayzd Design has created a system of space-efficient seating.
Next Generation: Renee Nicole Sander
What can fashion become when you ignore the natural body form? Renee Nicole Sander explores this question through her graduate fashion collection.
Lookbook: Urban archaeology
Take a visual journey through the streets of Naples and the inspiration behind Harry Pearce's visual identity for the Made in Cloister project .
Lookbook: Anthon Beeke's KunstRAI Posters
We look back at the Dutch graphic designer's iconic posters for KunstRAI, the Dutch art fair, to see just how creative a portrait can be.
A bright day
The inaugural Bright Talks seminars took place in Cape Town yesterday. The audience was left inspired, motivated and ready to make a creative difference.
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