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Inarchi: Lights that float against the wall
Light design firm Inarchi create elaborate chandelier light installations for projects all around the world.
Fashion is sustainable when it's DIY
Dutch designer Vera de Pont presented her project on DIY fashion and the future of the industry as one of the Design Indaba Global Graduates 2016.
Alexa Pollmann: Design, migration and a future form of statehood
Alexa Pollmann’s project Indivicracy presents a future statehood, where governments are no longer territorial and citizens are followed by a social network.
Rich Mnisi: Fashion forward design
We talk to emerging South African fashion designer Rich Mnisi about the challenges of making a name for yourself in a young, local market.
Free language education for the world
Tech entrepreneur Luis von Ahn created an app that enables anyone, anywhere to learn a language for free.
Look Up – an app designed to stop New Yorkers staring at the mobile phones
Socially-focussed artist, designer and 2017 Design Indaba speaker, Ekene Ijeoma, has found a way to humanise intangible data to trigger empathy and compassion.
Woza: The story of an African Surfer
"Woza" tells the story of an African surfer who has been taken as a lover by the African water spirit Mami Wata.
African aesthetic and Scandinavian sensibilities
We chat to Marcus Engman, head of design at IKEA Sweden, about the new Afrikea collaboration between Design Indaba and IKEA.
Wednesdays with Goddard
A personal quest for spiritual enlightenment leads to romance and despair.
Grandmothers, Afrofuturism and Nairobi-beats
Kenyan photographer Osborne Macharia directs his first film, released today as the music video to Blinky Bill's new song "Atie".
MOLD: A focus on the future of food
This new independent publication focusses on the future of food and how design can help feed a hungry planet.
Arch for Arch commemorates Archbishop Tutu and the freedom of South Africa
Arch for Arch celebrates the free South Africa that Tutu and his peers fought to build, and plays on his country’s affectionate nickname for him – ‘The Arch’.
(P)residant: Those who don't let go of power
"I call them 'les presidents residants' because they never want to leave power once in the seat." – Fabrice Monteiro, photographer, Dakar.
StelooLive: An experimental, electronic soundscape in Accra
In this live mix of fashion, art and sound, Accra-based trail-blazer Dj Steloo creates an experimental soundscape using glass, spoons and cans as instruments.
Magadi: New work by phenomenal Afrofuturist Osborne Macharia
At Design Indaba 2017, Osborne Macharia introduced the audience to Magadi, a new series which focusses on a group of former female circumcisers.
Things we learnt from Kate Moross
It’s better to have a hole in your team than an ass whole.
Masters in the art of freestyling it
We chat to Freestyle Love Supreme ahead of their Design Indaba daily wrap ups and once-off performance this Thursday at Nightscape. Get your tickets now!
We chat to awe-inspiring artist Olafur Eliasson
We held a live Twitter Q&A with artist Olafur Eliasson ahead of his Design Indaba Conference talk. Here are his forceful and beautiful thoughts.
Future technologies: Ideas that are changing our world
At Design Indaba Conference 2017, we've gathered the greatest minds in the tech industries. From the founder of Airbnb to MIT fellows, the best grads and more.
The making of a dreamscape
Come with us into a surreal world of magical trees, otherworldly art installations and a full-blown lineup of awesome musicians and DJs.
Award-winning Burkina Faso architect Francis Kéré to design the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion
Our longtime friend and Design Indaba alumnus Francis Kéré has been chosen to design the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion in London. It will be his UK debut.
1001 Cairo street chairs and the particular charm of imperfection
The long-term Sidewalk Salon project documents the city of Cairo by looking at it from the perspective of the ubiquitous street chair.
The Zulu alphabet in 25 lino prints
South African graphic designer Siya Masuku designed a beautiful printed Zulu alphabet, featuring 25 lively animals, to help teach children isiZulu.
Special Projects create an experience that encourages connection between generations
The NEW OLD exhibition at the Design Museum focusses on how design thinking can help people live fuller, healthier and more rewarding lives as they age.
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Design Indaba Classic: David Adjaye, Starchitect
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26 Apr 17
Renowned architect David Adjaye was named among Time Magazine's 100 most influential people of 2017.
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AFRICA. NOW. West Africa
For the next instalment of Design Indaba’s Africa.Now. series our journalists investigate design and creativity in Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria and the Ivory Coast.
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