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Woven grass handbags by DXP
Pichulik collaborates with Design Africa and the Du Noon Urban Weavers on a collection of unusual bags made of rope and indigenous grass.
The sangomas and weavers of Du Noon
An exhibition of photos captures the daily lived realities of the talented women collaborating with Pichulik and Design Afrika on a new range of bags.
Mothers and daughters in design
Here's a feel-good feature about three mother-daughter design teams for Mother's Day.
How Anatomy Design broke into the European market
Anatomy Design has two lights in the collection of new Danish brand Karakter. Andrea Kleinloog tells us what it took to get into the European market.
A legal gift to the creative community
Need to protect your creative ideas? Download this Non-Disclosure Agreement and say thank you to Adams & Adams law firm.
Si Maclennan channels Sol Lewitt
For his first solo show, "Geometcentricity", Cape Town illustrator Si Maclennan was inspired by the American artist famous for his geometric minimalism.
Pentagram's "I Give an X" campaign
Only 65% of the UK's population voted in the last election, with young people in particular staying away. A new campaign by Pentagram hopes to change that.
A most contemporary Karakter
Danish brand Karakter launches its debut collection by distinctive and diverse designers – including South Africa's own Anatomy Design.
Contemplating our freedom
As South Africa celebrates Freedom Day, we look back on hopeful beginnings to remind us of what we set out to achieve as a nation.
Droog's hardware will make you happy
The Dutch studio puts the fun into functional with an award-winning range of smile-inducing nuts and bolts.
GRID sofa by Studio Pool
A mix-and-match sofa-cum-daybed made of modular geometric elements.
Focus on: South African designers working in wool
It’s Wool Week in Cape Town! We round up five recently launched designs that explore the tactile possibilities of this natural fibre.
Head, hands and heart
"Craft art", says author Elbé Coetsee, heralds the merging of "art" and "craft" as makers bring a conceptual approach to traditional handmade techniques.
Where craft and art meet
Elbé Coetsee's new book, "Craft Art in South Africa", is a beautifully illustrated journey through the tactile possibilities of handmade work.
Kassena Town by Dokter and Misses
Dokter and Misses’ new range of storage pieces is a further exploration of West African Kassena architecture.
Wrap yourself in a Rothko
Hinterveld’s new 2015/16 collection introduces colour-soaked patterns and a variety of yarn blends.
The Boomslang voted Most Beautiful Object in South Africa
Kirstenbosch's suspended walkway designed by Mark Thomas and Henry Fagan is the public's choice in the Most Beautiful Object in SA at Design Indaba Expo 2015.
Designers rattling the cage of industry
Day One at Design Indaba Conference offered diverse viewpoints on the art of going it alone.
Clouds armchair by Casamento
The new chair is a flouncy but structured homage to the textures of wool, farmed locally in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa.
Creative collectives in Africa
"Africa Is Now 2015", a Design Indaba project, introduces five groups in Angola, Egypt, Senegal and Kenya producing some of the most exciting work in Africa.
Self-portraits of Africa's past
Senegalese photographer Omar Victor Diop is a prolific image-maker with one eye on history and the other on contemporary popular culture.
"David Adjaye – Collaborations: Pitch Black" by Oliver Hardt
This excerpt from a new documentary on the architect David Adjaye goes inside his first project built in the US: the studio of artist Lorna Simpson.
Music for your eyeballs
Anthea Duce, or "Duce Duce" as she is known on the underground bass music scene, interprets music in live projections that mix found footage with graphics.
Telling Kenya's queer stories
We chat to the filmmakers of "The Stories of Our Lives" who risked their personal safety to depict the everyday lives of gay Kenyans.
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