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South African creativity's unlikely ambassador
As Nando's prepares to ramp up its support for local design, co-founder Robbie Brozin tells us what chicken and creativity have to do with one another.
Recipes for urban subversion
Santiago Cirugeda is not the kind of architect to sit around and wait for commissions. Is this the future of architecture in austerity-hit Europe?
Senegal's fashion futurist
Selly Raby Kane, a central figure in Dakar's new creative wave, will bring her avant-garde fashion sensibility to the stage at Design Indaba Conference 2015.
Rosita Missoni, who co-founded the Missoni empire with her husband 62 years ago, will talk about her creative longevity at Design Indaba Conference 2015.
The pattern collector
Africa's faded modernist buildings are a source of graphic inspiration for fashion designer Sindiso Khumalo, who will speak at Design Indaba Conference 2015.
What artworks see
Masashi Kawamura’s new photo project reverses the relationship between artwork and viewer.
The wood whisperers
The duo behind Studio Propolis, who present at Design Indaba Conference 2015, are single-minded about making by hand and using resources sparingly.
When north meets south
The Frugal Collection by two Franco-Austrian designers and a group of South African craftsmen finds new contemporary applications for traditional craft.
A mile in her shoes
How Caryn Wilensky built her handmade shoe design brand, Coast & Koi, one step at a time.
Home in a bag
Our hypermobile world demands new designs that can help us feel at home in our ever-changing environment, says Teresa Palmieri.
A contemporary craftswoman
Hella Jongerius, who will speak at Design Indaba Conference 2015, creates a flora- and fauna-inspired paradise of new textile designs for Maharam.
The creative engine inside Joe Public United
Pepe Marais and Xolisa Dyeshana to present Joe Public United's award-winning work at Design Indaba Conference 2015.
"Light Motif" by Frédéric Bonpapa
This short film interprets a piece of contemporary music as a series of hypnotic, colour-drenched visuals.
Off the beaten track
We chat to the organisers of the Hors Pistes project, which pairs European designers with foreign artisans, as they wrap up a workshop in Banfora, Burkina Faso.
3 game-changers for low-income housing?
The three winners of the Better Living Challenge design competition each receive R500 000 worth of support services to develop their products for market.
Silk Quilted Plaids by Borre Akkersdijk and Piet Hein Eek
The designers present a range of richly patterned quilts made from fabrics left behind at an old tie factory.
Wangechi Mutu: I'm interested in how the eye can trick you
The Nairobi-born artist tells us about the making of her first video animation, "The End of Eating Everything".
Porky Hefer is expanding his interest in sustainable design by building a house. Just don't ask him for elevation plans.
John Vogel on making it as your own manufacturer
South African furniture designer John Vogel on being hands-on in the workshop and accessing the market in multiple ways.
Using design thinking to help fight Ebola
OpenIDEO and USAID launch global call for innovative tools to help health-care workers on the frontlines of the virus.
Paragon takes top sustainability honours
The Johannesburg-based firm won the 2014 AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture for its design of the Alexander Forbes Headquarters.
Mark Kaigwa: Tracking digital trends in East Africa
The Nairobi-based social media strategist and blogger tells us where digital technology is heading in Kenya.
Vitra Design Museum looks to Africa
The institution plans a major exhibition on contemporary African design in spring 2015.
Light and shadow
The subtle play of light through the spaces of this children's facility in the Japanese town of Yamadi-machi is designed to encourage healing.
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