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This speculative project seamlessly collects water from the air around it
Design student Ivy Yan Ying Tai's concept could be easy enough to replicate in water scarce countries.
Young, fashionable and made in Dakar
Three young fashion designers on being creative and running fashion houses in Dakar.
Panâh: An ethical fashion production house in Kenya
This African production house produces high quality clothes for international brands.
Using soybeans to create vegan leather
We can now add soybeans to the list of cruelty-free leather alternatives.
How do we perceive others and ourselves?
Gaze is a new South African web series deconstructing the art of seeing others.
Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there
Poo. We’re talking about poo.
A patient and caregiver centred chair by Rhys Jones
Industrial design graduate Rhys Jones and his neonatal chair.
The intersection of fashion, design and technology
The Rayn Jacket is a universal waterproof coat inspired by wheelchair users.
Olafur Eliasson previews his new Little Sun Diamond at DI 2017
Ending the first day of Conference with lightness, Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson gives the audience a sneak peak at his new the Little Sun Diamond.
Dokter and Misses and their Weird Dream at the Design Indaba Conference
Dokter and Misses and their friends take us on a surreal journey with their multi-disciplinary presentation.
New York’s School of Visual Arts brings its Underground Images exhibition to Design Indaba Festival 2017
Underground Images is a collection of more than 50 posters created at SVA for display in the NY subway system.
Michael Moore’s Trump resistance calendar for all anti-Trump events
Filmmaker Michael Moore created a Trump resistance calendar to track anti-Trump protests.
Marvel meets Orishas: Transforming African gods into superheroes
Brazilian illustrator Hugo Canuto turned Yoruba African gods into western superheroes.
Kenzo’s delicate and shape-shifting short film about the complexities of music
Music is my Mistress is a short film directed by Kahlil Joseph for Kenzo Clothing.
Federico Babina uses architecture to explain mental illness
Babina cleverly represents what different mental illnesses look like.
Feminine hygiene for rural schoolgirls
Happy with a Purpose distributes menstrual cups to rural schoolgirls in South Africa.
The ethical fashion brand breaking international ground
South Africa-based ethical fashion designer Bushera Bashir will showcase at London Fashion Week.
Women in design: Five questions with three interior designers from Emerging Creatives 2017
A QnA with three female interior designers about their designs and the industry.
Dancing through difficulty
Liberty Express is a dance, film and cultural exchange project for children living in poverty.
Breathing cities: China’s first vertical forest to combat pollution
Stefano Boeri Architetti is building another vertical forest to curb the pollution problem.
Nomad: A digital guide for the visually impaired
Student designs a headset concept to tackle some of the challenges faced by the visually impaired in their daily lives.
New and bold furniture designs from Siyanda Mbele
South African interior designer Siyanda Mbele unveils new work.
Light-printable and rewritable paper is here
Researchers have discovered an eco-friendly way to print on paper
Fashion meets fine art at Lexus SA Menswear Week ‘17
Fine artist David Brits collaborates with menswear clothing line Good Good Good for Lexus SA Menswear Week AW17.
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