Exploring Woven Cosmos, Kenyan biophilia, music’s mavericks, & our newest multimedia-ists

New worlds

Design’s next wave, those bold hackers and dreamers, keenly embrace innovation and technology to generate new realities – from using a digital 3D loom to weave a new cosmos, to harnessing multimedia tools to carve out dreamscapes from blank screens…

Natural Appeal

The new Startup Lions Campus by former #DI Speaker Diébédo Francis Kéré casts a striking silhouette on the Kenyan landscape. Situated near Lake Turkana, the architecture takes its inspiration from termite mounds that are typical of the region. The building's towers function as passive cooling for the interior, while rooftop terraces offer spectacular views. Discover more on our site.
Follow: @kerearchitecture

Woven Cosmos

Continuously exploring themes of sustainability and the link between craft and industry, former #DI Speaker Hella Jongerius’ intricate artworks celebrate the skill and beauty of textiles. Her latest show, on at Gropius Bau in Berlin until August, takes this one step further with an exciting interactive series of installations that focus on the process of making as much as the end result. Get into the weave
Follow: @hellajongerius @gropiusbau 

Multiphypenate Millennials

Our exclusive series of Q&As with Design Indaba Emerging Creatives from the Class of 2021 covers their creative ethos, career trajectory, current work, and upcoming projects. You saw these soon-to-be-stars here first…

Journey to the Centre of the Self

We chatted to multimedia whizz-kid Alizwa Mnyatheli, a photographer and digital artist, about her appreciation of yesteryear and childhood love of fantasy. She believes art can heal, and her layered work leans into emotional complexity and exudes an ethereal sense of calm and a dreamy otherworldly appeal. Read all about it here.
Follow: @_ali.maaz

The Alchemist

Multimedia artist Nhlakanipho Mashinini describes himself as an alchemist – synthesizing layers of thinking, processes and techniques into art that exists in the digital realm. He draws on techniques as far ranging as architecture and film to explore difficult themes like politics and human emotion. Access his mindset here.
Follow: @lord_shiinzo @artbyshini