Top 10 Product Spotlights of 2014

We've featured a wide array of products over the course of the year. Here are our 10 favourite designs whose ingenuity and craftsmanship stand out.

BISAZZA Hayón tiles by Jamie Hayon

Patterns multiply underfoot as Jaime Hayón pays homage to the Spanish landscape in his new collection of tiles for manufacturer BISAZZA. The distinguishing element of the collection is the Spanish designer's skillful use of graphic patterns. “A simple flip of the tiles gives you the power to create your own enchanting landscape,” says Hayón. See it here.

SEA ME rug by Nienke Hoogvliet

Delft-based textile and product designer Nienke Hoogvliet used a yarn made of sea algae, handknotted into an old fishing net to create this delicate rug. The considered design feels luxurious but seems almost accidental in nature, found among the flotsam that has washed ashore. Read more here.

Brass Top dressing table by James Mudge

The Cape Town-based carpenter employs his expertise in traditional cabinet-making with contemporary flair in this pared-down dressing table. Solid oak contrasts with an acid-washed brass top whose mottled surface plays against the wood grain. Read about it here.

Handmade Home collection by Quazi Design

Swazi social enterprise Quazi is producing some of its best work yet as it ventures into furniture and lighting with unusual new applications of paper. Paper takes on a substantial quality, resembling stone, felt and wood. See the collection here.

Offis System by Raw Studio

The Pretoria-based studio launched a dynamic new system of complementary pieces, called Offis™. Made using Raw’s trademark Birch plywood, the furniture caters to offices that use hot-desking and flexible-use spaces. The collection includes semi-private pods, soft furnishings, discussion tables, ottomans and mobile laptop tables. See them here.

Topiary lamps by Vera and Kyte

Instead of a traditional lampshade, these lights by Norwegian designers Vera Kleppe and Åshild Kyte shield the bulb behind a giant disc that rotates to allow for either direct or indirect light. The shade's precise shape floating above a slender base gives the lamp a paper cut-out character. Read about them here.

Docks Table by Andile Dyalvane

With the Tetris-like cityscape of this table, ceramicist Andile Dyalvane, known for his progressive work as Imiso Ceramics, records the rapid gentrification that is taking place in Woodstock, Cape Town, where his studio is located. The table pairs ceramic and bronze to reflect the fragmented urban fabric. See it here.

Foliage, Eden and Carapace textiles for Maharam by Hella Jongerius

The Dutch superstar has produced three delicate new nature-inspired fabric designs for Maharam that bring an element of the handmade to the American textile and rug manufacturer’s high-performance commercial fabrics. The three collections offer a refreshing interpretation of the decorative genre of flora and fauna. See the collections here.

Geometric Storm chandelier by Willowlamp

The complex quadrangles and shifting shapes of this new chandelier signal a change of direction for the internationally acclaimed South African lighting brand. Geometric Storm won Best Lighting Design Award at 100% Design South Africa. Read about this new design here.

Magic Veld collection by Evolution Product

For this range of cushions, designer Amanda du Plessis researched the historical illustrations of renowned explorers to Southern Africa such as the Rev. John Campbell, Robert Jacob Gordon and Francois Le Vallian. The cushions feature early botanical sketches, studies of fauna and even some landscape scenes of the region on 100% natural linen. See them here.

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