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Harvesting water from unexpected places
The way we build our cities can help us harvest water sustainably, says Design Indaba alumna Shaakira Jassat.
Established in 1997, Frame is the world’s leading media brand for interior-design professionals.
“Food is fascinating because it is an ever evolving substance where development will never stop.”
Mirjam de Bruijn
Mirjam de Bruijn's work questions the way we use our everyday products.
Pascale Theron was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, but recently graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands.
Student designer Felix Ros on making autonomous driving more human
The cognitive designer on humble interactions and how we use the products of the future.
A smart device that instantly detects Malaria
Technical University Delft students have devised a way to diagnose malaria in quick time, using a combination of mobile tech, 3D printing and algorithms.
The Metacognition Revolution: We talk to meditation designer Freyja Sewell
While smartphone apps gamify meditation, this student designer wants to make the inner workings of a meditative mind visible.
The evolution of meditation tech with design graduate Freyja Sewell
Mind Mirror is part of a mindfulness series that hopes to diversify meditation tech by visualising brain activity.
On cityscapes and soundsuits with future-proofing graduate Ines De Peuter
Ines De Peuter investigates the relationship between the self and its context by creating garments that adapt to the concrete jungle.
A future where calling a human stand-in is as easy as calling an Uber
It’s already possible, but what if it evolves into more than just hiring someone to stand in line, and Other-Self Agency replaces interactions with loved ones?
Designing a way to build bonds between strangers
Social designer Manon van Hoeckel creates spaces, art pieces and experiences that confront divides between people.
Five killer Design Indaba Conference talks you should watch
From graphic designer Natasha Jen to architect Francis Kéré, here are our top 5 Design Indaba Conference talks.
The Socio-Technical City combats the key challenges of our future cities
UNStudio designs a speculative cityscape for The Hague, aimed to address rapid urban growth and sustainability.
Oliber is a low-cost solution for people suffering from a debilitating condition
Chilean design graduate Bárbara López designed a low-cost tool to give new hands to those in need.
It isn’t really a plant, it isn’t moss, it isn’t an insect but it could be the future of food
Lichen, a cryptogram or type of plant, can be made in several tasty ways. So why aren’t we eating it?
Turning refugee bunkers into privacy pods using minimalist design
“I tried to create a kind of privacy pod around the only space the individual has: their beds.”
Meet the design graduate who created her own coffin
Confronted with the mortality of not only her body but the world, Shaina Garfield found healing in the subject of death.
Inclusive, human-centred furniture for the disabled
Inspired by her sister who has Down's Syndrome, the designer behind this furniture range uses a human-centred approach to design.
Frame Lab aims to catalyse the future of interior design
The event will takes place over two days and explore innovation in retail, hospitality, shows, institutions, work and residences.
Dave Hakkens on his mission to help people fight plastic waste worldwide
The designer behind the award-winning project, Precious Plastic will be back at Design Indaba to talk about his latest work.
0.9 grams of brass: A brass paper clip that symbolises a cow’s life
See how graduate student Adelaide Lala Tam uses this project as a metaphor for the life cycle of a cow.
Lucas De Man uses art to help bring more social cohesion to our cities
His latest project called EYE humanises the anonymous city by giving it eyes and offering visitors new perspectives.
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