Siyanda Mbele is from Umlazi, KwaZulu Natal and graduated from the Durban University of Technology with a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design. Mbele is the owner of Pinda, which designs and manufactures hand-painted furniture inspired by the uniqueness of South African cultures. His designs provide an unexpectedly modern variation of African furniture and incorporate South African cultural references.
Mbele uses Ndebele, Venda and Zulu patterns in the products, which are interpreted into a novel aesthetic that also influences the shape of the products’ legs.
* Siyanda Mbele is part of the 2015 Department of Arts and Culture and SABS Incubation Programme, in association with Design Indaba.