The very best in local and international design is currently being showcased at 100% Design South Africa taking place at Gallagher Convention Centre alongside Decorex Joburg. Visitors are in for a treat with four all-new attractions presented in Joburg for the first time.

100% Concrete Lab

Presented by PPC, 100% Concrete Lab aims to stimulate experimentation and new thinking around the use of concrete and focuses on exciting innovations from 3D printed cement to translucent concrete being presented as the design possibilities of the future.

A display of pieces curated by the finalists and winners of this year’s PPC Imaginarium Awards serves as one of the main features. These awards aim to recognise and feature innovation and design using Portland Cement-based concrete as primary material or inspiration across six disciplines: Architecture, Fashion, Sculpture, Jewellery, Industrial Design and Film.

“Innovation is recognised by PPC as a key driver for economic growth and development and to provide solutions to the key issues facing people, communities and our country as we all strive for a better and more sustainable future – a “Better Life for All”, says PPC’s resident architect Daniel van der Merwe. “It also allows PPC to promote the use of concrete as a design material and encourage experimentation using Portland Cement in South Africa.”



100% Design Supermarket

This ready-to-shop pavilion allows smaller independent designers to sell their wares directly to the public during the event and goods are available immediately for purchase. 100% Design Supermarket is co-located with the show’s main exhibitors who present larger, to-order items such as furniture, fabrics and lighting.

The “hot list” for the inaugural supermarket includes the likes of leather specialists, Wolf & Maiden, Arkivio, Rialheim, Skylert, Iloni, Tydloos, Masterwire and Beaders, Design on Textile, Minitza, Mia Melange and Storm in a Tea Cup Ceramics.



Picture Africa and Talking Textiles

The Picture Africa exhibit explores how Africa’s fabrics and photos are used as a means of cultural expression and also how designers are forging ahead to create new design directions. This celebration of the relationship between photography, textiles and fashion is curated by Cathy O’Clery of Platform Creative Agency.

Picture Africa includes work by leading African photographers such as Phyllis Galembo, Thandiwe Muriu, Hassan Hajjaj and Ed Suter. Top South African fashionistas like Trevor Stuurman, Laduma Nxgoloko and Marianne Fassler also feature, alongside Ghana’s Yevu and Côte D’Ivoire’s Laurence Airline. Innovative textile designers from allover Africa such as Aissata Namoko, Skinny laMinx, Eva Sonaike, Design Team, Bead Design Studio and Banke Kuku are brought to the fore.

Following the great reception they received at Decorex Cape Town, the Picture Africa exhibition and the accompanying 100% Textiles pavilion have extending their fabrics focus for the Joburg show, to include a series of presentations called Talking Textiles. These talks are presented by a range of designers and design brands who discuss trends, the launch of new products and the introduction of industry innovation, and takes place in the new Hub area.


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