Design Joburg, featuring Rooms on View 2018 leaves inspired visitors overawed by the record standard set in the local décor and design exhibition space.

For its second year running, Media 10’s Design Joburg, featuring Rooms on View was an all-round success. Held in the city’s centrally located Sandton Convention Centre, the show saw 10 000 visitors through its doors over the three day period.

The ELLE Decoration team feels particularly proud of the success of this event, due the fact that we had our very own stand at the show. With collaboration from Woodbender, Hertex, Oggie, Generation Store, Lemon design (and so, so many more – read all about our stand HERE.) But some of our other highlights included the exciting news that Donald Nxumalo is rebranding his interiors company, from DNX to Donald Nxumalo Interiors.

Another of the biggest developments this year was the news that Andrea Kleinloog and Megan Hesse of Anatomy Design, second-time curators of the show, are handing the baton to Greg Gamble and Philippe van der Merwe of Tonic Design. As a signature initiative of Design Joburg, the CoLabs were once again the draw card that brought the masses to the show, resulting in much social media hype. Teaming up with a number of the country’s leading brand names, this year’s headline acts included Form Interior’s Erica Schalkwyk, Tristan du Plessis, Heather Boting, JVR’s Joe van Rooyen with Mavromac & Gatehouse, Liam Mooney, Design Dreams International’s Buzwe Mabuza, Blacksmith Interior Inspiration and Design Partnership. (Read our interview with Jacoline Sema, mentee to Blacksmith Interior’s Ryan Ilger HERE.)

Fired Earth’s partnership with the show’s CoLab features saw the creation of about a dozen new paint colours in collaboration with the participating designers that impressed visitors with its spectrum of usable colours.

This year’s food and beverage scene was a hive of activity. CoLab, Marble Restaurant’s pop-up, was abuzz with visitors who had a selection of fresh and inspired salad pots, filled baguettes and on-trend cocktails to choose from. Thoughtfully designed at the hands of Oniroco’s Irene Kyriacou, the swish bar and café was welcomed as a comfortable spot to refuel and recharge in high style.
Thanks to the HK Studio team, the Hendricks Gin Bar presented yet another bar option for discerning visitors, fusing Ardmore’s wild, animal-centric designs with the herbal infused notes of Hendrick’s Gin.

So impressive were some of the Rooms on View stands at the show that they too pulled droves of cell phone snapping visitors.

Some of our favourites included La Grange Interiors’ Sumari Krige’s stand.

Mavromac & Gatehouse’s presentation with architect Joe can Rooyen took visitors on a style journey, making them forget they were in a convention centre, whilst Black Fabrics’ alluring stand wowed with swathes of fabric in bursts of colour. Lastly, Tonic’s colour rich, generously decorated room set proved that they’re worthy recipients of the Design Joburg directorship role.