With our radar tuned into trends due not only to our current TRENDS Issue but also because Deisgn Indaba 2013 has come and gone, we could not help but notice that the animal in design now. From ceramics to rugs to the ‘Memphis Meets Africa’ exhibition by Dutch trend forecaster Li Edelkoort, animal design was everywhere.

The wooden figurines (above) by Ikhaya hit the mark on not only the animal trend but also the wood trend (Trend 12 in our TRENDS issue). Ikhaya uses the beautiful blonde wood of fallen Jacaranda trees to create naive, locally handcrafted carvings with a unique personality. Visit www.Ikhayastore.com to see their designs.

Magda van der Vloed uses recycled plastic bags as well as thick PVC wire/ recycled telephone cords to create her bold designs. Her bright stag head design was showcased on the ‘Memphis Meets Africa’ exhibition at Design Indaba in Cape Town last weekend.

The monkey creations by Curious Room was a collaboration between Margaret Woermann (Heartworks) and Peta Becker (Projekt). They aim: to create unusual one-off items combining their ideas and techniques.

Visit www.heartworks.co.za and www.projektonline.co.za for more information.

Ronel Jordaan uses felt as a creative medium. Entirely self taught and following her own creative instincts, she began to turn fine gossamer thread into robust felted forms and hence the ‘Sheepstack’ was created. We loved the playful nature of her take on Totemism.

Her website www.roneljordaan.com

All images courtesy of Marsel Roothman.

Posted by Kat Scriven