This year’s Design Indaba, the annual creative conference for celebrating the best in design and creativity, runs from February 27 – March 1 at the Artscape Theatre Centre in Cape Town.
These are some of the creative practitioners and thought leaders you can look forward to:
Adebayo Oke-Lawal, Designer and Founder of Orange Culture
Nigerian fashion designer Adebayo Oke-Lawal is the founder of the men’s fashion line Orange Culture and one of Forbes 30 under 30 in Africa’s creative sector. Orange Culture, which first debuted at Lagos Fashion & Design Week in 2011, has become somewhat of a “movement” and garnered cross-gender appeal with its androgynous aesthetic. The brand is manufactured in Nigeria using ethically-sourced fabric from local fabric makers.
Alice Rawsthorn, Design Critic and Author
London-based Alice Rawsthorn is an award-winning design critic and the author of the critically acclaimed books Design as an Attitude and Hello World: Where Design Meets Life. A former New York Times international design critic, she is a highly influential voice in the creative field and speaks regularly at events across the world including TED and the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Ane Crabtree, Costume Designer
A 28-year veteran of the film industry and creative mind behind the costumes of some of your favourite apocalyptic television shows including The Handmaid’s Tale, Sopranos and Westworld. Crabtree is a self-confessed workaholic working 20 hours a day and six or seven days a week.
Annabelle Selldorf, Architect and Founder of Selldorf Architects
German-born Selldorf founded her New York architectural firm in 1988. Using the guiding principle of humanism, the firm “designs for the individual experience. As a result, its work is brought to life–and made complete–by those who use it.” A favourite of art and cultural institutions, Selldorf Architects have worked with the likes of Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, The Frick Collection, The Clark Art Institute, Neue Galerie New York, and Brown University.
David Droga, Founder and Chairman of Droga5
Droga5 is a multiple award-winning agency based in New York that ranks among the top ten advertising and marketing companies in the world. David Droga who has been awarded the highest number of awards of any creative at the Cannes Lions festival believes that “Our job is to move people and do extraordinary things… When your peers think you are great, you are good. When you do good for people who don’t know you, then you are great.”
Dong-Ping Wong, Founding Director of FOOD
Dong-Ping Wong is an architect and the Founding Director of Food New York, a studio employing architects and designers whose mandate is to make cities a better place to live. Their philosophy states: “Regardless of type or scale, we believe that buildings, like the people that live and work within them, can actively contribute to making the environments all around us more productive, inclusive and awesome.” Collaborators include Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, Nike, Adidas and MoMA.
John Pawson, Architectural Designer
Award-winning British architectural designer John Pawson is best known for his minimal aesthetic. One of his most recently completed works is the impressive Jaffa Hotel in Tel Aviv. Pawson converted the former convent and hospital into a 120 room luxury hotel beautifully incorporating the historic elements into the design.
Mariam Kamara, Architect and Founder of Atelier Masōmī
Hailing from Niger, Mariam obtained her Masters in Architecture from the University of Washington. In 2013, she became a founding member of united4design, a global collective of architects working on projects in the US, Afghanistan and Niger. She founded atelier masōmī in 2014, an architecture and research firm whose work is guided by the belief that architects have an important role to play in thinking spaces that have the power to elevate, dignify, and provide a better quality of life.
Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez, Co-founder of Skipping Rocks Lab
Rodrigo is an inventor, designer, architect and engineer and co-founder of the London-based Skipping Rocks Lab that are pioneering the use of natural materials extracted from plants and seaweed, to create packaging with low environmental impact. They are best known for their edible spherical water “bottle” named Ooho.
Tin&Ed, Creative Directors
Tin&Ed are creative directors and artists working between New York and Melbourne Australia. Through installations and live digital experiences, Tin&Ed seek to explore the convergence of our physical and digital worlds. With an emphasis on play, curiosity, experimentation and collaboration, the duo have worked with an extensive list of brands, agencies, festivals, cultural institutions and publications.
Wanuri Kahiu, Film Director, Producer and Author
Born in Nairobi, Wanuri is part of the new generation of African storytellers. Her films have screened in numerous film festivals around the world including being the first Kenyan to show at Cannes. To date, Wanuri has written and directed six films including documentaries and sci-fi and is working on her second feature length film. She is also the co-founder of AFROBUBBLEGUM, a media company that supports, creates and commissions fun, fierce and frivolous African art – “Africa is seen as such a serious continent. We need images of joy and frivolity as well. Because we are joyful, and sometimes we are frivolous.”
Ticket sales for the Design Indaba Conference 2019 are officially open and booking can be done through webtickets.co.za here.