Design Joburg, featuring Rooms on View returns in May 2018. With thousands of visitors to last year’s inaugural show, the climate proved right for a unique showcase of the very best that the local décor and design trade has to offer.

The show’s curative process is set to top the maiden exhibition, with 2018 offering a larger selection of design industry trailblazers, all of whom will transform the Sandton Convention Centre into a nucleus of interior design talent.

Design Joburg 2018 will draw the attention of visitors to 2 major features, namely ROOMS ON VIEW and CoLabs. 

Rooms on View

Rooms on View’s long-awaited hit return as SA’s benchmark decorating show proved to be exactly what discerning lovers of décor and design were seeking.

With exhibitors displaying their wares within innovative room sets, this element of the show will once again be under the sharp curative eye of renowned South African interior designer Sumari Krige. The next edition of this show within a show will bring the latest in cutting-edge décor to Design Joburg.


This year’s collaborations will be more refined and supersized than ever before. Dubbed CoLabs, these spaces are inventive and experimental and comprise curated feature exhibits that bring together leading architects and interior designers with top-drawer brands, local artisans, and suppliers. Part of upping the ante is the show’s exciting partnership with paint brand Fired Earth as sponsors of the CoLabs features.

 The stellar line-up of designers and architects includes the likes of Liam Mooney, Heather Boting, Design Dreams International, DNX Interiors, Form Interiors and Studio 19. Each designer will be creating their own signature paint colour and using it within their CoLab feature stand. Visitors can purchase their favouritecolours, in beautifully-designed, convenient 2,5 litre tins, from the Fired Earth retail stand. Thereafter, the range will retail at all Builders Warehouse and Builders Express stores across the country.

More established studios like Design Partnership, Studio A, Blacksmith Interiors and JVR Architects, will also be taking on mentoring roles and working with design start-ups. Expect boundaries to be pushed, and some really progressive displays to evolve.

Creative Direction

Andrea Kleinloog and Megan Hesse, co-owners of Anatomy Design and HK Studio, as will also return as Creative Directors of the show. Using their wealth of industry experience, this celebrated design duo’s role will be to spearhead the creation of the show’s unique proposition. Together they’ll be driving this collaborative and integrated approach, crafting a show that will once again be the vanguard of design in South Africa.

CoLab by Marble

Further Design Joburg features are in the works including the main central restaurant which will be curated by Marble’s David Higgs and interior designer Irene Kyriacou. Poised as Johannesburg’s coolest fine dining hot spot, Marble will be bringing the culinary magic. Taking inspiration from the show’s own collaborative focus, this pop-up restaurant and bar will be called ‘CoLab ‘and celebrates Marble’s own collaborative journey with their vendors, artisans and designers.

The Architect’s Gallery

The Architect’s Gallery is a new addition and poised as the central feature for the 2018 show. It will be an exhibit of the work of South Africa’s architectural community presented mostly in 3D model format.

Since tactile, take-away elements are a must, there’ll be a glut of leading décor brands selling their wares and providing visitors with instant gratification.

Design Joburg, featuring Rooms on View will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre from 25 to 27 May 2018. To find out more, including how to book tickets, visit the website.