Issue 68 sees the start of an exciting new feature, known as Design Showcase. In this feature, a South African designer has the spotlight put on his or her work over three whole pages!

The first Design Showcase features one-time ad man, now turned designer/lateral thinker/inventor, Porky Hefer.

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Porky (he’s the thin one in this pic) says about local design: “Often a local solution turns out to be a global one because it’s so simple an honest. A perfect, pure design idea should be followed by a chorus of ‘Why didn’t I think of that?'” You’ll see lots to illustrate this way of thinking in the Design Showcase in Issue 68, and here are two examples:

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We posted about Porky Hefers’ Lites last year some time, and since then, he’s released a version in pure white too. Lites are turned wooden ‘light bulbs’ made from indigenous African hardwoods.

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Another recent notion of Porky’s is his Phe-Phela seat, where he explores the possibility of turning a chair into something more productive when it’s not being sat upon. The Phe-Phela is inspired by ventilator outlets, and it spins in the slightest breeze when not in use.

Find out more about Porky Hefer’s work and also about creative consultancy Animal Farm at the website.