Live Eco Remake Design Challenge of 2015 winners, finalists and sponsors from left to right: Drew Wolf, Kristina Nielsen, Felix Holm, Stephanie Wolhuter Inggs, Bryan Ramkilawan, Nikki Stear, Tony Budden, Hannah-Rose Smith, Justine Pulford and Werner Boshoff.

The Live Eco Remake Design Challenge, South Africa’s premier sustainable fashion and object design competition, announced their winners last week at an awards evening and design installation held at The Bello Studio in Woodstock, Cape Town.

The Live Eco Remake Design Challenge is a sustainable design competition that challenges students and emerging designers to create mainstream clothing and objects whilst adhering to sustainable design principles and eliminating waste in their production methods. Under two categories, FASHION and OBJECT, the judges deliberated over talented finalists and finally selected the overall winners…

Images by Marguerite Photography

This year was by far the hardest year of the competition to judge as the quality of the designs has gone up so much and I loved all of them. – Tony Budden CEO of Hemporium



1st Prize: Werner BoshoffUrban Valkyrie. Inspired by Scandinavian mythology, to create garments that translated into the ‘ultimate urban luxury’. Follow Werner at @StudioWer.


2nd Prize: Justine PulfordAutumn Knits collection. Inspired by Justine’s love for Autumn and knit wear pieces. Follow Justine at @justinepul.


Special Prize and emerging creative: Hannah-Rose SmithUrban Transformation collection. Inspired by minimalism and the need to transform. Follow Hannah at @lila_rosebyhr.



1st Prize: Drew WolfBelted, up-cycled lounge chair. Made from woven, upcycled seat belts, while the chair frame was constructed from old timber, which with floor boards gathered from demolished squash courts.


2nd Prize: Kristina NielsenGlass Garden. Made using up-cycled glass bottles and various glass blowing techniques. Kristina was also awarded the Special Prize for the Object category, proudly sponsored by The Maker’s Station in Woodstock.


DECO’s very own Megan Schumann attended this spectacular event in her capacity as judge – here is what she had to say of the talented designers:

‘We at ELLE Decoration are always supportive of these initiatives that empower our young designers. With five fantastic finalists the competition was extremely tight. The official winners, Drew and Kristina, presented the most sustainably manufactured product, with concepts that were well developed and ready to be put in stores. We are so excited to see how the remaining finalists develop their products further – the potential in all of them (the products and the designers) is immense and had all of us automatically snowballing ideas in conversation.’

Tony Budden, judge and CEO of Hemporium had this to say about the 2015 winners:

‘This year was by far the hardest year of the competition to judge as the quality of the designs has gone up so much and I loved all of them. The passion of the entrants and their understanding of the issue of sustainability, and their interpretation of the brief were inspiring to say the least.’

At DECO we were so proud to be a part of Live Eco’s Remake Design Challenge. We extend our best wishes to all the talented designers as they pursue their new ventures and explore exciting challenges in the world of design. We’ll be keeping a close eye on them and look forward to catching up with them in the future as they excel in their careers.

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Candice Lawrence ELLE DecorationDECO intern Candice Lawrence is a part-time photographer and small business owner at Modern Gesture, always challenging assumptions and exploring worthwhile avenues through design. When not learning about new materials and craft techniques, you can find Candice bodyboarding at Muizenburg Beach, catching up with friends or planning her next travel adventure. Find Candice @modern_gesture on Instagram.