In our Trends Issue, our trend piece ‘Memphis-Meets-Africa’ looks at the colourful revival of the famous 1980’s Memphis design movement and explores its links to local South African design. We featured a beautiful totemic piece by Note Design on p20. Love their work aplenty, so we thought we’d show you more work by Note Design.

Li Edelkoort’s new curated exhibition for Design Indaba from 1 -3 March focuses on the Memphis-Meets-Africa theme. Li believes we can look forward to a big focus on stacking and layering of colours, in a way that delivers a totemic quality to design. The exhibition calls on South African designers from all disciplines to participate, and you can see the finalists on Design Indaba website on 4 Feb – then later at the Design Indaba Expo in March.

The images below are from Note Design’s exhibition titled ‘Excursion’. What inspired the look? An excursion, of course, which involved a long walk in the forest:

‘We went deep into the forest to explore, measure and collect. With warm clothes, good shoes and woolen caps to protect us, we collected samples and took notes. Butterfly nets and soil sifters worked hard to catch the tiniest living things. With tents, mosquito screens, and some logs to sit on we set up a base camp for the night. After a long expedition, we now had plenty to look through back home.
For the second year (over a cup of coffee) we examined our notebooks in search of the ideas in the margin, to find material for the Marginal Notes 2012 collection. Many seemed to have a common theme that we simply called “Base Camp”; the simplistic materials and shapes of scientific field expedition tools adapted to stand wear and tear. Other ideas connected more to the culture of exploration. After intense discussions, a few eventually left the paper and materialized into the physical world. Just like last year, we ended up with a diverse collection of colours, shapes, materials and expressions; just the way we like it.’

All photo’s take by  MATHIAS NERO

Posted by Inge van der Merwe & Jenny Mason