In celebration of the very best in local artisanal design and food, The Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair took place last weekend at Hyde Park Corner in Johannesburg. The three day event saw ELLE Decoration South Africa join forces with our sister publication ELLE for the launch of the Best Stand Competition with the idea being to celebrate and recognize exhibitors in the Food, Wine and Design categories.

The panel of judges consisted of Editor-in-Chief of ELLE & ELLE Deco South Africa Emilie Gambade, Michael Wilson of Hyde Park Corner, Nomi Nkomo from Artlogic, and Roberta Thatcher who curated the 2016 Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair. The four judges set out to identify their winners on the opening night of the event, walking through all the stands and searching for exhibitors whose spaces embodied the spirit of elegance and innovation that characterises the magazines and the fair.


After much deliberation they selected the 3 category winners based on meticulous styling, innovative presentation and overall brand experience.

Best Design Stand
Jeweller Zoja proved again that the old adage ‘less is more’ is as contemporary and relevant as ever. She transformed the idea of motion and flight into a whimsical origami-inspired paper wall application.


Best Wine Stand
With its refined grey, black and gold palette, Graham Beck Wines was a rarefied contrast to the colour and pattern seen throughout the Fair. This oasis of calm was the perfect spot for sipping bubbly on a hot Joburg afternoon.


Best Food Stand
With a focus on the highest quality grilled meat and local ingredients, Che Argentine Grill’s live cooking experience and dynamic team behind the counter created culinary magic for hungry guests.


In reflection of the theme for this year’s event, which was ‘Well Made in Africa’, featured designer Chu Suwannapha‘s created the aesthetic for the fair by drawing inspiration from legendary African photographers Malick Sidibé and Seydou Keïta.

‘This year we will bring forth unique embellishment and hues carrying the essence of indigenous prints. The level of sophistication will come with a marriage of the finest African prints with vintage elegance. We hope that in bringing an authentically African feel to the rooftop of Hyde Park Corner, we will create a unique experience for visitors,’  Chu said prior to the event.


Photography by Themba Mbuyisa

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