At the end of this week, the 2010 Design Indaba kicks off at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. This design conference and expo is a really wonderful showcase of local design, as well as an extraordinary source of inspiration, as the organisers bring in a truly glittering array of conference speakers. So with the Indaba on the near horizon, we’ll be blogging all week about South African design, and let’s start right at the top, at the point where Design and Art intersect, with Southern Guild.

At the 2009 Joburg Art Fair, Southern Guild showed their first collection of  work from the most interesting design talent in the country.

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Much of the work is a limited edition piece, or a prototypes of a new range, and comes from a mix of designers and artists, like Heath Nash (above),  Wanga Ingwane (below), and John Vogel (two down).

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The Southern Guild says about the following about the work selected: ‘[these pieces] say something about who we are as a nation and draw inspiration from the specifics of our land. They are works that stand apart from the mass produced and readily available, and will prove to be worthy investments, but more importantly we will relate to them on a deeper, more emotional level that ties us back to something intrinsic and familiar.’

Southern Guild_johnvogelimageSee the full 2009 Southern Guild collection at the website, where you can read about each designer’s work too. I’m looking forward to seeing what comprises the 2010 colletion.