Every year Design Indaba Expo names its Most Beautiful Object in South Africa. This year a dynamic line-up of design journalists and cultural commentators were invited to nominate their most beautiful object, resulting in a diverse and exciting mix of finalists. DECO editor Laureen Rossouw was asked to nominate her choice for most beautiful object. Laureen selected an object well worth this title – the beautiful and fragile “Frail Flower” paper sculpture (above) by artist Rebecca Jones (Frail Flower appeared in the pages of DECO in our 2011 Spring Issue.).

‘Artist Rebecca Jones’s work reflects the precariousness of the world. She uses paper because it is an everyday medium that, though fragile, lasts indefinitely. The plants she depicts are not true botanical specimens but her work is so intricately constructed that each sculpture seems alive. The shadows thrown by the plants extend and emphasise their linear quality.’ Below are more of Rebecca’s creations.

‘Every year, the country engages with the question of what constitutes beauty through the MBOISA award. While some may consider beauty an aspect of taste and others know it on sight, beauty becomes far more profound than a visual sensation when design attributes such as social significance, economic impact, usability, sustainability and even humour are thrown into the mix.’

All of the MBOISA finalists will be on display at the Design Indaba Expo, open to the public from Friday 2 March to Sunday 4 March at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The award will be determined by public vote via SMS and on the Design Indaba website, and the result will be announced on Sunday afternoon in the DStv Events Arena.

TO VOTE To vote for this object as the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa 2012, SMS the word “MBOISA 4”, followed by your name and contact number to 43431 (SMSs cost R2).