ELLE Decoration, in association with Boardmans, hosted the 10th annual SOLVE New Talent Search Competition award ceremony at &Union in Cape Town this past Monday night. The four finalists joined the DECO team, SOLVE judges, and industry friends for a night of design, food, beer and celebration…

Final voting took place on Monday afternoon, and after 3 hours of deliberating and interviewing each finalist, the winner was decided…

Ruben Roussouw was announced the winner for his Protea Stool (above). The judges were particularly impressed with the delicate patterned protea frame, a design feature which can be beautifully expanded into a range. ‘Its prettiness has commercial appeal. The protea pattern is quite simply fantastic’, said DECO Editor Laureen Rossouw.

The judges (above): Boardmans’ Bianca Tanchel, DECO Editor Laureen Rossouw, designers Haldane Martin and Porky Hefer.

Special Mention: Finalist Roland Richartz and his Timbr stool (above).

Finalist Leanne Bates with her beaded Thando stool (above).

Finalist Marc Guy Baker with his City Scape Stool (above).

Finalists Leanne, Ruben, Roland, and Marc with DECO Editor Laureen Rossouw.

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