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Thursday, August 15, 2019


(Sifiso Shange from Durban, winner of the Best of 100% New Talent Award)

Africa’s leading product design showcase, 100% Design South Africa, announced its 2019 Design Award Winners at a Gala Awards Evening that was held at Gallagher Convention Centre on August 8, 2019. The proceedings took place at the Clout Café conceptualized by Studio Leelynch and fired up by Nando’s.

This vibrant industry evening was attended by over 300 personalities, designers, past winners and 100% Design South Africa exhibitors, curators and organisers.

The winners of the 100% Design Awards were chosen by an independent panel comprising publishing editors, members of the media, designers, tastemakers and influencers. The 2019 judges were: Charl Edwards of House and Leisure; Ntombehle Shezi of Kaya FM; Piet Smedy of Conde Nast House & Garden; Annemarie Meintjies of Visi; Leana Schoeman of Sunday Times Home; Lezanne van Heerden of The Guild Group; architect Nisha van der Hoven; journalist Zanele Kumalo; interior designer Tristan du Plessis; creative director Tracy Lynch; Michael Spinks of the Nando’s design programme; and Malibongwe Tyilo of Maverick Life.

The awards were judged in the following nine categories:

-Best Lighting Design - The judges were on the hunt for an electrical lighting solution, whether local or international, which showed style and innovation. Energy-saving considerations, although not a pre-requisite, were a bonus.
-Best Surface Design - Here, the criteria are style and/or innovation in wallpapers, wall treatments, wall coverings, fitted carpets, rugs, floor coverings, tiles, or 3D printed surfaces.
-Best Textile Design awarded in memory of Julian Gelb - An award that recognizes excellence in fabric design.
-Best of 100% New Talent - An award to recognize an emerging design talent.
-Best Product Design - An original design that shows intelligence and consideration in terms of material use.
-Best Furniture Design - The judges were looking for a stylish piece of functional furniture from the residential, office or hospitality sector, whether local or international. This needed to be a new design from the last two years.
-Best Stand Design - This award seeks to recognise a stand design that is eye-catching and promotes visitor interaction and engagement. The stand should add to the overall aesthetic and experience of 100% Design South Africa.
-Designer of the Year - An annual award that seeks to recognise a designer who displays excellence in their field with regards to concept, quality and design.

The winner of the Best of 100% New Talent Award was Sifiso Shange of Afrimodern from Durban. He is a creative who has taken an interest in industrial design. He studied at Durban University of Technology and now resides in Johannesburg.

His most successful project has been the C LYT floor lamp. It was his stepping stone into South African design world. Shange's company, S Design Studio, aims at produce ‘Afri Modern’, but still showing a strong contemporary look and feel.

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