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Design Indaba: A thing of beauty

Jan 29, 2019 | Design, Featured

This February, the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa will be decided by public vote.

The polls officially opened on Friday 25 January 2019 and members of the public can submit anonymous votes online via the electoral commission more commonly known as the Design Indaba at

Most Beautiful Object in South Africa is an annual undertaking designed to involve and engage people from all walks of life with the best of South African design, at the same time honouring personal freedom of choice and individual sensibilities.

‘We want the public to decide what they think constitutes a “beautiful object” – and it’s not just about what something looks like, it’s also about smart functionality, or a design’s ability to enhance the quality of life for its user or effect change,’ explains Design Indaba Festival organiser Beverley Cupido.

This year, there are a total of 10 ‘candidates’ that have been nominated for this prestigious designation. The nominated Most Beautiful Object in South Africa design or concept that receives the highest number of public votes will be declared the winner. Each of the objects has been nominated by a prominent public figure or industry leader, adding depth and credibility to the process. Indeed, the nominators are often as exciting as the objects themselves.

The full list of 2019 Most Beautiful Object in South Africa contenders and their nominators is as follows:

African Bridal Dress by Mzukisi Mbane – nominated by TV presenter Bonnie Mbuli of SABC3’s Afternoon Express (pictured in gallery).

Cancer Dojo App by Conn Bertish – nominated by Tabatha King from King James Group.

Collective Amnesia by author and playwright Koleka Putuma – nominated by Jay Pather from the Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre.

Copper & Glass Kettle by Ebert Otto – nominated by Sumien Brink, Editor in Chief of Visi Magazine (pictured in gallery).

Interdependence 2 by Houtlander – nominated by local entrepreneur Nandi Dlepu (pictured in gallery).

Nenzima Desk by Mpho Vakier – nominated by interior designer Donald Nxumalo.

Okapi x Capsule – Yemasa by OKAPI – nominated by style guru Felipe Mazibuko.

River Love Sofa by Heino Schmitt Design – nominated by television personality Zuraida Jardine (pictured above)

Sounds of Sibikwa by artist Usha Seejarim – nominated by Market Theatre Foundation CEO Ismail Mahomed.

Stellar Scintillation by artist Chris Soal – nominated by Kaya FM Radio Presenter Bridget Masinga (pictured in gallery).

The Most Beautiful Object in South Africa nominations can be viewed in the flesh at the festival itself – as part of the Nightscape programme, which is free to the public every evening from 17h00 onwards. The 2019 winner will be announced at the festival – so get voting now!

Ticket sales for the Design Indaba Conference 2019 are officially open and booking can be done through Webtickets.

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