The recent Design Joburg show by Media 10 saw SA’s top talent creating serious spectacle
Design Joburg featuring Rooms on View and brought to the public by Media 10 brought the big guns when it came to design clout this May. The Sandton Convention Centre saw a number of firsts, one being the curatorship by renowned interior designers Philippe van der Merwe and Greg Gamble of Tonic as first-time creative directors.
A stellar lineup of informative talks by industry heavyweights and a show full of beautiful spaces ensued – under the guardianship of some of SA’s finest design talents. A few highlights of the show included:
SPA ZAR, sponsored by SA Tourism. This expertly curated meeting of the country’s hottest local designers across genres captured the very essence of the South African design scene. Included in this series of vignettes was the sensational Hlabisa Bench by Mash T Design Studio and Houtlander – a piece destined to become a future classic.
Another designer worth noting is Donald Nxumalo, who over the years has shown serious development and whose stand last year drew a crowd. This year he changed tack, and occupying a vast space with an arched facade and three impressive three room sets, created a neutral scheme of cool cream shades decorated with refined, classic pieces.
The Rooms on View installment of the show did not disappoint either, offering design brands a premium platform to show off their style. Brands like beloved Joburg based The Storer, a first timer to the show, shared company with the likes of established exhibitors like Porcelanosa, Roche Bobois and perennial favourite La Grange, among others.
When guests needed a seat and refreshment, the Hendrick’s Gin Bar by Studio 19 pulled in visitors to its beautiful floral space for pause, G&T in hand. Thanks to a profusion of botanical inspired décor in a muted palette, the bar was plush, comfortable and elegant, and seldom seen empty.