The Design Foundation Awards recognizes seven worthy design achievers
The recent Design Foundation Awards ceremony honoured the creatives making strides in the industry across a number of different areas over the past year. The awards recognises top achievers in design, manufacture, commercial success and innovation, each category sponsored by a supporter of local talent, and the event as a whole sponsored by BMW. The seven winners each took home a limited-edition bronze gorilla trophy by sculptor Otto du Plessis.
“Recognising achievers in this industry not only places a spotlight on what design businesses are capable of, but allows those outside the industry to start placing more value on the commercial viability, social impact and strategic importance that design can have on economic success and global identity,” said Trevyn McGowan, co-founder of the Design Foundation and CEO of The Guild Group.
A new development this year was the decision to open up the process to the design industry and public at large, which paved the way for a broader and large range of nominees. Public nominations were then pooled with those made by past winners and an external jury of industry members, as well as tertiary education leaders who recommend their leading graduates for the Apprentice Award. Judging was done by the 13 members of the Design Foundation board who include professional leaders such as Dion Chang, founder of Flux Trends; Ashraf Majiet, head of design at M&C Saatchi Abel; Amanda Dilima, retail manager of the V&A Waterfront.
Here are the worthy winners in the various categories:
Awarded in recognition of work produced in the last 12 months, acknowledging outstanding achievement, innovation and career advancement.
Winner: Porky Hefer
Object That Moves Award
Celebrates the designer of an original product that has experienced great commercial success – aspirational and top-end, yet commercially viable to sell in multiples.
Winner: Imbizo stool by Chuma Maweni
Sponsored: 100% Design South Africa
Maker to Market Award
Awarding a design company that understands the value of marketing, consumer interaction, packaging and delivery.
Winner: Sealand Gear
Sponsor: M&C Saatchi Abel
Recognising a manufacturer who has gone beyond expectation to aid designers in realising their products.
Winner: Hot Wired Design
Future Found Award
Celebrating a young designer who has already achieved excellence with limited resources.
Places an outstanding graduate showing maturity, originality and true potential, in a 6- to 12-month apprenticeship.
Winner: Lwazi Mshibe (Durban University of Technology)
Sponsor: Mr Price Home
Design With Purpose Award
Recognising socially responsible work done by a company, within the South African landscape, with a focus on design aspects, that makes a difference in the lives of communities. Winner: Our Workshop
Sponsor: V&A Waterfront