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The fairest of them all

Feb 21, 2020 | Trends

Cast your vote in Design Indaba’s Most Beautiful Object in South Africa competition

Pic credit: Lukhanyo Mdingi – Rich Mnisi’s Nwa-Mulamula chaise

It’s time to cast your vote as Design Indaba runs its 2020 Most Beautiful Object in South Africa competition. This annual contest asks 10 industry mavens to nominate a object that stands out to them for being aesthetically pleasing and memorable, as well as socially impactful, sustainable, functional and relevant.

The competition gives the public a chance to ponder the age-old question ‘What is beauty?’ and select an object worthy of the coveted title. Houtlander’s Interdependence II bench scooped the award in 2019. “It’s a marvellous opportunity to celebrate beauty,” says lifestyle strategist and creative director Seth Shezi, one of this year’s nominators.

Voting is open online until 28 February, allowing the public to have its say. You can also come and see the objects in person at Design Indaba’s Nightscape festival, which takes place on the Artscape Piazza in Cape Town, from 26-28 February 2020 from 4pm. (Tickets are available via Webtickets, or R50 at the gate).

Here are the nominees:

Nominated by GQ’s Best Dressed Man for 2018, Seth Shezi
‘Zenande’ from Zizipho Poswa’s Magodi Series, a collection of monumental ceramic sculptures inspired by traditional African hairstyles.

Nominated by urban strategist Rashiq Fataar, founder and director of Our Future Cities
The Soroban ceiling installation at FYN restaurant, a collaboration between Tristan du Plessis and Christof Karl, inspired by the Japanese abacus.

Nominated by Manthe Ribane, performer and creative director for ArteBOTANICA
Designer Thebe Magugu’s ‘Dawning’, which draws on text from the South African constitution as a centrepiece.

Nominated by fashion designer Lukhanyo Mdingi
Rich Mnisi’s Nwa-Mulamula chaise, which pays homage to his late great-great-grandmother, whose teachings have lived on in his family (Nwa-Mulamula means ‘guardian’ in Tsonga).

Nominated by actress Jodi Balfour
A series of photographs from Tiaan Nagel’s Summer 19/20 campaign ‘Remember You Are’ inspired by a piece of writing from Ntokozo Mbokazi.

Nominated by Elana Brundyn, founding CEO of the Norval Foundation and former Director of Institutional Development and External Affairs at Zeitz MOCAA
William Kentridge’s ‘Open’ sculpture (part of his ‘Why Should I Hesitate’ exhibition at Norval Foundation).

Nominated by Charl Edwards, editor of House & Leisure magazine
Chommies’ ‘Dog’, chosen for its ability to spark joy and showcase skill by local artisans.

Nominated by artist and activist Blessing Ngobeni
Izandla Zethu African Jewellery’s ‘Delicate Bracelet’, a piece handmade from recycled material.

Nominated by film director Sunu Gonera
Trevor Stuurman’s self-portrait, for its representation of an African artist who has come into his own and found his own voice.

Textile designer and ethical manufacturer Sindiso Khumalo
Githan Coopoo’s sculpted earrings for their ability to cross the boundaries of art and fashion.


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