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Nov 22, 2019 | Design

Southern Guild takes on Miami with exciting new local design

Credits for Southern Guild images: Hayden Phipps and Adriaan Louw

Southern Guild’s reputation has been built around pushing the envelope and propelling South African talent forward – especially onto an international stage, an essential part of growing the local creative and art industries.

This year, it will take part again in the illustrious Design Miami showcase, from 4 to 9 December with a collection of exciting work by its resident artists and designers sure to delight visitors to the show. The bold and progressive pieces transcend the notion of ‘South African design’, while asserting their inherent identity as part of the African continent and taking their rightful place in the context of global excellence.

“Rather than commenting on what it means to be a designer in South Africa today, these works remain open-ended and serve as observations and poetic glyphs that ask us to reflect on our relationships with each other and the world around us,” says Julian McGowan, co-founder of Southern Guild.

Southern Guild will launch a number of new works evoking an ‘African-pop’ sensibility at this year’s show. A definite drawcard to its booth will be a new collection of hanging pods by renowned artist Porky Hefer – his pieces are widely revered and never fail to draw a crowd. A pair of sculptural sensual chairs by Rich Mnisi and carved ceramic side-tables by Madoda Fani will be exhibited alongside a large-scale bronze figure by Justine Mahoney and an imposing ceramic sculpture by Zizipho Poswa. Charles Haupt and Gerrit Giebel of Bronze Age Studio will launch their first limited-edition aluminium bench under their new Node label. Bringing additional verve and dynamism to Southern Guild’s booth at Design Miami will be five pieces from Dokter and Misses’ first solo exhibition, Practically Everywhere, which experiment with jagged shapes, odd proportions and stacked forms overlaid with textural surface treatments.

Described by the team as the gallery’s boldest offering at any international fair to date, the collection will be an exploration of vibrant colour, futuristic forms and strong shapes.

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