100% Design 2019

August is upon us, and that means it is time for 100% Design South Africa at Decorex. It is one of my favourite expo’s showcasing local design and shining a spotlight on the talent we have here in SA. From product and interior design, to textile and wallpaper design, as well as superb collaborations and creations, this years show was the perfect platform for South African creatives. As a designer myself, I always look forward to 100% Design and it’s features each year, and let me just say 2019 made a statement.

As you walk in, the first thing you see, and become a part of, is 100% Carpet. A bold and colourful collaboration between carpet manufacturers MONN, and 100% Design South Africa’s Creative Director Cathy O’Clery. The bespoke carpet designs by street artist r1, textile designer Sindiso Khumalo, and The Collection Studio run from the entrance to the other side of the hall – it is magnificent!

This years feature designer is Laduma Ngxokolo. He creates a contemporary African aesthetic, inspired by traditional patterns, with his vibrant textile and wallpaper designs. His use and understanding of colour and pattern mixture is incredible, and he displayed this talent proudly at this years show. 2019’s feature artist is r1, a street artist whose graphic and bold style was a stand out at this years show. He is well-known for his large, immersive designs, but wanted to scale it down a little for 100% Design to show how integral art is in the design of a space.

Speaking of a beautiful and functional space, the 100% Sleep stand was that and more! ‘The Theatre Of Sleep’ is a collaborative space designed by Monique Vee, Mash.T Design Studio and The Urbanative (who both won Designer of The Year), with Weylandts. A fresh, new take on the place we all go to relax, our bedroom. The interior and all its products felt inviting, comfy and warm, while still looking contemporary and exciting to be in.

100% Lounge by Haldane Martin was another beautiful stand that was cohesive and impeccably put together – I love the colours and how sophisticated every piece is, and the inclusion of ceramics by Vorster & Braye worked so well. Haldane is a prominent figure in local design, and his understanding of space functionality, and his eye for good product design are what make his stand a highlight this year.

The 100% Café is a space for show visitors to take a break from taking in all the design, and just socialise or relax. This year, Clout Café by Studio Lee Lynch and Nando’s, is used as a platform to showcase a variety of local, young talent, in one cohesive and exciting space. The fantastic use of patterns was my favourite part of this feature.

Vogel Design brought a warm and beautiful vibe to 100% Dine, where their impeccable woodworking skills and traditional, but modern aesthetic were front and centre. Their approach to dining area design is minimal and inviting, with a homely feel that just made you envision having Sunday lunch with your family in the space.

The Botanical Office has a similar approach, as it also uses design, to re-think the work environment and what can change to improve productivity and well-being. The stand used local designers and a variety of products, textures, lighting and objects to create a space that is exciting and inviting, which is important for work environments.

Other features that I absolutely loved this year was Houtlander and American Hardwood’s collaboration, the gravity-defying ‘Preservation Bench’, as well as Wolkberg Casting Studios and Jacob’s Collection’s incredibly beautiful stand, which won best stand design at this years show.

I left the show feeling excited, inspired as well as grateful and so happy that a show like this happens each year. It continues to embrace local design, and show those who aren’t exposed to it often, that our local talent is marvelous and should be appreciated more. I cannot wait to see what next years show brings! Let me know if you went to the show and what you enjoyed most in the comments below.