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.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! 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.