Wednesday, 23 January 2008


In the reVamp issue, we announce the winners of our sixth annual design awards, each of whom will be entered into the Elle Decoration International Design Awards (EDIDA), with the overall, global winners to be announced at the Milan Furniture Fair in April.

South African designers tend to be frustratingly under-represented online, but I've managed to find a link or two to add a bit extra to what you've already read about our EDIDA winners:

Designers of the Year - Tonic Design StudioOur Designers of the Year, Greg Gamble and Philippe van der Merwe ofTonic Design Studio, continue to serve up a consistent diet of quality and style. See more of their stylishly restrained design at the Tonic Design website, and take a showroom tour here.
Emerging Designer - Adriaan Hugo
Winner in the Emerging Designer category, Adriaan Hugo develops his lasercut furniture from his life-size drawings in black vinyl tape. Take a look at his lamps, chairs and cabinets at the What if the World Design Studio.

Seating - Swing Seat 07, by Egg Designs

The seating award was snapped up by Egg Designs, who based their idea for the Swing Seat 07 on the ubiquitous South African tyre swing. See more of the boldly conceived Eggy oevre at the Egg Design website.

Furniture - Infrastructure, by Gregor Jenkin

Gregor Jenkin has taken inspiration from everyday municipal objects to create the Infrastructure series of furniture. Take a tour of his awesome studio space and wide range of work at his website.

Tableware - Milnerton Market is Nice, by Frauke Stegmann
The latest addition to Frauke Stegmann's Milnerton Market is Nice series of tableware splices mass-produced mug handles with delicate porcelain cups. Frauke will be guest blogging for us soon, so perhaps you'll find out lots more about this intruiging work of hers.

Flooring - Top Mat, by Heath Nash
The ever-ingenious Heath Nash has developed a set of beautiful floor mats made from interlinked cooldrink bottle caps. Check out more of his work made from recycled materials at his website.

Lighting - Faraway Tree, by Willowlamp
The Willowlamp chandeliers are mesmerisingly beautiful. They're somewhat surprisingly made from cascading streams of ball chains, commonly used to tether bathplugs! See more of the amazing Willowlamp chandeliers by TeamTwo here.

Kitchens - Luigi, by Tattoo
Luigi is the helpful presence you always wished for in the kitchen, and now spices, kitchen towel, useful hooks and recipe books will never be more than an arm's length away. This multi-purpose, portable kitchen storage unit is made by Tattoo Furniture.

Bedding - HelonMelon
HelonMelon's bedlinen embroidered with metallic thread has been a major hit, and is now available at Selfridges, as well as other boutiques all over the globe. See more of HelonMelon's lovely linens here.

Wallcovering - The Design TeamLise Butler and Amanda Haupt (aka The Design Team) have collaborated with Fabcote to produce a South African-inspired collection of wallpaper.

Fabric - Daddy Buy me a Pony for Afro

Design agency Daddy Buy me a Pony is distilling an African graphic design language in a most exciting way, and their textile designs for coffee brand Afro are an eloquent expression of the vibrancy of the African visual style.

Bathrooms - the Himbasin, by Maira Koutsoudakis

This solid copper basin was inspired by the colours of the Namib desert and the simple lifestyle of the nomadic Himba people who dwell there. Take a tour of Maira's design studio here

Your vote

Can you think of a local designer you think should be given credit for their brilliance? Vote for your own EDIDA candidate by leaving a comment right here!

1 comment:

Freshly Found said...

I love getting to know more about South African Talent. Thanks for this list!