The ten finalists for this year’s Design Indaba MBOISA (Most Beautiful Object in South Africa) award as chosen by a mixture of top design journalists and cultural commentators including Laureen Rossouw, editor of ELLE Decoration and Chris Roper, editor of the Mail & Guardian online will go on display at the Design Indaba Expo in the Cape Town International Convention Centre next month.
Finalists come from a broad range of creative disciplines such as architecture, jewellery, fashion and sculpture.
Of the final ten, we like Suzaan Heyns with her Fish-Scale dress, a nude netting dress juxtaposed with hand-cut metallic leather scales and Johannesburg-based jeweller Eric Loubser whose 9ct gold, silver, rose quartz, haematite and ruby covered neck-piece is inspired by birds and Victorian jewellery.
We also like the look of Mornè Visagie’s A Travel Journal, Volume 1 and 2, a hand-stitched lithograph on paper inspired by the landscape surrounding Robben Island and Linsey Levendall’s street art mural.
Previous winning designs at the MBOISA award include The Dreams for Africa Chair created by 160 women from Valley of 1,000 Hills in KwaZulu-Natal. Created using traditional Zulu beadwork, the chair aimed to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS while also symbolising the importance of dreams.
All finalists will have their work displayed at the Design Indaba Expo with the winner to be determined by public vote.
For more information and to vote for your favourite designer visit the Design Indaba website.
The Design Indaba Expo 2012 is open from 2 – 4 March at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.