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Koffi & Diabaté
Urbanization has gone from global phenomenon to the source of increasingly vital environmental, social, political and economic issues. In Africa, movement to urban centers has skyrocketed in the past decades with central planners unable and sometimes...
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Run Rabbit Run
Cape Town-based creative studio Run Rabbit Run take their illustration and print-making skills from the digital world right into afternoon tea with their printed dish towels and napkins. Chiefly an illustration company, Run Rabbit Run's Kirsten Beets...
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Interview: Henrik Vibskov
A look at Henrik Vibskov's Central Saint Martins student ID reveals a great deal about the formidable Danish designer: he's curiously shirtless and sporting a pretty progressive haircut (particularly for 1998), but most telling are the words "BA...
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Design Indaba 2014: The Expo
Each year that we attend Cape Town's brilliant Design Indaba conference, the subsequent Expo seems to infinitely grow and improve—a testament to the design world's increasing fascination with the opportunities abounding in the vibrant continent. Now...
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Bongeziwe Mabandla: Bendisiti Seamlessly blending lyrics in Xhosa and English, Bongeziwe Mabandla's heartfelt folk music explores his journey from a rural town in the Eastern Cape province to a prestigious film school in Johannesburg—all in the...
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Design Indaba: Paula Scher
Influential American artist and designer Paula Scher kicked off this year's Design Indaba with a talk she titled "Small Breakthroughs, and How They Came to Be." During her presentation, she detailed both the struggles and solutions involved in several...
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Stratflex by Wintec
Winner of this year's 2013 Innovation Award at the Design Indaba Expo, the Stratflex line of seating introduces a novel concept into the world of flatpack furniture: curves. By embedding a grid of flexible polymer into its Finnish plywood surface...
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Design Indaba 2013: The Conference
"Design is an act of misbehaving." With those words, legendary artist and designer Paula Scher kicked off Design Indaba 2013. Now in its 18th year, Design Indaba always succeeds in bringing some of the most innovative and provocative creative minds...
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Design Indaba: John Maeda
John Maeda, pioneer of programmatic design, delivered the closing address at South Africa's premier conference on creativity, Design Indaba. He spoke to the crowd about the nature of code in art ("Programming is not very complicated, it's just very...
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African Lookbook
Just two summers ago, Aaron Kohn was a Cool Hunting intern eager to make videos about Africa. His passion for the continent was impressive, to say the least, so we couldn't be happier to see that he's now channeled his fervor into an online marketplace...
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Design Indaba: An Interview With Michael Bierut
As a former speaker in both 2005 and 2010, renowned graphic designer and Pentagram partner Michael Bierut has also served as one of Design Indaba's masterful emcees for the past three years. Each day, wearing a shirt and tie matching his cheerful demeanor...
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Design Indaba: Narratives
The cast of speakers who take the stage at Design Indaba each year always present a range of unique positions on creativity, but a natural theme tends to emerge from among their respective processes. This year the common idea on everyone's minds is...
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Design Indaba 2012: The Conference
Now in its 17th year, the world-class conference, Design Indaba explores how to better the world through creativity and design innovation. For three days, the annual Cape Town-based summit brings together an international collective of visionary...
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Design Indaba 2011: The Conference
A conference promising "a better world through creativity," South Africa's Design Indaba summit fills three days with blue-sky thinking on design as an agent of change. The well-organized event, followed by a thriving design expo, this year also featured...
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QuaDror
Designer Dror Benshetrit took the stage at Design Indaba's opening day to unveil a project he spent the last four years working on: QuaDror. A versatile structural support system, QuaDror is a fresh take on space truss geometry that offers innumerable...
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Design Indaba: Pecha Kucha
From the seven recent design graduates highlighted for their distinct talents at Cape Town's Design Indaba conference on creativity, three particularly stand out for their innovative viewpoint and compelling demonstrations. While the others—Camille...
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Design Indaba Conference 2010
Playing to the mounting excitement of South Africa's upcoming World Cup, last month's Design Indaba conference in Cape Town was billed as something of a major sports event in its own right with colorful banners, stadium cheer-worthy introductions...
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Design Indaba Expo 2010: Inception Collection
Launched at last month's Design Indaba expo, the Inception Collection from Snapp was one of the more attention-grabbing product collections there. With its use of brilliant hues and bold forms, the group of five objects stood out from much of the...
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Design Indaba Expo 2010: Haldane Martin
Launched at the recent Design Indaba, Haldane Martin's Baba Papa Lounger (above) was one of the highlights of this year's exposition. The undulating, meshed structure, manufactured from roughly 80% recycled stainless steel wire, was inspired by the...
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Design Indaba Expo 2010: Heartworks Stitching Club
Nestled in a small display cube within the Cape Craft and Design Institute's exhibition at the recent Design Indaba expo, Heartworks Stitching Club's hand-embroidered teddy bears immediately caught our attention with their bold colors and one-of...
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Design Indaba Expo 2010: Moonbasket Lighting
At the close of last week's Design Indaba conference in Cape Town, we had the opportunity to meander through the expo of over 260 impassioned exhibitors from around South Africa. While much of the work on view skewed toward accessories and jewelry...
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