Aug 14, 2018

At Maison & Objet, explore South African design

9 designer manufacturers exhibiting their new ranges

Wooden footstools with beautiful hand woven seats, stunning algae patterns digitally printed and embroidered on textiles, dip dyed African baskets that are true statement pieces, and bold colour blocking and spot-on patterns for accessories. In September 2018, nine South African designers are returning to Paris to exhibit their new product collections. Come and find the stand in hall 6 B 132, part of the Unique & Eclectic section at the Maison & Objet trade fair September 7-11, 2018.

Craftscurator first explored South African design in 2012, and loved the quirky, innovative and authentic look and feel of the products. Since 2015, Craftscurator is running the export development programme on behalf of Dutch CBI, and has coached over 29 companies in developing their export business, creating a product offer for the European market, and participating in various trade fairs. 9 of them are now launching their new collections at Maison & Objet, all ready for order by importers, decorators and retailers.

What’s new?

Wall hangings from Beloved Beadwork – intricately beaded shields for the home. Beloved is also launching their new jewellery collections, including the amazing Calabash necklace. The name pays homage to the history of bead art in South Africa, whereby calabashes would be beautifully adorned with fine glass.

Bold colour blocking in Skinny laMinx’ new Utility range - a collection of practical accessories in three strong colour palettes, each highlighted with a splash of Skinny laMinx pattern. The designs are screen printed on a 70% Cotton / 30% Linen blend base cloth using water based inks. Designed and made in Cape Town, South Africa.

A bench called Benj by Saks Corner - The Benj is a flat pack solid wood snug 2 seat bench with a resin inlay. The fine lines and bevel edges allows the resin inlay pattern to spill over the edges as an attractive and unusual feature.

Woven textiles by Indigi – Well known for their extensive collection of printed upholstery fabrics in their signature patterns, Indigi has now developed woven textiles to complement their range. With the fabrics, they make cushion covers, tablecloths and napkins, bags, puches and accessories. But their textiles are also available by the meter for decorators.

Wooden footstools with handwoven seats by Vogel Homeware – intricately crafted from the finest types of wood, like ash and iroko. With their footstools, they show their hand weaving skills result in great patterns with an African design signature.
Cutting edge African basketry by Design Afrika – New versions of the best selling garlic gourd and kalahari grass baskets have been developed, by dip dyeing the top of the basket. Design Afrika will also present new baskets from Zambia and Mozambique.

Meyer von Wielligh showing off their exquisite finishes in a range of side tables - The MVW design philosophy is 'Inspired by Nature'. Their approach to design is evident in their work and reflects the gentle lines and intricate details found in nature.

Stunning new algae patterns by Evolution Product - Design inspired by William Tyson’s specimens of algae from across South Africa dating back to 1909. Digitally printed on a 100% linen base cloth, embroidered and hand dyed.

New ranges of lights by Minima - digitally-crafted wooden lighting, hand-finished in Cape Town, each piece is made using sustainable birch-ply wood or hardwood veneer.

You can find the 9 South African companies at Maison & Objet Paris from September 7-11, 2018 in a new location: hall 6 stand B 132, as part of the Unique & Eclectic section. If you can't make it to the trade fair, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is always happy to provide information on the South African exporters participating in our Export Coaching Programme.

In this stand, hosted by CBI, you can also find 5 other exporters from Burkina Faso, Lebanon and Jordan, presenting their own export collections, alongside ranges they have developed with refugee artisans in the MADE51 project, initiated by UNHCR. More about this project here.

Stunning algae patterns
by Evolution Product
Beaded calabash necklace
by Beloved Beadwork
Kalahari grass basket
by Design Afrika
Stone drinks cabinet
by Meyer von Wielligh
Bench with resin inlay
by Saks Corner
Bold colour blocking and patterns
by Skinny laMinx
Wood veneer lamps
by Minima
Handwoven seat on wooden footstool
by Vogel Homeware
Printed fabrics Kente inspired
by Indigi