Material & Colour Trends

Design Indaba Expo 2014, Cape Town

Mar 17, 2014 by Irene Vermeulen

Design Indaba is Africa's annual celebration of creativity. At the 3 day conference influential designers and thinkers share their latest projects and insights. At the expo, makers and designers from South Africa show their products. Craftscurator traveled to Cape Town, World Design Capital in 2014, and handpicked the best products on show.

South African designers are eager to experiment, and therefore interesting use of material was to be found at the Design Indaba Expo and Guild Design Fair. Ceramics in earthy tones, with either a matt and textured surface, or a metallic shine.

Basketry and beadwork is a craft practiced much in South Africa. Many women in townships work on making baskets and beaded products. Craftscurator made visits to these workshops in townships.

Mohair textiles are typically South African, and many designers work with felt, embroidery and crochet techniques.

Craftscurator spotted a lot of rich and earthy colors, often combined with a bright blue or cobalt color, or a pop orange color.

Are you an importer eager to learn more on sourcing products from South Africa? Irene has made visits to the best exporters of South Africa, and can tell you much more on products, prices, lead-times and logistics. Send an e-mail to get in touch!

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Intricate embroidery in rich tones
By Kaross
Innovative glazing techniques
by John Bauer
Mohair textiles by Hinterveld
by Laduma Nxgokolo
Robust basketry
by Design Afrika
Beadwork by Editions in Craft
by BCXSY and Siyazama
Ceramics with a texture
by Imiso
Glassware from Malawi
by People of the Sun
Botanical pottery
by Margaret Woermann
Clay mask
by Clementina van der Walt