Design Joburg 2018 can be counted on to innovate, and entertain when it comes to South African design. What better way to view the latest in design from South Africa than in a popup retail pod? As an ever-growing exhibition solution, these portable and modular pods are set to house the most innovative of designers and brands at Design Joburg 2018.
The new feature Retail Corridor will set the pods as a simple base with a custom-made interior, forming the ideal backdrop for the ceramics, textiles and signature furniture pieces within. Here are some exhibitors who’ll be appearing in the Retail Corridor.
Influenced by the everyday, Heather Moore’s patterns come in a colour palette fit for the mid-century modern and with influences taken from Africa, will debute at the Retail Corridor at Design Joburg 2018.
After launching five years ago with a shop and studio on Cape Town’s Bree Street, Moore’s business has grown alongside the neighbourhood that has now blossomed into a successful shopping district in the city.
Skinny laMinx’s ethos stands for “caring about excellence, generosity, creativity and fun, while doing our best to treat people and the planet right”.
At Design Joburg, expect to see the Miami colourway for the company’s Roof Garden textiles, as well as its concrete LIM Sofa in its Weft fabric, each focusing on a high-crafted and well-designed finish.
With designs steered by South African identity and language, designer Haldane Martin has been contributing to the furniture industry since 2002, and will be showing his work in Design Joburg 2018’s Retail Corridor.
These include his Songololo sofa (pictured) and Zulu Mama chair, both of which were influential in the way they integrated craft, sustainability, cultural identity, biomimicry, geometry and digital design.
Martin has also ventured into interior spaces. His first large- scale commercial project was Truth Coffee, whose steampunk- inspired Cape Town HQ was named “world’s best coffee shop” by MSN Travel in 2013.
In the retail pod, Martin will focus on the studio’s most recent endeavours: the Simply and Champagne chairs, which aims to combine beauty and functionality.
Blank Ink Design
Shaun Gaylard, architect, designer and artist, launched Blank Ink Design in 2013 with an aim to capture the architectural fabric of cities around the world.
By creating hand-drawn guides and merchandise, the Johannesburg-based design studio brings plenty of intricate and local detailing to the table. “Architecture and objets d’art form not only the background of our lives but, if designed well, intrinsically form part of the emotional and aesthetic experience of our spaces,” he says.
Works such as the JHB, A City Map – described as “branded by its affectionate acronym” with an abstract circular map of the golden highway forming a ring around the city – will be featured within the Blank Ink Design pod at the Retail Corridor at Design Joburg.
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
25-27 May, 2018
At this year’s Design Joburg, at the Sandton Convention Centre in May, a new display is set to attract attention: the Retail Corridor