Design And Style Indaba – ‘Make Feel Grow To Be DID’


Article by Debbie Lourens

Celebrating its 19th 12 months, the Design Indaba is a single of the most anticipated exhibitions yearly. I was lucky sufficient to attend the exhibition and was completely overwhelmed by the several talented exhibitors, creatives sharing tips and the enthusiastic power filling the exhibition.


Head Sponsor, ABSA, has actively taken it on themselves to produce opportunities for creatives to be ambitions and inspire South Africa to be a much more expertise based economy as opposed to be more reliant on commodities.

‘We think that when individuals act on their layout ideas, when these concepts turn into tangible, we all suitable. We want to support men and women do this by Make think turn out to be DID’ in other words creating concepts turn out to be a reality’ – explained Advertising and marketing Brand Manager of Absa, Lauren Smith


Photographs credit: Design Indaba


That all looks inspiring and motivational adequate, but was it really worth the hour long wait to get in? I would say it undoubtedly was! There was an outstanding vibe at the Cape Town Convention Centre. Giddy ladies admiring the lovely jewellery display, hipsters drooling over the designer garments and me, staring in wonder at how an event could bring so numerous cultures, social groups and creatives together. I invested a couple of hours visiting the stands, pausing to chat to some of the designers and exhibitors, overwhelmed by their excitement and pride at becoming ready to display off their talent. There have been very a couple of displays that I loved, Ceramics becoming one of the most well-known at the Indaba.

I would nonetheless love to share the 4 exhibitors that I really loved:

one. Touchee Feelee (www.toucheefeelee.net)

Designer + Illustrator Euodia Roets blew me away with her residence-ware patterns.  I particularly loved her pillow patterns.

‘We all live in a globe of mass manufacturing in which the touch of a hand has value. I have no interest in mass manufacturing, but rather take pride in creating tactile pieces.’ says Euodia .  Her bespoke styles are obtainable to purchase on her site.

2. Ceramic Factory (www.ceramicfactory.co.za)
As their tagline says ‘Handmade ceramics with unique Boland Flair’  Ceramic Factory offers an extensive selection of gorgeous house ware sporting a month-to-month very best-vendor list that you should be confident to check out.

Pictures by: Lauren Kim Photography


3. Essie Letterpress (essieletterpress.co.za)

My ever developing love affair with stationary continued when I noticed the stunning designs of  Vanessa Grib, Proprietor and printer at Essie.  Nothing says luxury, elegance and style quote like a gorgeous letterpress note.


My consideration was notably drawn to their assortment of journals, given that I really like to scribble down thoughts and notes myself.


4. Tic Tac Toe