South Africa’s Design Indaba Expo 2014 Call for entries: Exhibition on African Designs

by Abigail Oluwakemi
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Design Indaba invites designers and innovators from across Africa to participate in a major exhibition at Design Indaba Expo 2014.

Design Indaba is planning a ground-breaking exhibition of African design and innovation to be held at Design Indaba Expo 2014 in Cape Town, from Friday 28 February to 2 March (Buyers Day Thursday 27 February). Design Indaba Expo is the largest exhibition of design on the African continent. This is the first year that the Expo will look beyond South Africa’s borders to showcase work from other countries on the continent.

 


This is an opportunity to be part of a major exhibition that will form the focus of Design Indaba Expo. The project will showcase African ingenuity in finding solutions to its own problems, using local materials wherever possible. It will be an up-to-the-minute survey of emerging, established and unexpected talent from across the continent.


We have tapped into our network of international design leaders to act as advisors. Our panel consists of practising designers, retailers and journalists at the cutting edge of the design world, including designers Tom Dixon, Bibi Seck and Ayse Birsel; fashion designer Ozwald Boateng; architects David Adjaye and Kunle Adeyemi; Financial Times writer Lucia van der Post and others. They will be calling on their respective networks to help identify the top emerging talent coming out of Africa.

 

The exhibition will address questions such as: What are some of the characteristics that make African cities unique, and how should we be designing for them? How is traditional craft finding a more contemporary voice? Why have African Fashion Weeks mushroomed up around the world? How is mobile technology meeting the needs of everyday Africans?

We want to hear about developments in any field of design that is making strides in Africa and affecting the way people live. We’re particularly interested in solutions tailor-made to conditions in Africa in any industry where design has played a role.

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