From 16 – 19 June you’ve been invited to reimagine this world with Decorex Cape Town. The reimagined Decorex Africa is positioned to move the industry into new territories of collaboration, inspiration and innovation. What does it mean to reimagine? In a year of immense and impactful change for Decorex Africa, it was essential to place imagination at the core of events that aim to envision a better future through design.
With over 250 leading brands, stimulating speakers inaugural product appearances, new collection launches, and exhibitions there is every reason to visit the powerhouse of African design this week. But here are some highlights that have us extra excited!
New new: What you’ll see for the first time
This new furniture company will launch to the public for the first time at Decorex Cape Town. Setting out to rethink the way furniture is made and sold in South Africa, they aim to bring better furniture to more people. “We make flat-pack, solid wood furniture that’s a joy to assemble, rather than a shlep,” says this exciting new brand.
This will be the first time the new product collection from the elegant design studio will be presented physically and seen in public. The Sayari Collection boasts African-inspired sculptural and curved outdoor furniture.
The creative champion of Master Studio, Yaniv Chen is launching his new Conservatory collection. He sets out to ‘create spaces of nostalgia; interiors that link past and present.’ If you want to see more of Yaniv’s inspiring work in the city, pop by the newly opened Cypriot eatery Ouzeri.
Get ready for the new Villa Collection from this Cape Town-based design studio. Each piece in the collection is a ‘quiet call to adventure – a reminder that a great big world awaits, and that it’s filled with boundless beauty…’
A new perspective on women in architecture comes in the form of this public participation project. As part of an expanding digital archive, Her Perspective will present a physical exhibition at the Cape Town show. Its mission is to grow a database of women who have made a positive impact on the built environment. Especially within the Global South.
Now in its fifth year, the Next Trade Exhibition will display 28 export-ready local brands clustered in a curated hub. In addition to existing lines, there will be a spread of new products by the likes of master weaver Angeline Masuku and social enterprise Woza Moya, which will be representing a group of KwaZulu-Natal-based artists.
Don’t miss it: Key features and activities
Decorex Africa ambassador Cassandra Twala has reimagined African beadwork in her treatment of the bespoke Njano Eatery. It is the foodie hub at the heart of the show, created especially for the show. Her restaurant design uses traditional beads that have been reimagined at contemporary scale. Of course there’s an inspired menu to match.
The Samsung Bespoke Cooking Theatre brings together chefs such as the Silo Hotel’s Executive Chef Victoria Canha-Hibbert. The theatre is kitted out with the finest appliances, informed by the latest trends. You’ll be able to meet chefs and learn from live food demos.
Cultural activist Nandi Dlepu is the MC for the new Design Summit talks taking place over one day, proudly presented by ASUS. She will introduce a powerful mix of local and Pan-African designers who are joining the charge to reimagine design on the African continent.
Take a trend walk:
Want to see the trendiest features? Make a bee-line for 100% Chair, 100% Weave and 100% Transparency. Keen for a guided walkabout of these key features? Then set your schedule for Saturday,18 June 2022 at 09h00. This is when curators Theo Bothma and Bielle Bellingham will walk you through the trend-led aspects of the show.
Stay in touch
Decorex Cape Town will take place from 16-19 June 2022 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). Get your tickets here!
Not in Cape Town? There’s no need for #FOMO. Decorex Joburg comes to the Sandton Convention Centre from 28-31 July.
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