Meet the design stars of tomorrow

Design Indaba announces the Emerging Creatives Class of 2021.

South Africa’s longest running platform for supporting rising young talent is the Design Indaba Emerging Creatives programme. Now in its 16th year, the programme continues in 2021. Our new hotlist of 40 young creatives is revealed below…

A NEW FORMAT

The Design Indaba Emerging Creatives has been reformatted in response to the times. The new programme takes the form of an extended virtual exhibition and individual online profiles, documentary videography, ongoing social media content on Design Indaba’s thriving channels, and masterclass sessions with international and local experts that include UK-based Artsthread, one of the globe’s foremost media resources for and about young talent.

GETTING BEHIND YOUNG DESIGN

Design Indaba Emerging Creatives is supported by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture with the aim of nurturing new talent. The programme successfully functions as a launching pad for careers. Over for years, it has provided a much-needed break for scores of young designers.

WHY WE DO IT

“We are extremely committed to this programme, and especially now, what with the economic impact of COVID-19, it is vital that we continue to support our youth and aid their entry into the local and global marketplace.” - Design Indaba founder Ravi Naidoo

SUCCESS STORIES

Many Design Indaba Emerging Creatives have gone on to achieve global recognition for their projects and brands. Famous names include Laduma Ngxokolo of MaXhosa, Kristin-lee Moolman, Thebe Magugu, Rich Mnisi, Katherine-Mary Pichulik of Pichulik, Neo Mahlangu, Andile Dyalvane, Cole Ndelu and a host of others.

CAREFULLY CURATED

Ndelu and Thabisa Mjo of Mash T. Design were invited by Design Indaba to curate this year's selection. Annually, 40 creatives are chosen from the slew of submissions received in response to a nationwide call for proposals. The programme receives in excess of 200 submissions every year. The final 40 creatives are chosen from across a

wide range of design disciplines such as architecture and spatial design, product design, industrial design, photography, film, graphic design, illustration, ceramics, design for social impact, interior design, jewellery, fashion and the visual arts.

WITHOUT FURTHER ADO…

The Design Indaba is pleased to announce its 2021 inductees, listed according to their respective disciplines:

FASHION

Azola Tanzi

Mashoto Tshoga

Nikiwe Dlova

Adria van Rooyen

Tristan Shaun Henry

Lunga Mzimba

VISUAL ART

Lerato Lodi

Akhona Mbange

Alizwamazizi

Boikanyo Mashigo

Brad Jackson

Chelsea Robin Ingham

Danielle Jordaan

Gerald Genie

Mboma

Pule Magopa

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Caleb Pillay

Clinton Myeni

Ntobeko Nkumalo

Tebogo Mapomane

Mncedisi Faltein

JEWELLERY

Babalo Rozani

Zulu Mien – Nicola Robertson

FILM AND PHOTOGRAPHY

Boitumelo Thindiza

Fiona Davhana

Lithemba Nziweni

Zenhlanhla Myeni Lovarism

Kgothatso Malatjie

Nhlakanipho Mashinini

ILLUSTRATION

Hilde Franzsen

Tebogo Lethuba

Lethabo Mmalerato Huma

Buhle Qabaka

INTERIORS

Kaya Design Hub

Ontlametse Molefe

FURNITURE

Deft – Zani Alberts and Martin Tallie

Magrietha Labuschagne

Elizabeth Louisa van der Merwe

CERAMICS

Clement Maenetja

WATCH THIS SPACE

In the coming months we will be profiling each of the 40 members of the Class of 2021. After all, they’re destined for greatness. Get to know them and their work in our new weekly Design Indaba Emerging Creatives newsletter series, and then watch as they head for the stars!