Art & Design

Design Indaba 2013 Here’s what to expect

February 18, 2013

It’s that time of the year again when all the cool people descend on the Mother City to celebrate the best of South African creative culture. Design Indaba 2013

Ads by The Jupiter Drawing Room, Cape Town (Pic from designindaba.com)
Awesome ads designed by The Jupiter Drawing Room, Cape Town. Shop the expo from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 March.  (Pic from designindaba.com)

The DI Conference is a three day event held in at Cape Town International Convention Centre where speakers from around the world introduce the latest in everything innovative and creative; art, film, fashion, technology, decor. The works!

(pic form designindaba.com)
FilmFest viewings from Sunday 17 February to Sunday 3 March. (pic from designindaba.com)

Leading up to and over these three (main) days, film and music festivals will be taking place around the city culminating in the Expo also at the CTICC. Here’s where the gates of shopping heaven open. I had a blast year covering both Decor and Fashion.

(pic from designindaba.com)
Music Circuit pumps from Wednesday 27 February to Friday 1 March. (pic from designindaba.com)

Take a sqizz at the DI 2012 Most Creative Stand by Durban-based emerging designer Mike van Heerden. Or view a video clip of his stand and work HERE.

Yip, the whole shebang is cut and carved from wood. (Got the pic from designindaba.com. Hope I don't get into trouble)
Yip, the whole shebang is cut and carved from wood. (Got the pic from designindaba.com. Hope I don’t get into trouble)

I was first introduced to fashion designer Suzaan Heyns‘ stunning leather pieces at DI Expo last year. And the gods of fashion fate deemed me worth to party with her later in the year at the SA Style Awards. She’s currently only operating in Jo’burg but there are devious plans in motion to get this beautiful lady – or at least her wares – to Cape Town.

(left) AW 2012 Collection which showed at DI 2012 (top right) At the SA Style Awards; Suzaan with fellow Jo'burg based designer Gert-Johan Coetzee (bottom) With David Gilson from Carlton Hair
(left) AW 2012 Collection which showed at DI 2012 (top right) At the SA Style Awards with fellow Jo’burg based designer Gert-Johan Coetzee (bottom) With David Gilson from Carlton Hair (Model pic from SuzaanHeyns.com. The other two are my own)

So as you can see, it’s not just any old arb person who gets to show. Interactive Africa, the purveyors of DI, are pretty picky about the work they show case.

The parties, on the other hand, are another thing completely. Here, any man and his dog can be inspired in true Mother City-style.

Last night, my good friend and uber-creative goddess Hailey De Vantier posted these on her Instagram feed from the opening night of the DI Film Festival.

DI Film Festival Opening night: 50 Canterbury St.
DI Film Festival Opening night: 50 Canterbury St. (photo by Hayley De Vantier)
View of the Mother City from 50 Canterbury St. (pic by Hayley De Vantier)
View of the Mother City from 50 Canterbury St. (photo by Hayley De Vantier)

If you’re sufficiently tempted; get FilmFest tickets HERE.

As for the Music Circuit. Hot and happening, or what? Check out the teaser video released last week. And see the full line up with venues and ticket prices HERE.

The point about Design Indaba is to be inspired. And above all, enjoy the amazing talent South Africa has to offer. I’m buying Expo tickets now.

Happy-ness!

love & light

Clouds xxx

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