Hiya all u design fundi’s out there.
Last weekend the design Design Indaba 2009 was back in Cape Town and absolutely rocked the socks off of everybody that attended.
It was my very first Design Indaba, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect…everybody in the design world always speaks of the event in a revered tone, so my expectations were high.
First off let me say that the Design Indaba 2009 was wonderfully organised…well that is from my outsiders perspective that is, hopefully everything went smoothly for the companies involved.
It seems that the Design Indaba is a huge springboard for a brand and makes me wish we had been there this year…Springleap.com would have kicked much bum.
Design Indaba feels that we can achieve a better world and future for all, through the use of innovative design, which in turn uses the proxy of design in South Africa to jump start the economy.
South African designers have a unique opportunity to show case their forward thinking designs in an environment that will help their ideas spread across the nation and of course the entire world.
Designers at the Design Indaba 2009 seem to all strive to push for an environmentally friendly vibe, which is no surprise in the world we currently live in.
The event touches every corner of the local design world, exhibiting from sectors such as fashion, graphic design, decor, jewellery, visual arts and architecture.
Honestly the list goes on and on and the pure diversity is what sets this event apart from other design expos such as Decorex that sees to focus mostly on the products used in building.
Design Indaba can perhaps be seen as the “design brain” that powers all avenues of design in South Africa.
I’m not sure I can even begin to name all of the design companies that blew me away, because they are in the multitudes, however I will do as many write ups as I possibly can in the near future.
The entire Design Indaba expo was geared up for all sorts of entertainment and activities.
There were fashion shows aplenty from well known designers like Craig Native, Carducci, I love Leroy and Stoned Cherrie, to local film productions from a host of up and coming film makers, as well as the budding talents of 3rd year AFDA students.
It seems that the Design Indaba 2009 event even catered for people who can’t stand design and who were perhaps dragged there by their work or significant others.
For these types there was a huge designer bar in the centre of the expo where the Liquidchefs team could mix up a mouth watering cocktail while you watched performers on an adjacent stage.
Even those who were too cheap to buy a cocktail could pull into the Jameson stand and get free whisky to calm their nerves amongst the hordes of design hippys.
Ok, so perhaps all the booze isn’t the grandest idea for an expo centre, I actually saw one well dressed businessman that was trashed out of his mind being dragged out of the Design Indaba by two rather burly security guards…LOL, that’s what you get for dopping it up and then swearing at the top of your lungs.
Ah well, perhaps there was minor hiccup or two but overall the Design Indaba 2009 was a huge success, I hope that all of the designers involved made lots of contacts and future clients.
As for the revellers I’m sure you all had a wicked cool time just like myself.
I will be there like a bear for Design Indaba 2010, it will be interesting to see what South Africa’s finest come up with next…BIG things are coming.
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