Li Edelkoort recently published an article entitled North meets South. It perfectly describes the new contemporary style that is emerging from the Southern most tip of Africa. One great example of this is Deep Dark Africa, a newly launched online shop that curates some of the top emerging local designers.
We recently designed a 204-page book for the South Africa Innovation Summit. The book was created as an extended directory featuring some of the leading innovators from around the world and aptly named The Black Book.
I recently moved back to South Africa, having spent the last seven years in the UK, and am finding the art and design community here alive and kicking. A small business making a big horse kick is the newly launched t-shirt company called Noongun.
The Pretoria-based group Dutch ink is making a clean artistic statement with their recent project called Flight 101. It depicts the flight of hundreds of birds, created by scrubbing dirty walls with steel brushes and stencils, a type of reverse graffiti. It’s a kind of eco-art, a powerful statement and an excellent way of communicating with your community, whilst cleaning the streets.
I am a keen bicycle lover and rider, but I’m also a lover of anything vintage and recycled, so when I found Starling and Hero I knew I was onto something good. Starling & Hero restores old bikes into new glories.