10 best of the Guild Design Fair

2014-02-23 14:00

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For the first time in Africa, celebrated global galleries and institutions will showcase their ground-breaking designs at Cape Town’s Guild International Design Fair. It starts on Friday and 17 countries, 11 collaborations and four ­continents will be represented. City Press paged through the catalogue.

1 Agents of the 3D Revolution (Global)

An abstract work by Agents of the 3D Revolution

The creators of innovative 3-D print designs and art seek to shape new technology by mixing arts, ­sciences, architecture, technology and even medicine and engineering.

3-D creates dialogue between creatives, manufacturers and the many visitors to their shows.

Look out for their ­cutting edge designs.

2 Origins Centre (South Africa)

Design by the Origins Centre

From Wits University, the centre is known for its compelling story of humanity in Africa, particularly southern Africa.

The university will showcase its past, present and future human endeavours under the Design Origins Africa South banner.

There are objects that attest to human ingenuity from?about 110?000 years ago to modern times, telling the story of recent and ancient aspects of southern ­African stories.

3 Handspring Puppet Company (South Africa)

Puppets from War Horse

They have participated in more than 16 theatre shows in the past 30 years and combine a clear understanding of animal being and the expertise in mechanical engineering.

Their work transcends craft and art, the living and the dead.

They have amassed awards through their innovative animal-meets-engineering designs with an ­Olivier Award for design in London and a Tony Award in New York.

4 Artisan (Global)

Artisan No 1?–?A story of beauty and vision

This group of KwaZulu-Natal women belong to the Siyazama project.

They tell the story of beauty through traditional bead craft.

The stories are a unique documentation of the daily life of women in rural post-apartheid South Africa recorded by a Swedish design collective.

The exhibition also includes a collection of handmade pieces.

5 Coletivo Amor De Madre (Brazil)

Studio Swine cactus light

This is a Brazilian and Colombian partnership made up of plastic artist and architect Ivan Hurtado Arango, and Olivia Yassudo Faria an artist and publicist.

Together they established the Coletivo Amo De Madre gallery in 2009 which fuses culture, art and design into what they call “disruptive art”.

Their contemporary designs are created from remnants and recycled materials.

6 Nacho Carbonell (Holland)

Memoralia by Nacho Carbonell

He was named Designer of the Future by Design Miami in 2009.

Known for his distinctive design art?–organic forms and animated surfaces that challenge conventional perceptions of design.

The Dutch-based ­Spanish designer exhibits his Playground Closes at Dusk, a four-piece ­installation that explores the undefined connections between our senses and our surroundings.

7R 20th Century

Installation images from the exhibition Wendell Castle

Originally from New York these designers make fine art pieces and handiwork ranging from lights, tables, chairs and other artefacts.

The group comprises Wendell Castle a father figure in furniture art movement, glass artist Jeff Zimmerman, nature and art inspired David Wiseman creations, The Haas Brothers with their zoomorphic furniture collection along with Thaddeus Wolfe, a graduate of Cleveland Institute of Art.

8 Design Network Africa (Africa)

Chair and sweat lamp by Design Network Africa

The design ensemble from Sub-Saharan Africa is made up of more than 20 artists.

Their designs range from hand-woven home ware apparel to ceramics and sculptural fashion accessories.

The founding values of this design ensemble include building networks with other designers and promoting intercultural dialogue.

9 Southern Guild (South Africa)

Console 1 Table by Dylan Lewis

The Southern Guild is a proudly South African initiative to improve design excellence.

The guild aspires to the highest standards producing original and proudly South African work in collaboration with local designers, architects, and up and coming design talent.

10 Rossana Orlandi (Italy)

Secretario mood opened?–Rossana Orlandi

She became a global icon when she transformed an abandoned Milan factory into Spazio Rossana Orlandi in 2002.

Known for her love of fashion and her keen eye for ­unearthing young design talent, ­Orlandi has worked with such young ­designers as Nacho Carbonell, Piet Hein Eek, Jaime Hayon and Front in ground-breaking exhibitions.

Orlandi was named one of the design world’s most influential patrons by the Financial Times.

Her peacock chair designs will feature prominently at the fair.

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