‘Dreams for Africa Chair’ judged SA’s most beautiful object

2011-03-03 00:00

IT’S official — the Dreams for Africa Chair, made at Hillcrest’s Aids Centre Trust (HACT), is the most beautiful object in South Africa.

The chair received the accolade at the Design Indaba 2011 in Cape Town after the public was asked to choose the item it considers to be the most beautiful from 10 objects, including a stunning couch created by Caversham-based Ardmore Ceramic Art. The entries were selected for the competition by magazine editors and displayed in the Design Indaba arena.

A spokesperson for HACT — an NGO that helps and supports people who are infected/affected by HIV and Aids — Claudia Krumhoff, said: “We were so motivated by the positive reaction visitors showed towards the Dreams for Africa Chair … it provided a platform to tell our story and share the purpose of our journey.”

The chair was created by 160 women from the Valley of 1000 Hills, who came together in 2009 to create a legacy of hope. Eight weeks later the women of the Woza Moya income-generation project finished their creation.

It has been sent around South Africa and overseas and people from all walks of life are invited to sit in it and share their dreams. “We document the journey photographically and invite people to be part of it,” Krumhoff explained. “This creates such a beautiful sense of unity and togetherness, reflecting the true soul of South Africans.”

Paula Thomson, craft co-ordinator at Woza Moya, added: “Winning this award means so much to all the beaders involved and celebrates … the craft and talents of traditional Zulu beadwork … Design Indaba is such an important event for us, and now winning means we will get next year’s stand floor space for free, which will lighten the financial burden and ensure our participation next year.”

For further information visit www.dreamsforafrica.org.za

— Arts Editor.

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