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The 2018 Winners Of The Annual 100% Design South Africa Awards Announced At Gala Event

South Africa’s leading product design showcase, 100% Design South Africa, announced its 2018 Design Award Winners at a Gala Awards Evening held at Gallagher Convention Centre on the night of Thursday 9 August 2018. The proceedings took place at the 100% Design Café designed by leading local artisans Houtlander. The evening was attended by a stellar lineup of industry personalities, designers, past winners and 100% Design South Africa exhibitors. The crowd was kept entertained into the night by design savvy journalists and DJ’s Zanele Kumalo and Zodwa Kumalo-Valentine.

The winners of the 100% Design Awards were chosen by an independent panel of 10 members including publishing editors, members of the media, designers, tastemakers and influencers. The 2018 judging panel included: Tiaan Nagel of House and Leisure; Ntombehle Shezi of Elle Decoration; Sumien Brink and Annemarie Meintjies of Visi; Leana Schoeman of the Sunday Times; Debbie Loots of Real Life Magazine; Zanele Kumalo of Media24; industrial designer Richard Sparks; Aiwekhoe Iyahen of Luxe Noir; and Daniel van der Merwe of the PPC Imaginarium. (72)

The judging process took place throughout the day on Wednesday 8 August 2018 and was facilitated and audited by Angus Campbell, Head of the Department of Industrial Design at the University of Johannesburg. The awards were judged in the following categories:

South African Designer of the Year – An annual award that seeks to recognise a designer who displays excellence in their field with regards to concept, quality and design.

Best Furniture Design – The judges were looking for a stylish piece of functional furniture from the residential, office or hospitality sector, whether local or international. This needed to be a new design from the last two years.

Best Product Design – An original design that shows intelligence and consideration in terms of material use.

Best Lighting Design – The judges were on the hunt for an electrical lighting solution, whether local or international, which showed style and innovation. Energy-saving considerations, although not a pre-requisite, were a bonus.

Best Textile Design, awarded in memory of Julian Gelb – An award that recognises excellence in fabric design.

Best Surface Design – Here, the criteria are style and/or innovation in wallpapers, wall treatments, wall coverings, fitted carpets, rugs, floor coverings, tiles or 3D-printed surfaces.

Best Stand Design – This award seeks to recognise a stand design that is eye-catching and promotes visitor interaction and engagement. The stand should add to the overall aesthetic and experience of 100% Design South Africa.

Best of 100% Talent – An award to recognise an emerging design talent.


The 2018 award-winners are as follows:


Best Lighting Design

Winner:  Joe Paine for his The Stilt Light


Surface Design

Winner:  SMTNG GOOD for throws


Best Textile Design

Winner:  lulasclan


Best of 100% New Talent

Winner:  Ben Orkin for his Nebnikro Ceramic Vessels


Best Office Design

Winner:  100% Office by Alice Hutton


Best Product Design

Winner:  Mother City Hardware for their Kitchen Island


Best Furniture Design

Winner:  Kino for both cabinets, the Heildronk Kas and the Neut Drinks Cabinet


Best Stand Design

Winner:  Yudu


Designer of the Year

Winner:  Houtlander


According to 100% Design South Africa Programme Director Cathy O’Clery: “The 100% Design Awards are a way for designers to be recognised for their achievements and a way for us to highlight standout work, as well as encourage an ever-increasing standard across the board, year on year.”

Held alongside Decorex Joburg, 100% Design South Africa runs until 12 August 2018 and promises to titillate the senses with the very best of local product design showcased alongside top international brands.

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Essential information for 100% Design South Africa Dates:

8 August – Trade only

9 August – Consumer and trade

10 August – Consumer and trade

11 August – Consumer and trade

12 August – Consumer and trade
Opening times: 10am – 6pm daily
Ticket prices: R120 for adults; R20 for kids under 12; R90 for trade
and exhibitors.
Venue: Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, Gauteng

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