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A Design Café with Real Clout

100% Design South Africa is set to shake up Hall 1 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Gauteng when it happens alongside Decorex Joburg and the International Sourcing Fair from 7-11 August 2019. With big hitters such as Haldane Martin, Laduma Ngxokolo of MaXhosa, Houtlander, Thabisa Mjo, Vogel Design and host of other heavyweights on the bill, 100% Design South Africa will be a show without equal in 2019. 

As ever, members of the trade and the public alike can expect an extensive variety of displays encompassing the world of interiors, textiles, architecture, furniture, office and product design. In addition to an exciting line-up of exhibitors, 100% Design South Africa once again offers a series of key feature exhibitions that distinguish the show from any other. One such display is the annual 100% Café, the pulsating meeting, greeting and eating spot at the heart of the exhibition floor.

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Acclaimed Creative Director Tracy Lynch of Studio Leelynch, who heads up the creative component of the Nando’s Design Programme, is the force behind this year’s 100% Café. Fired up by Nando’s, and known as The Clout Café, the interior design of this bustling zone – which will be the place to network and chew over South Africa’s finest design – will be conceptualised, directed, project-managed and installed by the team at Studio Leelynch.

Speaking of her approach, Lynch explains that “powerful brand experiences which reflect the vision and values of the project’s initiators are at the heart of my creative direction. The intended outcome is the realisation of a product, event, experience or interior that has the ability to be more than the sum of its parts.”

To bring The Clout Café to life in line with this philosophy, Lynch will draw on the work of a number of well-known South African design brands but will also use the opportunity to debut rising local talents. Mash T Design Studio, Wolkberg Casting Studios, Pedersen + Lennard, Wiid Design, Naturalis and a score of others will be showcased.

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 It is Lynch’s intention “to introduce the new work of established and emerging designers in an interior setting that inspires and delights and amplifies a positive story of where we are now… I am constantly astounded by the creativity and innovative design originating from Southern Africa. Local designer-makers are telling our stories, their pieces are sharing our collective culture with the world.”


Lynch herself is an active and widely respected proponent of the local design community. In collaboration with Nando’s, she is committed to showcasing South African design as a world-class, notable category. This started with her interior design and curation of Central Kitchen, the Nando’s head office in Jo’burg. Her role then progressed to encompass creative direction for the Nando’s Design Programme. Together with Michael Spinks and the greater Nando’s design team, she has nurtured a focus on creative strategies to develop young talent. 

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This focus will not only be reflected in the pieces that will furnish the café but will also be a major thrust of the Clout Designers’ Days, taking place on 9 and 10 August 2019 in the 100% Workspace arena at the show. Here, emerging designers will be invited to pitch their work to a panel of industry professionals that includes Lynch, Spinks and 100% Design South Africa Creative Director, Laurence Brick. The best pieces will be supported with a showcase at 100% Design South Africa 2020 and included on the Nando’s Portal to Africa, which enables exposure and commerce for the designers it lists.

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The Clout Designers’ Days and The Clout Café will illustrate Mzanzi magic made real. “We can’t think of a more inspiring, vibrant spot to do business,” says 100% Design South Africa General Manager, Sandra Jardim. “We are always scouting the African creative scene for the best of the best and creating special platforms to connect talent with trade.”

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To this end, 100% Design South Africa 2019 boasts two dedicated trade-focused days, taking place on 7 and 8 August 2019, over-and-above the Clout Designers’ Days. For the broader public, the show will be open to delight, stimulate and inspire from 7-11 August 2019 and is open on the Public Holiday on 9 August 2019. Tickets may be purchased through Computicket – at the entrance to the show.

Members of the trade are invited to register online for free trade access before 7 August 2019, thereafter, trade tickets may be purchased at the gate. On-site trade registrations cost R100 per professional. To pre-register, please visit:

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Essential information for 100% Design South Africa

Dates: 7-11 August 2019
Opening times: 10h00 – 18h00
Ticket prices: R120 for adults; R100 for pensioners and scholars; R20 for kids under 12; R100 for trade and exhibitors at the gate
Venue: Hall 1, Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, Gauteng

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