TOTEMISM: Memphis Meets Africa at Design Indaba Expo
The Memphis movement burst onto the scene in 1981 when its designers made waves at the Milan Furniture Fair with irreverently bold, Pop-style designs that challenged Modernist notions of good taste and functionality. Created as a language that challenged the aesthetic of clean lines, the market appeal of the understated, and the usefulness of design coherence, Memphis rippled out to ceramics, glassware, furniture, interior design, and urban architecture, specifically building facades. The movement embraced the unexpected in design as well as the ubiquitous in life.
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The very best of contemporary South African design will be shown at the eighth annual Design Indaba Expo, to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 25th to 27th, 2011. With more than 270 confirmed exhibitors, Design Indaba ushers in a new decade of local design excellence. The only expo featuring soley South African artists, the Design Indaba Expo recognizes and celebrates local creative work from craft to product design, fashion, publishing, new media, ceramics, animation, architecture and more. Highlights include an arena with all-day fashion shows, a film festival and the Creative Agencies exhibit where advertising, animation and production studios will showcase their best work.
- Southern African designers showcase their wares at Cape Town's annual Design Indaba Expo.
- Cape Town, South Africa, will be the World Design Capital 2014, which is perfect timing, since the country's design scene is booming.
- Cape Town's Design Indaba always kicks off with a conference of eclectic speakers from all over the world and wraps up with an expo focusing on Southern African designers.
- In Mitchell’s Plain township in Cape Town, South Africa, living conditions are harsh. The congested urban landscape pushes kids into the streets to play.
- Later this month the Museum for African Art will kick off a five-part lecture series at Columbia University titled Sightlines: New Perspectives on African Architecture and Urbanism.
- The online retailer's collaboration with 25 South African designers and artists goes on sale today in advance of Cape Town's status as World Design Capital 2014.