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Collection by Rebecca L. Weber

Design Indaba 2011

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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. "Forget about the beauty," says New York-based designer Dror Benshetrit, as if every city with two oceans wrapped itself around a mountain. "The people are so welcoming, so open minded, so thirsty to be connected to the grid. I see a lot of potential in South Africa, a lot of creative, eager, ambitious people. I have a really good feeling that I'll be here again soon." Job creation and environmental stewardship have been oft-discussed themes at previous Indabas, but seem to have reached a critical mass this year, which may help its bid for World Design Capital 2014. In the following slideshow, have a look at some of the outstanding works created by the South African designers who exhibited at the 2011 Design Indaba Expo.

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Bucket Stool Designed by: Pedersen + Lennard In South Africa, objects tend to be overly designy without enough…
Community Bench Designed by: Lello Design Initially inspired by a competition for seating with a "shack chic…
Kudu head Designed by: Joanna Orr What do you get for the trophy hunter who already has an elephant foot coffee…
Ukhamba Pot Designed by: Mrs. Shongwe Sticking with the customary practices in rural KwaZulu-Natal, Mrs. Shongwe…
Bird Range Designed by: Imiso Ceramics and Ngwenya Glass Sculptor Andile Dyalvane traveled to Swaziland last year…
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Protea Pendant Lamp Designed by: Nikki Drzewicki Nikki Drzewicki trained as an architect back in the day when one…
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