The next generation of South Africa’s designers are reasserting the potential and power of design to create meaningful change. They are leveraging the cultural credibility of design, including the reinvention of traditional techniques, to create sustainable solutions and products with wide commercial appeal that tackle social and environmental problems, both locally and globally.
Naadrira Patel from softwork studio (@naadirapatel____ + @softwork.studio)
Naadira Patel is an artist, designer and educator who works across the fields of art, architecture, design, and cultural programming. She currently leads softwork, a research and design studio based in Johannesburg, working within an ecosystem of feminist organisations, artists and a broad range of cultural institutions.
Tshegofatso Masigo (@masigo._)
This brand goes beyond conventional notions of "home," skillfully dissecting and redefining the very essence of this concept. Through powerful storytelling, Tshegofatso Masigo effectively connects with consumers, creating an emotional bond that resonates deeply.
Vera Shebe (@thegreenbuildingqueen)
Believing for a socially just, low-carbon & climate-resilient world where no one is left behind. Featured in @forbesunder30.
Zanele Montle (@zanele_montle_)
Zanele Montle's work delves into the essence of black identity, skillfully depicting everyday life through vibrant colors and striking repetitions that define her artistic style. She invites viewers to find beauty in the ordinary moments of human existence, as we navigate routines that shape our sense of belonging and connection to our communities and families.
Tebogo Selepe (@sloppy.iz)
Tebogo "Sloppy" Selepe is a dynamic digital artist whose work draws inspiration from a fusion of African spirituality, pop art, surrealism, and high fashion. Sloppy’s unique perspective allows viewers to delve into captivating worlds that challenge conventional norms and explore the interplay between excess, media, and personal identity.
Lindelani Hlope (@lindelaniie)
Designer + Brand consultant, Founder of @ninebylh. Nandos HYD finalist 2022.
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