About the event:
11 August – 12 August
15 August – 19 August
The programme includes various activities. Listen to engaging presentations by top tertiary design schools about design-related study and career options. Visit the One-Stop Design Shop, an exhibition featuring the top tertiary design schools from the Western Cape. Other exciting activities like movie shorts and the opportunity to meet and spend some quality time with an iconic SA designer will educate learners about the values and impact of design in everyday life.
The Designing Careers High School Programme runs every weekday. This pre-booked event is fully booked and there is currently a waiting list. If you want your school to participate and be added to the waiting list, please contact Sune Stassen.
Designing Careers has invited some of South Africa’s leading designers to talk to the learners visiting the Designing Careers programme. Who will your mystery speaker on the day be? Here’s a sneak peek of who you may see:
Architect Luyanda Mpahlwa from Design Space Africa
Architect Y. Tsai, Y Tsai Design Studio
Artist Heath Nash
Craft studio Monkeybiz
Zizipho Poswa and Andile Dyalvane from Imiso Ceramics
Furniture designer Haldane Martin
OPEN DAY 13 August at Cape Town City Hall
Come back on 13 August with your parents and friends for the Designing Careers Open Day, when tertiary design schools are hosting workshops, and a number of designers from different industries will give you a greater insight into various career options.
Luyanda Mpahlwa is an award winning architect/ urban designer and principal of Cape Town based firm Design Space Africa. He has designed major public buildings such as the South African Embassy in Berlin as well as large scale projects for the Airports Company South Africa among others. His scheme for the 10x10 Low Cost housing project in Mitchells Plein was the first recipient of the 2009 Curry Stone Design international prize and was recognised for its contribution towards ‘improving people’s lives. This project has increased awareness about sustainable & dignified low cost housing and has received international acclaim through publications in various countries the world over. In his work and business Luyanda maintains a focus on empowering communities and people, and ‘transforming life through design.’ Luyanda is a thought leader in urban issues in Cape Town and contributes and participates in a number of urban forums and initiatives, as an oversight expert and mentor to younger designers. Luyanda has been involved with the WDC program since the bid stages and was part of the winning Cape Town delegation to Taipei.
Haldane Martin is a preeminent South African designer and brand, renowned for iconic furniture and high-concept interiors for brands and businesses with signature identities that translate into extraordinary spaces. For Haldane, a design is intuitively recognised as iconic when it marries innovation with beauty and captures the zeitgeist of the day in a timeless fashion. Seamless integration of indigenous craft, sustainability, cultural identity, biomimicry, geometry and digital design has seen the iconic Songololo sofa and Zulu Mama chair – among others – become highly sought after by design collectors and connoisseurs worldwide. The Haldane Martin brand is also growing a name as an interior design consultancy. Haldane’s 20-year experience in furniture design has set him apart as an interior designer. His keen understanding of how things are built lends a higher level of innovation. His honed skills enable him to create and execute high-concept interior elements that capture and express each client’s unique identity at the same time as solving complex functional design challenges.
“No one likes to be poor. No one likes to depend on hand-outs, or the charity of others. A project such as Monkeybiz addresses a very deep human need, in that it helps people to help themselves” - Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of the Anglican Church of South Africa The majority of Monkeybiz artists have known poverty, neglect and deprivation for most of their lives. Against this background, Monkeybiz has achieved tremendous impact by providing a basic income to many families who would otherwise have been left destitute.
Y Tsai Design Studio
Tsai Design Studio is a young and dynamic architecture, interior and furniture design studio based in Cape Town, South Africa. The studio is a multidisciplinary practice with a diverse portfolio of urban projects that each carries our hallmark of creativity, innovation and experimentation. In our architectural designs, we create dynamic, sometimes unconventional and unexpected, proposals that allow the building to reflect its own personality, while staying true to its core function. In our furniture design and interior design, we like to play with materials and new configurations, leading to ideas that offer a constantly changing perspective. The work we do in one discipline can and does influence the work we do in others. We have won several design accolades and awards, including the prestigious international Red Dot Award; and the International Young Design Entrepreneur Award sponsored by the British Council. Our Nested Bunk Bed was voted by the public as the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa. While many of our projects have been built to completion, we also allow our creativity to flow into international and local competitions.
Imiso Ceramics with Zizipho Poswa and Andile Dyalvane
Imiso Ceramics is a high-end brand of creative ceramics based in Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa. The company was established in 2005 and is currently owned by the award–winners Zizipho Poswa and Andile Dyalvane who collectively bring 15+ years of experience in creative design and manufacturing. The studio features unique, handmade collectors’ pieces by Andile and Zizi. Imiso embraces the dual currents of cultural heritage and cosmopolitan energy to invent work of sensual beauty for the contemporary lifestyle. The main production line for Imiso is the world acclaimed ceramic collection of decorative pieces using a variety of styles and designs. Our biggest clients have been Galleries and high-end retail outlets and faithful patronage of clients both locally and abroad. Imiso employs a team of highly skilled artists to create the best possible creative results. Imiso is driven by the vision of becoming an exclusive Creative Design House that reflects the richness of African cultures and traditions. The authenticity and artistry of Imiso’s designs have earned it a passionate following in international galleries, boutiques and homes. Imiso is driven by the vision of becoming an exclusive creative brand that reflects the richness of African cultures and traditions.
Heath Nash is interested in how things are made. Heath Nash studied fine art in Cape Town, majoring in sculpture. During these studies, Heath Nash became something close to a designer – he developed a certain way of seeing and making that he still uses today. He used a process – the process of design? – to make objects that intrigued people. Heath Nash has always liked thinking about the way an object makes a person react to it – and Intrigue is a great reaction. Heath Nash cares about culture. In the past 8 years, Heath Nash has been looking at ways of engaging with his heritage as an African person (of European descent), and as an African thinker, craftsman, artist, designer. He loves making things, and has found that he is good at working with other people that make things too. Now Heath is interested in using all this accumulated skill and experience to work with rural and urban producers in Africa and other communities globally to challenge ‘the machine’ and the standard systems of production that are so revered in the ‘west’. Maybe as a part of this new climate (economic, climatic) that we all find ourselves in there are answers to big questions in places that are not currently central. Maybe making something from rubbish is a start, but maybe making something that makes people stronger in themselves is even more important. Heath Nash cares.
Location: Design Education Wing, 1st floor, CT City Hall
Darling Street , Cape Town