The fourth annual Southern Guild Design Foundation Awards were held on the evening of 23 July 2016 at the Southern Guild Gallery in Cape Town’s Woodstock in celebration of craftsmanship, creativity, innovation and commerciality. Seven different brands and designers won awards across the following categories: Icon, Future Found, Apprentice, Maker to Market, Manufacture, Object that Moves (an award we sponsored and are especially excited about) and the newly instituted Design with Purpose.
Southern Guild is greatly admired for its positive impact on the design world of South Africa and its focus on showcasing local creatives both here and further abroad. Founders Trevyn and Julian McGowan have created a truly dynamic practice that has uplifted South African industries, and the Design Foundation Awards are very much a part of this.
‘[This accolade] is not solely about recognising immense success and awarding new talent – the awards are part of the foundation’s greater goal to support the industry and aid in its countrywide growth,’ explains Trevyn McGowan.
Nominees were judged by a Design Foundation Board committee, and nominations were put forward by major industry movers and shakers and some of the previous years’ winners. This year’s recipients were awarded a bronze sculpture made by Otto du Plessis, admired artists and founder of Bronze Age Foundry.
Here is the list of the winners:
Object that Moves Award: Wonki Ware
Ceramics company Wonki Ware was started 15 years ago in George by Di Marshall, who began crafting pottery during the hours her children were at school and has now created a powerful business with highly in-demand local products. The brand received this award, sponsored by us, in recognition of its phenomenal commercial success.
Icon Award: Dokter and Misses
Dokter and Misses was founded by husband and wife team Adriaan Hugo and Katy Taplin. Their multi-disciplinary product design practice has advanced rapidly in the local and global design world and received major recognition for its innovative, conceptually strong furniture, lighting and interior solutions that reflect the use of bold lines, bright colours and graphic shapes.
Manufacture Award: Woodheads
Richard Harris and Geert Schuiling currently run Woodheads, which originally started in 1867 and is known as a leading supplier of leather and other materials to the creative industry. The brand’s high-end, modern machinery and skilled craftsmanship have made it an essential service to artistic professionals throughout the country.
Maker to Market Award: Pichulik
Colourful, conceptual, African-inspired jewellery and fashion accessories are what have made Katherine-Mary Pichulik’s iconic brand so successful. That and a careful consideration of marketing, packaging and the consumer, which is why the company deserves the Maker to Market award.
Future Found Award: Pinda Furniture Design
Siyanda Mbele is a Durban-based designer who explores the uniqueness of different South African cultures in his furniture design. The modern appeal of his unusual products make him a designer to watch, and the fact that he’s already achieved great success with limited resources make him worthy of this accolade.
Apprentice Award: Jason van der Linde
Jason is an industrial design graduate from the University of Johannesburg who has won a 12-month apprenticeship with the gifted multi-disciplinary designer and craftsman Laurie Wiid of Wiid Design.
Design with Purpose Award: Repurpose Schoolbags
This award is meant to recognise clever design that solves social problems, and Thato Kgatlhanye’s Repurpose Schoolbags fits this description perfectly. These schoolbags are made from recycled materials and includes a solar panel pocket that charges while children walk to and around school and can then be used as a light for kids to study at night if they don’t have access to electricity.
To find out more about the Southern Guild Design Foundation Awards, visit southernguild.co.za.