Each year the Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI) showcases some of the best handmade objects in the industry, created by innovative craftsmen and women based in the Western Cape. This year marks the fourth exhibition which promises some exceptional local work. Launched in 2009, the CCDI Handmade Collection is an exciting platform that mirrors the progressive designs and high level of quality that has come to characterise the province’s crafts. The rigorous criteria are decided by the selection panel that includes individuals from the design, retail and media fields. ‘Originality, innovation, local distinctiveness, integrity and skill in the chosen craft’ were just some of the boxes that needed to be ticked. This year there were 264 entries, of which 67 items were chosen. The final selection is impressive and comprises a mix of collaborative efforts and some solo projects. From silver brooches inspired by minibus taxis to clocks with character, each design object is unique. World-class ceramics have again made an appearance, as have detailed jewellery pieces. Also great to see is the inclusion of the recycling and upcycling trends, a forecast we made earlier this year in our House and Leisure Trend Report 2012. Other highlights include bold lighting projects, original shoe designs and other proudly South African artistic interpretations. View the CCDI Handmade Collection at Cape Town’s Design Indaba Expo at the International Convention Centre from 2-4 March 2012. After that, the products will be on display at various Western Cape venues throughout the year. If you see something that catches your eye, you can order it directly from the designers or through the CCDI. Above are some of the items from the collection that we think deserve top honours. Naomi Larkin Editor – House and Leisure Text: Written for Naomi by Kim Grové, HL’s Junior Online Writer Images: Supplied Captions: 1. Firepetals creative jewellery (the triptych of brooches is titled ‘The Traffic Series’) by Adeline Joubert. Love Bug Brooch: R1 500 each, Taxi Brooch: R1 500 each, Safe, Reliable Removals Brooch: R1 500 each. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. 2. Cappuccino Sandals (handcrafted leather sandals on wooden wedges with handmade wire buckles) by Eddie April, R760. Email email@example.com. 3. Shinda African Rope Folding Chair (made from recycled car tyre rubber and stainless steel tubing) by Jeanette Gibson, R12 000. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. 4. Recreate Printer’s Tray Dressing Table (made from reclaimed timber; designed and custom made to perfectly fit a printer’s tray drawer) by Katie Thompson, R4 500. Email email@example.com. 5. Artistic Wood Turnings (a trio of cross-laminated maple ogee-shaped bowls with veneer inserts) by Bert Parker, R3 600 per set. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.