NEXT18 celebrates and showcases 33 leading South African designers
With the wealth of talent in South African craft and design, it seems more than apt to laud local creatives, exhibit meticulously crafted work and celebrate our country’s progress, innovation and unique vision with the rest of the world. In a novel showcase taking place in Cape Town this month, NEXT18 invites 33 leading South African designers to present their new product ranges, a collection of small furniture, lighting, home textiles, fashion and accessories.
The NEXT18 Trade Exhibition, taking place at the Homecoming Centre in Cape Town’s east city precinct on 22–25 February, showcases the best of local craft and design, ready to be ordered and adored by local buyers, international importers, retailers and decorators. Part of the ‘Development by Design’ programme, which enables small and medium businesses in South Africa to develop and grow, over 50 entrepreneurs have been included in this initiative.
The NEXT18 Trade Exhibition coincides with the #cocreateDESIGN FESTIVAL, a new initiative of The Netherlands Consulate General, which will take place in venues around the east city. The festival aims to celebrate and examine the power of design to tackle current socio-economic and environmental challenges within an African context, aptly being hosted in collaboration with the Craft and Design Institute (CDI) and Future Cape Town. Following the theme ‘Beyond the Crisis’, the CDI attempts to face and find a solution for our city’s high unemployment rates, and fast-track growth and economic inclusion.
The NEXT18 Trade Exhibition will take place on February 22 – 25 daily at the Homecoming Centre (15A Buitenkant Street) from 10am to 6pm in the east city precinct of Cape Town. For more visit thecdi.org.za/next18.