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Design Indaba 2018: Day 2

'Embracing the Unknown', an installation by Morag Myerscough commissioned by Design Indaba. Photo: Lisa Wallace

ALSO READ: The highlights from Design Indaba Day 1 Delivered on stage at this year's Conference at Artscape Theatre, here're the most poignant, refreshing, inspiring and interesting moments from Day Two. ALSO READ: The 6 speakers at Design Indaba 2018 we’re looking forward to most Azusa Murakami & Alexander Groves SWINE (Super Wide Interdisciplinary New Explorers) is a collaboration between Japanese Architect Azusa Murakami and British Artist Alexander Groves. Together, the husband-and-wife team focus less on a consistent work 'feature' and more on process. Creating works that span across disciplines, SWINE explores themes of regional identity and the future of resources in the context of globalisation. SWINE's work manifests a deep research into materials and modern industrialisation. Leroy Mwasaru Leroy, just 19-years-old and the youngest delegate at this year's Conference, is a Kenyan social entrepreneur  who is mainly involved in renewable energy, e-commerce and human-centered design education. His works have a unique focus on poverty alleviation and socio-economic empowerment. Simon Dogger A raised eyebrow, a cautious smile, a daring glance: facial expressions reveal a lot about someone’s feelings. But what if you cannot see them? After losing his sight, Simon Dogger found this a huge loss of quality in communication. His Emotion Whisperer’ is a subtle tool that can prompt the visually impaired with the body language they’re otherwise missing out on. William Mapham A specialist ophthalmologist, Doctor William Mapham has served as the Vice Chair of the Rural Doctors Association of South Africa (RuDASA) and previously spent time in New York and Washington designing mobile phone applications for healthcare. Vula, his brainchild, gives health workers – particularly those in remote rural areas – a tool that helps to get patients quick and efficient specialist care. Amna Elshandaweely Amna Elshandaweely is an Egyptian fashion designer and entrepreneur. Her eponymous label combines culture, history and even architecture to create thoughtful, yet trendy pieces. Above and beyond the aesthetics, Elshandaweely’s clothing collections unpack issues of identity, specifically within issues such as Middle Eastern-African identity and colourism. Peter Veenstra Peter Veenstra leads many competition projects and design research projects within architecture firm LOLA Landscape Architects and is active as a guest lecturer. In design projects he strives to turn innovative ideas into simple achievable designs. The designs question the relationship between nature, man and technique. Sensory experiences of light and sound and the sense of orientation are being used to create an experience.
Renata Souza Renata Souza is a Mexican product design graduate with a minor in communication design from the Parsons School of Design in New York. She prides herself in using her bicultural life experiences from her Mexican-American background, as inspiration for her designs. By combining colour with practicality, style with function and boldness with precision, she has come to believe that exposure to opposing cultures strengthens an artist's ability to recognise design opportunities. Souza’s project Thomy is her most effective, using design to solve a problem. Lebo Mashile Lebo Mashile, most recognisable for her lyrical and gutsy poetry which has captivated audiences in 24 countries worldwide, is a well-known name among South Africans. Mashile is a social commentator, speaker, performer and master of ceremonies whose infectious enthusiasm is infused into every platform she has touched over the last 16 years. Ensamble Ensamble Studio is a cross-functional team led by architects Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa. Balancing education, research and practice, the studio explores innovative approaches to architectural and urban spaces, and the technologies that build them. Nicolás Kisic Aguirre Peruvian Sound Artist with a degree in architecture obtained in Lima from PUCP university, and prior studies in Economics, Environmental Studies, and Digital Fabrication, Nicolás Kisic Aguirre is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Art, Culture and Technology at MIT. His current focus is in researching the potential of sound as it is relevant to different notions of public space. Within this practice, he is invested in the production of work that aims to explore, understand and activate public space through sound and sonic artifacts. Mark Kamau Mark Kamau is a UX designer from Kenya who believes that design is the most powerful tool for social and economic change. He works as the User Experience Design Director at Kenyan start-up, BRCK, an innovative technology company focused on connecting Africa to the internet. Tom Dixon After life as a bass player in the band Funkapolitan didn't quite work out as planned, Tom Dixon instead changed direction and followed his inherent willingness to 'make things'; he began teaching himself first to weld, then to produce furniture. Rising to prominence in the mid-1980's as 'the talented untrained designer with a line in welded salvage furniture', he set up a space to use as a creative think-tank and store front for himself and other young designers. By the late 1980s he was working for the Italian furniture giant Cappellini for whom he designed the iconic ‘S’ chair. In the 1990s, Dixon was a household name in the design field. He designed Jack, his polypropylene 'sitting, stacking, lighting thing,' for his own company Eurolounge, which became an icon of the decade. Tom was appointed Head of Design by Habitat in 1998, where he later served as Creative Director until 2008. He was the public face of a collective team responsible for rejuvenating the brand, maintaining Terence Conran's dream of enriching everyday life through simple, modern design and creating a shopping experience that is both theatrical and intimate. In 2000, Tom's work was formally awarded OBE by Her Majesty the Queen in Paris. Tom’s works have been acquired by some of the world’s most famous museums and are now in permanent collections across the globe including the Victoria & Albert Museum, Museums of Modern Art New York and Tokyo and Centre Beaubourg (Pompidou). Since setting up his own design company in 2002, Tom’s work has become even more prominent. The Tom Dixon brand gave Tom a platform to produce iconic designs such as Mirror Ball, Copper Shade, Wingback chair and Beat light. The company is now international with customers in 63 countries and locations in England, America and Hong Kong.