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Highlights from A New Wave


The spotlight is on South Africa's newest young design talent - the creatives you should definitely have on your radar. Following a five-month process that began with a call for submissions back in April 2015, prestigious platform Southern Guild opened A New Wave exhibition at its Cape Town gallery on Thursday, 11 August 2016 to hail emerging visionaries who represent the future of the local design industry.

The showcase is an ode to the concept of collectable design - functional pieces that also have strong artistic value - and features once-off works of genius by almost 40 up-and-coming talents under the age of 40.

Southern Guild received more than 75 strong applications in response to its call, and shortlisted a number of stand-out individuals to be guided and mentored by Trevyn and Julian McGowan, the founders of the platform.

The exhibition that's now open to the public is the result of this advisory process and it represents a great opportunity to view cutting-edge pieces by the names that'll soon be on everyone's lips, if they aren't already.

On show is a range of furniture, ceramics, jewellery, decorative art and lighting; we've pinpointed some of the highlights below.

@studiumdesignoffice drinks cabinet at #anewwave

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The mild steel and lacquered plywood Rotunda Drinks Unit by Studium delights our love for graphics and colour.

This little scene is a treat for the design-loving eye: teardrop-shaped stoneware by Chuma Maweni Ceramics sit on the concrete, copper and wood Dream Cabinet by Micah Donnoli in front of Kurt Pio's Remember Me heart, made from plywood and steel upholstery nails.

Detail of Douglas and Company's STONEKEEPER on show at #anewwave from today until 23 September 2016.

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A close-up of The Stonekeeper mild steel and marble table by Douglas & Company.

This fascinating aluminium installation by Matthew Dasneves turns the load shedding saga into art.

We want this nature-inspired Lunar table, made from a chunk of slate stone encircled by recycled sand-cast aluminium, by Jesse Ede. And we really wouldn't mind that vibrant wall piece made from plastic building blocks by Faatimah Mohamed-Luke either.

The clever Inkunzi armchair by EBCS Design (Ebrahim Assur) captures the essence of a bull in furniture form (the name translates to 'bull' in English), and the adjustable modular tension lamp by CARVER Design is just one of the smartest multi-functional lighting solution we've seen in a while.

Herbarium I, II and III by Nora Kovats are intriguing miniature objets d'art made from copper, enamel, sterling silver and glass beads.  Like much of Nora's work, there's something rather enchanting about these tiny jewelled pieces.

Martine Jackson's glazed ceramic Fold pendant lights had us captivated with their organic, almost otherworldly aesthetic.

To see these sorts of considered creations for yourself, be sure to visit A New Wave sometime between 12 August and 23 September 2016. The gallery is open from Monday to Friday between 10am and 5pm and on Saturdays by appointment.