South Africa is rich with creative talent, so it’s only fitting that The Craft and Design Institute (CDI) has collaborated with Africa Press to bring you an A-Z listing of over 200 craft and design producers in the country. Cataloguing a wide range of South African products, Design Directory is a quick and easy reference for buyers, collectors, trend analysts and consumers.
Formerly The Cape Craft and Design Institute, the non-profit CDI has expanded to represent creatives in the whole of South Africa, and Design Directory was released to celebrate local products and the people who make them. ‘This book, with its showcase of the amazing talent we have worked with over the years, is envisioned as a national resource to share the abundance of talent that exists in our country,’ says Erica Elk, executive director of the CDI.
Design Directory presents a wonderful opportunity for local producers to get their names out there – something that is all the more essential with the recent added interest in South African design, both locally and globally. It does not claim to be an exhaustive listing of all South African talent, but does offer a diverse array of products, from jewellery and textiles to furniture, ceramics and decoratives. ‘It’s an introductory roundup of who’s out there, a visual taster of makers of diverse products currently working all around the country,’ says Paul Duncan of Africa Press.
Complete with product photographs, information about each designer including their contact details, and a useful index of materials for quick cross-referencing, Design Directory is a comprehensive and informative guide for anyone with an interest in local craft and design.
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