An increasing theme in the South African design landscape is the willingness of designers to collaborate – with one another and with brands. Where this becomes particularly exciting, and bears the most interesting fruit, is when designers from various disciplines get together to create something that offers a new perspective.
Peter van der Post from Indigenus has applied a progressive approach to his outdoor planters from day one when he launched the brand, injecting new life into what has traditionally been a fairly staid field locally. The design-forward company brings craftsmanship and artistry to a traditionally more functional platform, with Indigenus designing in collaboration with leading designers, artists and architects ‘We work with people who understand the scale and impact great sculptural planters can have in an architectural space or landscaped garden,’ comments Van der Post.
The Bhaca range, like a lot of internationally exhibited ceramicist Andile Dyalvane’s work explores his Xhosa heritage via a contemporary application of themes and motifs. For his new Bhaca range for Indigenus, he applies traditional scarification marks to the clay – celebrating his roots and giving new context to a cultural custom through an artistic medium. Scaling his usually smaller works to a much larger and more architectural scale, the marking take on a dramatic effect that translates beautifully in graphic black, concrete grey and white.
laurie wiid van heerden
A natural collaborator, fascinated by the interface between art and design, Laurie Wiid van Heerden has worked with Indigenus previously on a midcentury-modern-inspired range called Soma in 2015. His new Terra planters reimagine the midcentury modern planter concept in different materials, and with iroko wood stands – sturdier than what they would once been designed with. The rounded corners are a nod to the mid century while the crisp minimal interpretation gives the range a contemporary feeling. The result is a balance – old and new, sleek and solid, and the warm wood and cool concrete.