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Rising Stars Event


House and Leisure honoured five talented creatives at the magazine’s Rising Stars event in Sandton last night. In the September issue, HL promoted 51 new, up-and-coming designers, artists, stylists, business owners, photographers and entrepreneurs from all across the country. We announced our top five Rising Stars in the October issue. Last night, they shared their stories and experiences at our prestigious event. Together with Ford and TW Steel, House and Leisure paid tribute to architect and furniture designer Aram Lello, knitwear designer, Candice Johnson, ceramist, Nic Sithole, cultural worker and artist, Rangoato Hlasane and jeweller, Songezo Baleni. Surrounded by breathtaking views of Joburg at the top of the chic World Trade Centre in Morningside, guests were welcomed with refreshing Bombay Sapphire gin and tonics on arrival. Guests were then escorted to another room of the 20th floor for an informative panel discussion facilitated by HL Editor Naomi Larkin. She was joined by entrepreneur, radio presenter and director Pavlo Phitidis and industry maven Cathy O'Clery as well as the Rising Stars, who shared their personal experiences and deliberated design and entrepreneurship tactics to a packed audience. HL readers voted for their top Rising Star and the accolade went to Songezo Baleni. Each of the top five received a prize consisting of a new Ford EcoSport to drive for a month, a TW Steel watch valued at R6 000 and a Bombay Sapphire hamper to toast their success. Guests were later entertained by Cape Town-born singer (and HL Rising Star), Chad Saaiman before taking home a goodie bag including both the September 2013 issue and the October 2013 20th birthday collector's edition, as well as Colwyn Thomas postcards (another one of HL's Rising Stars). Photographs Hanro Havenga