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The Future of Design

It's the break they've been waiting for! Internationally renowned furniture store, Klooftique, is offering 2nd year industrial design students from the Cape Peninsular University of Technology (CPUT) the opportunity of a lifetime. Identifying a gap in the market for quality dining room chairs, Klooftique challenged this group of budding design talent to create their very own interpretation of a superior seat that would complement the store's unique style. The task required that each student's chair reveal South Africa's original, quirky essence. Another prerequisite was that they only use materials that abide by Klooftique’s principles of sustainable logging and eco-friendly furniture. The results are fantastistic and include designs like Boere-Baroque and Shack-Chic, and other eco-designs that take inspiration from indigenous flora. Some of the finalist's designs can be seen above... These innovative designs will be showcased at the store on 7 September 2011, after which the winner and runners-up will be announced. In the mean time, you can preview the student's bio's and impressive handiwork here. The winning design will be produced by Klooftique at their factory and sold from their flagship store at 87 Kloof Street, Gardens. klooftique.com

And the Winner is...

Congratulations to the winning chair, Doring, designed by Adriaan Louw! And well done to the runner up, Purlee, which was designed by fellow talented student Andile Myaluza. Last but not least, the Most Beautiful Object award went to Plaasjapie, created by Johan van Greunen. Once again, a job well done by all the entrants, whose work we're sure is going to rock the local furniture market in the years to come!