In an effort to discover and encourage emerging design talent, Leon at CCXIX and St Leger & Viney launched the 12 Izitulo Design Challenge at the beginning of 2017. The competition called for unique chair designs, the winner receiving a 12-month design contract with Leon at CCXIX, a share of the sales from their own design and a R10 000 fabric voucher from St Leger & Viney.
From over 140 entries received from every corner of the country, 12 were chosen by a panel of judges made up of SA Décor and Design’s Marcia Margolius, Joburg designer Donald Nxumalo, St Leger & Viney’s Peter Gordon and Leon at CCXIX’s Pim Verdoorn and Ilaria Guidi. The finalist’s designs were then brought to life and upholstered with St Leger & Viney fabrics. A three-week social media campaign and voting at the Leon at CCXIX showroom – in which House and Leisure participated – led to the final verdict. When presented with 12 beautiful, design-forward chairs, choosing just three proved difficult – but a decision had to be made.
Kriska Liebenberg’s Nesting Chair was selected as the overall winner, Brigitte Bielovich’s Umhlaba Ottoman came in second and Lezandi Fourie’s Lock and Lace Chair took third place. Both runners up will also receive vouchers from St Leger & Viney and the chance to profit from their designs. ‘I am ecstatic to have been chosen as the winner of the competition. What an amazing opportunity to be part of this whole process and to see our designs come to life,’ says first-place winner Liebenberg, who is studying interior design at the Cape Peninsula of Technology (CPUT). Take a look at the winning designs below – and keep your eyes peeled for more from these up-and-coming talents.