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Design Indaba

  House and Leisure Editor Naomi Larkin It was great to be at the 2012 Design Indaba Conference between 29 February and 2 March which, as usual, featured speakers from around the world. This year I found them more inspirational than last year, with many leaving a lasting impression. Here are some that stood out for me: Chris Milk and Aaron Koblin Chris is famous for working on music videos with several well-known international artists and Aaron heads the Data Arts Team in Google’s Creative Lab. Their collaborative award-winning video, The Johnny Cash Project, is one of the most beautiful things I have watched. Dan Pearson Described as a ‘floral anthropologist’, Dan Pearson has been a garden and landscape designer for 25 years. He brought our attention to the 240 hectare Tokachi Millennium Forest in Japan, a sustainable garden that is an example of humans and nature working together to produce the best from both. Akshat Verma, Porky Hefer and Sissel Tolaas These three speakers were just plain brilliant. They were all entertaining with energy and enthusiasm that was unmatched: Akshat Verma, the Indian-born screenwriter, is known for his love and ability for writing and telling stories; South Africa’s own creative Porky Hefer, and ‘sensory linguist’ Sissel Tolaas. Renée Rossouw Identified as one of our ‘Rising Stars’ in House and Leisure’s August 2011 issue (see page 44), Renée’s appearance at the Design Indaba underlines why she is a local talent to watch. John Bielenberg John's ‘thinking wrong’ philosophy challenged us all to reconsider the way we do everything. Alfredo Brillembourg Alfredo, founder of Urban-Think Tank, quite simply gave me hope for the future. For more details about speakers or the conference you can visit Please share your thoughts about this year’s Design Indaba with us via Facebook or tweet them to @houseleisureSA.   Naomi Larkin Editor – House and Leisure   Images: