Southern Guild Design Foundation Awards Winners 2015/2016



Leaders of South African design were honoured on Saturday, 23 July at the fourth annual Southern Guild Design Foundation Awards ceremony, held at Southern Guild Gallery in Woodstock, Cape Town. The awards recognised the industry’s top achievers as trailblazers in local design, manufacture, commerciality and innovation.


‘A Design Foundation Award is one of the most prestigious accolades a South African design company can receive,’ says board member Trevyn McGowan. ‘It’s not solely about recognising immense success and awarding new talent – the awards are part of the foundation’s greater goal to support the industry and aid in its country-wide growth.’


Icon Award, sponsored by the American Hardwood Export Council, is awarded in recognition of work produced by a highly regarded South African design company, acknowledging outstanding achievement, innovation and career advancement.
Winner: Dokter and Misses (Adriaan Hugo and Katy Taplin)


Object that Moves Award, sponsored by House and Leisure, celebrates the designer of an original product that has experienced great commercial success – aspirational and top-end, yet commercially viable to sell in multiples.
Winner: Wonki Ware (Di Marshall)


Maker to Market Award, sponsored by Adams & Adams, goes to a design company that understands the value of marketing, consumer interaction, packaging and delivery. Adams & Adams will offer its professional lawyer services to this company.
Winner: Pichulik (Katherine-Mary Pichulik)


Manufacture Award, sponsored by Bronze Age, is in recognition of a manufacturer who has gone beyond expectation to aid designers in realising their products.
Winner: Woodheads (Richard Harris and Geert Schuiling)


Future Found Award, sponsored by 100% Design South Africa. 100% Design South Africa will offer a young designer who has already achieved excellence with limited resources a space to exhibit at this year’s trade show.
Winner: Pinda Furniture Design (Siyanda Mbele)


Design with Purpose Award, sponsored by Creative Brands, recognises socially responsible work done by a company or designer, within the South African landscape, with a focus on design aspects, that makes a difference in the lives of communities.
Winner: Repurpose Schoolbags (Thato Kgatlhanye)


Apprentice Award, sponsored by Wiid Design. The winner is offered a 12-month internship to work alongside this multidisciplinary designer and craftsman.
Winner: Jason van der Linde (industrial design graduate, University of Johannesburg)


Southern Guild to host Brave Dinner, Auction and Awards


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On Saturday 30th July 2016, Southern Guild Gallery will host the inaugural BRAVE exhibition, auction and awards dinner, featuring photographs, artwork, poetry and stories collected by Rock Girl (BRAVE) youth reporters and photographers, who live on the frontlines of some of the most dangerous, under-served communities in the country. Artists and designers, along with luminaries from across South Africa, will come together to raise funds to support Rock Girl’s 2016 road trips and ongoing work to ensure safe spaces for girls. At the event, the first ever BRAVE mobile studio will be unveiled (a partnership with Greenpop) and three BRAVE awards will be given to a teenage girl, a woman, and an organisation or business who demonstrate a commitment to creating a culture of non-violence.


To book a spot on the night, please follow this link.


Auction items from:
Wilderness Safaris, Pichulik, Kirsten Goss, SingkitaFrazer ParfumEscape + ExploreMissibaba, Perfect HideawaysHemelhuijsSipho Mpongoo, Lionel Smit ArtLaurie Wiid van HeerdenArt in the Forest

Southern Guild to open in Johannesburg


Foundrie_TableSouthern Guild founders and curators, Trevyn and Julian McGowan and art dealers Justin Rhodes and Ashleigh McLean are set to disrupt Johannesburg’s artistic landscape with their dynamic new space in Rosebank’s Keyes Art Mile precinct. The 300-square-metre contemporary exhibition space, in the StudioMAS designed Trumpet building, is due to open this August and heralds an intriguing partnership between leading contemporary art gallery WHATIFTHEWORLD, and esteemed collectible-design platform Southern Guild, both firmly established in Cape Town.  Together they have devised an innovative programme for their expansive new space, which can be divided for focused presentations and interdisciplinary experimentations. Each gallery will maintain its distinct individual identity, while simultaneously provoking a new exchange between artists and designers and introducing a new creative dialogue. This local manifestation of a global movement toward blurring the line between art and design will ultimately result in a curatorially focused intimacy between artists working in the two arenas.  There will be an independent calendar of programming, but for their inaugural show, the two galleries have purposefully curated a synergetic collection of work, a journey through tableaus that relate and reflect, and that present a strong narrative of their shared methodology – a collection that couldn’t exist anywhere else.


The first show opens in August and will present work by Nigerian photographer Lakin Ogunbanwo, Zimbawean sculptor Moffat Takadiwa and visual artist Athi-Patra Ruga alongside limited-edition furniture by leading African designers such as Cheick Diallo, Hamed Ouattara and the late Babacar Niang as well as South African heroes Gregor Jenkin, Porky Hefer and Dokter and Misses.