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)