A must-see at this year’s show is the Discover Durban Design exhibition. Prepare to be wow-ed by something completely new and out-of-this-world with this carefully put together showcase, entitled Afro-Futura.

Not an art-enthusiast? Don’t worry you don’t have to know much about art or design to appreciate the unique visual journey you’ll be taken on with this exhibition that is fresh, exciting and on-trend and brings together original works of art and design by some of KZN’s top talent.

Think bold, bright, brave and clashing colours, prints and textures and strong graphic elements, all combined in a modern way. Picture a mix of large-scale works of art hanging side-by-side with a pair of Ifele sandals and scoobie-wire jewellery; where hand-made ceramics, furniture, fashion and jewellery all come to life together.

Curated by renowned South African creative Claire Clark and KZNSA Gallery’s Angela Shaw, you’ll be able to get up-close and personal with original work by some of KZN’s most talented artists, designers, creators and makers, ranging in age from 20 to 60 years old.

Here’s a sneak-peak of what and who to look out for:

Fine art by Sthenjwa Luthuli
A self-taught artist, Luthuli creates large-scale masterpieces by hand carving MDF boards. His motifs are traditionally African in pattern and geometry whilst his technique and pattern is original and his colour palette modern.

Scoobie jewellery by NT Design Studio
Nindya and Nikhil Tricam are two Durban-based architects who have been producing exceptional hand-made leather goods under the brand NT Leather. They have just launched a new range of fun scoobie-jewellery which will be showcased at this year’s Discover Durban Design exhibition.

Ifele shoes

Behind this range of traditional Zulu izimbadada sandals, reinvented in a modern, trendy way, is Reggie Xaba, owner of Zetu footwear design. Originally made of recycled tyre tread, Ifele sandals are made using modern shoe making techniques and materials for comfort, practicality as well as style.

Composite Décor

What started as a hobby for Mervyn Dragsund has developed into a small, thriving business based at his home in Cowies Hill. Using resin composite materials, Mervyn creates original décor pieces finished with interesting shapes, textures and colours.

The exhibition will run place for the duration of the ten-day show, from the 28th June – 7th July and is not to be missed! Click here to get your tickets now.

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