Southern Guild was established in 2008 to provide a platform for collectable, limited edition South African design. Each year 45 diverse talents are invited to produce new work, which showcase as a collection, under the Southern Guild brand, premiering at the FNB Joburg Art Fair. The list includes the most inspiring furniture designers, including long established names, the biggest stars in the country and promising up-and coming-talents, and encompasses the most important figures from the worlds of art, architecture, fashion, jewellery, craft and fashion.
Last night I was invited to the Southern Guild Gala Dinner at the Rand Club in Johannesburg. It was a smart affair which included a charity auction by Trevyn, a speech by Dion Chang on trends and a 3 course dinner by the renowned Capetonian Chef Reuben Riffel. The collection is curated and directed by Trevyn and Julian McGowan of Source, the leading agency for the global sales of South African design.
Justin Plunkett and leading designer John Vogel collaborated on this new product for the prestigious Southern Guild exhibition - Their playful nest of side tables was called ‘loves me loves me not’ and each piece was in the shape of a petal with a grouping forming a full flower.
This one-off, special edition was one of the art pieces that was auctioned at the gala dinner.
The 2011 South African Designers:
Anatomy Design, Angus Taylor, Animal Farm, Ardmore, Brett Murray, Bronze Age, Ceramic Matters, Conrad Botes, Dahla Hulme, David Manando, Dokter & Misses, Dylan Lewis, Egg, Enoch Ngwenya, Fly-Pitcher, Goet, Gregor Jenkin, Greymeta, Guy Du Toit, Haldane Martin, Heath Nash, House On Fire, Imiso, James Mudge, John Vogel, Koop, Laduma Ngxokolo, Life, Lyall Sprong, Marchard Van Tonder, Mud, Nic Bladen, Nico Masemolo, Nkhensani Nkosi, Nomili, OKHA, Ongaro, Paco, Pederson & Lennard, Phillippe Bousquet, Pierre Cronje, Silvio & Lesley, Studiomas, Tonic Design, UB Creative, Wayne Barker, Willowlamp, Xandre Kriel.
Images from Elle Decoration.
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