design indaba and IKEA to collaborate in first all-african collection

design indaba and IKEA to collaborate in first all-african collection


design indaba — the biggest design platform and event in africa — has announced a collaboration with IKEA to create the first-ever exclusive, all-african collection set to launch in 2019. designers, architects and creatives from south africa, kenya, senegal, egypt, angola, ivory coast and rwanda will meet up with a group of IKEA in-house designers at the conference taking place in cape town (1-3 march 2017) to discuss modern rituals and the importance they play in the home.


‘the creative explosion which is taking place in several cities around africa right now is something IKEA is curious about,’ comments marcus engman, design manager at IKEA. ‘we want to learn from this and spread it to the rest of the world. working together with these designers and creatives gives us the opportunity to do so.’

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selly raby kane, appointed creative director of design indaba 2017 (read more here)
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the designers chosen to be part of this project include selly raby kane — creative director of the 2017 edition of design indaba —, ebethan rayner and naeem biviji, bibi seck, christian benimana, hanna dalrot, hend riad and mariam hazem, issa diabaté, johanna jelenik, kevin gouriou, laduma ngxokolo, mikael axelsson, paula nascimento, renee rossouw, and sindiso khumalo.

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ilima primary school by MASS design group / christian benimana
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‘it’s affirming for the world’s biggest furniture and homeware store to partner with design indaba to curate their first african collection, and we have learned so much from the collaboration to date – the designers and ourselves,’ states ravi naidoo, founder of design indaba. ‘the scale at IKEA is staggering, yet they are still true to their founding principles, with which we find such symmetry. they look towards democratizing design, and are happy to be infiltrated by external ideas! and we love their credo: a better everyday life for everyone. now, it will be also inspired by urban africa, and our intrepid pan-continental group of reformers, thinkers, makers and activists. can’t wait for the launch.’

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chairs made with handmade recycled material by reforma studio / hend riad and mariam hazem
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‘my heritage, my inheritance’ knitwear collection by laduma ngxokolo
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design indaba
is a multifaceted platform committed to a better world through creativity. the south-african online publication hosts an annual festival and social impact do tank in cape town. the design indaba festival has been created by ravi naidoo in 1995, with focus on african and global creativity, through the lens of the work and ideas of leading thinkers and doers, opinion formers, trendsetters and industry experts. 



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