Most Beautiful Object in South Africa is an annual public-facing initiative that was launched 12 years ago by the Design Indaba. The Design Indaba conference will take place from 27 February to 1 March 2019 at the Artscape Theatre Centre in Cape Town.
This February, the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa will be decided by public vote. The polls officially opened on Friday 25 January 2019 and members of the public can submit anonymous votes online via the Design Indaba website.
Most Beautiful Object in South Africa is designed to involve and engage people from all walks of life with the best of South African design, at the same time honouring personal freedom of choice and individual sensibilities. Most Beautiful Object in South Africa’s transparent nomination and selection process encourages debate around the definition of beauty. For some, value lies in function and social relevance; for others, pure aesthetics reign supreme.
This year, there are a total of 10 ‘candidates’ that have been nominated for this prestigious designation. The nominated Most Beautiful Object in South Africa design or concept that receives the highest number of public votes will be declared the winner.
‘We want the public to decide what they think constitutes a “beautiful object” – and it’s not just about what something looks like, it’s also about smart functionality, or a design’s ability to enhance the quality of life for its user or effect change. In the selection process itself we want to foster a sense of appreciation, accessibility, and engagement,’ explains Design Indaba Festival organiser Beverley Cupido.
Each of the objects has been nominated by a prominent public figure or industry leader, adding depth and credibility to the process. The full list of 2019 Most Beautiful Object in South Africa contenders and their nominators is as follows:
African Bridal Dress by Mzukisi Mbane - nominated by TV presenter Bonnie Mbuli of SABC3’s Afternoon Express.
Cancer Dojo App by Conn Bertish - nominated by Tabatha King from King James Group.
Collective Amnesia by author and playwright Koleka Putuma - nominated by Jay Pather from the Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre.
Copper & Glass Kettle by Ebert Otto - nominated by Sumien Brink, Editor in Chief of Visi Magazine.
Interdependence 2 by Houtlander - nominated by local entrepreneur Nandi Dlepu.
Nenzima Desk by Mpho Vakier - nominated by interior designer Donald Nxumalo.
Sounds of Sibikwa by artist Usha Seejarim - nominated by Market Theatre Foundation CEO Ismail Mahomed.
River Love Sofa by Heino Schmitt Design - nominated by television personality Zuraida Jardine.
Okapi x Capsule - Yemasa by OKAPI - nominated by style guru Felipe Mazibuko.
Stellar Scintillation by artist Chris Soal - nominated by Kaya FM Radio Presenter Bridget Masinga.
To help decide your vote, you can find out more about these intriguing objects, the designers behind them, and the people who have put them forward for the award, by visiting www.designindaba.com