African Design at Design Miami 2019

Southern Guild, art and design gallery based in Cape Town, brings the creativity of South African artists to Design Miami 2019


Idladla (Grain Silo), terracotta vase made by Andile Dyalvane. Photo by Adriaan Louw, courtesy of Southern Guild.

Southern Guild is an art and collectible design gallery based in Cape Town, in the revitalized Silo district, that promotes, commissions and exhibits works by emerging and established South African artists.

Made in Africa at Design Miami 2019

From 3 to 8 December 2019 Southern Guild takes part in the 15th edition of Design Miami, the fair that celebrates international design and contemporary art showcasing works by designers, artists and collectors from all over the world. Southern Guild’s exhibition at Design Miami reveals the many facets of African design, where ingenuity and creativity blend with the culture and the history of each artist’s native land.

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Some works exhibited by South African art gallery Southern Guild at Design Miami 2019

Molecules by Porky Hefer. Steel spheres wrapped with rigid leather and lined with plush sheepskin. Photo by Hayden Phipps, courtesy of Southern Guild.

Molecules by Porky Hefer

Three large hanging orbs, called as the chemical compound they represent: Dihydrogen Monoxide, Fluoroheliate Monoxide and Hydrogen Difluoride. Wrapped in bright leathers, the colors of the three spheres reference the international color codes all atoms are known by. Their interiors are lined with plush sheepskin.

Rat Trap by Dokter and Misses. Hand-painted steel and Kiaat wood shelves. Photo by Hayden Phipps, courtesy of Southern Guild

Rap Trap by Dokter and Misses

Five pieces from the first solo exhibition by the husband and wife duo Adriaan Hugo and Katy Taplin ‘Practically Everywhere’ are on show. Each item is characterized by irregular shapes, unusual proportions and bright colors.

Magodi | Abongile by Zizipho Poswa, vase in clay and enameled porcelain stoneware. Photo by Hayden Phipps, courtesy of Southern Guild

Magodi | Abongile by Zizipho Poswa

Zizipho Poswa’s ceramic sculptures have been recently acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and are inspired by Magodi, the traditional African hairstyles.

Intermission by NØDE. Aluminum bench, 20mm thick. Photo by Driaan Claassen, courtesy of Southern Guild.

Intermission by NØDE

NØDE is a design studio that produces metal furnishings and products for interiors in Cape Town, combining industrial design with modern manufacturing techniques. Designed by Charles Haupt and Gerrit Giebel, the bench consists of a single 20 mm thick aluminum piece, heat treated to several hundred degrees Celsius and hand-carved. An 80 ton press was used to bend the two sides.

Orrery, aluminum chandelier designed by MAK in collaboration with NØDE. Photo by Hayden Phipps, courtesy of Southern Guild.

Orrery by MAK

Orrery is a kinetic chandelier in anodized aluminum with hand-blown lampshades. MAK, Southern Guild’s in-house design label, made it in collaboration with NØDE, drawing inspiration from the mechanical models that illustrate the motion of the planets in the solar system. The barrel hinges positioned on each arm of the chandelier allow for several configurations.

[Text Carlotta Russo]

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