Inclusivity, a commitment to the environment and profound respect for indigenous crafts are the foundations of the South African contemporary design.

With a mission to connect home-grown design talent with global opportunity, Cape Town based Brandkonnect will present four design studios that together reflects the many perspectives that make up South Africa’s rich creative scene.

Minimalist in design and in the environmental impact of what they create, Houtlander, the award-winning studio founded by Phillip Hollander and Stephen Wilson is built on principles of responsibility and legacy. Known for the remarkable accuracy and poetic fluidity they achieve without a single nail or screw, the duo has won multiple awards for their high quality pieces built from sustainably harvested hardwood. At Downtown Design, they will present their latest and much acclaimed large-scale public work, the Preservation Bench. Made in collaboration with the American Hardwood Export Council, the bench is a tribute to the potential of wood.

Villa Africa’s portfolio reflects South Africa’s diversity. Under the guidance of Philip Tyers, the gallery works with leading designers and regional artisan communities to create one-of-a-kind pieces of art, sculpture and furniture. Presenting their latest collections at Downtown Design, Villa Africa will seamlessly bring together art, design and refined living for sophisticated design solutions.

Uplifting residential, hospitality and corporate environments with their original and unique contemporary designs is South Africa’s leading provider for landscape design, Indigenus. Developed in collaboration with leading designers, architects and artists who have a deep appreciation of the scenic quality of creative planting, the brand is coveted for their sculptural designs and exceptional making. Founded by Peter van der Post, Indigenus was created in appreciation of South Africa’s flora and the people’s passion building a deeper connection with nature.

Viewing South Africa’s traditional crafts through the lens of contemporary design, Ashanti Design are working to extend the lifespan of fibers used in the product and fashion design industries. Their vibrant fabrics are hand-woven from perfectly good fabric that would otherwise be sent to landfill. Working with rural craftsmen who still use tools and techniques that have been passed down through many generations, the studio gives new relevance to the country’s crafts communities.