Art & Design

Decorex Africa Reimagined launches all-new Summit

June 9, 2022

Shaking up the industry – in the very best way – is part of the essential mix for Decorex Africa Reimagined. To add to its trailblazing efforts to reignite architecture and interior design conversations and actions in the post-pandemic world, Decorex Africa has launched an all-new Summit in Cape Town and Joburg, with ASUS as a partner.

Taking place over one day only at each show, these stimulating talks and presentations include dial-shifting insights from local leading lights and a not-to-be-missed keynote presentation by an international guest speaker. Attendees will earn accredited Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points. But the events are not just for trade professionals – the intellectually curious from all walks of life are invited to benefit from what’s on offer.

On Friday, 17 June 2022, Cape Town will play host to the Summit when it runs alongside the events and exhibits that comprise the freshly conceived Decorex Cape Town (16-19 June 2022). A ticket to the Summit also unlocks entry to the exhibition.

The Summit then migrates to Sandton, Johannesburg, where it takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre on Thursday, 28 July 2022. Again, it is co-located with the show (28-31 July 2022) and a Summit ticket also grants access to Africa’s leading architecture, interior design and decor event.

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Bielle Bellingham is the curator of Decorex Africa. Image: Supplied

Decorex Africa’s Summit to host an insightful panel 

The speaker line-up for both Summits is curated by Decorex Africa’s Bielle Bellingham, who is “motivated by the potency of art and design as catalysts for change… With a background in art history, publishing, interiors, and experience design, I use patterns to reimagine the future,” she states. Bellingham is a former editor of Elle Decoration SA. She is currently the contributing design editor of House and Leisure magazine in addition to her role as curator of Decorex Africa.

Understanding the critical need for the Summits and their place in stimulating creative exchange, the talks are proudly supported by, the leading global PC brand, ASUS. ASUS has consistently responded to the needs of A+ID professionals with its purpose-driven solutions. The most recent example of this is the release of its new ProArt Studiobook that was engineered especially for career creators such as industrial and interior designers.

Says RX Africa’s MD Carol Weaving, “We are tremendously satisfied by this clear alignment between our Summit partner and the nature of the event itself. Both aim to speak into a direct need and to enable and enhance creativity!”

The summit will focus on Design as a broad discipline across various sectors. 

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Nandi Dlepu will MC the Summit. Image: Supplied

The Summit MC, Nandi Dlepu, is the founder of Mamakashaka and the creative force behind the ground-breaking Feel Good Series and Pantone Sundays. An AFDA graduate, Nandi has worked for some of South Africa’s top agencies and production houses such as Masters & Savant, Tenant McKay, Clearwater and T+W. She is a sought-after speaker who is well-known as a womxn advocacy activist.

Cape Town Summit speakers

Mugendi K M’Rithaa

Professor Mugendi K M’Rithaa is a transdisciplinary industrial designer, educator and researcher presently working at Machakos University in Kenya. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Design, a Master’s degree in Industrial Design, a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education and Training, and a Doctorate in Universal Design. He has taught in:

  • Kenya
  • Botswana
  • Canada
  • India
  • Norway
  • South Africa
  • Sweden 
  • Uganda

He is passionate about expressions of socially conscious design and has a special interest in the pivotal role of design thinking in advancing the developmental agenda on the African continent. 

Nina Cohen and Fiona Garson

The architectural partners behind the Wits Art Museum, Nina Cohen and Fiona Garson will present jointly. Many of the buildings Cohen and Garson have designed are ground-breaking and have been published in prestigious international magazines such as Domus, Detail, Architecture Digest and so on. Cohen and Garson have received numerous awards, including: 

  • Visi Designer of the Year 2012
  • An award of excellence from GIFA
  • A National Award of Merit from SAIA

Joe Osae-Addo

Joe Osae-Addo is Principal of Constructs, a design + build firm with offices in Accra, Ghana. His firm synergises architecture, urban planning, landscaping, and building technology into a single unit. They combine modern architecture and building techniques into ‘inno-native’™ design solutions that shape contemporary African architecture. He worked for architectural firms in Finland, the United Kingdom and the United States before starting his practice in Los Angeles, California. Here he also co-founded the Architecture + Design Museum of Los Angeles. In Ghana, he is Chairman of ArchiAfrika – a platform that initiates and facilitates research into African architecture and promotes socio-cultural development.

Chris Reid

Chris Reid is a Trend Researcher and Strategist based in Cape Town, South Africa. For over a decade, he’s presented trend insight to clients both locally and overseas, working both with agencies and as an independent consultant. Approaching the world of trends with equal parts curiosity, insight and scepticism, Chris is fascinated by the things that connect us and our world, and what these connections mean for brands and individuals.

Juliet Kavishe

Juliet Kavishe is a practising professional interior architect and design educator who has worked on high-end residential homes and commercial and corporate workspaces globally. She is an Executive Board Member and Editor-In-Chief of the Pan Afrikan Design Institute (PADI) Educational Journal Committee, which is striving to create a Design Journal with a focus on African design and African-focused design education. Juliet is also one of the Directors of the African Institute of the Interior Design Professions (IID) and lectures in Interior Design.

Registration for the Summit kicks off at 10h00 and the programme runs from 10h30 until 16h15. For more information about the speakers, schedule and ticketing, please visit Decorex.co.za/Summitspeakerlineup.

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