Bonolo Helen Chepape is setting South Africa’s design scene on fire, which makes her a perfect partner for us at Nando’s!
This talented 25-year old was born and raised in Rustenburg in the Northwest province. Bonolo’s mom ran a tuck-shop, and during her school holidays Bonolo would help her mom. She would sit at the shop and draw to pass the time, which is where her love for design began.
Bonolo went on to get a BA degree in graphic design at Midrand Graduate Institute. She’s not only a great designer – Bonolo enjoys all forms of creativity, from set design to photography, visual art, illustration, and (her true love) textile design.
“I love all things print, vibrant and colourful and this has become a key trait in my work,” she says, adding that she believes that life is fun and beautiful, and it is best embraced in colour, which is why she brings this colour to her work.
Bonolo founded Lulasclan, an interior décor and design studio that creates bespoke scatter cushions inspired by women and celebrates culture in a New-African contemporary way.
“There is a need for culture and heritage to be preserved in our homes, and our homes should be able to tell our stories, be a reflection of where we come from, and be a reference of where we are going,” she explains.
We love Bonolo’s work – it has real flavour! That’s why we’ve teamed up with her on a variety of projects.
Bonolo designed the beautiful SMEG fridges for Nando’s 30th birthday celebrations in 2017. This led to her being invited to join the Mr Price Home COLAB project.
She was also a finalist in the 2018 Nando’s Hot Young Designers Competition (where she put her passion for textiles to great use!). She is the woman behind our global crockery (which just won a Loeries Award!) and the aprons worn by our Nando’s grillers (national and international) for the 2018 Nando’s Grillers’ Challenge.
Keep looking out for more of Bonolo’s burning hot design!