Thabisa Mjo of Mash.T Design Studio was recently awarded South African Designer of the Year Award from 100% Design South Africa, along with Mpho Vackie of TheUrbanative.
At Nando’s, we’re big fans of both these incredible women. Thabisa won our Nando’s Hot Young Designer talent search in 2015 for her Tutu 2.0 light, and her work is on display in our casas around the world. Mpho is one of the talented Southern African creatives whose work is represented on the Nando’s Portal to Africa. Her designs have also been part of the Nando’s exhibition, Sacrosanct, at the 2019 Milan Design Week.
Sacrosanct was also exhibited at 100% Design South Africa, the largest curated exhibition platform for sourcing high-end contemporary design in Africa.
Well done to both designers! We’re so proud of you.
We caught up with Thabisa to ask her about this latest award.
What does this award mean to you?
It's cool to be acknowledged by the industry. It makes me feel like I'm on the right track.
What were your highlights from this year's 100% Design South Africa event?
I loved having Sacrosanct at 100% Design South Africa. It was great seeing people’s reaction to it. The best.
It's an exciting time for design and I'm super excited to be part of a group of people crafting SA design as a category brand. It’s such a privilege.
What are you currently up to on the design front and what's next on the horizon?
I’m currently promoting my capsule collection with Weylandts, and developing new pendants that will hopefully live in the Nando's casas.
What's your advice to other young South African creatives?
Back the process, it's going to work out.