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.
1-54 is the first leading international art fair dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora with annual editions in London, New York and Marrakech. Nando’s, in partnership with Spier Arts Trust, is a Silver Sponsor of the London event and once again helped to fire up the 2019 edition in early October this year.
The name 1-54 refers to the bringing together of art from the 54 countries that make up the African continent. Founded by Touria El Glaoui in 2013, it is a sustainable and dynamic platform that is engaged in contemporary dialogue and exchange.
In 2019, the London edition of the fair expanded, welcoming 45 carefully-selected international galleries, showcasing the works of 140 multidisciplinary artists of established and emerging profile. More than 18,000 visitors attended the fair.
Nando’s and Spier Arts Trust exhibited as a 1-54 special project, presenting work by four Southern African artists: Nelsa Guambe, Sepideh Mehraban, Qaqambile Bead Studio and Mxolisi Dolla Sapeta.