In 2011, renowned designer Richard Seymour asked: Do we actually think beauty, or do we feel it? Design Indaba’s annual search for the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa asks this question of some of the country’s most influential personalities – and then asks the public to vote for a winner.
The Most Beautiful Object in South Africa is a yearly competition aimed at facilitating discussions around beauty and the public’s perception of it. Ten celebrity influencers nominate what they think is the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa, and the public then votes for their favourite object. Last year, nominators like fashion designer Sindiso Khumalo and television presenter Katlego Maboe nominated the Kassena Town Cabinets by Dokter & Misses and the See-Saw-Do social enterprise respectively. But it was the shawl created by Laduma Ngxokolo that took top honours. This year, we find and feel beauty in animation, furniture, sculpture and more.
2017 will see the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa competition culminate in an exhibition held in Cape Town during Design Indaba Festival in March.
The exhibition will be open to festival-goers throughout the Design Indaba Festival, from early morning until the afterparties die down late at night. The public can view the exhibition as part of the Design Indaba Nightscape programme at the Artscape Theatre Centre each day from 1 to 3 March from 17:30, with a special insert on the First Thursdays event, or enjoy a free visit on Saturday 4 March from 10:30 until 16:00. Tickets to Design Indaba Nightscape are available online for R80 or R200 for a 3-day pass, or R100 per night at the door.