2017 Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair

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From October 13 to 15, 2017, the 8th Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair will open to the public at the rooftop of Hyde Park Corner, Johannesburg. Exploding with innovative design, food and wine, the fair embodies the elegance and audacity of all things ‘well made in Africa’, intended for innovators and trend creators who want to discover top talents.

This year’s event was conceptualised by renowned designer Liam Mooney – the visionary behind the acclaimed Bosjes Chapel. Demonstrating that African design effortlessly competes at a global level, Mooney is an ambassador for contemporary creativity, with designs that ‘leave a mark on people’s lives’.

“There is something very special about having the opportunity to take an ordinary concrete slab and transform it into an eclectic, energetic arena that gives a platform to some of this continent’s foremost creators. For me, Africa is a hub of talent incubation that brings something unique to the rest of the world.”

Having sponsored the event since 2010, Sanlam and fair founders Artlogic bring together top players in the artisan sphere, giving fair-goers the opportunity to be the first to encounter emerging creatives to watch. One of the highlights of the fair is its interior look and feel, and sophisticated lounge area – the design for which will be executed by Donald Nxumalo. Wrapping his own flare in Mooney’s overarching vision, the focal point of the exhibition is sure to be an inspiring space.

The unmissable occasion encourages guests to mingle with chefs, vignerons and designers, to hear their stories and purchase their bespoke merchandises. According to Mandla Sibeko, director of Artlogic, it is a chance to champion African entrepreneurship. “The fair has gone from strength to strength over the years, with 50 exhibitors in 2010 and more than 120 today. We’re proud to provide up-and-coming creatives with a platform to debut their wares to an interested and supportive audience. Africa is humming with potential – and it’s our privilege to support some of its rising stars – the individuals who hold the key to affecting real change.”

Highlights will include Chefs in the City demonstrations with Urbanologi’s Jack Coetzee, Gemelli’s founder Alessandro Mosupi Khojane and Chef Paulo Santo as well as dw-eleven 13’s Marthinus Ferreira; the Well Made in Africa exhibition which welcomes a guest curator, Tapiwa Matsinde, author of Contemporary Design Africa, who will select five premium African designers to feature alongside local South African artisans; and the brand new panel, Making the Masters series which will facilitate the sharing of industry-relevant thought leadership around African design. The panel discussion will hold on October 13, in collaboration with Creative Mornings JHB, an international monthly breakfast lecture series designed for creative communities.

New comers to this year’s edition include a range of world-class exhibitors such as Louw Roets, Saks Corner, Saint d’ici, Thalia Strates, Native Decor, Wolf and Maiden, Rich Mnisi,  Urban Mosadi, Steenberg Wines, Clarington by Normandie, Momo Boahaus and Simply Granola. Well-known returning artisans to look out for include Mungo, Pichulik, Dark Horse, Lalesso, Bena, Dear Rae, Henriette Botha, Graham Beck, Black Elephant Vintners, Hermanuspietersfontein, Inverroche, 1701 and Richard Bosman.

With the world placing increasing weight on beautifully made, artisanal products with an emphasis on quality over quantity, the fair is a homage to passion and all things home-grown.


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