16 - 19 June 2022
CTICC

New design Summit, presented by ASUS

Shaking up the industry – in the very best way – is all part of the essential mix for Decorex Africa Reimagined. To add to its trailblazing efforts to reignite architecture and interior design conversations and actions in the post-pandemic world, Decorex Africa has launched an all-new Summit in Cape Town.

The summit will focus on design as a broad discipline across various sectors. The theme of the summit is Reimagination – how we use design as a catalyst for positive change across the continent and the globe.

Taking place over one-day at the exhibition, these stimulating talks and presentations include insights from local leading lights and a not-to-be-missed keynote presentation by an international guest speaker. Attendees will earn accredited Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points. But the events are not just for trade professionals – the intellectually curious from all walks of life are invited to benefit from what’s on offer.

On Friday, 17 June 2022, Cape Town will play host to the Summit when it runs alongside the events and exhibits that comprise the freshly conceived Decorex Cape Town (16-19 June 2022). A ticket to the Summit also unlocks entry to the exposition

10:30
WELCOME AND OPENING BY MC
NANDI DLEPU

Nandi Dlepu, Mamakashaka’s visionary owner and founder, is a multi-faceted, creative force to be reckoned with. An AFDA graduate, Nandi has worked for some of South Africa’s top agencies and production houses such as Masters & Savant, Tenant McKay, Clearwater and T+W. She founded Mamakashaka in 2017. Nandi is a sought-after speaker who is well-known as an womxn advocacy activist, as well as her for groundbreaking brands: Bloom, Feel Good Series, and Pantone Sundays.

11:00
"DESIGNING AFRIKA: RE-IMAGINING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE"
Prof. Mugendi K. M’Rithaa

Prof. Mugendi K. M’Rithaa, a transdisciplinary industrial designer, educator, and researcher, who is currently President Emeritus and Senator of the World Design Organization – having been the first African President in its history during the 2015-2017 term. Much of his work with the WDO focuses on the importance of supporting the aspirations of designers worldwide in the [industrial] design profession’s collective quest to resolve problems in diverse contexts.

11:40
COHEN AND GARSON ARCHITECTS – A DESIGN PARTNERSHIP
Fiona Garson and Nina Cohen

Design duo Fiona Garson and Nina Cohen, Directors of Cohen and Garson Architects. Many of the buildings Cohen and Garson have designed are ground breaking and they have been published in prestigious magazines such as Domus (Italy), Detail (Germany) and Architecture Digest (South Africa) amongst others. The duo talks us through their partnership that’s spanned over 15 years as well as their ethos of responsible design and sensitivity.

13:45
CAPE TOWN INSPIRES ACCRA: A TALE OF TWO CITIES
Joe Osae-Addo

Joe Osae-Addo will be talking us through how Cape Town inspires Accra, a tale of two cities that are ever-growing in the design world. Joe is a fierce advocate of architecture, co-founding the Architecture + Design Museum of Los Angeles and in Ghana, he is Chairman of ArchiAfrika, a platform that initiates and facilitates research in African architecture, while promoting socio-cultural development.

14:15
A SNAPSHOT OF THE SOCIAL TRENDS SHAPING DESIGN, AND DESIGN SHAPING TRENDS, IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH AND BEYOND
Chris Reid

Chris is a Trend Researcher and Strategist based in Cape Town, South Africa. and for over a decade he's presented trend insight to clients both locally and overseas, working with agencies and as an independent consultant. Approaching the world of trends with equal parts curiosity, insight and scepticism, Chris is fascinated by the things that connect us to each other and our world, and what these connections mean for brands and individuals.

14:50
DESIGN AS STORY TELLING - WHY WE NEED AFRICAN BRANDS AND WHY THEY NEED TO TELL A NEW STORY ABOUT THE CONTINENT
Nick Dutton

Nick is the CEO and co-founder of Mami Wata, an African surf and lifestyle brand founded in Cape Town. The brand tells its story of African surf culture through the lens of African design principles, all while supporting African surf therapy organisations and strengthening African surf tourism as a whole.

15:25
AFRICA REIMAGINED THROUGH LANGUAGE AND TYPE
Juliet Kavishe

A self-proclaimed Afro-minimalist and Editor-In-Chief of Padi Afrika. Juliet’s global upbringing and extensive travels have inspired her to create spaces influenced by her global citizenship, some of which can be seen in publications such as SA Décor and Design, Africanism and Archdaily. Juliet’s personal design motto is that architecture or design is achieved once you consider the complexities and interrelationships of human beings and their surroundings.