In keeping with Decorex Africa’s longstanding and ongoing commitment to bringing the design community together, Decorex Africa has launched virtual industry talks that will be held through a virtual trade focussed platform, running from 21-23 September 2021. These will feature some of SA’s top business influencers that shape the décor, design, and lifestyle industries, as they share success stories, personal journeys and inspiration within the design industry. These functions will be aimed at architects, interior designers, specifiers, hospitality buyers, and corporate procurement. The functions will encompass the latest product launches as well as Trend Talks. As key industry players you will be invited to connect, learn, and keep the design industry moving forward.

Watch this space for amazing content and speakers for this 3-day virtual event. Compelling headline talks, trend forecasts and panel discussions with both leading designers and rising stars of the SA design world.



Co-founders // Always Welcome

Design Connect Talk // How The Designer Co-op Is Rebuilding Retail

The Always Welcome cooperative is founded by leading South African designers and manufacturers in collaboration with Garreth van Niekerk and Alan Hayward from creative consultancy Coraltree Projects. The space they have designed is modular and updateable, and the curation changes throughout the run of the nomadic retail environment to foreground different designers, their work and headspace. Nomadic Retail is for design goods and consists of a retail gallery and events activation program, Always Welcome travels to retail environments enlivening and activating unused shopfronts and spaces with contemporary South African design for limited periods. Members of Always Welcome include, Coco-Mat, Coral Stephens, Dokter and Misses, Gone Rural, House of Gozdawa, Houtlander, Indigenus Planters, Inland Collective, Jan Ernst, Joe Paine, Kirsten Goss, Lothar Bottcher, Mash T, Okra Candles, Orlando Lighting, SMTNG Good Studio, The Urbanative, Trevor Stuurman, Voster & Braye, Wessel Snyman and Wanderland Collective.


Clout/SA & HUB

Design Connect Talk // Collaboration and Presentation & opportunities that exist for showcasing SA design, Right Here, Right Now!

Tracy's design philosophy is focused on developing a deeply conscious response to the particular requirements of her clients.  Interior design solutions must be memorable, supportive, and nurturing. The intended outcome is the realisation of a timeless solution that inspires. The collaborative aspect is hugely important to her, and she has had the good fortune to initiate and curate Nando's massive, long-term collaboration with South African designers and makers, which has involved the complete revamp of Nando's Central Kitchen as a show case of contemporary SA design and the introduction of South African design into the restaurants across the globe.


Managing Director // Ditau Interiors

Design Connect Talk // I AM…

As one of the first Black Interior designers in South Africa, Nthabi Taukobong has had a career spanning 25 years in the industry working on esteemed residential and leisure projects for Presidents, African Royalty, top CEO’s, South Africa’s 5 Star Hotel groups and even the Governor of the Reserve Bank (to name but a few). 

She has undertaken projects on the continent spanning from Johannesburg, to Mauritius, Rwanda, DRC, and Nigeria and as far afield as Ethiopia. 

Nthabi is one of the most celebrated Interior Designers in the industry and in her memoir, The REAL Interior, she reveals all the ins about her designer world and personal journey. 

She is the Founding Member and Managing Director of Ditau Interiors, an Interior Design Consultation company based in Johannesburg, South Africa that provides an exclusive design service to a niche Clientele in the leisure and residential markets.

As a recent member to join the IID, Nthabi is excited about the evolving face of design in South Africa and the role of transformation she will be assisting with within the organization. 

She is particularly passionate about mentoring and sharing her 25 years of industry knowledge with others and helping create a network of support for designers through the IID.

There is a vast pool of information and access to resources as a member of the IID and Nthabi strongly believes that this will assist upcoming as well as established companies and designers, firm up their own bases and grow their brands and businesses.

Nthabi prides herself in simple, uncluttered interiors. 

She brings the essence of Effortless Luxury Living into your space, through her selective use of natural colours, tones and textures along with finishes, materials, artwork and artefacts that are mainly sourced on the African continent.

Juxtaposed with modern pieces and design trends that capture a laidback, effortless lifestyle, Nthabi transports you to an interior that is good for the soul.

“It is in the balance of elements from nature, juxtaposed with a modern, international lifestyle that true design harmony is achieved”.


CEO // Ergoform/Ergosense

Design Connect Talk // The Future Office (The value of data collection in the process of managing & planning the post Covid Work from anywhere strategies.)

Leon Roodt has headed up Ergoform as an innovative high end office furniture manufacturer for 27 years. In 2018 he decided to establish a Cape town based, start up IOT technology company ( ERGOSENSE), specializing in the measurement of workspace utilization, indoor air quality & other environmental factors that have an influence on work  life and the ergonomic experience.


Design Connect Talk // Pimp your kitchen - a change in attitude toward your choices of materials, colour and tex-tures in your kitchen

The Kitchen Specialists Association has invited Jason Wells, brand and marketing Manager for PG Bison, to address this exciting subject matter. Jason has many years in the wood-based panel industry and is highly experienced in Brand and Product Management, Product Conceptualising, and Range Development and has been vital to the selection and development of new colours, finishes and products at PG Bison.Confirmed Topic – pimp your kitchen  - a change in attitude toward your choices of materials, colour and textures in your kitchen.

YESHA PUPLAMPU in conversation with MADODA FANI

Development Manager // Southern Guild

Design Connect Talk // "Art, Heritage and Culture in Madoda Fani’s iQweqwe Collection”

El-Yesha PupIampu was born in 1988 in Accra, Ghana, where she spent her formative years. She studied art and psychology at College of the Ozarks in Missouri, USA, where she graduated in 2011. She is currently enrolled at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Atlanta, USA, where she is completing her master’s degree in creative business leadership. 

Puplampu has worked in different arenas from art to tech, always with the working ethos of creating value through problem solving and efficiency. Her particular interest lies in art technology, and she is passionate about bridging the gap between art and design, as well as developing platforms and solutions to ensure the creative African market exists on equal footing with the global creative industry.

An absolute sci-fi nerd, Puplampu is fascinated by the genre as it fully embraces the ability of creative design to create an otherworldly experience, while simultaneously addressing very abstract or serious ideas and concepts.

She currently resides in Cape Town, South Africa where she is the Development Manager at Southern Guild.

MADODA FANI in conversation with YESHA PUPLAMPU

Artist // Southern Guild

Design Connect Talk // "Art, Heritage and Culture in Madoda Fani’s iQweqwe Collection”

Bold and emblazoned with character, the ceramic work of Madoda Fani carries a dramatically unique sensibility. Inspired by his African heritage, Fani makes hand-coiled, burnished and smoke-fired pieces that are a contemporary evolution of the traditional ceramics indigenous to Southern Africa.

Born in 1975, Fani grew up in Gugulethu township in Cape Town and studied graphic design at Sivuyile College. To make money to further his studies, he worked as a ceramic painter in various pottery studios, resulting in his love for clay being born and slowly developing his own pieces and style. In 2000, his work was selected for the Salon Internationale de l'Artisanat de Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso. There he met the ceramicist Simon Masilo, who introduced him to smoke-firing. 

In 2009, he moved to Johannesburg and began to deepen his craft, guided by Masilo, and then at the Kim Sacks School of Ceramics. He learned how to burnish clay with a stone from Jabu Nala, the daughter of legendary Zulu beer-pot maker Nesta Nala, and mastered smoke-firing techniques under the guidance of Nic Sithole. He credits these artists for helping to mould him in to the artist he is today.

Although he uses traditional techniques, Fani's curvaceous, coiled forms and hand-carved embellishments are entirely distinct. He works on a large scale, building organic-shaped vessels whose smooth surfaces are punctuated by intricate, repetitive patterns that give them a scaled, insect-like appearance. His 2021 collection of carved ceramics titled iQweqwe, saw his patterned incisions become an all-encompassing ‘skin’ in this series of 12 hand-coiled works. The isiXhosa title can be translated as “crust” but here refers to insect exoskeletons, a central fascination for Fani. 

He has exhibited with Southern Guild at Design Miami and The Salon Art + Design, and as part of the Christie’s London annual design auction. Fani has joined residency programmes in Argentina (2009) and France (2013), received first prize at the 2016 Ceramics Southern Africa Exhibition as well as the Ndebele Milling & Mining Premier Award at the 2015 G&W Mineral Resources Ceramics SA Gauteng Regional Exhibition. His work with Southern Guild has also seen him branch out into clay furniture and bronze sculpture.

In 2021, the Philadelphia Museum of Art acquired one of Fani’s functional ceramic pieces, iTafile III. 

NTSIKA TYATYA in conversation with Anita Bloom

digital copywriter and strategist // MAXHOSA AFRICA

Design Connect Talk // Design in Africa :Redefining culture and African luxury through storytelling and fabric design.

Ntsika Tyatya is a digital copywriter and strategist.

His core competencies are digital strategy as well as curating and creating digital archives for the design brand. As the Digital Marketing Manager for MAXHOSA AFRICA, An African luxury brand. He helps runs their e-commerce platform and overlooks all their digital outputs including their social media strategies, online sales and marketing efforts. His qualifications are BA in Corporate Communication and BA (Hons) in Strategic Brand Communication.

ANITA BLOOM in conversation with Ntsika Tyatya

Creative Director // Decorex Africa & 100% Design SA

Design Connect Talk // Design in Africa :Redefining culture and African luxury through storytelling and fabric design.

July 2016 brought the exciting opportunity of becoming the Creative Director for the Lifestyle, Design & Retail Portfolio at Reed Exhibitions - living my dream! With over 18 years experience in graphic design – my love for design, blogging and creative talents have proved to be my passion. For 6 of these years I gained much experience in multimedia and interactive kiosk design, with my focus later being on content, web design, presentations, print adverts, brochures, corporate identities and online marketing campaigns such as electronic magazines and digital mailers. In 2006 was the start of my own design studio - Just Bloom Designs, focusing on graphic, print and web design. I ran my design studio for 7 years with a client portfolio that included exhibition organisers, SARCDA Gift, Toy & Decor Trade expo — creating all design collateral ranging from digital mailers, presentations, letters, fact sheets, advertorials and most of all exhibition branding of the annual overall look & feel of the show. It's always been about attention to detail, passion for all design, decor + fashion, an eye for what works, deadline oriented, striving under pressure, having trend and media savvy with great client relationships, team leading and the ability to get the best out of people. 2013 brought a new adventure as I become Creative Director & Exhibition Manager of Inspire Trade Exhibitions Pty Ltd — SA's exclusive, business-to-business, Furniture + Decor + Design + Workspace Trade Expo. Being involved in the business from its inception and together with a dynamic group of business partners - built it into a much needed trade platform. Inspire launched in 2013. After 3 successful years this exclusive trade platform was bought over by Reed Exhibitions South Africa and continues to grow as a focused workspace sector within 100% Design South Africa — co-located alongside Decorex Joburg every August at Gallagher Convention Centre. 


Creative Interior Behaviour Strategist

Design Connect Talk // The New World of Interiors and how it is transforming the industry.

Exclusive giveaway: Attendees will all receive a complimentary copy of Kim William’s e-book titled My Yellow Room - a must read for all creatives! In her uplifting book Kim reveals her top design secrets, weaved harmoniously into her personal story as a young disabled child who dreamed big in a yellow bedroom. Kim will inspire you with her perspective of the world, of people’s behaviour and the spaces we live in!

Kim Williams is a well-respected entrepreneur and runs a full-service Cape Town-based interior design studio. She is known for her unique approach to interiors which blends creative, behavioural and design strategies, and Kim has carved a niche for herself as a creative behaviour strategist focused on designing interior spaces.   

Kim’s deepest passion centres around designing to positively impact the physical and emotional health of her client’s so that they can live their best possible life – at home and work. 

Her ability to understand and analyse interior design, décor and human behaviour trends, and to intelligently design spaces for the best outcome, sets her apart in the general design industry. 

Kim had experience renovating her own properties during her early twenties, with the aim of increasing their resale value and making a healthy profit, so this passion and talent had always been burning within her. 

Her personal journey and lessons learnt as an entrepreneur, interior designer, and behaviour specialist, shaped her perspective of the design process. This became the cornerstone of her own blueprint called the Pure Design Innovation ID, which is a process of extracting what people need emotionally and physically from their interior spaces.

After a successful career (21 years) as a change management consultant and behaviour specialist in the corporate world, Kim fell ill and relocated back to Cape Town. In her 40s then, she discovered her true purpose and combined decades of business experience with a passion for beautiful spaces. 

Kim’s Blueprint – Design ID guarantees clarity of what each client needs and desires from their space and is where she applies her unique creative and behavioural strategic insights to making their dream space a reality. 

Her love for smart, fresh and ahead of trend, yet classic designs and interior architecture, plus her easy and vibrant personality helps create dream spaces that exceeds even the best imagination of her clients.  

Kim Williams’ portfolio adds up to millions of Rands in retail value. She has worked across building and construction projects, alongside developers and architects for over 111 new apartments, 18 residential homes, 8 renovations and 4 commercial projects in the design phase, with many more in the pipeline.  These projects include a variation of interior architecture, design and finishing, as well as soft furnishing.

She is also the creator of My Yellow Room, a blog detailing her personal journey growing up with a physical disability where she spent many years indoors as a young child born with a club foot. It was this, and other life experiences, that showed Kim the importance of well-functioning, energising interiors in the healing process. 

Through My Yellow Room, Kim became an inspiration to others, helping them to navigate the unknown of being in a confined space during Covid-19; to understand what they needed in order to function better and discover how to use this knowledge to improve their quality of life and manage their mindset during the pandemic. 

Kim continues sharing her journey and is currently writing a book to help homeowners, business owners, creatives and budding interior designers understand design principles to unleash the best in people.  


Gauteng Head of Commercial Homewood

Design Connect Talk // Homewood amazing range – working towards sustainability.

I have always been intrigued by furniture and design and especially the story solid hardwoods have to tell and so this has lead me to be in the industry for over 22 years.

Over the years my already strong passion for woodwork seemed to have rooted my soul firmly into the ground, and having known Ian Perry for what seems to have been decades I finally got the opportunity to work in an environment where pride and passion came naturally.

One tends to get very attached to what you love and so your mind delves more into the ‘often not seen’ or the unknow characteristics of wood, what makes each wood type special in it’s own way and more importantly, how and where tree growth affects the environment as well what it means for us as humans.

This is where Ian and Homewood come into play, once again HOME is where the WOOD is, and if we can stand together and use what nature has to offer, and over and above do this sustainably it would make the world as a whole a much better place.

I have become part of the furniture as they would say, and Homewood’s ethos and passion has stretched out their branches of appreciation that seems remarkably unbelievable unless you become part of their forest of wood lovers!


Design Connect Talk // Finding Our Way Forward.

Jennifer Jones started her own Interior Decorating and Design business in August 2001 at the age of 29. After successfully launching Jennifer Jones Interiors at Decorex 2001 her brand has gone from strength to strength with a wide range of projects, from Johannesburg to Swaziland, and as far as the UK. Her work has been featured in various magazines including Top Billing, SA Homeowner and Garden and Home.

Known for creating unique custom designed interiors using interesting design elements, each interior gains its own distinct character. She prides herself on providing furnishings of superior quality with intricate attention to design and detail. In addition she provides every client with exceptional personal service and attention ensuring that their individual needs are met.

SPEAKER: Suné Uys: Interior Architect

Design Connect Talk // Application of Green Architecture Principles

Heidi McAllister: Architect // Carla Jooste: Senior Architectural Technologist// Philip Du Toit: Architect

Heidi McAllister: Architect //

Suné Uys is an Interior Architect with a love for travel and hiking. Suné has been part of the OLA team for 4 years; she obtained a Masters degree in Interior Architecture at the University of Pta. and has work experience in Durban and Johannesburg. She loves the urban lifestyle, living close to the Cape Town CBD.

Heidi McAllister: Architect //

Design Connect Talk // Application of Green Architecture Principles

Heidi McAllister is a Professional Architect based in Cape Town, who has a passion for art & design and how this relates to the built form. Heidi graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2012 where she received various awards and scholarships. she gained experience working at Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects, working on various projects throughout Cape Town. Heidi joined Osmond Lange Architects in September 2018 and has been using her drawing & design skills to create exciting new projects. She has a strong focus on architectural ideas, concept & materiality. She has keen interest for designing architecture that has a strong connection to context & nature. Heidi is also a keen open water swimmer, cyclist, artist and Volunteer for NSRI (National Sea Rescue Institute).

Carla Jooste: Senior Architectural Technologist //

Design Connect Talk // Application of Green Architecture Principles

Carla Jooste is a Professional Senior Architectural Technologist who strives to have a unique and sustainable approach to Architecture. She is passionate about exploring Timber Construction in South Africa. Carla is also a florist and wedding planner after hours and enjoys cycling, being outdoors and doing anything creative. She has been part of the OLA team for 5 years and has been involved in a variety of projects from residential architecture to larger urban planning projects.

Philip Du Toit: Architect //

Design Connect Talk // Application of Green Architecture Principles

Philip du Toit has a passion for practical yet out-of-the-box architectural and urban design. After obtaining his Masters in Architecture degree from the University of Pretoria, he worked for Mathews and Associates Architects, during which he received awards for design. He joined the OLA team mid 2016 bringing his experience and knowledge in a range of building typologies. He also enjoys theorizing and writing about architecture.