Design colleagues and brands are invited to coordinate their launches, customer events, innovation announcements and client meet-and-greets with the all-important Decor & Design Week dates (Cape Town 19 – 25 June/Joburg 31 July – Sunday 6 August).
After the tremendous success of Decorex Africa’s radically reimagined return in 2022, RX Africa is taking this dynamic design platform to the next level with the launch of South Africa’s first-ever Decor & Design Weeks, which will bring together SA’s three leading decor and design exhibitions, each with its own powerful and distinct identity, as part of its comprehensive city-wide programme of events.
Decorex Cape Town, Decorex Joburg, 100% Design Africa and Design Joburg will run simultaneously while, all around them, SA and Africa’s top designers, retailers and creatives will join forces for an expanded programme that will spread throughout each city’s design districts.
A city wide celebration
Decor & Design Week will be a city-wide celebration of creativity, inspiration and insight. Creative studios, stores, makers and designers are invited to apply to participate in this inaugural week that gives them an opportunity to show off their work like never before.
“We have seen from global design weeks that collaboration leads to thoughts and ideas that help improve our societies and economies,” says Bielle Bellingham, Executive Creative Director Decorex Africa, 100% Design Africa and Design Joburg.
“Decor and Design weeks not only provide a platform for designers, makers and artisans to showcase their products and talents, but also contribute significantly to the economy, attracting visitors from all around the world and fostering creativity which leads to the growth of new businesses and job opportunities.”
Each Decor & Design Week – one in Cape Town and one in Johannesburg – will encapsulate a multifaceted programme of design events, exhibitions, showrooms, open studios and talks spread throughout the cities. These exciting schedules will be unmissable for both design professionals and enthusiasts who want to stay abreast of the spirit of the times.
“This year is Decorex’s 30th anniversary,” adds Carol Weaving, Managing Director at RX Africa. “What better occasion for a unique platform that has become synonymous with decor and design to grow and evolve to celebrate the power of design?”
Injecting new life into design production
Decor & Design Week creates the conditions that make it possible to inject new life into design production through the sharing of ideas, capturing the energy and excitement of South Africa and Africa’s world-class talent to lead design for the future.
“Burgeoning creative communities all across Africa have arisen as loci of global excellence and inspiration and an urgent voice of optimism at a time when solutions, action and energy are most needed,” says Sandra Barrow, RX Portfolio Director of Lifestyle, Design and Retail.
According to the 2022 Decorex State of the Industry Report, however, South African creativity is better appreciated outside the country than at home. “It’s time for the local design industry to take back its agency and reclaim its narratives, rather than letting others interpret them and Design Week will provide the perfect vehicle to do so,” Barrow adds.
International design weeks have become an indispensable force in facilitating connections, jumpstarting collaborations and bringing new and undiscovered talent to light, and bringing talented groups and individuals together to share their visions and ideas, which plays an invaluable role in keeping the design community vital and motivated.
It’s a role Decorex, 100% Design and Design Joburg have each played in their own rights, but which will be enhanced exponentially with the introduction of the Decor & Design Weeks.
Dates for your diary
Monday 19 – Sunday 25 June 2023: Cape Decor & Design Week
Thursday 22 – 25 Sunday June 2023: Decorex Cape Town and 100% Design Africa will take
place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre
Monday 31 July – Sunday 6 August 2023: Joburg Decor & Design Week
Thursday 3 – Sunday 6 August 2023: Decorex Joburg, Design Joburg and 100% Design Africa will take place at Sandton Convention Centre.
How To Participate In Decor And Design Week
Visit www.decorex.co.za for more information on how to take part in South Africa’s first Decor and Design Week. For more information, ticket sales and media enquiries and downloads, visit Decorex, 100% Design Africa and Design Joburg.