Port Elizabeth born architect and interior designer, Mlondolozi Hempe is the founder of the design company Umongo, where his projects are an exploration of art through design and architecture.
Hempe says he likes to grow from the organic process into clean, linear symbols merged with unexpected materials. For him, this essentially enhances contemporary perceptions of structure and cultural references. He believes in dissolving boundaries and challenges stereotypes by searching for inspiration and having a conscious understanding of design. He likes to focus on what comes to mind naturally and transforming that into something soulful and symbolic.
He carefully fuses these elements with his South African culture and childhood experiences. Hempe obtained his Bachelor of Architectural Studies degree in 2011 and is a registered professional with the South African Council of Architectural Professionals. He is also a judge for the Dezeen Awards 2021 among many other international designers and architects.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Entries open on 5 April 2021 and close end of day 5 May 2021. The winner will be announced on HOMEMAKERS’ social media platforms during the last week in May 2021. The competition is open to South African citizens over the age of 18. Employees of HOMEMAKERS are not allowed to enter. HOMEMAKERS’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into. A representative from UMONGO will reach out to the winner within two weeks after the winner is announced. This consultation may be virtual due to COVID-19 restrictions.