The Industrial Design students from the University of Johannesburg collaborated with Vermont Sales and HOMEMAKERS to bring the most cutting edge ideas to life. This year the idea was for young designers to design products that change and improve people’s lifestyles.
Top products were on display at the Expo where the winning design was chosen. Visitors can expect to see innovations around smart water tanks, tech-savvy kitchen sinks and taps, home organisers and AI assistants, smart kitchenware and smart tools. Read on to find out which young designers won!
The overall winner was Katlego Madumo who designed The V56 Smart Hedge Trimmer. The hedge trimmer was inspired by his passion for nature and green living. The first runner-up was Loubser Meyer who designed the TRITON MT101, which is a smart combination seen that monitors the wear on internal components and informs the user of any bad machine practices. The saw also prevents circular saw kickback, which ensures the safety of the user.
Natalie Selibas was also a runner up. She designed a smart dustbin created to encourage recycling and bring esthetic appeal to the home. Most importantly, the bin was designed to make life smart and simple. This is done by automatically creating a shopping list based on the goods you throw away. Now if that’s not genius, we do not know what is!
The commendation prize went to Michal Shushan who designed the Festool smart automatic food stirrer that solves the problem of constantly needing to attend to the stove while cooking, as well as knowing when your food is ready.
The winners won a cash prize from HOMEMAKERS Expo and a special prize from Vermont Sales.Read More
The Johannesburg HOMEMAKERS Expo is known for showcasing top talents and experts in design, décor and home improvement. As many of you may know the judging of the Expo falls to a panel of impressive industry leaders. This year, we’ve lined up three impressive judges who we feel understand the judging criteria, both from a technical and theoretical perspective. These judges ultimately decide who walks away with a prestigious stand award.
2020’s judges are Philile Mathebula, circulation and marketing manager from SA Home Owner. Charmaine Brough, award-winning exhibition manager and Joe Strydom, creative director from vintage merchants,Trouvé.
Here is a little bit more about our 2020 judges.
Philile Mathebula is SA Home Owner (SAHO) magazine’s circulation and marketing manager. She is passionate about making readers aware of the SAHO brand through brand awareness initiatives such as exciting competition giveaways, exhibitions, reader events and TV and radio commercials. Philile has been in the field of marketing for over 8 years, for a range of consumer glossies.
Exhibitions have been an exciting and ever-challenging part of Charmaine’s career for over 3 decades. As part of the original team who launched and organised the HOMEMAKERS Expo nationally in 1994, she left HOMEMAKERS as exhibition manager responsible for organising, marketing and coordinating the brand for 26 years. Her extensive experience, as an event organiser as well as exhibitor, stand her in good stead to understand what it takes to succeed in the world of exhibitions. She notes that exhibition trends and design elements come and go, but feels that from both perspectives one must never lose sight of the most important role player in the mix – the visitor!
Joe Strydom is the creative mastermind behind the Trouvé brand. He has a unique talent for turning one man’s junk into another man’s treasure. Known for renovating everything from old cupboards and trunks, to antique suitcases and doors, Joe’s style has a French Country feel to it and is easily distinguishable from others.
He will also have demos at the InHabit Workshop show feature. Here he will be doing a demo on chalk paint and one on up-cycling. Joe says “I’m very passionate about up-cycling and using found objects in interior design. At Trouvé we have developed a series of workshops that teach people how to apply creative thinking to their own pieces and spaces. I will showcase the best examples of these workshops at the InHabit Workshop. I will also share tips and tricks when using chalk paint.
We decided to ask the judges a few questions and here is what they shared.
What will you be looking for in the winning Expo stands this year?
Philile: Creativity; interactive ideas that attract visitors to the stand; the interaction between persons manning the stand with visitors; overall look of the stand, it needs to be appealing to the eye.
Joe: Above all, I’ll be looking for creativity. Clever use of space and showcasing their product or service in the best way. I will also take into consideration if the space is inviting, does it draw me in as a shopper? Once inside, ill be looking at attention to detail.
What design elements should a winning Expo stand have?
Charmaine: Most importantly create a “WOW” factor to make your space ‘stand out’ as visitors only have a couple of seconds to decide if they should look at your display or not. If you miss this opportunity they will walk past and move onto the next interesting display. Your product and brand message must also be aligned with this wow factor so that there is no doubt about what your product or service is all about. A catchphrase or slogan boldly displayed helps to announce exactly what you are selling. Homeowners are at the show because they have a NEED – provide the solution to their need or problem with impact and speed. Capitalise on maximum exposure to as many visitors streaming past as you can.
Are there any stand trends in 2020 exhibitors should engage with to be a contender?
Charmaine: Consistency of quality and design integrity never go off trend. Renew and reinvigorate your stand material. No one wants to look outdated or out of style. If your product is on trend how you display it must be as well. For instance, no tattered and out-of-vogue signage. This just gives your display an out of date look and tarnishes your brand image.
Warming the atmosphere within the space – this is a home show after all! Use warm and natural finishes and fabrics to fall in with the theme of the show – let visitors envisage your product in their homes.
Philile: Are there any stand trends in 2020 exhibitors should engage with? Yes, 3D wall art; Led screens; large block letters.Read More
When people collaborate, amazing things happen. Over the last couple of years, Vermont Sales and the University of Johannesburg have collaborated with HOMEMAKERS for the inventive Young Designers Challenge.
This year the ideas generated behind the theme was to design products that change and improve people’s lifestyles. Top products will be on display at the Expo where the winning design will be chosen. Visitors can expect to see innovations around smart water tanks, tech-savvy kitchen sinks and taps, home organisers and AI assistants, smart kitchenware and smart tools.
Choosing the winner is a difficult task because all the designs are in essence ground-breaking. To understand the process a little better we asked Martin Bolton, senior lecturer at the Department of Industrial Design at the University of Johannesburg and Greg de Villiers head of sales at Vermont Sales a few questions.
What is the 2020 UJ Young Designers Challenge all about?
The challenge is an opportunity for students to link with industry partners to develop smart products which illustrate how they see these future products may be able to better peoples lives.
What can visitors expect to see from the students’ work for 2020?
A collection of novel and interesting concept products which illustrate local South African Industrial Design talent. Kitchen appliances that think for you, workshop tools that are safer to use, and garden products saving water for you!
It seems as if this project has become a regular project, not just for HOMEMAKERS, but also for Vermont Sales and UJ. Why is this a valuable collab for UJ?
As the UJ Department of Industrial Design is preparing students to enter our local industry, the more we are aligned and participate with industry partners the better. This partnership with HOMEMAKERS and Vermont Sales has allowed our students to learn about the value of marketing and exhibitions from the HOMEMAKERS team, while at the same time understand more about the South African landscape of tools and appliances.
What was the brief to the students and how was Vermont Sales part of this brief?
This was undertaken as the third-year BA Industrial Design students exam project, as the final project of their 3 years Bachelor’s course. The brief for the project was the researching and designing of a smart appliance/tool system which incorporates digital technology in order to improve the user experience/increase safety.
Vermont invited the students to visit their warehouse and tool demonstration room and took us through a large amount of novel, different, useful and smart tools. This sparked a lot of interest and students used this at the starting point for their industrial design process of product development.
What design trends can we look out for in 2020?
Every year the focus of our work steers more and more in line with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. In particular the areas of environmental, social and economic sustainability. We hope to see it not only being a trend but practically more evident in the local landscape.
Greg de Villiers
Why has Vermont Sales played such a fundamental role in the Young Designers Challenge?
Vermont Sales as a South African business is keenly interested in our people. At our core,, our business is driven by innovation. By supporting this initiative we are reminded of this and are presented an opportunity to give back so that we can demonstrate our commitment to this.
Why is young designer projects so important to Vermont?
It is important to expose our brands to us. The design challenge affords us a unique way to do so while at the same time providing a platform to young designers.
Have you ever taken any of the designer’s designs further into production?
The design brief is often very wide and futuristic. While we have not developed any product yet, the door to this is very much open. We have employed former students to work in our own design department. This has provided enormous value to us as well as gainful employment.
What can visitors expect from the Vermont Sales demonstrations at the Inhabit Workshop this year?
This year at the workshop visitors can see the latest in tools demonstrated in making projects that they will love. The skilled demonstrators will guide visitors in answering some of there DIY and trade professional questions.
What is one tool every DIYer needs in their toolbox?
This is such a difficult question. There are so many tools available to help you make and create your projects. In our own stable, we have more than 60 brands and over 20 000 products. If I had to choose one, I would definitely say a Kreg K5 Pocket Hole Jig and an OLFA Knife. Love those tools.
Don’t miss the highly anticipated Young Designers Challenge at the 2020 Johannesburg HOMEMAKERS Expo.Read More
Erika Prinsloo is our sixth Designer Spaces participant who will take part in this creative HOMEMAKERS challenge. The Designer Spaces Challenge is one of our favourite Expo features and a wonderful incentive for interior designers and decorators to share their creations at the 2020 InHabit Johannesburg HOMEMAKERS Expo.
The theme for the 2020 Expo is appropriately themed; InHabit. We live in a world that is better connected than ever before. InHabit is about improving the way we live in our homes and how we choose to connect with everything around us. The applications for 2020 have been rolling in since October last year and now it is almost time to reveal the last few designers. HOMEMAKERS’ selected eight individuals to showcase their designs and décor skills at the Expo.
Prinsloo shares her insights into décor and design below in preparation for the upcoming Expo.
What does InHabit mean to you?
To me “InHabit” means that you should EMBRACE the space you live in. Make it a place where you can be yourself and live a good life.
What is one thing every South African should invest in when it comes to Interior Design?
You need to invest in two things: a good couch and a good bed. You are going to spend time with family and friends on a good couch and afterwards have goodnight’s rest on a great, supportive bed. This will ensure you are productive in your workplace – making it easy to repeat the cycle.
What are your interior decorating trend predictions for 2020?
I am so glad that people embrace colour and pattern. The trendy colour for 2020 is Pantone’s Classic Blue with a fresh take on animal print. We are in Africa and we should implement it in our homes. It will give us the energy to face whatever comes our way.
How do you combine beauty and functionality?
It is a total win-win situation when an item has both characteristics. Make an effort to source the item that has both. Don’t be afraid to invest in a beautiful, functional piece.
What is something or someone you always turn to for inspiration?
I am so privileged to be inspired by nature, family, friends and colleagues. The most simple things in life can add a spark in yours. I also believe that inspiration is divine and from God.
Miss the other participants in The Designer Spaces Challenge? Read all about them.
The entries for the Cape Town HOMEMAKERS Expo Design, Art and Textile Design ComPETition, in association with Hill’s Pet Nutrition and Domestic Animal Rescue Group (DARG) are in! Along with you being able to support DARG by bidding for your favourite design, the winning designers will be picked by our panel of expert comPETition judges.
The comPETition judging panel is made up of Marycke Ackhurst and Kim Johnstone from Hill’s Pet Nutrition; writer, curator and lecturer, Marilyn Martin and fashion designer, Kobus Dippenaar.
Tell us a little more about yourself:
Kim: I’m an animal lover and very passionate about my job. I’ve been with Hill’s for just under eight years and feel blessed to work with people who share my passion. I live in Hout Bay and am very lucky to have one of the best views. I’m married and have a six-year-old son, who would love to be a vet one day when he grows up.
Kobus: I’m from Riebeek West and a farm boy at heart. I’ve been in the fashion industry for 35 years. I did a stint in the UK in corsetry and millinery. Back in SA, I participated in my first Fashion Week in 2007 and have never looked back. In 2009, I started a wedding dress collection under the name Anna Georgina and started touring the UK and USA. Today I have 17 stores around the world buying my range.
Marilyn: After eleven years as director of the South African National Gallery, I was appointed director of art collections for Iziko Museums in 2001. I retired in 2008 and have since worked as an independent writer, curator and lecturer. I am an Honorary Research Associate at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. In 2002 I was admitted to the Legion of Honour of the Republic of France at the rank of Officer and in 2013 I received the medal of the Fondation Alliance française in Paris. I launched my book Dreams and Realities – a History of the South African National Gallery in July.
Marycke: I am one of the very fortunate people that has a job that combines my passions. I, first and foremost, am an animal lover, I am very interested in nutrition and am very passionate about educating pet parents. To work for a company like Hill’s, that share my values and vision, is the ultimate opportunity anyone can dream of. I love that for 16 years I have felt that I can make a difference on so many levels in pet’s lives – be it puppy schools, rescue organisations, general pet education or breeders.
How do you feel about animals? Do you have any?
Kim: We have a German Shepard Milo and a DMSH Cat named Max. My son often refers to Max as his brother.
Kobus: I love animals. We have a cat called Princess. I would love a dog, but it’s not a good idea in a small space.
Marilyn: I do not have any animals.
Marycke: My daughter and I live on a small holding where animals are pretty much our life. I’m passionate about all animals but I have a keen interest in Golden Retrievers and my daughter favours Papillon. We also have two Birman cats and a beautiful black domestic cat called Bibi. We’re involved in showing our dogs and cats and when younger my daughter competed in Junior Handling.
In your opinion, what is the most important trend in design/art for pets?
Kim: The “lifestyle” trend is becoming very popular. Design and art of this kind can be seen to be included as an extension of our home decor and should be as our pets are included as part of our family.
Kobus: Pets are an integral part of human existence. They take a lot of stress away from us and add to our lives. They should get all the love they need.
Marycke: The “Dog/Cat Mom” trend is very popular and important. It reflects that an increasing number of pet parents treat their pets like children. They consider them in important decisions, invest in their well-being, provide in all their needs and consider them family. Therefore they like associating with their pets. “Dogs are a girls best friend”; “Cat Mom”; “My best friend has paws” are phrases commonly used in design for dog and cat parents whether it be their own clothing, pet accessories or even pet furniture. For cats, understanding the need for vertical yet modular furniture is becoming more known. However, pet parents want these items to fit in with the rest of their decor and style.
As one of the competition judges, what will you be looking for in the designs and artworks? Any specific criteria?
Kim: I’ll be looking for creative design that will be versatile enough to fit into any Pet Parent’s home. I’ll also be looking at trend, colour as well as lifestyle appeal.
Kobus: I would love to see innovation – from dog and cat beds to feeding mechanism for when you’re away (single parents) and tech for staying in touch etc.
Marilyn: I have no specific criteria and I look forward to responding to the ideas and innovations that the entrants offer.
Marycke: I will be looking for innovative and creative ideas, design and artwork, that show an understanding for pets and their needs.
Don’t miss your chance to bid on the top designs and support DARG by visiting Cape Town HOMEMAKERS Expo.Read More
Each year Cape Town HOMEMAKERS Expo looks to creatively support a local charity organisation. This year the Domestic Animal Rescue Group (DARG) has been chosen as the beneficiary of funds raised through your bids on the bespoke furniture, textile and art designs created in the Design, Art and Textile Design ComPETition in association with Hill’s Pet Nutrition and DARG. (more…)Read More
Pretoria HOMEMAKERS Expo is known for bringing you only the best in home lifestyle, home services, home appliances and home decor. In order to ensure the highest standards are maintained by our exhibitors, every year we put together a panel of expert judges who award the exhibitors based on their performance at the show.
Hosted by Lifestyle Chef, Izelle Hoffman, the Thrive For Good Theatre will keep you entertained with cooking demonstrations, competitions and a raw food market. This theatre is about learning how to start and maintain a healthy lifestyle with food that is delicious and fun to make.Read More
Eating healthy, organic meals is a growing trend globally. In today’s world of convenience, being able to make healthy meals is easier than ever before. If you have a passion for food and want to show off your cooking skills while learning the tips and tricks of healthy eating with Izelle Hoffman, you need to enter the Thrive For Good Challenge at Pretoria HOMEMAKERS Expo at Sun Arena, Time Square from 24 – 26 May 2019.Read More
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