To describe my Saturday afternoon of the 3rd of March, it would be mixed with various great themes from fresh to innovative but also can be described as inspirational. This is what I experienced from my first Design Indaba Expo. Just stepping into the CTICC conference venue and checking out the stands helped fill a hole with in my creativity. I haven’t been around so many creative people in a while and the exhibitor stands had so many displays from sustainability, hand-made products, fashion, illustrations, ceramics and furniture ect. The awesome entertainment, from the likes of Riaad Moosa. He was a brilliantly stand-up comedian to relaxing you after those long walks browsing on the stands.
As this expo had so much to offer, there were disappointments in-between various exhibitor stands. I found some stands were more of a product placement than being creative & innovative products. Also the food being very expensive. Hope there will be improvement on that side in the future.
There were loads of exhibitor stands I enjoyed like the sustainable engineered products like furniture and laptop stands etc from Raw Designs to amazing wallpaper from Design Kist, as well as Andy Cartwright Homeware innovative products, and the impressive section of the emerging creatives. The one exhibitor from the emerging creatives that stood out without a doubt was Claudette Maskell. An illustrator working with print & fabric with an elegant and simple style in her work. Love one of her print called Mandala and I even ended up ordering one. Looking forward to what else will coming out for this illustrator.
Definitely Design Indaba will be highlighted on my calendar next year including the conference. So loads of saving for me next year!