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Published on Oct 17, 2016
Ndebele necklaces set off a lightbulb in Candice Lawrence’s head and fellow designer Wanga Ngwane merges Swahili with contemporary.
We often profile fashion creatives who create four seasonal visions a year. The flip side is what designers Wanga Ngwane and Candice Lawrence do. Their stunning tables must both catch the eye and retain that appeal not for a season, but for generations.
When she’s not working on interior design projects, Candice can be found at home, conceiving and creating her line of lighting, home-ware and small stationery items.
Candice explores different production techniques and craft skills. She experiments with the physical and tactile properties of mixed mediums such as ceramics, wax thread and off cuts of plywood. Getting off the laptop and engaging with material allows innovations that you only come up with first hand.
Known as a chair specialist, Wanga Ngwane'S business also manufactures a range of furniture and accessories. Once again, it’s a vehicle to bring our continent’s own design tradition to the world.
If Wanga’s keyhole chair needs neither screws nor glue to remain stable, this design requires so little final assembly, even novices can do it themselves.
Stunning to the eye and working organically with other shapes and textures, beneath the skin, Wanga’s pieces also share Candice’s focus on eco-friendly design. In an age of computer assisted design and 3D printing, both of them conceive their own ideas and are entirely hands on in making them too.
Taking problems and creating useful, beautiful solutions out of them is the genius of these artists of the everyday.