The recent Right here, Right Now! exhibition showcased contemporary South African design and art, including new product designs by some of the finalists of the 2020 Nando’s Hot Young Designer (HYD) Talent Search competition.

The 2020 HYD competition called for concept ideas for benches that would sensitively allow for COVID-19 social distancing. HYD finalists Anele Vezi and Siviwe Jali, and the overall HYD winner, Katlego Tshuma, were included in the Right here, Right Now! exhibition.

Nando’s Hot Young Designer Talent Search opens a door for undiscovered young South African design talent to join our Nando’s heartfelt celebration of design by responding to a design brief and submitting designs that are potentially included on the Nando’s Portal to Africa.

At Right here, Right Now! Anele’s bench design was brought to life by TheUrbanative while Siviwe’s bench was manufactured by Takk, and Katlego’s winning Sangu Bench was created in collaboration with Dokter and Misses. This was on display together with a new lighting design from his Sangu Collection.

“There’s what we imagine, there’s what we understand, and there’s what we execute,” says Katlego. His Sangu Bench concept was inspired by the ubiquity of the grass mat among several traditional African cultures, where it is used to sit, sleep, and even as a screen. “I realised that I’d have to take grass mats into 2020, in a contemporary way. So, I was like… how do I take this concept of grass and put it into a bench? And that is what the Sangu Bench is about,” he explains.

Check out this video on Katlego and his Sangu bench:

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