For its 56th issue, South Africa’s creative resource, the Designtimes, is filled with inspirational designs in the built environment from across the globe, as well as numerous other features on the cutting edge of the design and art world.
Case in point is the feature article on Carlos Lerma, one of the trailblazers of Mexican Modernism, the unofficial label given to an emerging style of illustration and design that is distinct for its vivid, chaotic imagery.
Designtimes editor Mark Rosenberg states that South Africa’s design industry remains one of the world leaders, showing a level of creativity and diversity that few other countries can boast, however, when considering the state of architecture and interior design, budgets may be hampering truly ground-breaking design implementations that would raise our building-design to iconic status.
The publication’s interior design showcase kicks off with a look at the work of Hella Jongeris, who earned worldwide fame through her studios in the Netherlands and Germany. She draws inspiration from classic designs, imbibing them with her unique energy and repurposing them for new contexts.
Also featured is the architectural design of Harmonic + Masson, a Paris-based architecture firm that is rethinking the city skyline and doing so with housing designs that are at once inspirational, functional and intellectually challenging.
Staying with the functional, the edition also has a look at the new cabin interior design in KLM airplanes. The talents of Jongeris and others were harnessed to produce a space that replaces the mundane, corporate feel of business class with something a bit closer to a home environment.
The edition also has a look at how home automation is changing the way we interact with technology in our personal spaces, as well as some of the most exquisite home theatre designs produced by Cape Town-based home and office technology automation specialists, Sphere Custom Design.
Other features include the striking new design of the L’Avenir wine estate’s Pinotage Lounge and Carli Davidson’s unusual animal photography. As usual, the edition is also chock-full of smaller features on the best designs, as well as useful information on issues that affect designers across a number of disciplines.
In addition to outlets such as Exclusive Books and Vida e Cafè, Designtimes will be distributed at the Inspire Trade Expo that takes place at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand on June 10 to 12.