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Keneilwe Mothoa and Lubabalo Mxalisa win Best New Talent Award at Decorex 2022 for The Hut chair collection

 Keneilwe Mothoa and Lubabalo Mxalisa win Best New Talent Award at Decorex 2022 for The Hut chair collection

South African design & lifestyle brand, Neimil, partnered with locally loved beer Stella Artois to launch ‘The Hut’ chair collection at Decorex Johannesburg this past weekend. Designers and Neimil co-founders Keneilwe Mothoa and Lubabalo Mxalisa walked away with the ‘Best New Talent’ award in the process.

Keneilwe Mothoa and Lubabalo Mxalisa of Neimil, recipients of the Decorex Besr New Talent Award

Inspired by hand-selected craftsmanship, influenced by the architectural, spiritual, and heritage elements of the hut, the collection pays homage to African homes that have been an integral part of South Africa’s history and traditions.

The Hut by Neimil: The Stella Artois collaboration, reimagines an historical African structure in a new chair collection that pays homage to the hands that created the culture.

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“I am thrilled to have Stella Artois collaborate with me in bringing ‘The Hut’ to reality. The philosophical intention of the collection is to inspire strangers to become friends. To celebrate each other. The same can be said for Stella Artois, who invites us to savour life’s moments and form real connections. Design-wise, I wanted to create a memorable space that is light yet captures the essence of the design. That it has been acknowledged is truly gratifying, especially having Stella Artois being such supporters of creative freedom in SA design,” says designer and Neimil co-founder, Keneilwe Mothoa.

The Hut installation at the Decorex Johannesburg Convention in collaboration with Stella Artois

The design for the extraordinary center-piece heritage chairs was inspired by the African hut and energized by fluid, circular elements and colour blocks. The collection also included a reproduction dining area and a large mirror Keneilwe designed & made by hand for the occasion.

Keneilwe is that rare breed of artist-designer. What we love about her most is that she creates narratives which provide space for us to find meaning in who we are. Through her approach to hand-selecting materials in her craft, Keneilwe’s designs are both authentic and beautiful. We are proud to have been able to collaborate with her in The Hut and to support the SA design industry in this way,” says Estee Burger, Marketing Manager, Stella Artois South Africa.

While the model seen at Decorex was a scaled down version, the full installation will be built & presented later in the year.

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