What was your reaction when you heard them announce you as the winner of Industrial Design category?
To be honest I was very surprised. I did not expect to win with the quality of work presented by the other finalists.
Tell us a bit about yourself. What did you study?
I studied architecture at the University of the Free State, where I finished my Masters degree in 2013. Today, I live and work in Pretoria and I am a registered professional architect and a partner in an industrial design studio called 20 EIGHT.
What was your experience of the competition?
It was a great experience and I would encourage anyone with a creative idea to enter.
What inspired your concept?
The inspiration for my concept came from the work of Japanese architect Tadao Ando. His use of bold geometry, clean proportions and natural material informed the design process. The “CS Project” concept developed over a period of five years and was only recently realised through 3D modelling, prototyping and a lot of failed attempts.
Where to next now that you have won an award from PPC Imaginarium?
We have decided to make a consumer version of the “CS Project” called “CS 001”. So, a lot of research and development will be going into making the project feasible. We are hoping to launch it this year.
What insights or advice do you have for those entering the 2018 awards?
Think outside the box, express your ideas in a unique way that showcases your creativity.
What would you like to see more of in the art and design sector of South Africa?
Innovation. There is so much talent in our country but people are afraid of pushing the boundaries.
Should anyone want to view or purchase your designs, how can they contact you?
You can visit our website at www.20eight.co.za or contact us on Facebook (20 eight) or Instagram (20 eight design).