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Sindiso Khumalo – a textile nerd

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Sindiso Khumalo is a self-confessed “textile nerd.” My kind of lady! Born in Botswana and raised in Durban, Sindiso is a textile designer living and working in London. In February 2012, she launched her eponymous label and this year was a speaker at Design Indaba 2015.

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Drawing on her Zulu and Ndebele heritage, Sindiso creates complex graphic designs with a special focus on sustainable textiles for her womenswear collections. Her bespoke prints and modern, architecturally inspired collections are beautiful.

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Her SS15 collection, launched immediately after her Design Indaba presentation with her models appearing in the walkways of the auditorium and making their way to the stage, is a departure from her familiar bright, bold prints of previous ranges. With neutral colours and delicate patterns, the collection is graphic in a very subtle way.

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“The main inspiration for the collection was the idea of a body changing,” Khumalo explained after the launch. She became a mother last year and was inspired by the memory of the woman she was before, and the woman she is today. The collection features many white on white prints and sees her using silk organza for a subtle and delicate look.

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The entire collection was handmade and hand-printed by Sindiso in her London-based studio.

a minute modern Maboneng studio

Fancy an apartment only 30m² in the Johannesburg CBD?
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How about one that’s right next door to a brothel?
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Take a tour of this small but super stylish loft apartment in the vibey district of Maboneng, a privately developed urban neighbourhood on the east side of the Johannesburg CBD. Meaning ‘Place of Light’, Maboneng lives up to its Sotho name. The pulsating precinct is fast becoming a creative hub of energy for Johannesburg’s urban artists. With a blend of art galleries, retail and studio space on offer, Maboneng is a crowd pleaser of both the inner-city public as well as the sophisticated northern suburban types.

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Director of MOAD – the Museum of African Design – Aaron Kohn is an ex-New Yorker who values the square meterage of his bachelor pad after his much cosier NYC space. With cultural ties to the African continent and a love for design via the co-founding of African Lookbook, Aaron’s attitude is, “I’m happy here. I can be here a lot of the time and never have to step into a mall. And besides, everyone knows that design and art are going to reshape this city and country.”  Africa meets America in inner-city style.

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images & quote via Visi | photography by Dook