The team at Design Joburg, featuring Rooms on View, are pretty excited to present CoLab… their enhanced new collaborative room set experience.

Last year’s collaborations were a true innovation, and a hit with attendees. So, in 2018, they’re refining, formalising and supersizing this aspect of the show for both exhibitors and visitors. Because these collective spaces are so inventive and experimental, they’ve dubbed them CoLabs. 2018’s CoLab will be brought to visitors in conjunction with Fired Earth paints.

The overall concept remains the same: curated feature exhibits that bring together leading architects and interior designers with top-drawer brands, local artisans and suppliers. The Design Joburg team are just taking the alchemy up a level.

Each designer will be creating their own signature paint colour and using it within their CoLab feature stand. Visitors can purchase their favourite colours, in beautifully designed convenient 2,5 litre tins, from the Fired Earth retail stand. Thereafter, the range will retail at all Builders Warehouse and Builders Express stores across the country.

The 10 CoLab designers and architects include:

  1. Liam Mooney
  2. Heather Boting
  3. Buzwe Mabuza from Design Dreams International
  4. Donald Nxumalo from DNX Interior Design
  5. Erica Schalkwyk from Form Interior
  6. Ryan Illger from Blacksmith
  7. Adrian Morris from Design Partnership
  8. Joe van Rooyen from JVR Architects and Interiors
  9. Tristan du Plessis from Studio A

The more established studios like Design Partnership, Studio A, Blacksmith Interiors and JVR Architects, will be taking on the role as mentors working with design start-ups (or should that be upstarts?!):

  1. Blacksmith with Jacoline Sema
  2. Design Partnership with Praveen Dinna and Jadene Naidoo
  3. JVR Architects and Interiors with Tshepo Sealetsa
  4. Studio A with Tuami Zulu



Expect boundaries to be pushed, and some really progressive displays to evolve. Only at Design Joburg, featuring Rooms on View.

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Edit February 2018: 

As Design Joburg, featuring Rooms on View, hots up as South Africa’s go-to exhibition for the very latest in décor and design from the African continent, the show is thrilled to announce the addition of Design Corridor.

Design Corridor is a curated collection of quirky retail pods that will showcase the wares of some of Southern Africa’s best-loved designers including the likes of Skinny laMinx, Haldane Martin, Avoova and Blank Ink Design.

For visitors looking for some fresh design takeaways, a visit to these bijou exhibits of ceramics, textiles, signature furniture pieces and more, is a must.


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