Above, Kassena Server designed by Southern Guild Artist, Dokter & Misses
South African design is artisanal, hand-made, cerebral and full of rich cultural character. In 2008, Trevyn and Julian McGowan saw the need for a platform to provoke, assist and recruit these beautiful designs at the very top end. Southern Guild was founded to achieve not only that but to also to showcase these collectible, limited edition South African designs collectively on the national and international design stage.
Craft is very old in Africa, But design is very young. Part of the global appeal of contemporary south African design is that it’s unfettered, imaginative and energetic. In the established world of collectible design, South Africa has something very new to say.” – Trevyn McGowan, Co-Founder Southern Guild
Southern Guild invites a selection of the very best local designers, artists, architects and upcoming talents to produce and premier original pieces exclusively for it’s collection that year. The designers work in a very personal, exploratory way, with deep cultural relevance and little interest in passing trends. Southern Guild encourages collaboration and discourse, which aims to stimulate and provoke the local design industry and not surprisingly, has become a local benchmark for quality and originality.
Ceramic Pottery by Southern Guid Artist, Imiso
Collaboration bench by Southern Guild Artist, Pierre Cronje
Lalibella Red Chair & Lalibella Pouf by Southern Guild Artist, Ronel Jordaan
More than just a fair for beautiful objects, Guild represents the coming together of dedicated, focused curators, designers and institutions who are striving to preserve and provoke exceptional, groundbreaking South African design. To this end, in 2011, Trevyn and Julian established the Southern Guild Design Foundation, in partnership with ArcelorMittal South Africa. The foundation is a non-profit organization aimed at supporting the development of designers, stimulating growth and building a more vibrant and professional design industry. Guild is now able to cohesively and comprehensively showcase the most important contemporary design from South Africa, at the best fairs around the world.
Rug by Southern Guild Artist, Johno-du-Plessis
Ceramics Collection by Southern Guild Artist, Nkhensani-Nkosi
Southern Guild has become an internationally recognized brand representing excellence and authenticity. Blurring the boundaries between art and design, it has redefined how South African design is perceived, both locally and globally. Collectibles are great conversation starters and each piece of art has a great story of its own, and that in itself adds so much more value to it. Which of the above art pieces would you love most to bring home to show off to your friends?