2022 Caesarstone SDC Top 9 Finalists Announced!

For 14 years, Caesarstone has been at the forefront of bringing SA’s young design talent into the spotlight with the SDC. The 2022 brief, ‘From Ashes We Rise’, was created by Mokena Makeka, a multi-award-winning architect and design strategist, sought-after speaker and thought leader, as well as the founder of DESIGNWORKS – a revolutionary architecture practice in the built environment.

Caesarstone_SDC_Judging Day

This year’s brief allowed the students to re-imagine the interiors and architecture of the new National Assembly in South Africa’s Houses of Parliament Building. In January 2022, fires tore through the parliamentary complex and The National Assembly Chamber was severely damaged – and so we tasked our students with the instruction to embrace bold design to reimagine a new National Assembly. Just like Cape Fynbos shows that with fire comes immense rebirth and new growth – so our country’s democracy can be further developed in a space that promotes growth and collaboration.

Caesarstone_SDC_2022 Brief

The 2022 SDC Judging Day was held on 27 September at Embassy Hill – The Forum in Cape Town where our illustrious judging panel came together to anonymously judge this year’s high-quality entries from design institutions and universities from around the country. Our judges are Stefan Antoni, Dorothy van’t Riet, Juliet Kavishe, Jonathan Anstey, and Michele Rhoda.

The top 9 were decided upon and announced – and Caesarstone is excited to host the much-anticipated awards ceremony at the beginning of November, attended by industry heavyweights and designed to highlight these talented student designers and their lecturers. The final set of entries showcased in the 14th annual awards once again highlight the amazing talent we have in our student designers who will light the way in South African design. See the FULL Facebook photo album of the judging day!

Here is a closer look at our top 9 finalists – and what they think about the future of South African design…

Alexander Maré (University of Witwatersrand)

“Design shapes more than space, it shapes our experience and our possibilities – our shared future. Designing for the future means designing for the unexpected: for change, inclusion, participation, and resilience. Good design should thus be people-oriented, optimistic, and flexible.”

Caesarstone_SDC_Alexander Mare

Anine Naudé (CAD4ALL Institute of Applied Architecture)

“A design that is inclusive and which provides the next generation with an opportunity for growth. A design containing contextual awareness, local resources, and the use of local craftsmanship. A design that not only makes use of an alternative knowledge system but a design that creates an opportunity for co- development between nature and mankind.”

Caesarstone_SDC_Anine Naude

Elana Coetzee (BHC School of Design)

“The future of South African design will incorporate culture with technology to cultivate spaces which encourage the progression of communication in our country. Creating unity using space. Utilising and reusing different materials through the process of upcycling, together with recycling, will become more intentional. Sustainability is South Africa’s future.”

Caesarstone_SDC_Elana Coetzee

Jean Swart (CAD4ALL Institute of Applied Architecture)

“South African design will embody a utopia centred around cultural, religious, economic, social and environmental needs. Our designs will contribute to more opportunities for indigenous knowledge systems and local labour.

Indigenous knowledge systems will take its rightful place on the world stage, and South Africa’s philosophical & intellectual discourse will significantly contribute to the global narrative more so than ever before.”

Caesarstone_SDC_Petrus Johannes (Jean) Swart

Lutho Siganagana (University of Witwatersrand)

“The future of South African design is an expression of a true and honest South African identity. It is a form of design which aims to respond directly to the South African context through the intense study and application of indigenous South African methods and materials. It is a future of design which establishes newfound respect for indigenous South African methods which are still considered ‘primitive’ and ‘un-innovative’.”

Caesarstone_SDC_Lutho Siganagana

Nielle Crafford (BHC School of Design)

“Organic, sustainable, and inclusive to all South Africans. Using strong and raw materials and by bringing nature into design- this also means that design will be authentic and bold. Being energy efficient and mindful with reusable or sustainable materials when designing means that we can design for future generations.”

Caesarstone_SDC_Nielle Crafford

Tayla Pienaar (BHC School of Design)

“The future of South African design relies on new upcoming designers to bring about change through creativity and uniqueness. Utilising new technologies to enhance sustainable living while incorporating the heritage of South Africa and welcoming a bold new future in design.”

Caesarstone_SDC_Tayla Pienaar

Vivian Campbell (CAD4ALL Institute of Applied Architecture)

“It would be the incorporation of our South African heritage, culture and preferred architectural styles into a new template that is designed specifically for our climate and takes into consideration the social, economic and environmental conditions – so we are better prepared for any challenges to come in the foreseeable future.”

Caesarstone_SDC_Vivian Campbell

Wian van der Merwe (BHC School of Design)

“The future of South African design is a growing collaboration of the creative minds across various industries. All fields of design breeds unique ideologies and interpretations of the creative journey. Small, emerging, and well-known designers offering their brilliant minds in a shared space will result in a unified nation, strengthened by design.”

Caesarstone_SDC_Wian van der Merwe

Next up: The awards ceremony…

The winner and their lecturer will be sent on an all-expenses-paid trip to an international design fare of their choice, courtesy of Caesarstone worth R100 000. The runner-up will receive R15 000, while the second runner up will receive R5 000. There’s also an additional award that will be presented on the night – and that’s the ‘Best Presentation Award’, which comes with a R7 500 prize.

Once again, we want to thank each and every student, lecturer, and institution who understands the importance of such a competition and pushes their students to achieve greatness in design – our industry’s future is in safe hands. We eagerly await the announcement of the top 3 in November, and then our sights are set on the 2023 brief!



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