Now in its fourth iteration, Nando’s Hot Young Designer competition aims to unearth saucy new designs for Nando’s restaurants around the world and fire up the careers of emerging local creatives. The popular competition, which is facilitated by Clout/SA, has just announced its much-awaited list of ten finalists for 2022.
The South African design industry is at an exciting point in its evolution; established designers continue to refine and define a uniquely South African aesthetic that has global resonance, and in turn, their work is increasingly spotlighted on the global stage. Meanwhile, a new crop of designers continues to emerge, ready to contribute their unique perspective and show their talent to the world.
The competition received 134 entries from across the country, the finalists were chosen by 12 local and global industry judges. Alongside judges from the Clout/SA and Nando’s teams, the prestigious panel included Ngaire Blankenberg, the South African born director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art in the US; Thabisa Mjo, the very first winner of HYD back in 2016 who has gone on to be a multi-award-winning flag bearer for South African design; Karen Brumfield, head of furniture buying for local retailer @home; Gareth van Niekerk and Alan Hayward, founders and directors of designer-maker focused retailer, Always Welcome; Visi magazine editor, Steve Smith; Sophie Douglas, the director and lead designer UK’s Fusion Interior design, as well as Paul Thrush, the founder and design director Stack Architects, also based in UK.
HYD Class Of 2023 Finalists
All 10 finalists will be invited to a mentorship session hosted by Clout/SA that is set to take place in October 2022. They will then be linked to various opportunities, including seeing their designs prototyped. The overall winner of the HYD will be announced at the mentorship event which will form part of this year’s Basha Uhuru youth festival at Constitution Hill.
For more information on Nando’s HYD 2022, please visit https://clout-sadesign.co.za/. #feedyourcreativity