Siyanda Mbele is from Umlazi, KwaZulu Natal and graduated from the Durban University of Technology with a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design. Combining practical solutions with intelligent design, interior designer Siyanda Mbele’s stackable tables feature colored legs that can be easily swapped and mixed. The Durban-made products look hyper-modern, but also incorporate traditional Ndebele, Venda and Zulu patterns, which decorate the tabletops and influence the shape of the tables’ legs. A continuation on a theme that Mbele has played with before, the new products were inspired by a bespoke table he had previously made. Mbele owns and runs the Pinda company, which makes hand-painted furniture.
Here at the DI, we helped Siyanda redesign and rethink the manufacturing of his famous table legs, making it a more effective process. We also guided the Brand conceptualisation of PINDA and partnered him with a graphic designer to polish the branding.
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Siyanda is one of the young entrepreneurs who took part in the Design Sessions at the SABS Design Institute and who will meet top government officials and other stakeholders at the DI in Groenkloof, Pretoria on 24 March for the start of the Next Generation Industrialist Fair.