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Words: Lucy Sarah O’Connell | Images: Supplied

If your head was anywhere in the world of design last year, you’ll already be familiar with Design Joburg, featuring Rooms on View. At the inaugural show in 2017, thousands of visitors came face to face with the best in local decor and design. This year, the show’s second instalment, running from 25 to 27 May at the Sandton Convention Centre, is set to be filled with inspiration, beautiful spaces and, of course, more excuses to update your own home spaces.

Hosted by Media 10, Design Joburg has already earned a name for itself as the prime showcase of South Africa’s design industry trailblazers. Co-owners of Anatomy Design and HK Studio, Andrea Kleinloog and Megan Hesse, return as creative directors of the show. “We want to continue breaking the mould of the traditional expo, enhancing the experience for visitors by creating a live Pinterest board that will o­ffer stimulation for all the senses,” says Andrea.

Everywhere you look, instantly Instagrammable scenes greet you with each new idea vying for your attention. This year’s show is perfect for someone looking to upgrade their own home or just wanting to bask in the boundless talent coming out of the South African design industry.

A highlight of the weekend will definitely be the show’s collaborative CoLab experiences, which come to life in the form of curated feature exhibits that bring together leading architects and interior designers with top brands, local artisans and suppliers to create something incredible. Each designer is tasked with creating their own Fired Earth paint colour, which they then have to use within their CoLab feature stand, and which can then be purchased live at the show itself. So if you see something you love, there’s no need to wait before you can take it home.

Along with a pop-up restaurant that’s curated by Marble’s David Higgs and interior designer Irene Kyriacou, and a gin bar that’s a collaboration between Hendrick’s Gin and premier African lifestyle brand Ardmore, this full-scale exhibition experience is guaranteed to leave you inspired. Tickets are available at the door or online via Webtickets.

For more information on Design Joburg, visit the website

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