Indalo Project [South Africa]
[Image credit: Protea Collection – Indalo Project
The King Protea is South Africa’s national flower and the inspiration for some very different and thoroughly modern-looking lighting from the Indalo Project, a pioneering initiative based in Cape Town, South Africa whose creations serve to fuse traditional elements with contemporary design whilst adhering to a responsibility towards the community. The highly stylised, organic forms of the Protea collection are constructed using hand-bent steel and wire rod components. Natural materials, like wood lend texture and warmth to the overall look and feel, helping to soften the hardness of the metal. The products are available in eight colourways; ranging from bold red, white and aqua to the more muted cream and charcoal shades.
[Image credit: Lighting – Indalo Project]
The Protea collection is a result of the partnership between the artisans of the social entrepreneurial organisation, Streetwires; and architect and designer Nicci Drzewicki, and in addition to lighting there is also a range of complementary furniture including tables and stools.
[Image credits: Pendants – Indalo Project]
The Indalo Project, itself is a social enterprise working towards providing a culture of financial independence and offers some inspiring works of art for interiors, lifestyle and gifts. Bringing together crafters, producers and designers to learn from and inspire each other through the sharing of cultures, the Indalo Project supports its partner organisations from direct sales through to marketing strategies encouraging sustainable self-sufficiency. Capturing the essence of the initiative, ‘Indalo’ is an isiXhosa word that can be translated to mean ‘creation’ or ‘nature’, and the Indalo Project looks to changing lives through original and sophisticated design and encourages contribution towards collective capacity and opportunity from all those involved.
[Image credit: Indalo Project]
…Very distinctive, very quirky and some lovely colours too!
Prices for lighting on the website currently range from: ZAR661.20-ZAR5,844
For further information and to purchase visit: www.indaloproject.co.za
For information on Streetwires visit: www.streetwires.co.za