Spier Architectural Arts

Most Beautiful Object in South Africa

The finalists for the 2014 Design Indaba Most Beautiful Object in South Africa (MBOISA) have been announced, and the recently launched wearable art range, CONSTRUCT by Spier Architectural Arts has been nominated!

This year Design Indaba invited 12 leading local editors and cultural commentators to nominate an object they consider to be SA’s most beautiful. CONSTRUCT was nominated by Sarah Buitendach, editor of the Sunday Times Home Weekly and Fashion Weekly.

Set in 9ct Brushed Rose Gold, each wearable art piece features a miniature canvas of micro mosaic created using pieces of stone as small as 1mm to 2mm. Designed by Liani van der Westhuizen for Spier Architectural Arts, the metalwork is by Idané Burger and micro-mosaic by Miranda Vinjwa and Zoleka Xekethwana, both graduates from the Spier Arts Academy.

Asked about her nomination, Sarah says:

‘Despite their size, it’s impossible not to be taken with these little works of art. I first saw them at the 2013 FNB Art Fair and was mesmerised by their diminutive beauty. Although abstract in design, there’s something about them that makes me think of painterly South African landscapes and the large-scale wall murals so popular during the 1970s.’

‘These small but perfectly formed pieces are proof that the lines between fashion, art, architecture and jewellery blur all the time’

We are honoured to be included alongside local design icons like fashion designer Marianne Fassler and product designers Dokter and Misses. The designs of all the MBOISA finalists will be on show at Design Indaba Expo, 28 Feb – 2 March at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

The public gets to vote for the winning object, so we’ll have to start rallying support soon!


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