Dreams for Africa Chair by Woza Moya won the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa (MBOISA) award at the international design show Design Indaba Expo, which closed yesterday in Cape Town.
From mohair jerseys celebrating Xhosa culture to the Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre by Peter Rich, Porky Hefer’s Cratefan and BOS Iced Tea, the finalists encompassed all possible aspects of beauty.
The Dreams for Africa Chair invites people from all walks of life to sit in the chair and share their dreams. In 2009, 160 women from the Valley of 1,000 Hills in KwaZulu-Natal came together to create a legacy of hope. Eight weeks later the women of the Woza Moya income-generation project finished their creation. Supported by the Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust, the chair is travelling around South Africa and abroad. The chair is a celebration of local craftsmanship and the rich and unique beauty of Zulu beadwork.
In addition to holding the coveted title of the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa, Woza Moya will also be given floor space at Design Indaba 2012, ensuring that those who voted for the Dreams for Africa Chair will get another space to behold its beauty.
Now in its sixth year, MBOISA recognises the evolving nature of beauty while also recognising the ever-present diversity that emerges from within the local creative industry, allowing for the celebration of a new definition of beautiful every year.