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METAL 2005 (article first published : 2005-05-30)

Last year, internationally renowned designer of functional art lifestyle objects, Carrol Boyes, launched an annual initiative aimed at discovering and nurturing new metal product design talent in South Africa.

The Carrol Boyes Functional Art METAL New Designer Initiative aims to identify and invest in new design talent in a meaningful and long term manner. She describes it as a fast track programme for young talent. Instead of having to fight their way up from the very bottom, promising new talented artists will be given the boost they needs in order to be internationally successful.

Each year a different brief will be provided to applicants but the product will always need to be “functional art” – that synergy of aesthetic and functional form that has made Carrol Boyes an international success. The 2005 METAL year invited aspirant product designers to submit a prototype of salt and pepper shakers.

Among the finalists were Nanette Nel and Joelene Coetzee from KwaZulu-Natal with prototypes respectively called Elegant Sleepers and Duet.

Winner of METAL 2005 was Zani Marais with a piece called Crystals and Corn with Albi Spangenberg in second place with his piece entitled Fishfish. The designs deviate quite radically from the normal Carrol Boyes look, heralding a change in the company.

More information on 021 462 3129 or visit www.carrolboyes.co.za




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