Factory Visit: Zanat, Traditional Woodcarving in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Touring the Konjic factory where tradition and contemporary design merge

Bosnia and Herzegovina may not be known as a center of the design world, but there’s a dynamic company there bridging the gap between traditional craft and contemporary design. Earlier this year, we traveled to Konjic—a small village not far from Sarajevo—following an invitation from Zanat, a woodcarving company founded in 2015 by Adem and Orhan Niksic. But the family’s experience with woodcarving goes much …

Design Indaba 2020: Writer, Designer, and Branding Expert Debbie Millman

In Cape Town, the educator explains how branding stems from the symbols we created to telegraph our differences and affiliations 32,000 years ago

A careful observer of the world of design, Debbie Millman approaches her work as a designer, illustrator, author, teacher, branding consultant and speaker with grace and acumen. She has worked with hundreds of companies and corporations on branding projects that have become exemplary case histories studied all over the world. In 2005, she founded Design Matters, an award-winning podcast for which she has interviewed 500+ …

Design Indaba 2020: Studio Neri&Hu Founders Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu

The talent behind the Shanghai-based architectural design practice explains their three obsessions

Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu are haunted by three obsessions: interiority, total design, reflective nostalgia. As Studio Neri&Hu (which they founded in 2004), their architecture is informed and enriched by these concepts and traces can be found in their private and public commissions, as well as in their product, interior and graphic design. Their inspiring talk at 2020’s Design Indaba bounced between Neri’s elaborate fantasies …