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Bielle Bellingham: Editor of ELLE Decoration South Africa

With a background in interior design, visual culture, art theory and digital media, Bielle is the new editor of ELLE Decoration. Constantly tracking decor and design trends, both on and offline, she showcases the way styles evolve and find meaning in our daily lives.

Instagram: @bielleross

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Carina Marescia: Owner of NAP Living

Owner and designer of NAP Living, retail lifestyle brand created in 2004 with her strong desire for emphasis and focus on homegrown products with an ethos of sustainability. The simple questions of where is this from? Who made it? What is made from? How far did it travel and what to do with it when we done with it? She has strived to maintain this through the years and has been at the forefront on working closely with suppliers in the design and decor industry to produce products for every day luxury living that is made in this very style. She sees a massive responsibility in retail to keep this momentum and to inspire to continue on this path.

In her words, it will be an honour to judge at the 2015 Remake Design Challenge.

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Yolande Anne Mitton: Principal of Design Time School of Interior Design

who are you?

an interior designer and lucky mother

what is the quality you most like in a person?

integrity and a sense of fun

how do you friends describe you?

quirky, creative, generous and energised

what is your most treasured piece in your home?

my daughter, our cats, my fathers Charles Eames chaise and artworks

what excites you?

adventure, teaching and witnessing someone ‘fly’, friends/family, creating and styling homes, objects, food, travelling, gosh, so much!

what’s your most treasured time of the day?

drinking tea in bed leisurely on the weekends

what’s on your horizon?

a summer holiday this winter with family and friends

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Felix Holm

Felix is a qualified Industrial Designer, practicing as a Designer Maker and Planner with a strong entrepreneurial streak.

I have always had a strong interest and involvement with design as a tool for social enterprise and sustainable development issues in Africa and the 3rd world.

Specialties: Product design consultant, specializing in craft, furniture prototyping and other batch production products, I am also a Design and project management consulting to the Exhibition and display industries.

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Ryan Matchett

Ryan Matchett is a Cape Town based industrial designer. His business, a design and manufacture company that over the last decade has created décor and lighting items for restaurants, hotels and businesses both locally and abroad. Specialising in taking a company’s brand and transferring it into something tangible, extending the brand into the interior the business operates from.

With a design philosophy of the marriage between the sharp straight lines of modern design and the flowing curves and textures inherent in nature, Ryan designs and manufactures products from all materials, moulded glass fibre to rolled steel and up-cycled materials.

He is passionate about further reducing the already low environmental impact of his business and works from a sandbag studio that he designed and built himself.

Stop!, THINK, Design…

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Alice Heusser: Director of Lalesso

Alice and Olivia are children of Africa and have been wrapped in its mesmerising fabrics since birth. Having met whilst studying Fashion Design in Cape Town, the pair were inspired to start Lalesso after travelling to the remote Island of Lamu in the North of Kenya where the coastal Swahili women adorn the khanga cloth with a unique vibrancy and graciousness.

Lalesso is a luxury African fashion and lifestyle brand. It supports entirely transparent, sustainable, eco and ethical production facilities in Kenya and South Africa. Co creators Alice Heusser and Olivia Kennaway seek inspiration from the vibrant East African Khanga cloth in the print rich designs. The exclusively summer label engulfs an effortless sense of freedom through it’s classic yet uniquely distinguishable silhouettes.

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Tony Budden: Hemporium

Tony is a partner in Hemporium , South Africa’s premier hemp company. Hemporium has been designing and producing hemp clothing locally since 1996 and has an eco-clothing range that showcases the benefits of natural fibres and using sustainable textiles as well as having a commitment to local garment manufacture.

Tony is involved in South Africa’s Commercial Incubation Hemp Research Trials, moving towards a legitimate hemp industry so that South Africa can take advantage of all the jobs, houses and nutrition it would create.

Tony is passionate about raising environmental issue awareness, and hopes to play a part implementing in the changes necessary to correct the ecological balance of our planet.

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Bryan Ramkilawan: Cape Town Fashion Council

Bryan Ramkilawan is the current CEO of the Cape Town Fashion Council (CTFC). Bryan studied fashion and graduated from Durban University of Technology in 1987 and received a post grad qualification from Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 1996. After six years of employment in the formal clothing sector, Bryan moved into academia in 1994, at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, where he was employed for 16 years as a fashion design lecturer. Bryan was a founding board member of the CTFC and served as vice chairman (2009-2010), Exco board member (2009 – 2010) and fashion academic chairman of the Cape Town Fashion Council (2008-2010), before taking on the executive role as CEO in 2010. Since his appointment the CTFC has grown from 150 members to over 1500 and close to 10000 online fans. Bryan’s key focus is to develop partnerships and cultivate entrepreneurship both in SA and internationally.

Presently, Bryan manages The International Entrepreneur (TIE) project in Cape Town, a UK and SA development initiative funded by the British Council. TIE enables designers from SA to engage and develop business acumen with designers from the UK. TIE was selected by the British Council (2009-2011) as one of the top 4 partnerships projects funded in Africa. The current UK partners on this project include Tesco, Ted Baker, Simon Harrison, Karen Millen, Burberry, Big Active, House PR, Unilever.

He is also a member of the steering committee of the East City Design Initiative, a Creative Cape Town project that mentors design entrepreneurs in Cape Town. This project was the basis of the bid for 2014 World Design Capital City.

Bryan is a curation advisory member for Africa Fashion International that stages Cape Town Fashion Week, Johannesburg Fashion Week, and Africa Fashion Week.


Felix Holm {The Maker Station}

Andre Nel {Pick n Pay}

Carina Marescia {NAP}

Yolande Mitton {Design Time}

Bielle Bellingham {ELLE Decoration South Africa}

Ryan Matchett {Industrial Designer, Ryan Matchett Design House}


Tony Budden {Hemporium}

Stephanie Wolhuteringgs {Pick n Pay}

Alice Heusser {Lalesso}

Bryan Ramkilawan {CTFC}