Top 5 Design Events To Check Out In 2021

Anyone else feeling a little event deprived? The COVID-19 pandemic threw a huge spanner in the works last year, with many events being postponed, cancelled or held virtually. The good news is that most organisations have spent some time considering how to hold an event that’s COVID-compliant and still great to attend. If you’re a self-confessed decor and design aficionado, you’ll want to check out these brilliant local events, taking place in Joburg, Cape Town and Durban this year. Get ready to fill your cup with beautiful decor, unique designs and inspired ideas. These top 5 design events in 2021 shouldn’t be missed…

Best local design events in 2021

Design Joburg Collective

The annual Design Joburg event may have been postponed to May 2022, but the organisation is launching a new event to take its place.

Design Joburg Collective is a suburb-sized showcase to be held in Joburg’s Kramerville Design District from 3-5 June 2021.

This COVID-compliant (and explore-at-leisure) event will be a mix of both outdoor and indoor attractions, using Kramerville’s various galleries, showrooms, venues and outdoor spaces.

Throw in free-to-attend talks, pop-ups, graffiti and art installations, buskers, public displays, street spectacles and activations, and visitors are guaranteed an experiential feast.

Date: 3 to 5 June 2021, Kramerville Design District

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The first of the highly-anticipated KAMERS events takes place in Cape Town this year.

SA’s original artisan ‘up’-market brings the coolest stuff you’ve never seen to Cape Town and Joburg this autumn.

Every year the KAMERS/Makers creative team spends weeks curating the perfect mix of proudly local, lovingly handcrafted decor, fashion, accessories, ceramics, design, food and more from hundreds of hopeful artisan entrepreneurs. All to create unique and unforgettable experiences at stunning venues around the country.

Come be inspired by truly South African creativity in Cape Town this autumn. The spring event will take place in Joburg, with an exciting venue TBA.

Date: 24 to 28 March 2021, Blaauwklippen Estate

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Homemakers Expo

HOMEMAKERS Expo brings you top-notch exhibitors showcasing an array of beautiful products and expert insight all under one roof. The Expo provides you with the perfect opportunity to browse, compare, and purchase all the things you need for your home and garden. Discover the current trends in interior design, and fresh ideas for every room in every style from up-and-coming designers to leading brands.

With almost 30 years of Expo experience, HOMEMAKERS Expo is the major event for professionals working in the art of home design, renovation and lifestyle. The show brings together a comprehensive product scope: home improvement, design, interior finishing, furniture, textiles, bathrooms, kitchens and so much more. Stay on top of ever-evolving trends, and be inspired.

The event was originally set for March 2021, but has since been postponed. Keep an eye out for the new dates.

Date: TBA; Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit & International Convention Centre

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With the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in South Africa, the outlook for the future has taken an upturn. In keeping with this newfound positivity, Decorex Africa is excited to announce its dynamic new plans for Decorex Cape Town 2021.

Decorex Cape Town has been agilely re-strategised, with the entire month of June pegged for an unprecedented Design Takeover comprising a host of exciting activities that are geared towards stimulating the industry and bringing South Africa’s Creative Capital to vibrant life.

Cape Town is the first city in Africa to be named a UNESCO City of Design and the Mother City can look forward to The Cape Town Design Trail, professional industry talks and networking events, and a variety of innovative online platforms that will contribute to the lifeblood of the city and its design community and benefit its global stature.

The Joburg event is set to take place in August, and Decorex comes to Durban in September.

Date: 16 to 20 June 2021, Cape Town International Convention Centre

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Design Indaba

Design Indaba is a multifaceted platform committed to a better world through creativity.

Design Indaba inspires and empowers people to create a better future through design and creativity. We are an online publication ( with an annual festival and social impact, Do Tank.

Design Indaba has become a respected institution on the global creative landscape, based on the foundation of our annual festival that has attracted and showcased the world’s brightest talent since 1995.

They have broadened their through-the-year offering with our online design publication that features the best of the world’s creativity.

Established in 1995 with its globally acclaimed Design Indaba Conference, the Design Indaba brand has evolved into a multidisciplinary platform that champions all of the creative sectors.

The annual Design Indaba Festival in Cape Town now also includes the highly popular Emerging Creatives programme, Most Beautiful Object in SA, multiple Simulcast versions of the Conference in cities around the continent, and other special events. The Design Indaba Do Tank will comprise the interactive event for 2021.

Date: TBA, Cape Town

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