This was recently announced by Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, at the V&A Waterfront’s Watershed which hosted the competition during Design Indaba week.

“This is a true honour for us and we thank the dti for their support. The competition encourages designers to extend themselves and create new and innovative thinking to everyday design,” says designer Jacques Cronje.

The competition’s 2016 theme “Future Public Spaces” invited students and established designers to submit a seating and waiting solution for public spaces, government institutions such as airports, health institutions, municipalities and other government entities that interact with the public in one way or another.

minima’s entry - a free form bench designed using complex geometry and minima’s signature clip together profiled ribs system – was shortlisted for the award in October 2015.

“It can comfortably seat two people and either stand-alone as a piece or be arranged in continuous seating. It also lends itself to creating pause or resting clusters in larger waiting and open areas,” explains Cronje.

As part of its win, minima will exhibit the bench at the upcoming Inspire trade show taking place in Johannesburg in June.

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