Hue+Man competition winners announced by USM in Miami


Design Miami installation by USM and Joba Studio celebrates design diversity

Margaret Waiyego Zollinger, Peter Mukhaye and Amukelani Mathebula are the winners of the USM-winning Hue + Man Design Competition, presented through an exhibition designed by Joba Studio in Design Miami.

USM will unveil its “Culture Sculptures” exhibition at Design Miami 2021 and showcase the work of the three winners of the Hue + Man Design Competition. Debuted in early 2020 with the goal of combating systematic racism in the design industry and co-founded with Kevin Jones’ Joba Studio, this initiative promotes up-and-coming color designers through funding and mentorship. Is aimed at.

“Our identity is shaped by subtle life experiences that include people, situations, events, beliefs, traditions and values,” says Jones. “The sculptural objects also have a huge impact on the structure of our lives. The Hue + Man Design Competition, along with my work at the USM Haller System, seeks to explore these experiences that affect our identity. is.

Photo: James Harris

“Culture Sculptures” was exhibited through a twisted pyramid structure designed by Jones, interpreting a classic bookshelf design using the USM Haller system, contest winners Margaret Wiegozolinger, Peter Mukae, Am. It features the works of Keranima Tebra. Winners were selected by judges, including artist Shantell Martin, designer Stephen Burks, and visual artist Osborne Machalia.

Hue + Man Design Competition Winners

“Adaptive Terrain” by Margaret Wiego Zoringer

She explains that the work of Margaret Wiego Zoringer, who won first place in the contest, is based on a visualization of the acculturation process. “Adaptive terrain” features images that refer to “what people experience in the process of integrating into foreign societies.” The artwork for each terrain was created after a series of interviews with people who experienced this integration process.

Image of Peter Mukhaye Towaja Photo project

Second place was awarded to Peter Mukhaye. Peter Mukhaye’s interpretation of the “Culture Sculptures” theme was based on the concept of revival. “By being handed this topic, I’ve been digging deeper into aspects of African history and it’s still relevant to this date,” he says. The focus of his project is on the history of Zambian Edward McCa Ncoroso, who tried to enter Zambia in the 1960s in the Space Race to the Moon. “We’ve come to the point of questioning Africa’s relevance as the’birthplace of life’in modern times,” explains Mukhaye, who works on this photography project.

Furniture by Amukelani Matthebula

Furniture designer Amukelani Matthebula was ranked third for two pieces of furniture inspired by South African Bantu culture. “This collection was inspired by the traditional costumes, music, dance and art of Tsonga culture. We took elements from all these aspects of the culture to create the final design,” he said. say.

“As a black creative, you rarely see other people who appear to be recognized as masters and champions of their craft,” commented Osborne Machalia. “It doesn’t mean they don’t exist, it just means that such stories are muted compared to the stories of people without color.” §



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