Call For New Wave Design Submissions

Southern Guild’s next exhibition will be called New Wave and will be a showcase of one off, collectible design pieces.Southern Guild is calling for submissions of one-off, never-before-seen, collectible design pieces from South Africa’s new generation of designers.

What is collectible design?

Collectible design is the term used for highly crafted design pieces that are either one-off or part of a limited edition. These products are valued for their considered design, high-quality production levels and functionality as well as their unique beauty. Prized by collectors, these items increase in value over time as they are produced in small numbers and are not everyday production pieces.

Do you want to be part of A New Wave at Southern Guild?

In the latter part of 2016, Southern Guild will show never-before-seen collectible design from South Africa’s best young designers in a show titled A New Wave. They are looking for new talent to be considered for this exhibition to be held in their Cape Town gallery in Woodstock, adding to the emerging design narrative in South Africa. Curated by founders Trevyn and Julian McGowan, the Southern Guild collection has been shown around the world. Pieces from A New Wave have the potential to travel far.


Submit a maximum of five images of the one-off or limited-edition piece, with dimensions and description of materials and inspiration (1MB each will suffice). Should your piece not be complete, send comprehensive plans, renders and drawings of the proposed product, with dimensions and description of materials and inspiration.

Submit a bio of 150 words about the designer.

Send them your details: full name, contact number(s), email address, birthday and location.


The piece should be a new, functional product, in line with the requirements for collectible design. No funding is available for production.

Work should not have been previously exhibited.

Designers should be under 40 years of age and be based in South Africa or neighbouring countries.

What is Southern Guild?

Launched in 2008, Southern Guild has become the most significant forum for collectible, limited-edition contemporary South African design. Exhibiting furniture, ceramics, lighting and sculpture, the gallery has become synonymous with groundbreaking, significant work on the local and international design-fair circuit.

Send submissions by 9 May 2016 to Kerri at [email protected] with “A New Wave Submission” and your name in the subject line.
Successful applicants will be informed by 13th May and will have 8 weeks to complete their piece.

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