Vote for SA’s Most Beautiful Object

Bay Ruth McNaughton's felted cape is one of the contenders.
Bay designer Ruth McNaughton’s felted cape is one of the contenders.

Port Elizabeth designer Ruth McNaughton is a contender for Indaba’s Most Beautiful Object in South Africa (MBOISA) for 2015, and the public can help decide which object is the winner.

The NMMU fashion design graduate was featured in La Femme in December for her creamy-white wool and mohair cape, designed to demonstrate the beauty and purity of using all-natural and Eastern Cape resources in a sustainable way.

The Design Indaba Expo surveys the most beautiful creations in South Africa over the past year with the help of a dynamic mix of influential members of high society.

“Beauty is a deeply subjective topic – that’s why we have asked 12 people with different passions in life to nominate what they think the MBOISA for 2015 should be,” one of the organisers said.

The nominators were invited to select a work that they found to be compelling, impactful, moving or relevant.

Now, the public can vote online this month, and also at the MBOISA stand at Design Indaba Expo in Cape Town from February 27. The nominations include:

1. 2DO stackable storage tower – nominated by Visi magazine editor Annemarie Meintjies.

2. – nominated by playwright Mike van Graan.

3. – nominated by photographer Muholi. Designer

Zanele Ntombephi Ntobela of Ubuhle Beautiful Beads tells her story in an intricately beaded artwork.

4. Political Berets – nominated by Chester Missing, South Africa’s top puppet-political analyst.

5. Explora satellite decoder – nominated by Stuff magazine editor Toby Shapshak.

6. Silk organza and leather floral dress – nominated by SA  Fashion Week director Lucilla Booyzen. It is a dress from designer Erre’s spring/summer 2014 collection.

7. Flag Prophecy –  nominated by Xolisa Dyeshana, outgoing chairman of the Loerie Awards. Illustrator Thandiwe Tshabalala created this art work as an observation about the relationship between the design of South Africa’s flag and the 2014 election outcome. 8. Haywire Chandelier – nominated by model and entrepreneur Masego “Maps” Maponyane.

9. Repurpose Schoolbag – nominated by the Design Indaba Expo Team.

10. Milk Mohair and Wool Felted Cape – McNaughton’s cape nominated by Nonhle Thema, actress,  presenter and businesswoman.

11. Kitale drinks cabinet –  nominated by journalist Tiaan Nagel.

12. Dancing Ballerina sculpture – nominated by dancer, actress and TV presenter Lalla Hirayama.

Further information on how to vote online at

Three different views of the cut-out dress by Erre.
Three different views of the cut-out dress by Erre.



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