Meet the Nando’s Designers

Art & Design

Meet the Nando’s Designers

Tracy Lee-Lynch

Tracy is the Creative Director of the Nando’s Design Programme and the Creative Director of Clout/SA.  She has won multiple awards and garnered widespread recognition for her work.

Her design philosophy is focused on developing a deeply conscious response to the particular requirements of her clients. “Powerful brand experiences which reflect the vision and values of the projects initiators are at the heart of my creative direction. The intended outcome is the realisation of a product, event, experience or interior that has the ability to inspire, to be more than the sum of its parts. In addition to conscious creative direction, the meaningful collaboration with local Southern African crafters, designers and creatives is an integral aspect of my design approach.”


Siviwe Jali

Siviwe Jali is an industrial designer and the founder of Durban based Umugqa Studio, a strategy and product design consultancy. He was one of the top ten finalists for the 2020 Nando’s Hot Young Designer talent search competition, for his Cuphisa Bench concept, In isizulu, cuphisa is a verb that means ‘to set a place’ or to ‘take a seat’. The concept of the design was inspired by the act of one person asking another to create space for them to sit. In 2021, the bench was brought to life in collaboration with Takk and exhibited as part of the inaugural Right Here Right Now! art and design exhibition in Cape Town.


Christian Botha 

Johannesburg based Christian Botha studied Brand Communication at the Vega School, and he currently works as a graphic designer. However, after hours, he works on establishing On.aard, his furniture design brand. He was one of the top ten finalists for the 2020 Nando’s Hot Young Designer talent search competition, for his Shongololo Bench concept. He recently collaborated with Takk Studio to translate and manufacture the concept into a chair and ceiling light. Both were exhibited at the inaugural Right Here Right Now! art and design exhibition in Cape Town. And both pieces are now available to order on the Nando’s Portal to Africa.


Sipho Twala 

Johannesburg based Sipho Twala is the founder of Khwebula Arts, a business that manufactures high-quality, crafted, solid wood furniture. In 2020, he was selected to be part of Design Indaba’s Emerging Creative. He also earned a spot among the top ten finalists for the Nando’s Hot Young Designer talent search competition for his entry, the Boni Bench, for which he took inspiration from traditional Borana Boni headrests used by the East African Somali herders. He recently exhibited a mirror and server design at the inaugural Right Here Right Now! art and design exhibition in Cape Town. Both the mirror and the server design are now available to order on the Nando’s Portal to Africa.


Darren Myburgh 

After completing his studies in Industrial and Product design at the University of Johannesburg, Darren Myburgh spent just over two years as head designer for the Kuni Collection, before founding Two Zebra Designs in 2019. He was one of the top ten finalists for the 2020 Nando’s Hot Young Designer talent search competition for his social distancing bench concept, made from plywood pieces, held together a threaded bar and re-enforced with a hollow round bar, with screens that facilitate social distancing, that can be easily removed when not necessary.


Thando Nxelelwa 

Thando Nxelewa is a Johannesburg based industrial designer. After working as an industrial designer with Kidzania, and later, David Krynauw, he is currently in the process of establishing his own design practics, Nxaex Studio. He was one of the top ten finalists for the 2020 Nando’s Hot Young Designer talent search competition, for his Space Bench, a modular concept, with pieces of wood that can be removed, or simply moved into a different position in order to encourage social distancing.

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