Hot Young Designer Talent Search

The third edition of Nando’s Hot Young Designer Talent Search is underway, this year focused on a design element that has become strikingly relevant in the time of COVID-19 – restaurant waiting benches.

Nando’s Hot Young Designer Talent Search initiative has opened doors for undiscovered young South African design talent to join the Nando’s heartfelt celebration of local design. Entrants are asked to respond to a design brief and submit designs that are potentially included on the Nando’s Portal to Africa – the global Nando’s design procurement platform.

This year, as Nando’s looks at how restaurant design will change in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, we’re asking designers to examine the waiting benches that you’ll find at every Nando’s restaurant. These are provided for guests to sit on while they wait for their takeaway orders. We’re asking what these benches should look like in the age of social distancing, and whether they can be easily adapted once we can safely sit together once again. We’re calling on all aspiring furniture designers to design a show-stopping bench, a reminder of the resilience of the African spirit, and a celebration of Southern Africa’s ever-evolving and eclectic design aesthetic.”

Entrants submit their bench designs and details online. Designers are competing for a dedicated year-long mentorship and inclusion on the Nando’s Portal to Africa (which enables exposure to a global market).

You may enter as many times as you like. Entries close on 31 July 2020.