Brampton Unoaked Chardonnay is an expression of creativity that starts with sculpting in the vineyard and stretches through the winemaking process to the ultimate enjoyment of what’s in the bottle.

A racy wine with vivid citrus and lime and the nose and palate, as well as exotic hints of white peach, pear and melon. And since organic expression and creativity is synonymous with our Chardonnay, we think it’s a natural fit with the work of these five dynamic young designers, participating in Design Indaba’s Emerging Creatives platform. Like the Brampton Unoaked Chardonnay, their art is out-of-the-box inspiring and boldly unconventional.

Mapitso Thaisi is a budding fashion and accessory designer with an unusual career history. She studied Human Rights Law at the University of Cape Town before moving into the world of occupational therapy. Now, she’s stepping into the fashion world with her Shweshwekini range, a unique collection of swimsuits and activewear for women that merges contemporary style with traditional textiles.

Thabang Rampai is a visual artist from Sasolburg who tells stories of the disenfranchised and the challenges of life in the ghetto through his work He is building a platform of his own, ThibossTouch, which acts as the vehicle for his artworks to reach a broad audience. He is a multidisciplinary artist with experience in creating comic books, animation, illustration – all unified by the desire to tell local stories.

Kristen van Niekerk is an up and coming filmmaker and student of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Van Niekerk’s socially-relevant filmmaking vision is informed by her background in visual art. As a kid, she enjoyed photography, painting and creating simple animations. Van Niekerk’s most successful creative project is her self-produced short film “A Day in the Life of Die Kaapse Kind” which screened at the Bokeh Fashion Film Festival and was nominated for two awards there.

Tyler Yeo, a student of the University of Pretoria, is creating a name for himself and the brand he believes in. This young designer and trained architect aspire to work with brands that see design as a remedy for the world’s ills instead of exacerbating them. He spends most of his time exploring how design can be used in a meaningful way and co-founded the brand ‘Satori’, a notebook company that emphasises sustainability, locality, and using design to make a positive impact. Satori aspires to create the first sustainably produced, entirely South African notebooks.

Neliswa Mpungose found inspiration by connecting two of her favourite things: coffee and design. The Johannesburg-based 22-year-old studied user experience design at the Interaction Design Foundation. She always had a love for people and their stories, and now she can exhibit that love through her work. One such project is The Purists – a coffee-inspired concept that involves illustrations of people and beans. Mpungose has showcased many of her designs, and in 2015, she won Levi’s entrepreneur event as a guest speaker.