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New book the inspiration for street style exhibition

The Freeworld Design Centre will soon be opening their latest exhibition, Street Style. Running from 26 June until 10 August 2012, the exhibition was inspired by Ed Suter's new book Sharp Sharp, which will be launched at the same time as the exhibition, and features design pods by well-known local creatives Ed Suter and Quivertree, Asanda Sizani and the Freeworld design team, Jade de Waal and Mak1one.

"Being completely inspired by the book and its concept we decided to extend the street style theme into our upcoming pod installation, Street Style," explains Kerstin Eser, décor consultant at the Design Centre. "Being situated along the Fanwalk, it seems only natural to take inspiration from a book about inner-city street culture and interpret it into an interior setting. We also take pride in celebrating and showcasing the incredibly vibrant local talent that South Africa has to offer."

Published by Quivertree, Sharp Sharp is a full colour exploration of the South African street through Suter's camera lens. The coffee table book takes the attention off the characteristic South African landscapes and safaris and shows the beauty of the city streets. It is a unique journey through the vibrant, colourful and often-humorous streets of South Africa, celebrating bold fashion choices, vibrant prints and fabrics, distinctive street graphics and towering street art.

Graffiti as a powerful medium

Coinciding with the Sharp Sharp book launch, the Street Style exhibition will showcase Suter, along with three local creatives who have put together individual design pods, each giving their interpretation of South African street style.

Mak1one has been involved in graffiti art for over twenty years. He has worked extensively as a mural artist in South Africa and abroad. He has collaborated on mural projects in Greece, Germany, Belgium and the US and has presented two solo exhibitions in Cape Town and Johannesburg. His pod will illustrate graffiti as a powerful medium, showing how it can be used in positive or inspirational ways across different spaces - from the streets through to galleries.

Asanda Sizani is the fashion editor of ELLE South Africa. Her pod is inspired by an urban modern woman who loves fashion, supports South African brands and makes a statement wherever she goes. Time has been taken to think about who she is, where she resides and what's important to her. The elements of the pod, though minimal, will capture the essence of who this woman is.

MasterChef SA contestant

Jade de Waal is a 21-year-old music student with a passion for feeding people. She is a food stylist and was chosen as one of the top ten contestants in the first season of MasterChef SA. Her pod will play on transport of food in cities.

The book launch will take place on 26 June 2012 at 6pm in the Freeworld Design Centre auditorium with beverages sponsored by jimmijagga. Libby Doyle of Quivertree and Ed Suter, author of Sharp Sharp, will be giving short talks. The showroom is open Monday to Friday from 9am until 5pm. Both the launch and exhibition are open to the public at no cost.

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