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Nthabi Taukobong

Dezeen Awards 2022 judge Nthabi Taukobong

Nthabi Taukobong is a South African interior designer and founding member of Ditau Interiors.

Her work includes projects for presidents, African royalty, top CEOs, South Africa's five-star hotel groups and the governor of the Reserve Bank, amongst others. She has undertaken projects on the continent-spanning from Johannesburg to Mauritius, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Nigeria and as far afield as Ethiopia.

Taukobong reveals all the ins about her designer world and personal journey in her memoir The REAL Interior. She is the founding member and managing director of Ditau Interiors, an interior design consultancy based in Johannesburg, South Africa that provides exclusive design service to a niche clientele in the leisure and residential markets.

Taukobong sits on the board of The African Institute of The Interior Design Professions (IID) and is the chairperson of the Black Interior Designers (BID) Forum as well as serves on the management committee. She is excited about the evolving face of design in South Africa and the continent and the role of transformation she will be assisting with within the organisation.

She is passionate about mentoring students and young professionals by sharing her 25 years of industry knowledge and helping create a network of support for designers through IID.

Taukobong uses natural colours, tones and textures along with finishes, materials, artwork and artefacts that are mainly sourced on the African continent.

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