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Contemporary Design Africa Book Launch And Designer Showcase Event

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Contemporary Design Africa will be launched at a special event at The Jungle in Johannesburg, South starting this Thursday. If you happen to be in Johannesburg between the 9th -25th July, pop along to the concept store, where in addition to celebrating the book, The Jungle will also be showcasing and selling the work of select designers featured within the book’s pages. A great opportunity to see some of the designs first hand.

[Image featured, Chair by Nulangee Design courtesy David Crookes for Design Network Africa]

 

The full details are as follows:

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED
You are invited to celebrate the launch of the book, Contemporary Design Africa, and explore a selection of featured artists’ work at The Jungle:

Thursday 9 and Friday 10 July 2015
5pm – 9pm.

Installations will be on display from the 9th to the 25th of July.

357 Jan Smuts Avenue
Craighall Park
(011) 326 0786

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday: 9am to 5.00pm
Saturday: 9am to 3pm
Sunday: Closed

The Jungle is a concept retail space located in Johannesburg, South Africa, and offers a selection of the finest local and international lifestyle brands, including clothing, books and magazine and homeware.

 

Additional details:

For further information and inquiries contact: hello@thejungleonline.com, or visit: www.thejungle.com

[Image credits: The invitation belongs to The Jungle, and the image used is courtesy David Crookes for Design Network Africa. If downloaded and used elsewhere please credit accordingly.]

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