Design Indaba’s annual competition, in partnership with Mercedes-Benz SA, to find the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa officially announced the Tutu 2.0 Pendant Light as The Most Beautiful Object in South Africa.

Thabisa Mjo, the designer of the functional lamp, reimagined the ballerina tutu with her design. She drew inspiration from both Western and African fashion styles to make this magnificent pendant light. The Tutu 2.0 Pendant Light was created by Mjo’s team using thin steel rods as a frame, reinforced with tightly woven strands of wool and hundreds of red and black beads.

According to Mjo, this bold chandelier is an evolution of the iconic ballet outfit mingled with hallmarks of an African counterpart, the Xibelani skirt. The Xibelani skirt, worn by Tsonga women is a structural piece made out of tiered layers and colourful vertical pleats.

Mjo, a storyteller at heart, uses her experience in Production Design from AFDA and Interior Decorating and Architectural Drawing from Inscape Design School to create meaningful interior design product.

“I love the idea of creating a product or designing a space that people have an immediate emotional response to”