Issue 38 —
The 'Wonderlust:SNL' issue of Design Indaba turns out to have quite an emphasis on the lust, not that it doesn't equally leave us looking on in wonder at times. Female sexuality in particular is rampant in this issue. There's Maciek Dubla's 'Good Vibes', an extensive review article of some of the best pieces of 'sex-related creative produce' designed for female pleasure, many of which most definitely give as much aesthetic pleasure as any other form of feeling good. There's the article on top emerging artist Zanele Muholi whose beautiful and provocative photographs address black lesbian identity and have caused a few stirs - for very different reasons – in both the art world and more traditional South African society. And there's Kathryn White's exploration of how the advertising industry uses increasingly directly pornographic material to sell product. Yep, it's a pretty hot and sweaty issue.
On the other hand, there are also regular features that make for interesting reading such as the Design Snippets section that reviews interesting design products and trends ranging from the usual players on the international high-end circuit to local African talent or manifestations that seldom receive the attention they deserve in the usual northern hemisphere organs