Meet the 2023 Future Designers Fund Recipient: Nokuthula Luvuno

Infinity Surfaces is committed in identifying the lack of diversity in the design industry in Africa, and actively engineering and contributing to the change. Hence the Future Designers Fund (FDF) was created for this sole purpose. Every year, the Future Designers Fund will research and strategise to implement a funded initiative that will best impact potential design students of that year.

Looking back on Thuli’s year with FDF:

As the 2023 FDF recipient…

Q: What was your initial reaction when you were given the news that you’d be the 2023 recipient?

A: I was elated when I was awarded the fund. It was a huge relief to know that I was able to obtain my qualification and venture into a career I am passionate about. I was able to go back to school to finish my third year and obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design.

Q: What has been your greatest achievement this year?

A: I am incredibly excited about the prospect of graduating and entering the workforce. I look forward to applying the knowledge and skills I’ve acquired throughout my academic journey to real-world projects.

Q: What/who has been the biggest asset to you while studying?

A: Having an academic support system from my third-year lecturers from Greenside Design Center, and emotionally-supportive friends, has played an integral part in achieving my goal of graduating. My lectures gave me guidance and constructive input on improving my designs and fully embracing my creative talents. And of course, The Future Designers Fund itself ensures that talented individuals like myself, regardless of their financial background, have access to quality education.

As an emerging design professional…

Q: What prepared you for this year?

A: My past experiences as a showroom assistant at an interior design company significantly prepared me for this year. Working in a dynamic and creative environment allowed me to develop a keen understanding of design concepts, customer preferences, and the overall operations of the industry.

Q: What are your plans for 2024?

A: As a qualified interior designer, my plans revolve around expanding my skill set to include project and business management. I am eager to take on new challenges and responsibilities to enhance both my design expertise and my ability to oversee projects from a holistic perspective.

My goal is to contribute to the creation of aesthetically pleasing and functional spaces that enhance lives. I am excited about the prospect of working on diverse projects that challenge me to think innovatively and push the boundaries of design. Whether it’s residential, commercial, or hospitality spaces, I aspire to leave a lasting impression through my work.

Q: How are you going to contribute to the South African design world?

A: As a young black female interior designer my cultural background and life experience will bring a fresh perspective that can be integrated into my designs. By embracing and celebrating that aspect of my life I intend to reflect it in my work so I can create spaces that resonate with a wide range of people.

Q: Who is your favourite designer(s)?

A: My favourite designer now is Donald Nxumalo. I love how he incorporates African elements to create harmonious spaces.

Looking closely at Thuli’s designs:

Thuli has worked really hard to get to where she is and we’ve loved seeing the designs she created in her final year. Whatever the future holds, we know Thuli will embrace it fully and create magic wherever she goes.


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