In identifying the lack of diversity in the design industry in Africa, Infinity commits to actively engineering and contributing to the change. The barriers of entry into tertiary courses for Interior Design and Architecture are great, and stretch far further than the simple annual fees. Every year, the Future Designers Fund will research and strategize, to implement a funded initiative that will best impact potential design students of that year. This could look different each year, but we can guarantee it will be the most appropriate action to ensure meaningful and tangible results to Africa’s future designers. We aim to identify young, talented, potential designers, who have a passion for design thinking and creativity. We commit to not simply throwing money at the problem, but offering a holistic and tailer-made solution to each selected student. Apart from tertiary fees, this could include mentorship, devices, life-coaching and emotional support, lunch money, curriculum enhancement and business acumen to name but a few. Our aim is to ensure that the selected students are nurtured and supported, yet also made accountable and motivated to succeed. Our core long term objective is to witness a shift in the design industry in Africa, and we have taken this on as not just a campaign, but our responsibility as a brand.
Find aspiring and talented students at high school level. Guide them into applications to tertiary education. On successful entry to said course, offer them professional, emotional and financial support to ensure their success and integration into the industry.
THE RECIPIENT OF THE FUTURE DESIGNERS FUND 2023
IS THULI LUVUNO
Endorsed by Acre Studio, Nokuthula Luvuno has been recognised as the 2023 recipient of the Future Designers Fund to complete her studies in Interior Design at Greenside Design Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. Having completed her first two years of her degree, Nokuthula requires assistance in completing her third year, and obtaining her Interior Design degree. We therefore commit the 2023 allocations of the Future Designers Fund to be rewarded to Nokuthula to help her achieve her goal of achieving her degree.
In addition to this, funds will also be allocated to a partnership with the Black Interior Designers Forum to make more of an impact, and engagement initiatives with local government high school art departments to further maximise the effectiveness of this fund.
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THE RECIPIENTS OF THE FUTURE DESIGNERS FUND
2022 WERE POLOKO LETEKA & TIHELI TIHELI
Endorsed by SALT Architectural firm, both Tiheli and Poloko were recognised as talented and passionate architectural students who graduated from UCT. Last year, in 2022, they reached their dream of studying at the prestigious Politecnico di Milano in Italy. They were accepted to the school but required additional funding. These two gentlemen showcased their dedication, and their needs were immediate. We therefore committed the 2022 allocation of the Future Designers Fund to be split and rewarded to them to help them achieve their goal and raise their game.