Seven Questions With : Modern Gesture

First up in our Seven Questions series is Candice Lawrence from Modern Gesture. She designs and produces lighting, homeware, and small stationery pieces.

You’ll recognize her African tribal necklace lampshade from the Nandos Hot Young Designer Competition!

Keen to see how she got into the industry? Read on.

1. What is your design background and what do you do now?

I studied Surface design and currently I design homeware products such as lighting, bowls, and planters all from offcuts of wood.

2. Do you have a process that you go through when creating a product?

You could say so. I try to show meaning in my work or tell a story. I feel it is part of a spiritual journey for me as well as it is my way of connecting to my work, with the hope of someone being able to find a connection to.

3. What materials do you primarily work with and why?

My main material is wood, but I also use a wax cord to weave and more recently started working with metal as part of my designs.

4. What inspires Modern Gesture designs?

I’m inspired by so many things, from the things I’m surrounded by every day, people’s stories and nature. My work is also a reflection of the journey I’m taking in my personal life. I try and be as unique and innovative as possible in telling this story through each piece.

5. Where do you see Modern Gesture going in the next few years?

I would like MG to grow to a size where I can employ people from my community and give back to my community. I also want to help the environment by finding ways to use more sustainable materials and finding more ways to be innovative with them.

6. There has been a lot of exciting developments happening in South African design, are there any designs or designers that have stood out to you?

Beloved Jewellery, Tulsha booysen’s “Can bean” lampshade

7. What would you say to a younger you regarding studying design-focused courses and working in design?

To immerse myself more in my work, let you don’t need to be in control of everything or fear anything. Design as much as you can and make as many mistakes as possible, it’s the fasters way to grow.

Keen to see more of Candice’s work? Check it out at

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