Design Director / Co-Founder , Umongo
Mlondolozi Hempe is a South African multidisciplinary designer, curator and consultant based in Cape Town . His work covers furniture design, architecture, interior design and sustainable design consulting. Through his company Umongo he has curated exhibitions at Design Indaba, and Santa Fe New Mexico. His aesthetic for design can be seen from collaborations with internationally recognised South African designers and artists. He believes collaboration is a strong foundation for purposeful design . Some of Hempe's work that has greatly illustrated his design palette and unique perspective include Imdadu bench, Dream Chair , A xhosa inspired living space, A Dining Space, Art Meets Design, Wooden Potjie, Design Indaba, African Contemporary Art Sant Fe. He is the co-founder and design director of architectural studio Broad Based Design their focus is on redefining affordable housing to give access and opportunity to everyone. He shared his philosophy in global stages, such as the UIA 2017 in Seoul where he presented his paper "Intergraded Living in a Post-Apartheid Sate". Hempe has a passion for sustainability which he continues to enable under PJC+Partners a sustainability design company focusing on building performance design where he is director. He has delivered Green Star Ratings for some landmark buildings in the South African building skyline these include, 140 West, Sandton, Johannesburg, winner of the SAPOA Innovation Award for Best Commercial Building 2018, Sable Park, Century City ,Cape Town, winner of the SAPOA Innovation Excellence Award for Best office Development 2019. Hempe has further been invited to be on the judging panel for the Dezeen Awards 2021.