Donald Nxumalo | Terra Nova
Fabrics, Lifestyle

Interview | Donald Nxumalo | Terra Nova

In celebration of Terra Nova, our latest collaboration with interior designer, Donald Nxumalo, we sat down with the man himself to chat about the collection, his judging duties and inspiration.

What was your inspiration when curating this collection?

Terra Nova was created around Africa, it’s textiles and identity. I was especially inspired by the different styles of architecture found in our continent, especially in Mali.

Who is this collection targeted toward?

Terra Nova is for anyone looking for a difference in fabric. It’s for those who want to give personality to their interiors, using the different colours and textures found in this collection.

Describe the Terra Nova fabric collection in three words:

Different, edgy and tactile.

How would you use this collection in one of your projects?

DNX Interior Design is currently using Terra Nova for a hotel project in Uganda.

What is your current favourite décor trend?

I love how traditional African motifs, like the Ndebele prints, are being used for interior and furniture design right now. I think it’s great that African designers are able to take what they grew up with and adapt it to a contemporary way of living. It’s a great move towards innovation and global appreciation of Africa.

Favourite place to shop for décor in JHB?

I love Amatuli in Sandton for their beautiful curated artefacts from all over the world (India, Africa). It’s a great place to go and curate a really awesome and textured home or project that stands on its own with personality and soul.

Who is currently inspiring you?

I’ve always been a fan of US-based designer and project developer, Jonathan Adler. I think his style is edgy and bold and he is unafraid, which really resonates with me.

Tell us more about your stint as a judge on the new season of Win a Home.

It’s a beautiful moment for me because I’ve come full circle from being a contestant to the winner of Win a Home, and now a judge that can offer constructive criticism and great advice to budding designers. It’s an honour to be a judge on the show and a great accolade in itself. I’m looking forward to observing and nurturing great talent on the show.

Any advice for budding interior designers?

Be Unafraid. Be Bold and BE YOURSELF – everyone else is taken. Work hard at developing a signature style that people can identify with, a style that is current. Work towards producing work that will be appreciated, and if it’s not appreciated now; don’t worry your time is coming.

To view the new Terra Nova collection, click here.