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  • Event Profile: Celebrating the Legacy of Nelson Mandela

    The Mandela Poster Project makes its U.S. appearance.

     
    FROM THE Fall 2016 ISSUE
     

    Ithateng Mokgoro, member of the Mandela Poster Project Collective, presents at the event. 

  • Event Profile: Celebrating the Legacy of Nelson Mandela

    The Mandela Poster Project makes its U.S. appearance.

     
    FROM THE Fall 2016 ISSUE
     

    Brooklyn Museum was the chosen venue for the U.S. debut of the Mandela Poster Project. 

  • Event Profile: Celebrating the Legacy of Nelson Mandela

    The Mandela Poster Project makes its U.S. appearance.

     
    FROM THE Fall 2016 ISSUE
     

    Todd Nelson Sr., Natasha Lucke, Ithateng Mokgoro and Travis Nelson. 

  • Event Profile: Celebrating the Legacy of Nelson Mandela

    The Mandela Poster Project makes its U.S. appearance.

     
    FROM THE Fall 2016 ISSUE
     

Think back to your dorm room, and chances are you adorned your walls with posters. The poster brings art to the masses, and while they typically feature rock stars, movie stars or athletes, a recent poster project featured a star of a different kind: Nelson Mandela. 

The Mandela Poster Project was the brainchild of a group of South African designers in May 2013. The idea was to celebrate Mandela’s life by collecting 95 posters from around the world. It took just one month before the group found itself with more than 700 posters from 70 countries, all depicting Mandela’s influence and values. The collection has traveled the world but until June 2016, had never been shared with U.S. audiences. 

The collection’s first-ever stop in the United States was made possible by Todd Nelson, founder and owner of Kalahari Resorts and Conventions, who celebrated the collection’s arrival with a one-night opening at the Brooklyn Museum on June 21. Nelson hosted the event with Ithateng Mokgoro, member of the Mandela Poster Project Collective, for a crowd of 100 attendees. Following the opening, the project toured the United States this summer through displays at the various Kalahari Resorts properties in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, Sandusky, Ohio, and the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania. “It’s amazing to be able to partner with the Mandela Poster Project Collective to spread the spirit of Mandela through this one-of-a-kind collection,” says Nelson. “Mandela has an unmatchable impact on the world, and this collection captures his significance beautifully. We look forward to touring the project throughout the country and continuing work with the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund in the future.”

The Mandela Poster Project is endorsed by the International Council of Design (icoD) and is an officially recognized World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 project. After Mandela’s death, the collection was sold to the Design Institute, raising $100,000 U.S. dollars. That much-needed financial boost goes a long way toward realizing Mandela’s hope for a much-needed health facility for Southern African children. Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital is set to open before the end of 2016. “For us, this proves that creativity, and design especially, can play an important role in easing solutions to many of the challenges that elude us,” says Mokgoro.

As anyone who has visited the Kalahari Pocono Mountains resort can attest, the connection to Africa is more than just a decorating theme. Photographs of the Nelson family on African adventures line the walls and there is a real commitment to the people they met along the way, as seen in the plentiful furnishings and decorative items purchased directly from individual artisans. The Nelsons plan a return trip to Africa they have affectionately named “Kalahari One World Tour,” a 24,000-mile journey planned for this October. One stop they won’t miss? Mandela’s cell on Robben Island. 

In England tea time is a right of passage, but here in the U.S., enjoying tea with friends or family is often reserved for special occasions.

Luckily, Pennsylvania is flush with tea rooms serving up everything from simple cream teas to delectable sandwiches, pastries and savory treats.

These tea rooms invite guests to step away from the rush of everyday life and enjoy a few hours sipping tea and enjoying the company of colleagues.

 

INSPIRATION

The texture of the Norman Arch leading into the historic Masonic Temple in Philadelphia inspired this clean, midcentury modern table.

DETAILS

This summer table fit for a special event, such as a chairman’s dinner, features a mix of midcentury design with modern elements. Carolyn Rizzo, head designer of Garnish, says this technique is easily accomplished in décor but challenging to pull off in event design.

 

Organization is key to a planners’ success; a system for staying on track makes for a sense of control, even for the largest of workloads. But keeping track of daily tasks, upcoming events and goals can be overwhelming, and rarely are all those things recorded in one place. That is until the Bullet Journal took hold. Ryder Carroll, inventor of the Bullet Journal, calls it “an analog system for the digital age that will help you track the past, organize the present, and plan for the future."