Donald Nxumalo for Hertex

WORDS Michaela Stehr


We chat to Donald Nxumalo about the striking fabric collection he designed for Hertex. It’s called the the A-List and it is inspired by the City of Gold.

How did the collab come about?

After working with fabrics so much in the interior design industry I really wanted to do something that would not only reflect my personality but also that of the city I love so much, Johannesburg. I wanted to have some patterns, like zebra stripes, that are appreciative of our landscape and not just appropriating it.

Which features of the city were you trying to express?

I wanted to encapsulate glamour, adventure and the colours of Johannesburg. My favourite design in the collection is Merge, which is a mix of blue, yellow and white – it’s a beautiful colour combination that injects some personality and character into the fabric repertoire in South Africa.

Where in the home do you think these textiles would work best?

There is a wide range of finishes and textures. One can do an entire house with the range of fabrics, including upholstery and window treatments.

How would you describe the colour palette and style?

We use blues, yellows, some mustards, whites and metallic hues. The style is definitely glamorous.

What’s next for you?

Doing more work in the hospitality sector and just championing design in Africa; and working not only across the continent but also with international clients, some of which have already landed on my desk. I want to be known for quality and efficiency.

What advice do you have for people pursuing their interior design dreams in South Africa?

Go for it and do your best. Always put your clients first. Take risks; there’s always a great adventure to be had. Learn from people. Find great mentors. Find your style and find your niche.

To view more of the A-List collection, visit Hertex.