a platform for young designers


MMT by Design is a collaboration between Mike Made This + Vega School. The competition gives young design students a platform to showcase their work, gain experience in the furniture manufacturing environment.


For this year's competition, 2nd + 3rd year design students at Vega were challenged to conceptualise and build a working prototype of a light, showcasing a unique approach to lighting design.


Students could choose to create any type of lighting solution, be it ceiling fixtures, wall fixtures, indirect lighting, floor fixtures or even table fixtures. They had to keep various factors in mind, including cost efficiency, sustainability and environmental friendliness, market appeal, and ease of manufacture.


Of the 50 entries,
5 finalists were selected.


Now you get to vote for who you think deserves MMT by Design Designer of 2017. 


To vote, click on the button under the designer you would like to see win + fill in your details. 


The winner and runners up will receive prizes to the value ofR15 000. The winner will also have their design manufactured by the MMT team for an exclusive retail platform. 

We’re also giving away some awesome spot prizes to the voters throughout the competition. Winners will be announced at each lucky draw. 

Follow along on Facebook. Competition closes on 31 October 2017. The winner will be announced at Vega Showcase in November 2017. Remember, you can only vote for ONE designer.


meet The Designer
+Brittany Mowat

Brittany is in her second year of her IIE BA Interior design at Vega School, Durban campus.

Brittany has always shown interest in creative design, however after doing an architectural technology course post school she realised her passion for interior design. The Interior Design course combines the elements of technical and creative and was the perfect fit for her tertiary studies. Brittany entered the competition to be able to get feedback on her design and a sense of her position in the design industry. She looks forward to working in the design and interior design world once she has finished her studies and would like to continue designing furniture pieces on the side, sharing her ideas and concepts with other creatives. 

Fun fact: Brittany loves Asian styled tea cups, clothes, food and art.

About the Design +Lightbox

A light with a minimal aesthetic but multiple purposes.

The lightbox concept is a compact, minimalist design targeted towards design professionals and students. The importance of decent quality lighting in the design world cannot be overstated and so packaging functionality with the practical component of minimalist space means that Brittany’s lightbox is both on trend and easily transportable.

The light has three distinct frames that are positioned on top of each other with the top frame having a Perspex sheet and LED strip lights. With the aid of custom-made torque hinges the light can transform into a desk lamp that creates a ‘Z’ shape out of the three frames. The light can also be used as a wall light/ shelf or display case when the frames lie together and the light is placed on a wall.

meet The Designer
+Erika Havenga

Erika Havenga is currently in her second year of her IIE BA degree in Interior Design at Vega School, Pretoria Campus.

Erika has always been a very creative person, whilst also being very technically inclined. Interior Design is a very hands-on profession that merges these interests and challenges the designer to create unique environments and objects. Studying at Vega School has shown Erika how to take a design from a mere idea to a fully developed concept with research, hard work and dedication. Entering the MMT by Design competition was an extension of Erika’s desire to push herself and learn new things about herself and the world of design. It is Erika’s dream to one day be at the head of interior design projects, managing and co-ordinating the process from beginning to end. 

Fun Fact: Erika is a big fan of chocolate-filled doughnuts.

About the Design

Silky Oak + Sapele Wood, with added Plexiglas

The ARCO FANLIGHT which focuses on design as art, was designed by student, Erika Havenga and is inspired by the Art Deco design movement which was prominent in the early 1900’s. This movement was known for its geometric shapes and sleek, minimally-decorated surfaces.  Erika decided to combine elements from the Art Deco movement with beautiful reclaimed materials. She used Silky Oak and Sapele Wood and added Plexiglas as a modern element to create a unique piece suitable for a variety of interiors.


meet The Designer
+Runique Payne

Runique Payne is a second year IIE BA Interior Design student at vega school, Pretoria Campus.

Runique’s school career was strongly influenced by art and creative inspiration and the BA in Interior Design course seemed like the logical route to take. Entering the MMT by Design 2017 competition provides Runique with a platform to get feedback on her design style from a broader audience. Runique hopes to one day further her career as a designer, working with established interior designers and architects. 

Fun Fact: Outside of being creative Runique is an avid hockey player.

About the Design
+Lux Verticula

a retro-inspired, multi-functional lamp

The Lux Verticula which translates from Latin as light swivel is a retro-inspired, multi-functional lamp which can be free-standing, wall mounted or used as a low-slung desk lamp. Runique was inspired to design something which was versatile enough to be used in different spaces.

The lamp, although not easily portable, can be arranged and angled to shed light in any direction. The use of wood, steel and Perspex create a raw, industrial feel which is suitable for any contemporary or Scando-inspired space.

meet The Designer
+Tayla Eastwood

Tayla Eastwood is a second year IIE BA Interior Design student at Vega School, Durban Campus.

Drawing and her passion to create things were the inspiration Tayla needed to study interior design. Entering the MMT by Design competition was something which Tayla’s lecturer encouraged her to do. 

Fun Fact: Tayla owns an online clothing brand, she uses this as a way to pay her tuition fees.

About the Design
+Figa Light

A lamp with character.

The FIGA LITE challenges the common design idea, that form follows function. It is more than just a lamp with a function, it is a lamp with character. A wooden toy zebra that rests on Tayla’s desk sparked the inspiration to create a lamp that was self-supporting and which could be shaped into different positions. The overall effect is novel, innovative, unconventional and yet pleasing to look at.

FIGA LITE can be produced with wood variations such as dark oak, white oak, timber or pine. Its sustainably sourced materials, means that its line with 21st century eco-design philosophy.

meet The Designer
+Tyla Ryan

Tyla Ryan is a 2nd year IIE BA Interior Design student on the Durban Campus.

For Tyla, being an Interior Designer is more than just about planning, researching and enhancing the space of a building,  it is about the feeling that you get when you see your designs come to life. She believes that the planning of an idea is so much more than putting pen to paper, it’s about the passion that goes into everything that helps evolve an idea into something which creates a soul for a space. Tyla is driven by her passion for not only transforming ordinary spaces, but for designing spaces which impact peoples’ lives. Tyla is passionate about furniture design and would like to one day have her pieces brought to life with her very own furniture brand. 

Fun fact: Tyla is also known as the dog whisperer and is currently working towards becoming a dog trainer.

About the Design
+umfece light

inspired by metamorphosis

The Umfece light is constructed out of ash wood and copper and is inspired by the metamorphosis process of a caterpillar to butterfly. This journey of metamorphosis is a key influencer behind Tyla’s inspiration to become an interior designer and so her lamp design holds personal reflection. 

Umfece is the Zulu word for cocoon. The lamp-shade has been designed to represent a cocoon with the pattern of the copper being taken from a butterfly’s wing. The overall effect is contemporary and aesthetically pleasing which creates diffused, ambient lighting for the space.