January 28, 2023

Style and Design

Emerging Designers

Five students and recent grads are already making their mark in the world of fashion and design.

Lori Capullo | 11/1/2010

Quick link to the designers in this section:

  • Sonika Fourie (this page)
  • Juliana Costa
  • Trang Dang
  • Sandra Dressler
  • Adriana Castro
  • Sonika Fourie
    Senior, Ringling College of
    Art & Design, Sarasota

    > INTERIOR DESIGN

    As a youngster in South Africa, Sonika Fourie loved hanging out with her contractor dad on construction sites. "Our family is very into design and architecture," the 21-year-old says.

    Sonika Fourie
    Sonika Fourie [Photo: Mark Wemple]

    Fourie has excelled in her field of study and won a number of student competitions, the most prestigious of which is the 2010-11 Trustee Scholarship for Interior Design.

    She loves all aspects of design, from graphics to jewelry, and even has her own business, Liefde Handmade Rings (the name means "love" in Afrikaans), which are sold at two boutiques in downtown Sarasota.

    "My nature is that I love to learn new things, so I don't have one set direction that I am planning to go in," Fourie says. "But I do want to work with sustainable and green design because I want to make a positive impact in whatever I do."

    A room by Sonika Fourie
    A room by Sonika Fourie

    » Next page: Juliana Costa

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