I may be living 7000 miles away in Sydney, but don’t think I’m not keeping my beady eye on the Cape Town design scene! Aside from returning to my “hometown” every year, I try stay abreast of at least some of the design-related developments taking place in the city. As you can imagine, it ain’t easy! The rate of change and innovation in the city is quite startling and I look forward to every visit with eager anticipation.
I recently wrote an article on design in the Cape for one of my favourite publications, Habitus Magazine (Australia). I collaborated with my talented father on the photography, our second team effort, the first of which you can read more about here.
. . . Cape Town is not a city that rests on its photogenic laurels. Since the advent of democracy in 1994, the city has been committed to a process of economic, social and physical rebuilding. While there is still a marked difference between the have and have-nots, urban initiatives and positive sentiment is sweeping the country. Paired with a rich history and diverse population, a strong design ethic has emerged, bringing a South African entrepreneurial spirit to the fore.
The city was given an extra boost when it was recently voted World Design Capital for 2014. Many of the events planned for this prestigious project will be centred around three design districts, which provide a rich insight into the city’s heritage and ongoing transformation.
The three design districts are the City Centre, De Waterkant and Woodstock, which collectively represent some of the most exciting and innovative establishments, studios, hotels and galleries in the city. I’ve written about some of them on HOW I SEE IT (Gregor Jenkin & Katie Thompson) and in other publications and online, but this was the first time I was able to produce a collective narrative that I feel represents some of the best the city has to offer.
You can read the full article HERE.
*Establishments mentioned in the article > 15 on Orange / Abode / Africa Nova / Association of Visual Arts / Cape Quarter / Casamento / Clarke’s Bar & Dining Room / Clementina / Daddy Long Legs Hotel / Dear Rae / Dutch Manor Antique Hotel / Freeworld Design Centre / Gold of Africa Museum / Gregor Jenkin / Haas Coffee Collective / Heartworks / Heath Nash / The Kitchen / Recreate / Kensington Place / Klooftique / Le Atelje / Liam Mooney / Loading Bay / Loft Living / Lost is a Place Too / Luke Dale Robert’s The Test Kitchen / Manna Epicure / Me & Mrs Lifestyle Design / Me Me Me / Monkeybiz / Mu and Me / Mungo & Jemima / Neighbourgoods Market / Nigiro / Noon Gun Tearoom / O.live / Opus / Origins / Pedersen + Lennard / Pierre Cronje / Quirky Me / Royale Eatery / Saucisse Deli / Selah / Skinny Laminx / Superette / The Grand Daddy Hotel / The Lobby Hair Shop / The National Art Gallery / The Old Biscuit Mill / The Woodstock Foundry / Upper Eastside Hotel / Village & Life De Waterkant / What if the World / Wunders