Cape Town’s Lucky 7: Local creatives to watch

From architecture to ceramics, children’s illustrators to interior design, Cape Town has some seriously hot design talent. Here are our lucky seven…

Spinning African tales with a furry mouse character, convincing Capetonians to explore like tourists and transforming old junk into luxury items – these are just some of the stories that follow Cape Town’s hot designers. Our top seven answer our questions.

1. Katie Thompson: RECreate

Katie Thompson’s store is a world of its own, a place to adventure through, weaving between bright yellow typewriters and upcycled ottomans. Whether customers are picking out a chair or getting an antique clock upcycled, RECreate offers a place where surprise, novelty and form play a beautiful mix. Read more

2. Andile Dyalvane and Zizipho Poswa: Imiso Ceramics

Xhosa culture and urban cityscapes collide in the unexpected vessel of ceramics. Clay, urban industry and styles from the Ngobozana village in the rural Eastern Cape come together in his latest highly acclaimed works. Read more

3. Dylan Thomaz: Studio Dylan Thomaz

Fresh, clean, curved and square, with pops of colour here and there: that’s the character of Dylan Thomaz’s designs. His company offers four creative services: interior design, retail, a gallery and custom design projects. Beauty, simplicity and tribal flavours reign to create a style that dreams are made of. Read more

4. Michael Chandler: Chandler House

Housed in a beautiful old Gregorian house surrounded by galleries, cafés and architectural firms, Chandler House is home to a shop, studio and exhibition space. Inside, you’ll find the workspace and ceramic pieces of Michael Chandler, as well as small exhibitions. A collaborator with Mr Price Home and a featured artist at the South African National Gallery, Michael Chandler has become known for his quirky, Cape-inspired designs. Read more

5. Lauren Fowler: Lauren Fowler Designs

Textures climb off the page in Lauren’s playful and emotive designs and illustrations. Recently, she has been part of an exciting project – a children’s book called Florence and Watson and the Sugarbush Mouse, where an African story comes to life through her little mouse, Petal. Read more

6. Chris van Niekerk: Africandy, The Fold

Africandy is an online store where South African design stands proudly in an international market. Chris van Niekerk does double duty as a creative director of the site and principal architect for his firm, The Fold. His reverence for “light, abstraction and proportion more than expensive materials” in his selection for the site has set it skyrocketing. Read more

7. Atang Tshikare: Zabalaaza

Atang Tshikare’s design is captivating. Rich in colours, textures and mediums, his latest work is inspired by the ever-growing, ever-changing city and comprises a series of maps that call on city-dwellers to explore Cape Town as tourists might. Read more

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