cape town shortlisted for world design capital 2014

Cape Town heard the great news today that it, along with Dublin and Bilboa, is one of the three shortlisted cities for Design Capital 2014 – a very prestigious designation. Whittled down from 56 hopefuls, this is the closest any African city has come to being named World Design Capital.

Read the full story at Cape Town 2014.

world design capital 2014

WDC2014 (World Design Capital 2014) is a prestigious status designated biennially by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) to cities dedicated to using design for social, cultural and economic development.

Cape Town is one of only three shortlisted cities – Bilboa and Dublin are the other two – and judges will be visiting later this month. An opportunity for the design community to show its support has been arranged at The Assembly on 25 July.

In the meantime, Cape Town’s bid is receiving worldwide support.

bay harbour summer night market

The Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay launches a summer Night Market

With a soulful blend of progressive African dub-infused grooves from local band ‘Black South Easter’

The market opens at 17h00 and entrance is free

Featuring traders that offer an authentic slice of South African



And cuisine

Join us for anything from Kreef on the braai to delicious roasted Karoo organic lamb… or just chill out at the ‘Boom Bar’ next to a roaring fire.

An incredibly vibey indoor market, with safe, secure parking.
31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay Cape Town.
Tel: Anthony 083 27 555 86

the idea generation

Changeroom for IDEA GENERATION: fabulous belts made from recycled conveyor so you can save your wardrobe and the earth.

From Los Ramirez in remotest Mexico, genuine JEVER Vaquero boots.

IDEA GENERATION Retro Brazil Armchairs! No words are needed. The picture says it all. (I don’t want this chair. I need it.)

Besides these great products, Dondup is offering discounts of up to 40% on selected clothing until the end of September. Get there.

021 424 4211
167 Longmarket Street, CBD
International Website

liam mooney

Award-winning designer Liam Mooney designs products and furniture for an in-house range and offers interior design and creative direction services, clients of which include The Grand Daddy Trailer Park and Daddy Long Legs Art Hotel.

There is no question that Liam’s designs are beautiful, but what makes them even more so is they’re created with just as much care for the earth. Wood is FSC-approved and finished (duco sprayed or oiled and waxed) with natural and organic products, and all lighting is designed for use with energy saving light bulbs. And if that weren’t enough, only South African manufacturers are used to make the products.

The end of September saw the launch of their new Balafon Chairs, inspired by the form and construction of the West African Balafon (xylophone). The chairs use a system of slats (there are 4 available) that clip onto a metal frame, which can then be adjusted to suit your needs.

074 770 7461
64 Wale Street, Cape Town
Mon – Fri: 10h00 – 16h00
Sat: 10h00 – 14h00

Balafon chair images:

daniel ting chong

Daniel Ting Chong was born in 1987 in Cape Town. Studied graphic design at Vega. He is emerging as one of Cape Town’s top creative talents following a series of art exhibitions, talks, commissions from clients and design collaborations with leading international brands including Levi Strauss, Adidas and the Discovery Channel.

Besides being one of our favourite designers, we are very excited to share the news that Daniel is designing the cover for the 5th edition of the b-guided> Hip City Guide (Cape Town), which goes to print shortly! We can’t wait. In the meantime, we take a look at a few of his recent works.

One of works created for ‘The October Show’ at Salon91 gallery. Daniel says, “I wanted to work with wood as my canvas for this show. It’s a new material for me and i think they came out pretty nicely.”

A pitch cover for the New York Times Magazine related to the cover story of a couple captured by Somalian pirates.

Fear.Less – part of a collaborative project between Daniel Ting Chong & Jordan Metcalf. Various objects, representative of weapons/items used in acts of crime in South Africa, both by criminals and the law, seek to playfully examine the place of fear and crime in a South Africa context, framing our obsession with violence and the casual paranoia we seem to suffer from.

City Hall. Daniel was asked to create a poster of one of his favourite places in Cape Town.

One the works from Daniel’s ‘Sifting Through The Madness’ Exhibition at Salon91.

To see more of Daniel’s work, visit his website

fabulous new ply range from lim

LIM’S stunning new ply range uses plywood manufactured from sustainably harvested sources (FSC compliant) in a process that minimises wastage of timber and results in a durable, recyclable product. Plywood is stronger by weight than solid timber, and its use contributes to reducing the pressure on forestry resources.

021 423 1200
86 Kloof Street, Gardens


the fringe on kloof

South African art and design collective The Fringe Arts, known for its pop-up shops, has now got a permanent outlet – The Fringe on Kloof.

Participating designers at The Fringe ceramicists Noleen Read and Sarah Benjamin, jewellery designers Smith Jewellery and Beloved Beadwork, and surface designers Jesse Breytenbach’s Henri Kuiken and Fabric Nation. Art includes work by Daya Heller and Elsabe Milandri, with fine art, limited edition prints by Candice Breitz, Sam Nhlengethwa, David Goldblatt, Georgina Gratrix, amongst others.

We work with an amazing range of talented and inspiring people of whom we are incredibly proud, and who keep surprising us with their work. The fact that they are continuously developing their ranges and there is so much undiscovered talent in South Africa allow us to always keep changing our offering. And it keeps our jobs very exciting.” says Thessa.

In addition to work from the collective of artists and designers, The Fringe on Kloof also carries Thessa and Chantal’s vintage range, Frintage. Both vintage fanatics, the duo has carefully selected vintage accessories and décor.

Hearts and eyes are turning to the local scene and discovering not only a sense of quality but an amazing abundance of knowledge garnered from our parents and their parents,” says Chantal.

The Fringe on Kloof changes their window every three weeks and uniquely, work withan artist/designer almost every time. This week it is Anna Raimondo from Smith Jewellery, who writes:

Since I was very young I have always been fascinated with my parents’ trinkets from Japan – paging through books of art, kimono designs and paper cuttings. My inspiration comes from these paper cuttings – I have hand sewn each jewel and layered picture to create an intricate and light effect. The display includes a jewellery window, a wall with framed pictures (created out of different layers of metal) and picture frames embellished with different designs, as well as my usual stock of jewellery for the shop.”

New artists/designers are added all the time so the store is always evolving and to keep things fresh, Chantal and Thessa re-style regularly.

The Fringe Arts Facebook page is a must visit. There are masses of fantastic photographs to browse and the page is updated regularly with new stock (the only difficulty is narrowing one’s wish list down to a manageable size) as well as news updates. For instance, an online store is planned – but in the meantime they willingly offer a mail order service.

Opening hour are as follows:
Mondays to Thursdays: 09:30 – 17:30
Fridays: 09:30 – 16:30
Saturdays: 09:30 – 15:30

You can also find The Fringe at the V&A Waterfront, where they have a POP UP store at Shop 11B, Alfred Mall, V&A Hotel.

072 252 9709 & 079 494 1156
99B Kloof Street, Gardens

Website – diverts to Facebook page for now

great gift idea: the puzzle pinup from kraftisan

Whether in the office or at home, The Puzzle Pinup helps you get organised. Each individually made piece is laser cut from medium density fiberboard, laminated using woodglue, with a layer of fine particle cork sheet. The grip like action is achieved by using standard double-sided tape as feet on the backside of each piece, giving it the ability to be stuck on almost any surface!

Each beautifully packaged set contains 4 puzzle pieces, each piece measuring 250mm x 250mm from corner to corner.

Cost is R295.00 per set with free delivery within four working days if you’re within 20kms of Cape Town – which means there’s still time to get one wrapped and under the tree by Christmas. Buy it online, here.

About Kraftisan
Kraftisan is a proudly Cape Town based, product design brand focused on providing user friendly products that enhance everyday life, through a simple equation of function and beauty.

Owner, manufacturer, and designer, Lucas R Adams was born in Cape Town in 1988 and is currently studying Industrial Design (3D) at CPUT. He has always had a strong interest in well designed, people orientated products that serve a utilitarian purpose.

The word Kraftisan was born from the idea of handcrafted, quality goods, produced in an artisanal way, using the aid of machines. From laser cutting to cnc routing, Kraftisan strives to provide honest, quality designs that wear a simple aesthetic.

All products are made and designed to allow for the least amount of waste and use environmentally friendly materials wherever possible. Kraftisan’s ultimate goal is to use only 100% recyclable goods while keeping prices affordable for all.

Kraftisan also provides its own handy laser cutting service for clients who wish to do once off or batch produced items, and they gladly take on any custom projects. For more information, please visit service section on their website.

083 321 7804

Online store

imagenius – ‘ingenius’ living and giving

There’s no way we can list all of the delights that await at Imagenius, but can’t resist sharing a few of our favourites.

New in store and really hot are their glorious Melissa shoes. The Peace shoes are a summer must, as are the Butterfly slip slops. The slips slops are on special – buy two and get one free!

During December there’s 20% off the gorgeous Hunter Wellies.

Sobeit mirrors and candles makes fantastic gifts as do the Shine Shine trays. There are also beautiful new Zoja, Ayalla Bar, Genevieve Motley and Joolz ranges of jewellery available.

Finally, the new range of Knock Knock stationery make the best stocking fillers ever. The WTF and BLAH BLAH BLAH self-inking stamps are owner Jacqui’s personal favourites – and possibly ours too!

Imagenius is giving away two R500 vouchers. All you need to do to put yourself in line to win is to “Like” the Imagenius Facebook Page.

The store in Long Street is open Mondays to Friday from 9am – 4:30pm and for readers in the Southern Suburbs there’s a ‘mini-me’ Imagenius store in Newlands which is open seven days a week and until 8:30pm on Fridays until Christmas. The selection is smaller at the Vineyard store, but they will gladly deliver goods from ‘mama’ Imagenius for easier collection.

021 423 7870
117 Long Street
Cape Town

021 657 4521
54 Colinton Road