Cape Town is bidding to become the Design Capital 2014, and already has earned a reputation for its design strengths, being the home of the highly successful annual Design Indaba, and hosting the annual advertising industry Loerie Awards event for the second year running.
Cape Town also is known for its artisic and design talent, and therefore the City of Cape Town has created a Cape Town Design Route. It is a wonderful asset for the city, and we question why it has not been introduced to tourism players, why it has not been packaged in the form of maps which can be handed out to visitors to the city, and why it is not being marketed by the City of Cape Town’s marketing agency Cape Town Tourism! It is a shame too that the Design Route feature in the Hello Festive Season 2010/2011 publication contains so many errors!
The Cape Town Design Route includes the following:
Bokkie Shoes: make shoes from 100 % cotton shew-shew print. Sold at Loud on Long, 43 Long Street.
Amulet: Gerika Langenhoven and Elizabeth van der Merwe make hand-crafted jewellery. 14 Kloofnek Road, Tamboerskloof. Tel (021) 426-1149
Continent Africa: A think tank focused on learning about politics, economics and charity, T-shirt sales funding the work. No contact details.
Cupcake Country: Provide sewing kits to make bright crafted cupcakes. 10A Jagersfontein Lane, Oranjezicht.
freeRange Jewels: Marele Lamprecht and her team translate objects from nature into jewellery. Cape Quarter. Tel (021) 423-1524
Give it Bag: Make bags from polypropylene bags, in bold fashion statements. Canterbury Studios, Unit 4, 35 Wesley Street, Gardens. Tel (021) 465-9852
Lalesso: a fashion brand inspired by the ‘khanga’ from Kenya. Tel (021) 424-5565
Streetwires Artist Collective: Make wire and bead craft-art. Tel (021) 426-2475
Urbanative Fine Jewels: Jewellery is made and goldsmith hobby classes and workshops offered. Gold of Africa Museum, 96 Strand Street.
African Allsorts: handmade bead and wire artwork. 4 Briar Street, Salt River. Tel (021) 447-6976
Design Africa: Hand-woven baskets, textiles and adornments made from organic materials, as well as with plastic, leather and glass.
Firepetals: Hand-crafted jewellery with contemporary South African flair. 59 Roodebloem Street, Woodstock. Tel (021) 447-2025.
Frieda Luhl Jewellery: Frieda incorporates natural materials in her jewellery design, framed in silver. 30 Roodebloem Road, Woodstock. Tel (021) 447-5757.
Heath Nash: creates eco-friendly items out of other people’s rubbish. 2 Mountain Road, Woodstock. Tel (021) 447-5757.
Haldane Martin: Furniture designer. 12 Aberdeen Street, Woodstock. Tel (021) 448-0999.
Helen Vaughn Ceramics: Contemporary ceramics. 10 Oxford Road, Observatory. Tel (021) 447-3966
Mu & Me: Stationery range based on a group of friends who live on Orange Hill. The Old Biscuit Mill, 373 Albert Road, Woodstock. Tel (021) 447-1413
Imiso Ceramics: Modern Africa-inspired ceramics. Old Biscuit Mill, 373 Albert Road, Woodstock. tel (021) 447-7668
Moonbasket: Make lampshades and home accessories. Woodstock Industrial Centre, 66 Albert Road, Woodstock.
Pedersen + Lennard: Lighting, storage and other design. 45 Yew Street, Salt River. Tel (021) 447-2020.
Soulchild: Highly styled fashion brand. 30 Brabant Road, Woodstock. Tel (021) 448-8777
Sway: Ladies’ clothing is made from hand-drawn images silk screened onto fabric. 68 Albert Road, Woodstock. Tel (021) 447-5999
Trademark Designs: Picture frames made from hot-dipped galvanised iron. Unit 13, Ravenscraig Mews, Ravenscraig Road, Woodstock.
Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com Twitter: @WhaleCottage