Last week a host of media representatives was invited to attend a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Carrol Boyes company, an event at which founder, designer, and doyen Carrol Boyes shared with us the history of her evolvement as an artist, into building a functional art design company, creating a new homeward and lifestyle design every week. Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to Carrol Boyes, for its extreme generosity in delivering to my home a collection of their Carrol Boyes products as a Christmas gift. I had only got to know the company and some of its executives this year when it launched its wonderful chocolate boxes. They are a kind, friendly, and approachable company.Continue reading →
November is an exciting month, with new restaurant openings by Chef Luke Dale-Roberts (The Commissary), by Chef Peter Tempelhoff (FYN), and the very eagerly awaited restaurant Gåte by Chef Rikku O’Donnchü at Quoin Rock in Stellenbosch. There is a marked slow down in new restaurant openings, other than by new restaurant group Cowboys & Cooks.
# Le Petit Manoir has opened as a Deli and Restaurant in Franschhoek, with Chef Kevin Grobler heading up the kitchen. (Photograph)
#. Michael Townsend, founder of the Harbour House Group but no longer with the Group, is to open The Grill Room in Sunset Beach. He has also bought Sevruga in the Waterfront. A third restaurant, in Sea Point, will open in September 2019.
# The new Cowboys & Cooks restaurant group is to open a Cowboys and Cooks restaurant in Stellenbosch; The Backyard BBQ in various locations; Cabron Tex Mex restaurants in Durbanville and Stellenbosch, alongside the Bree Street Branch; and Viva Tex Mex in Kenilworth. It has taken over Slug & Lettuce, a Gastropub franchise with six branches, for which a new look and menu will be developed, starting off in Durbanville. The group has also just bought a 50% share in Primi Piatti, with 18 outlets.
# Maison J Café et Croissant, a joint venture between renowned Jason Bakery baker Jason Lillie and his sister Brigitte, as well as Vida e Caffé founders David Chait and Rui Esteves, has opened alongside the Pick ‘n Pay in Camps Bay, in a joint venture with the retailer. If this branch works well, it is set to roll out in other Pick ‘n Pay stores, the Waterfront likely to be the next branch to open.
# Between Us has opened on Bree Street, as a restaurant and bar, belonging to the twin sisters who originally opened Skinny Legs & All.
#. The Deli Coffee Co is the new rebranded name of four Melissa’s branches: V&A Waterfront, Kloof Street, Somerset West, and Hermanus, owned by Surine van Niekerk. Prices are set to drop, she says. The Waterfront branch has opened in the former Dalliance and White Rabbit space.
# Restaurateur Ian Halfon has opened a smallish intimate new restaurant Walther’s Steakhouse next door to Belthazar in the V&A Waterfront.
# Chef Jenny Morris has opened Yumcious Durbanville.
# The Skotnes Restaurant has opened at the Norval Foundation, with Executive Chef Phil de Villiers, previously of Primal Eatery.
# Paris Café has opened in Green Point.
# 42 on Canterbury has opened as a bar and an event venue in District Six/Zonnebloem
# The La Colombe Group is taking over the bar and restaurant at Le Quartier Français in Franschhoek, after refurbishments. It will be called Protégé. Stephen Raaff is the Head Chef.
# Back’s Bar has opened on Main Road in Paarl, where Juno used to be.
# Chef Reuben Riffel has opened Reuben’s at The Capital Moloko in Johannesburg, his first Gauteng restaurant.
# A new breakfast and lunch Eatery is being developed at Val de Vie, in conjunction with Chef Reuben Riffel.
# Chef Jarryd has opened So Cal (for South California), a Bar above Charango on Bree Street.
# Manga has opened on Church Street
# Sotana Bree Street has opened where Odyssey used to be.
# 1 Oak is set to open on Strand Street, an upmarket celebrity bar, music, and event venue modeled on a New York counterpart. The restaurant Butter will open inside this venue.
# Chef Bertus Basson has expanded his restaurant empire, opening Eike by bertusbasson as his sixth restaurant, and fifth in Stellenbosch.
# Bao Down Restaurant has opened in Oranjezicht.
# Upper Bloem has opened on Main Road in Green Point, where Maggie’s Café used to be, a joint venture between Chefs Henry Vigar and Andre Hill of La Mouette.
# TOSSD Salad Bar has opened on Sloane Square in Gardens, Cape Town.
# Chef George Jardine has opened Restaurant Seven with George Jardine in Somerset West.
# Safari #7 Somali take-away restaurant has opened on Long Street.
# Chef David Higgs’ newest restaurant Saint ‘Pazzo Italiano’ has opened in Sandton.
# No 89 has opened on Bree Street.
# Sans Ethical Green Grocer Deli has opened in the Artem Centre in Sea Point.
# Pauline’s Stand Up Coffee Bar has opened in the Artem Centre in Sea Point.
# Victoire Boulangerie, Pâtisserie, and Bistro has opened in Speakers Corner on Church Square, a joint venture between Chef William Galzin of Montpellier and Drikus Hancke of Cape Town, a former Melissa’s franchisee.
# Chefs Luke Dale-Roberts and Ryan Cole have opened Salsify @ The Roundhouse in Camps Bay.
# Crayfish Wharf is to open in Paternoster.
# Beleef has opened in the space in which Ryan’s Kitchen operated in Franschhoek.
# Grande Provence in Franschhoek has opened The Bistro as an extension to their Tasting Room.
# Ellen Jay has opened as a coffee shop inside Constantia Fabrics.
# Garden’s Club has opened where Chalk & Cork used to operate on Kloof Street.
# The Santé Wellness Retreat & Spa restaurant has opened in Klapmuts, with Executive Chef Terrence Ford.
# Osetra has opened in Kalk Bay, with co-owner Oscar Kotze.
# The Commissary will open next door to The Shortmarket Club, with Chef Wesley Randles and Simon Widdison, under the mentorship of Chef Luke Dale-Roberts. It is planned to be a no-reservation, back to basics offering.
# Gåte restaurant is to open at Quion Rock Winery on 1 December, with Rikku O’Donaghue as the Executive Chef, who worked at a two Michelin star restaurant Merchants Manor before moving to our country. He has been a restaurant consultant locally, including at Sevruga. Head Chef is Warwick King, previously with Delaire Graff, The Stack, and The Ritz Revolving Restaurant. Other team members include Pastry Chef Izelle de Villiers, Nicole Loubser, Tyrone Truter, Josh Crewdson, and Rufus Scholtz.
# Seattle Coffee Company has taken over the coffee shop at Exclusive Books in the V&A Waterfront.
# Chef Seelan Sundoo has opened Chicha in Sea Point.
# The Harbour House Group has bought Mondiall in the V&A Waterfront, and is to turn it into a La Parada, to open in November.
# Chef Peter Tempelhoff has announced that his FYN Restaurant and bar will open in Speaker’s Corner on Church Square in November. Jennifer Hugé is the new GM! And Ashley Moss is the Chef, moving across from the Greenhouse.
#. The Harbour House at Constantia Nek has been remodelled into the fine dining The Restaurant at the Nek, with Chef Dylan Laity in the kitchen.
# Stargarden Boutique Café has opened in Fish Hoek
# Bobo’s Brasserie is opening in Mouille Point in November, where Pepenero used to be.
# Roca Café has opened where Melissa’s used to be in Franschhoek, open from midday to 21h00, and serving Tapas.
# Chef Chris Erasmus is said to be opening a restaurant at Haut Espoir in November, with Chef Nick Oosthuizen in the kitchen.
# Riverine Rabbit has opened where ASH used to operate, by Chef Ash Heeger.
# Chef Ciska Rossouw has opened Loaves in Salt River, no longer operating Loaves on Long.
# BOCCA has re-opened on Bree Street, with new owners Guido Brambilla and Adnana Blaj
# Haus & Laib Deli is opening in the former Eurohaus space on Loop Street.
# Chef Matt Manning is opening Grub & Vine Restaurant on Bree Street.
# Bones Kitchen & Bar has opened at Palms Lifestyle Centre.
# Anni’s Gourmet Pancakes & Belgian Waffles has opened in a Franschhoek
# Vadas Smokehouse and Bakery has opened at Spier, taking the place of Hoghouse, which Chef PJ Vadas no longer appears to be associated with.
# Syrup Breakfast is opening on Bree Street.
# The Creamery is to open a branch in Durbanville Village Square.
#. The iconic Melissa’s, with 19 stores, has been declared insolvent. Some stores will be rebranded (four as The Deli Coffee Co), while others have closed down, including the Table View Branch. The Waterfront branch is currently closed, but will reopen in a new location in mid-September.
#. Dalliance restaurant and White Rabbit coffee shop, part of the Kove Collection, have closed their doors in the V&A Waterfront.
#. IYO Burgers has closed on Bree Street
#. Iconic Kitima has closed down in Hout Bay, following a rumour of its demise circulating last year but denied at the time.
#. Odyssey (with French Toast before it) has closed down on Bree Street
#. The Ritz is temporarily closed, and with it its Top of The Ritz and CASA restaurants.
# Shego has closed down at the Cape Royale Luxury Hotel.
# The Crazy Horse gastropub has closed down on Bree Street.
# Mitico has closed down on Kloof Street. Yours Truly has expanded into the space.
# So sad to hear that Chef Warrick Taylor of SOURCE restaurant in Hermanus has sold the restaurant and is leaving the country with his family.
# Cargills in Rondebosch has closed down.
# Savoy Cabbage in Heritage Square in the city centre has closed down, after 20 years.
# Eurohaus on Loop Street has closed down
# Karoux has closed down in McGregor.
# Olami on Bree Street has closed down.
# BlackandCo has closed down in Constantia.
# Chalk & Cork has closed down.
# Bukhara has closed down in Stellenbosch.
# Loaves on Long has closed.
# ASH restaurant has closed.
#. Chef Sidwell Yarrow has left La Petite Ferme, to return to the cruise ships. The restaurant on the wine estate is now headed up by Chef Kyle Norris.
#. Chef Gerard van Staden is the new chef at Pearl Valley.
# Chef Gary Welgemoed is the Head Chef at the Carrol Boyes Chocolate division.
# Lee-Andra Govender is the new Pastry Chef at The Table Bay Hotel.
# Chef Evan Coosner has left Open Door/Bocca/Burrata.
# Chef Archie MacLean has left Catharina’s and moved to Coco Safar. He has since left Coco Safar, and is said to have joined La Petite Ferme in Franschhoek.
# Chef Guy Clark has left Tintswalo, now consulting.
# Carmen Rueda is the new Pastry Chef of Coco Safar, formerly from El Bulli and The Fat Duck.
# Chef Richard Carstens has left Tokara Restaurant, and is said to be starting a restaurant consultancy with Chef Reuben Riffel.
# Carolize Coetzee has been appointed as Executive Chef at Tokara, moving from Dornier wine estate.
# Chef Archie MacLean has left Coco Safar, and is running Café Bon Bon in Franschhoek with his wife
# Christian Hellinger is the new Chef at Holden Manz
# La Parada Camps Bay is undergoing renovations, and is transforming into a Tiger’s Milk.
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Chris von Ulmenstein, WhaleTales Blog: www.chrisvonulmenstein.com/blog Tel +27 082 55 11 323 Twitter:@Ulmenstein Facebook: Chris von Ulmenstein Instagram: @Chris_Ulmenstein
Yesterday I visited the Carrol Boyes head office in Paarden Eiland, and was shown around its extensive and impressive Showroom, and Chocolate and Sugar Confectionery production facility by its CEO Craig Ludwig. Continue reading →
Wine distributor Vinimark has just launched a new addition to the lifestyle and home design brand Carrol Boyes Collection, its Gold Label Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) 2012, described as a ‘union of art and wine making‘. Continue reading →
One of the cleverest ideas for a new restaurant and champagne bar is MCC Franschhoek, and it is appropriate that its opening co-incided with the Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival this weekend. MCC Franschhoek is a showcase of 34 Franschhoek sparkling wines of 14 Franschhoek producers.
The brainchild of Philip and Christy Harrison, previously managing De Huguenot Estate, MCC Franschhoek allowed the couple to work with a beverage they love best. Christy told me that Philip loves cooking, having started to do so in Majorca, after studying accountancy. Both Philip and Christie owned a Weatherspoons outlet in Heathrow, but moved back to Cape Town thirteen years ago, Philip managing The Galley in Fish Hoek. They moved to the design of wedding stationery, and it is Christy who designed the stylish logo for MCC Franschhoek. Due to the closure of the De Huguenot restaurant and Harry Q Bar at De Huguenot Estate (to be run as a wedding and event venue only in future), Philip and Christie took part of their share of the venture in kind, and therefore they have the stylish silver-upholstered chairs, black bar chairs and tables, and couches from De Huguenot restaurant, which are spread out in the courtyard of the Village Square. Each table has the MCC range and price list, and a perspex salt and pepper grinder stand. Quality material serviettes and Fortis cutlery are stylish.
Alleé Bleue (Brut Rosé), Boschendal (MCC Le Grande Pavillion Brut Rosé, MCC Grande Cuvée Brut), Cape Chamonix (MCC Blanc de Blancs), Colmant (Brut Reserve, Brut Rosé, Brut Chardonnay), Dieu Donné (Maingard Brut, Rose MCC), Franschhoek Pass Winery (Morena Brut, Brut Rosé, Cuvée Catherine, Malabar Shiraz), Graham Beck (Brut, Brut Rosé NV and 2008, Bliss Demi Sec, Brut Blanc de Blancs, Zero), GM & Ahrens (Cap Classique), Hauté Cabriere (Pierre Jourdan Brut, Cuvée Belle Rose, Brut Sauvage, Blanc de Blancs, Cuvée Reserve), La Motte, Môreson (Miss Molly, Solitaire, Gala, Pink, One), My Wyn, Stony Brook (The Lyle), and Topiary (Blanc de Blancs Brut) sparkling wines are sold by the bottle, while a select number of bubbly brands can be bought by the glass, advertised on a blackboard. Prices start at R110 for Miss Molly, peaking at R650 for the GM & Ahrens. Surprisingly (given its name), a number of wines are offered too, and many are non-Franschhoek. Protea Sauvignon Blanc, Glenwood Sauvignon Blanc, Haute Cabrière Chardonnay/Pinot Noir, Beyerskloof Pinotage Rosé, Glenwood Shiraz Merlot blend, Graham Beck Game Reserve, and Guardian Peak Shiraz are all available by the glass, reasonably priced in a range from R20 – R35.
MCC Franschhoek opens from 8h00, and serves well-priced breakfasts, one paying per item (e.g. 2 eggs, bacon and toast costs R47); muesli, yoghurt and berry coulis, and a croissant with cheese and preserves cost R20 each. There is no breakfast cut-off time. The ‘Bites’ menu has a mix of salads (R45 – R65), sundowner platters (R50 – R75, and includes oysters, cheese, cold meats, and biltong), main courses, and desserts (R35 – R45), which can be ordered throughout the day. I ordered a perfectly prepared Franschhoek salmon trout served with boiled potatoes, and a crispy fresh asparagus salad (R75). Other main course options are sirloin steak and prawns in a beer batter, also costing R75. One can also order beef lasagne, mussels, an open chicken Satay burger, and two tarts. The menu will be updated and amended regularly.
I was impressed with the scale of the Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival in showcasing the leading bubbly brands for sale in this country. It is held at the Huguenot Monument, which attracted 2000 bubbly-lovers yesterday, and more are expected today between 12h00 – 17h00. Eight champagne brands (Billecart Salmon, Champagne Guy Charbaut, Claude Beaufort, Follet-Ramillon Brut Tradition, Piper Heidsieck, Thierry Lesne, Tribaut Brut Tradition, and Veuve Clicquot) presented their precious bubbles, as did 37 local sparkling wine producers. Staff representing the local brands Allée Bleue, Avondale, Bon Courage (in beautiful Carrol Boyes coolers), Boschendal, Bramon, Chabivin, Colmant, De Wetshof, Dieu Donné, Domaine Des Dieux, Francois la Garde, Genevieve MCC, The House of GM & Ahrens, Graham Beck, Groote Post, JC le Roux, Krone, Laborie, La Motte, Nicolas Feuillate Champagne for Woolworths, Morena, Môreson, My Wyn, Namaqua Wines (Guinevere very deep pink, with 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, all 3000 bottles exported), Pierre Jourdan, Pongracz, Quoin Rock, Rickety Bridge (new 2010 release, 50% each Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, with only 3500 numbered bottles produced from Franschhoek grapes), Ross Gower, Saltare, Silverthorn, Simonsig, Steenberg, Sterhuis, Villiera, Weltevrede and Woolworths Wines all looked chic in their black and white outfits, the dress code of the Festival, which most attendees honoured too. There were surprisingly few Franschhoek restaurants represented (Le Quartier Français, Mont Rochelle Country Kitchen, Haute Cabrière, Roca Restaurant, and the Salmon Bar), and the food was generally of a disappointing quality, given the theme of the Festival. An exception was the sushi, salmon and other canapé platters made by new Le Franschhoek Hotel chef Oliver Cattermole.
MCC Franschhoek, 3 Village Square, 53 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek. Tel 083 772 9449/083 391 3869. No website. Twitter: @MCCFranschhoek Wednesday – Monday, 8h00 – until late, weather dependent.
Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com Twitter:@WhaleCottage
I was very impressed with the Design Indaba Expo, which was held in the Cape Town International Convention Centre last weekend, representing the best in the South African design industry, and in Cape Town specifically, 260 designers exhibiting their work. At the exhibition the latest map of the Cape Town Design Route was launched.
It is exciting to see that the Cape Town Design Route has more than doubled to 59 designers, and their work is permanently showcased at their studios, via a map that provides contact and location details of designers in the City area, in the southern and northern suburbs, on the Atlantic Seaboard, and in the Winelands and beyond.
The designers on the Cape Town Design Route 2011 are the following:
* BlueCollarWhiteCollar offers shirts, using the highest quality fabrics. Lifestyle on Kloof, 50 Kloof Street. Tel (021) 426-1921
* Cabinetworks are master kitchen and furniture makers. 229 Bree Street. Tel (021) 422-3830
* Cape Craft & Design Institute promotes Western Cape designers of homeware, jewellery, gifts, fashion and décor. 75 Harrington Street. Tel (021) 461-1488
* Carrol Boyes is well known for its pewter, stainless steel and chrome-plated alloy homeware, tableware and accessories. 43 Rose Street, Bo-Kaap. Tel (021) 424-8263
* Cupcake Country sells sewing kits so that one can make cupcakes and other craft (right). 10 A Jagersfontein Lane, Oranjezicht. Tel (021) 461-4421
* freeRange Jewels offers an alternative jewellery range. Cape Quarter, 27 Somerset Road, Green Point. Tel (021) 418-3607
* Give it Bag designs handbags, laundry bags, and wine coolers made from recycled polypropylene bags and cotton. Canterbury Studios, 35 Wesley Street, Gardens. Tel (021) 465-9852
* Good Clothing designs simple but trendy clothing. 101 Burleigh House, 24 Barrack Street. Tel (021) 461-6599
* Indalo Project creates employment for craft artists, producing home decor, furniture, lights and gifts, 65 Rose Street, Bo-Kaap. Tel (021) 801-4775
* Inkheart Jewellery Design designs jewellery with a personal touch, inspired by childhood stories and memories. 17 Bayview Avenue, Tamboerskloof. Tel (021) 423-9571.
* Monkeybiz makes high-quality bespoke beaded designer items. 43 Rose Street, Bo-Kaap. Tel (021) 426-0145
* Pierre Cronje makes unique and timeless furniture, using the best timbers. Cape Quarter, 27 Somerset Road, Green Point. Tel (021) 425-0374
* Projekt is a crochet and skills training project, making scarves, toys, jewellery, cushions and homeware. 6B Malan Street, Gardens. Tel (021) 422-0739
* Spilt Milk is an easy-to-wear men’s and women’s clothing range. 36 Upper Orange Street, Oranjezicht. Tel 079 358 2072
* Streetwires Artist Collective offers employment, making African wire and bead craft-art. Tel (021) 426-2475
* thisarmy builds ‘apps’. 71 Roeland Street. Tel 082 379 8180
* Township Patterns makes colourful fabrics, and fun and easy-to-wear garments. Cape Quarter, 27 Somerset Road, Green Point. Tel (021) 418-0388
* Urbanative Jewels makes once-off jewellery pieces. Gold of Africa Museum, 96 Strand Street. Tel 082 770 9788
* Van der Merwe Miszewski Architects pursue excellence in design. 163 Bree Street. Tel (021) 423-5829.
* Woodhead’s makes leather and natural fabric products. 29 Caledon Street. Tel (021) 461-7185
* …XYZ Design has the wind-up radio as one of its design highlights. Cape Quarter, 27 Somerset Road, Green Point. Tel (021) 421-7236
* Clementina Ceramics sell individually handmade earthenware products. Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road, Woodstock. Tel (021) 447-1398
* Design Afrika sells hand-woven items made from river reeds, cotton, mountain grasses and palm fibres, combined with leather, glass and plastic. 42 Hares Avenue, Woodstock. Tel (021) 448- 9761
* Firepetals makes handcrafted art jewellery with a South African flair. 59 Roodebloem Street, Woodstock. Tel (021) 447-2025
* Frieda Lühl Jewellery makes simple and elegant jewellery. 30 Roodebloem Street, Woodstock. Tel (021) 448-1408.
* Liesel Trautman makes porcelain homeware, each item individually finished. 114 Lower Main Road, Observatory. Tel 073 275 9494
* Maike Valcarcel designs Africa-inspired jewellery, using gold, pebbles, silver and felt. 30 Roodebloem Road, Woodstock. Tel (021) 790-8849
* Recreate makes furniture and lighting from discarded junk. 368 Albert Road, Woodstock. Tel (021) 447-0007.
* Sway sells comfortable and easy wearing women’s clothing. Woodstock Industrial Centre, 66 Albert Road, Woodstock. tel (021) 447-5999.
* Zizamele Ceramics makes African-inspired ceramics (right). Corner Chasmay and Kommetjie Roads, Sunnydale, Noordhoek. Tel (021 789-1491
* Chimpel makes luxury leather accessories in a classic design. 85 Sixth Avenue, Rondebosch East. Tel (021) 697-5875.
* David Krut Publishing publishes books on architecture, art and design. Montobello Design Centre, 31 Newlands Avenue, Newlands. Tel (021) 685-0676
* Dear.Rae.With.Love designs jewellery using enamel, fabric, silver, wood and found objects. 12 Peak Drive. Pinelands. Tel (021) 531-2940.
* Diane Harper makes coasters and pendants. 36 Forest Drive, Pinelands. Tel ()21) 532-3758
* Emma Anne is a range of distinctive contemporary jewellery. 6 Chippenham Road, Kenilworth. Tel (021) 762-5465
* Flick Glass and My China combines ceramics and art to express her love of fynbos and small animals. 24 Dartmouth Road, Muizenberg. Tel (021) 789- 9119
* Janine Binneman Jewellers makes custom jewellery. 25 Almora Circle, Tokai. Tel (021) 715-6178
* John Bauer uses antique crochet cloth, linen and lace in his ceramics. 35 Greenwood Road, Claremont. Tel (021) 683-7851
* Matblac makes men’s leather apparel. 1 The Meadows, 12 Meadow Lane, Constantia. Tel (021) 794- 5723
* Mielie makes fun bags. 31 Newlands Avenue, Newlands. Tel (021) 686-2026.
* Skermunkel Design Studio makes fun, quirky and sentimental jewellery inspired by everyday play and childhood storybooks, using enamel, silver and antique cutlery. 44 Palmer Road, Muizenberg. Tel (021) 788-8577.
* Tania Babb Ceramics makes fun sculptures (right). 39 Wolfe Street, Wynberg. Tel (021) 797-7144
* The Potters Workshop makes functional ceramic art. Toledo Close, Capricorn Park, Muizenberg. Tel (021) 709-0212
* Will Martin Projects makes handmade ceramic products. 35 Greenwood Road, Harfield Village, Claremont. Tel 079 663 0532
* Woo-Men Plush Toys makes fun toys for kids and ‘kidults’. 37 Cromer Road, Muizenberg. Tel (021) 788-8249
* IDESO is a specialist product design consultancy. Unit 4 Canal Edge, Three Tyger Waterfront, Carl Cronje Drive, Tygervalley. Tel (021) 914-8444
* Coast & Koi is a range of glamorous and comfortable shoes. 2A Vredefort, 268 Beach Road, Sea Point. tel (021) 434-7597
* Collect makes boutique jewellery. 3 Saunders Court, Saunders Road, Bantry Bay. Tel (021) 439-5262.
* Alpacafelt makes fashion and interior design items from alpaca fibre. Novello Alpaca Farm, Rietvlei, Barrydale Road, Montagu. Tel (023) 614-2674
* Elizabeth Galloway Young Designers runs a fashion design training programme. 26 Techno Road, Technopark, Stellenbosch. Tel (021) 880-0775
* FACT makes a range of canvas and leather bags representing township life in visuals. Jackal River Farm, Houw Hoek, Elgin. Tel 082 491 5243
* Lady Peculiar makes sterling silver jewellery with romantic, organic, nostalgic, emotional and playful elements.
* The African Queen Studio makes chandeliers and lamps with natural materials. 1 Grewe Street, McGregor. Tel (023) 625-1843
* The Fringe Arts is a collective of the work of 70 designers. Spier, R310, Lynedoch Road, Stellenbosch. tel (021) 809-1142
* Wonki Ware makes bright and bold pottery. 42 York Street, George. Tel (044) 884-1883
Cape Town Design Route 2011: www.designindaba.com Products of the above designers can be bought online.
Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com Twitter: @WhaleCottage
Yesterday I became excited about another dimension of Cape Town – I attended the Design Indaba Expo, the first time that I have attended any aspect of the Design Indaba in its 16 year history. I am so sorry that I was not better informed about this amazing event in the local newspapers or on radio, and had it not been for Twitter I would not have known about it. I was blown away by the quality and diversity of design, by mainly Cape Town based designers, in the jam-packed Cape Town International Convention Centre exhibition hall, and must congratulate Ravi Naidoo and his Design Indaba team for the excellent organisation, and leading-edge design on display. I would urge all design-lovers in Cape Town to visit the Design Indaba Expo this weekend.
There is such an overwhelming number of exhibitors, in relatively small stands, that one blindly moves from one stand to another, trying to not miss anything in the vast hall. No exhibitor map or list is provided when one buys the ticket outside the hall, and the Design Indaba Info stand is in the centre of the hall (not visible when one enters), and I only saw it near the end of my long walk through the exhibition. Here I was able to obtain a “Visitors Guide”, which lists each of the roughly 250 exhibitors, and contains the floor plan, so that one can find the exhibitors, as well as the programme for the fashion shows and film festival, forming part of the Design Indaba programme. Designers were chosen by a panel of industry experts, the Visitors Guide explains. What I did observe is that many designers are brand new at their design businesses, and rather poor at their marketing, not having business cards and/or brochures with them, or having handed all of them out during the first day of the Expo. Pierre le Roux was one of the most interesting designers at the Expo, in my opinion, but has no business card and not even a website. Pierre described his furniture as being works of art more than functional seating. To obtain further information and contact details of all the designers, one has to buy a “Buyers Guide” at R100, which I decided to do, to use at a later stage – sadly Pierre’s details are not in the Buyers’ Guide either. This information deficiency was the only flaw in the Expo that I experienced.
Near the entrance was an impactful rainbow-coloured display to attract attention to Cape Town’s bid for Design Capital of the world in 2014. Attendees were invited to sign the base of the display, to show their support for the bid. Next to it stood a five-tier cake by Charly’s Bakery, which reflected different aspects of Cape Town. in the exhibition hall one can loosely pick up a grouping of similar designers, including furniture, fashion, jewellery, craft, interior design, product design, advertising, architecture, publishing and many more design disciplines.
The furniture exhibits probably attracted the most attention, because the exhibitors required more space, and they tended to not be confined within exhibition stand walls. I was impressed by the differentness of an outdoors chair made from pipes (left), as well as the new stainless steel tub chair from the Sofa Studio in Franschhoek. Other furniture designers at the Expo include the Western Cape Furniture Initiative, Haldane Martin, Cabinetworks, Pierre Cronje, Raw Studios, Recreate, Pedersen + Lennard, …XYZ Design, and a most cleverly named Flower Power, making lamps shaped like proteas.
The 24 jewellery stands probably were the most popular in general, attracting a lot of visitors. The work exhibited was more modern and contemporary, some quirky, very creative, some art, some organic, some romantic, and all unique and non-commercialised. The University of Stellenbosch Jewellery Design department also exhibited its students’ work. Ceramic exhibitors include Liesel Trautman, Diana Ferreira, fun Zizamele Ceramics, John Bauer, The Potter’s Workshop, Tamarillo Ceramics & Design, Clementina Ceramics, Hennie Meyer Ceramics, Imiso Ceramics, Sootcookie Ceramics, Tania Babb Ceramics and Wonki Ware. Craft exhibitors include Woodhead’s, Usisi Designs, Cupcake Country, The Cape Craft & Design Institute, Phumani Paper, Design Afrika, Monkeybiz, The Letterpress Company, Nicfredman Art and Design, Molten, The Beloved, and many more. Fashion took up a lot of exhibition space, and was popular. Exhibitors include Tjerrie, Matblac, GOOD Clothing, Coast & Koi, Spilt Milk, BlueCollarWhiteCollar, Homework, Mielie, Township Patterns, DURCHZUG, FACT, Baie Nice, Continent Africa, and MeMeMe. Lifestyle designers exhibiting are Pepper Plum Designs, Yda Walt Studio, Flick Glass, Fundi Light & Living, Carrol Boyes, Chic Revolution, Tintown, Anatomy Design, and Ikhaya. Some of the names of the designer businesses are as creative as their craft!
There are two separated design areas within the Design Indaba Expo. The first is The Salon Privé, ‘focusing on the crème de la crème of South African design. The Salon Privé is independently curated and designers are encouraged to use the platform to launch a new product or product range.’ In this space the Ardmore ceramics table attracted attention, as did the Veuve Clicquot champagne bar, where I indulged in a glass of their Rosé bubbly at R99, served in a most beautiful unusual champagne glass, nothing like I have ever seen before, without a stem. Other exhibitors are architects Haldane Martin, Johannesburg-based interior designers Tonic (which one hopes will open in Cape Town too), Willowlamp, Zenzulu, Egg Designs, Ronel Jordaan, ZENZULU, and more. Close by was a collection of small stands dedicated to “Emerging Creatives”, but it is not explained in the Visitors Guide, other than that there are 60 first-time exhibitors, under the heading “New Kids on the Block”. The Department of Trade and Industry also had a conglomerate pavilion with about ten exhibitors, including Abode Designer, Veldt designers, Zan Zan décor, Drift Furniture, Keiskamma Art, Master Wires and Deesigned Beads.
For the hungry and thirsty Expo-goers, one can buy Woolworths’ coffees and rolls, or buy sandwiches and other foods from the Earth Fair Market. Grolsch has an interestingly designed stand too. Whilst I sat down at the table to have my cappuccino, I had the most wonderful experience in reconnecting with Mark Robinson, whom I had last seen twenty years ago when we both consulted to the then Colman Foods. The lady that took his seat when he left shared a background in PR and marketing with me. This was another enriching dimension of the Expo.
Alongside the Design Indaba Expo is the update of the Cape Town Design Route, and this is an exciting longer-term manifestation of Cape Town’s design wealth, in that tourists and locals can visit more than fifty designers in the city throughout the year. The Cape Town Design Route designers are all exhibiting at the Design Indaba Expo. The updated Cape Town Design Route 2011 map was lying at the entrance to the exhibition, without one being alerted to this wonderful design highlight. I had read about the Design Route by chance last year, and this is the first time that I have seen a map for it. I was so inspired about the Cape Town Design Route at the time that I wrote a blogpost about it, and will write a new one about the Cape Town Design Route 2011.
Film and fashion events take place inside the Expo throughout the exhibition days, and the programme of events is detailed in the Visitors’ Guide. Childrens’ design and art workshops are also on the programme throughout the weekend.
Last year the Design Indaba became infamous due to the spectacle Martha Stewart made of herself as the keynote speaker at the Design Indaba Conference – this year the Design Indaba will be remembered for the most wonderful showcase of design in Cape Town!
Design Indaba Expo, Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town. Tel (021) 465-9966. www.designindaba.com. Today 10h00 – 20h00, Sunday 10h00 – 18h00.
Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com Twitter: @WhaleCottage
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