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Special Shows: Design Watch

Special Shows: Design Watch

Two exciting shows in Cape Town are putting design in the spotlight.


A new group show by Southern Guild is just what you’d expect from this local gallery: a collection of boundary-pushing, genre-crossing work from up-and-coming and established creatives. By encouraging the designers to step out of familiar territory and explore new mediums and materials, Southern Guild has catalysed an exciting new body of work. You can see fashion designer Rich Mnisi’s foray into furniture, Adam Hoets deconstructing his signature chandeliers, and Madoda Fani and Chuma Maweni exploring the limits of ceramics. The show, called Extra Ordinary, is currently
on at Southern Guild in the Silo District, until 14 April 2018.



A three-day smorgasbord of exhibitions, talks, music, art and installations, Design Indaba in February draws the country’s creatives like no other event does. This year, a stellar line-up of 30 speakers from 20 countries, from disciplines across the spectrum, included luminaries like design icon Tom Dixon (pictured in the middle on the right), architects Alejandro Aravena (left) and Neri Oxman (right), landscaper Peter Veenstra, filmmaker Sunu Gonera and performer Lebo Mashile. Watch for a full report-back in the next issue.

TEXT Julia Freemantle

PHOTOGRAPHS Richard Keppel-Smith, supplied

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