Places to go, things to do, peo­ple to meet

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - CONTENTS -

the four of us have been in­volved in lo­cal de­sign for many years. Cathy comes from a magazine back­ground, Lau­rence founded Loads of Liv­ing, and to­gether we’ve just cu­rated 100% De­sign in South Africa, which in­cluded 100 Beau­ti­ful Things: spe­cially se­lected SA ob­jects from street craft to cut­ting-edge de­sign. Trevyn and Ju­lian – who are re­spon­si­ble for most ex­ports of South African de­signs to the rest of the world through their agency Source and gallery South­ern Guild – in­tro­duced Africa to its first in­ter­na­tional de­sign fair, Guild, ear­lier this year. It brought some of the world’s best de­sign galleries to Cape Town. Trevyn, Ju­lian and Cathy are also part of De­sign Net­work Africa, which came first in the African De­sign Awards in Gabon. It’s been a busy year for us and a bril­liant year for de­sign.

The fashion and de­sign in­dus­try places daily in­spi­ra­tion in our laps, and we’re so proud of lo­cal de­sign, which is mak­ing its mark glob­ally in many ways. There’s much tal­ent to tap into. That’s why the four of us have teamed up to cre­ate Busi­ness of De­sign, two-day sem­i­nars in Cape Town and Jo’burg,in Oc­to­ber,where high­pro­file speak­ers – from brand builders to top prod­uct and fashion de­sign­ers – will talk about their own ex­pe­ri­ences. It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing to of­fer a learn­ing op­por­tu­nity to small-tomedium de­sign busi­nesses to aid in­dus­try growth in South Africa.

On week­ends you’ll find us at mar­kets, galleries and con­tem­po­rary de­sign and dé­cor stores. There’s noth­ing like the feel­ing of dis­cov­er­ing new creative tal­ent. African de­sign is hav­ing its mo­ment, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it.

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