Cape Town's Best Local Designers
Collected by Marie Frei, AFAR Local Expert
South Africa, in general, is proud of its local artists and craftsmen. As World Design Capital 2014, Cape Town was recognized for its accomplishments in this field and hosted several events around the theme of design and sustainability. Design Indaba, an annual conference held at the end of February, celebrates South African artisans. Visit the Woodstock neighborhood, where several lofts and industrial buildings have been converted into artist studios and gallery space.
117 Long St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
MeMeMe is one of the cutest boutiques in Cape Town and a great place to discover local, emerging designers. Not only is it a great place for finding the perfect summer dress, they stock a decent range of accessories like shoes, bags, and jewelry,...
201 Bree St & Buiten Street, CBD, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
Skinny laMinx on Bree Street is part showroom and part studio for South African screen-print textile designer Heather Moore. It's a tiny space, which makes conversation with the friendly staff inevitable. Skinny patterns are bold and whimsical....
B102, The Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915, South Africa
Woodstock is the creative heart of Cape Town, filled with galleries, studios, street art, and artsy types galore. The Woodstock Exchange is a hub for the design set, home to a rotating legion of furniture shops, coffee shops, and furniture shops...
160 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7925, South Africa
"Karin Rae Matthee's jewelry line Dear Rae is often a simple play on basic geometric shapes. Her delicate rings and necklaces went on display at local markets like the weekly Neighbourgoods Market and drew attention. She next exhibited at Design...
1d, 364 Voortrekker Rd, Maitland, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
"Ubuntu" is a Xhosa and Zulu word for conveying how, when we support one another as a part of a community, everyone in that community can accomplish great things. Ubuntu Bicycles, located in Salt River, is a bespoke bicycle shop combining the...
ERF 839 Old Rhodes Drive Jeep Track, off Constantia Nek circle, Constantia/ Hout Bay, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa
An unexplored highlight for those seeking out fine local art and craftwork whilst visiting the Cape, is a visit to a picturesque property nestled above the Constantia Valley in Cape Town which was donated to the Light From Africa Foundation in...
192 Main Rd, Muizenberg, Cape Town, 7950, South Africa
Housed in the splendid Casa Labia, a stately home on Cape Town’s False Bay Coast, overlooking the ocean in Muizenberg this is the former residence of Count and Countess Natale Labia. Ideally situated for those undertaking a tour to Cape Point,...
1st Floor, Olympia Buildings, 136 Main Rd, Kalk Bay, Cape Town, 7975, South Africa
There are several galleries along Main Road in Kalk Bay, including Kalk Bay Modern, which stocks a variety of art, jewelry, fabric, and pottery from several different African countries.
4A, Dorsetshire St, Daarden Eiland, Cape Town, 7405, South Africa
Followers and admirers of talented Cape Town based ceramicist, Mervyn Gers, whose unique and beautiful dinnerware graces many private homes, discerning restaurants and other properties, will be delighted at the opening in central Cape Town of a...
68 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915, South Africa
Katherine-Mary Pichulik's stall always stands out at Design Indaba, one of the premier events for South African creatives held in Cape Town each year. Her bold necklaces, crafted from brightly colored rope and found objects, snake around in...
66 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7925, South Africa
In 2009, Caleb Pedersen made a backpack. He wore it around town while riding his bicycle to and from work, hanging out with friends, etc. Little did he know, his bag's exposure would lead to other people asking, "Where'd you get that bag?" So, he...
Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915, South Africa
Karoo Moon Country Store owner Desiree Ward-Smith has an eye for the unusual. Her hand-picked assortment of scarves, antiques, paintings, and countless other bric a brac reflects her eclectic taste and style. The shop also features art made by her...
A102, The Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915, South Africa
Imiso Ceramics studio and gallery is located in the Old Biscuit Mill. Founding artists Zizipho Poswa and Andile Dyalvane are known for producing high-end interior ceramic art for both domestic and international clientele. This a great studio for...
V & A Waterfront, 17 Dock Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002, South Africa
With more than 150 stalls, the cavernous market is made for omnivorous art lovers. Look for Simple Intrigue, where artist Keri Muller displays her whimsical book sculptures. —by Sarah Khan This appeared in the March/April 2017 issue.
6 Stowe St, Salt River, Cape Town, 7925, South Africa
As you look at the chair, the vintage country-style fabrics will initially catch your eye, but it's the suitcase frame that will make you do a double take. To Katie Thompson, the fit between old and new only seems natural. A graduate of the Design...
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