Monthly Archives: July 2011

Yellow Pride: Cape Town for World Design Capital 2014

By Marica

It was an exciting past week for the city of Cape Town as we received and entertained the World Design Capital organising committee. Rose and I have proudly been rooting Team Yellow since Cape Town entered their bid for World Design Capital 2014 in March of this year, and we were equally ecstatic when Cape Town (along with Bilbao, Spain and Dublin, Ireland) was announced as one of the three finalists in July (YAY!).

Table Mountain was all lit up in yellow this past week. Image via Cape Town 2014

For those you unaware of exactly what this big hoo-ha is about or how it can benefit us as South Africans – here is the skinny: The title of World Design Capital is awarded bi-annually by the ICSID (International Council for Societies of Industrial Design) to give international recognition to cities that use design for their social, economic and cultural development. Previous World Design Capitals include Torino, Italy in 2008; Seoul, South Korea in 2010 and Helsinki, Finland was elected as WD Capital for 2012.

Oe, I love this! Trees in Heerengracht wrapped in yellow. Image via Cape Town 2014

The CTWDC 2014 website specify that the World Design Capital title is awarded in advance to allow the winning city sufficient time to plan, develop and promote a year-long programme of design-related events for their designated year. With the bold motto: “Live Design. Transform Life”, Cape Town’s bid endeavours to be “proudly African”, with the end objective of achieving a “sustainable, inclusive and more liveable African city, rooted in the strengths of our people and communities”.

It makes me want to burst with Proudly South Africa spirit. Wear that badge, girl! Image via Cape Town 2014

Being “crowned” as a World Design Capital can also attract international investments & partnerships and can establish Cape Town as a popular tourist destination. Wouldn’t it be amazing to be view as a major global design force?!

Yellow banners to welcome the WDC committee to Cape Town. Image via Cape Town 2014

The winning city will be announced in October and until then Mzanzi, I urge you to wear those yellow badges with pride – support Cape Town as World Design Capital 2014 (I want to see some #wdc2014 Tweets, blogs and Facebook mentions). It’s all about enriching our community and making Cape Town a better place to live. Visit the Cape Town 2014 website for more info and some awesome articles and updates. I also noticed on Visi and Elle Decoration’s blog some awesome Cape Town WDC2014 pride, be sure to check it out.

Info and Images sourced from: Cape Town 2014 & World Design Capital

Décor Dictionary: Scandinavian Design

As suggested by Ewelina and since she herself is Scandinavian she helped us out with the definition:

Scandinavian Design: is synonym to simplicity and elegance. It is a style greatly influenced by the Modernist & Bauhaus movements and characterized by functionality and affordable mass production without sacrificing quality or eliminating grace and beauty (IKEA is an excellent example). It is said that long winters and few hours of sunlight inspired Scandinavian designers to create bright, light and practical environments with clean lines. Scandinavian Design makes use of a lot of form-pressed wood and light woods as indigenous timber are in abundance. Famous Scandinavian designers include: Verner PantonArne JacobsenEero AarnioAlvar Aalto and Eero Saarinen.

Check out Ewelina’s really cool design blog: here

8 Office Accessories Under R200

By Marica

Rose is in the process of writing various articles for RISKsa on the impact our work & office surroundings has on us – a great percentage of companies struggle to get away from the anal sterile mundane corporate image. It made me think about my own desk space at work – it’s (usually) neat & tidy, and functional – overall quite office-y (not very creative). Am I wrong in assuming that we all want our work environment (whether it’s your office, cubicle or home study) to be conducive to creative thinking? It should be an area that we feel comfortable in and reflects a part of who we are. To find a balance between functionality, style and clutter I went on a hunt to find some trendy items for my desk – all under 200 bucks…

I don't know about you but I am addicted to quirky and clever storage boxes and containers (they look smashing on a open shelf). These funky map storage boxes are from @Home, a set of 3 costs R189.00! We have similar boxes at our Studio - we use it to store all our fabric samples.

Dump those ordinary plastic stationery holders and stick your pens and pencils in cute jars or cups - like these beautiful wooden cups from Deep Dark Africa, R80 a pop.

I love a desk lamp with a slightly industrial look to it - it works with pretty much any style and interior. These stylish brushed steel Gooseneck Lamps are from Woolworths @ R170.00

A quirky journal or diary is a must! These colourful handmade Italian journals are (like Vicki from I Want That always says) one of my "lust haves". You can order them form Ciak's website - the most expensive one is R199.00

I thought this was quite a clever idea. It's a photo frame with a little chalkboard section and areas where you can clip & attach quick notes, business cards or images. Mr. Price Home @ R 139.99

Great source of oxygen, get one today! NO FAKES PLEASE! Okay, seriously now, there is something comforting about having a small potted plant on your desk - choose one that smells nice or that blooms regularly. This pretty Anthurium is from Woolworths @ R 179.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SO cool! I love these funky bookends from Quirky Me - R 150.00 for a set of 2. Like we have said before: typography is very trendy right now. Anything with letters & number or words and I'm in love!

Now I know we had nothing good to say about Damask in the past, but I think we can make an exception for this pretty damask cut-out bin from Mr. Price, only R 199.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boring and cluttered desk be gone!

Check out these products on the supplier’s various websites:

@Home – Mr. Price Home –Woolworths – Quirky Me – Deep Dark Africa – Ciak

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