Design Monarchy Does World Design Capital

It’s been quite an exciting year thus far, especially since our beautiful home-town and mother city, Cape Town has been chosen as World Design Capital 2014.

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What is World Design Capital?

The World Design Capital is an international city promotion project that celebrates the merits of design. Held biennially, it seeks to highlight the accomplishments of cities that are truly leveraging design as a tool to improve the social, cultural and economic life of cities, throughout a yearlong programme of design-related events.”

The central theme behind the Cape Town’s successful bid, ‘Live Design. Transform Life.‘ focuses on the role that design can play in social transformation. You can learn more about the theme and sub-themes: here.

This year Cape Town will host over 460 design projects aimed at transforming the city… and we are proud and excited to announce that we, Design Monarchy, will be involved in one of these super worthy causes! Yay!

We will be assisting with the décor and design makeover of the Acute Care Surgery Ward in Groote Schuur Hospital. 

WDC323_AcuteCareSurgeryUnitWardMakeover_Community_Primary-CopyGroote Schuur Hospital is a large, government-funded, teaching hospital situated on the slopes of Devil’s Peak in Cape TownSouth Africa. It is famous for being the institution where the first human heart transplant took place, conducted by surgeon Christiaan Barnard. The hospital underwent major extension in 1984 adding two new wings adjacent to the beautiful main building first built in 1938.

It is in this “new” wing that the Acute Care Surgery Ward is located. Like in most state-funded hospitals it is in dire need of sprucing-up and some features are seriously worn and tired.

The ward makeover project is spearheaded by Head of the Acute Care Surgery Unit, Dr Juan Klopper and assisted by Dr Angela Dell. Dr. Klopper rightly believes that creating a comforting environment can have a positive effect on patient recovery as well as emotional well-being while staying in the unit. One of the challenges of this project will be to continue running the extremely vital and busy 24/7 surgery unit as normal throughout the renovations.

Design Monarchy will be collaborating with PG Bison and Plascon, who is graciously donating materials and paint to this worthy project, as well as Easy Life Kitchens who will be manufacturing the cabinetry and joinery items free of charge.

In order for this makeover to be a resounding success, we still desperately need the help of willing partners…

What we still need:

Furniture – chairs for the waiting room; visitors chairs for the ward; and a handful of office chairs for the doctors & nurses.

Fabrics – for window & privacy curtains; as well as re-upholstery of selected furniture.

Blinds – for selected windows.

Décor & Art – office-type accessories; art – be it paintings or prints; and framing.

Automotive Spray Painting – the wards beds and pedestals needs respraying and automotive would be the most hard-wearing.

If you own or know of a local company or business that is willing to donate some of their time, product or services to this VERY worthy cause, please do not hesitate to contact us. This project is an excellent opportunity to  make a charitable contribution whilst linking your company name to a renowned initiative such as World Design Capital can facilitate brand awareness and an indirect marketing pay-off.

Read more about the Groote Schuur project on the World Design Capital website: here.

Lorraine Loots Paints for Ants

…And we are officially back at the studio! How are all you lovely people doing, did you have a good break? I sure did! While we are still defrosting our brains, we thought to kick of the year with something brilliantly beautiful… just to get back into the swing of things.

Rose spotted this lovely post on I Want That yesterday and it’s just too good not to share…

Lorraine Loots is a talented artist based in Cape Town. On the 1st of January 2013 she challenged herself to create a miniature painting every day for the entire year. Every single day of 2013 she painted a beautifully detailed watercolour painting, each with a different theme, each no more than 3cm x 3cm big. The project, 365 Postcards for Ants, caused quite a stir – prompting doting admirers to request paintings, suggest themes and even “book” sentimental dates!

Even though 2013 has come and gone, Lorraine has decided to extend the project into 2014. This year every painting will have a Cape Town theme to celebrate our city’s designation as World Design Capital 2014. Yay Cape Town!

Be sure to check out this video of Lorraine’s amazing story. An archive of all 2013’s paintings can be seen on her Tumblr site or you can visit her website to “book” a painting.

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