“Today for Tomorrow” at Made by You Pop-Up Shop

Cavendish Square collaborated with local green designers to create sustainable products from the waste recycled by the centre. These chic & functional products can be bought at their Made by You & Cavendish Square Recycling Pop up store during the month of October 2014…

I rather like that title “Today for Tomorrow” as a WDC 2014 initiative.  To me it carries a very powerful message of being present in what we undertake today, with a view of impacting our environment and surrounding going into tomorrow. One of those “speaks for itself” taglines.

And in keeping with the whole pop-up shop trend that is still gaining momentum in Cape Town, it is heart warming to see one of Cape Town’s landmark upmarket shopping malls, Cavendish Square, playing host to a designer orientated pop-up shop. For those further afield from Cape Town, just a piece of useless information – Cavendish Square has many, many designer label shops. Mostly all in the “High Street” genre. That to me then makes this initiative by Cavendish really cool – bringing in your street level designer labels and giving them exposure alongside the high street labels. Just the kinda inclusive exposure these designers need.

 I realise that it is a bit late in the month, but for those of us in the Cape Town area, there is still time to nip over to Cavendish to take in the power of creative design influences by local designers. Something that we can surely be very Proudly South African.

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Who’s Going To The Trunk Show?

There is an exciting new first happening this weekend in Cape Town… the first ever Ideas Magazine Trunk Show! Now as you might know from previous articles, we here at Design Monarchy love our Ideas Mag – so this is a a show we dare not miss!

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It is set to be an awesome boutique showcase of locally-made bespoke home décor and accessories, unique handmade and crafted items, as well as originally designed wares. Many of the vendors and exhibitors attending the Trunk Show this year have previously been featured in Ideas Magazine, and their work will be showcased at the show in a visually amazing space created by the Ideas team.

One of the things Rose and I are most excited about is the fact that the Ideas team create 99% of the DIY items featured in the magazine and this is a once off opportunity to purchase them! 

idees mat.tifOne of the biggest global trends at the moment is the ‘handmade movement’, reflecting people’s need for personalisation in a world of mass-produced products,” says Ideas magazine editor Terena le Roux.

DIY has replaced DKNY, so much so that almost half the adults in the US regularly practise DIY and in the UK, the market has grown by 33% over the last 5 years,” says le Roux.  “Where craft was once seen as old fashioned, there has been a shift to authentic, one-off products and the growing amount of successful craft markets and on-line craft shops and marketplaces show that there is a market for modern, well-crafted products.

Whether you love to create, or are just inspired by the extraordinary craft of others, the Ideas Magazine Trunk Show is a unique browse-and-buy experience that personally introduces the creations of over 20 talented exhibitors to an audience ever on the hunt for handmade and niche products for yourself and for your home,” says le Roux.

Here’s a peak at some of the exhibitors at the Ideas Magazine Trunk Show:

•     Mitat – bespoke home decor products with designed and screen-printed fabric and paper

•     Dots Quilts – paradise for quilters and quilt-lovers alike

•     Oscar W Designs – retro and vintage style crates, furniture and signs

•     Vintage collectables

•     Biscuit Scout – hand-knitted décor items

•     Bokke & Blomme – expressive decor accessories spelled out in ‘word’   format

•     Cape Craft – the go-to source for decorative punches, stencils and anything laser-cut or engraved

•     Photoblox – get your favourite Instagram, Facebook or digital photo printed on a wooden block

•     Nicoletta – sweet inspirations for smashing cakes that shimmer, sparkle and bedazzle

•     Peg & Thread – beautiful hand-made sewing, knitting and creative kits in vintage-chic packaging

Before or after a look and a shop, guests can have a bite to eat in the Lodge’s vintage dining room or sip on a glass of wine in the show’s wine lounge. Also on sale will be difficult-to-source craft equipment.

Ideas Trunk Show:

When:  Saturday 13 July, 9h00-17h00, and Sunday 14 July 9h00-16h00

Where:  Simondium Country Lodge, Paarl-Franschhoek Road (R45)

Cost: R30

Tickets can be purchased at the door or directly from Taheerah Abrahams at Ideas magazine, email Taheera.Abrahams@media24.com or call 021 408 3837

For more information log onto www.ideasmag.co.za Look for the Ideas magazine page on Facebook www.facebook.com/Ideasmag or follow @Ideas_magazine on Twitter.