World Design Capital Awesomeness

The year is quickly racing to a close and so also Cape Town’s stint as World Design Capital 2014. With over 460 recognized WDC projects it was (and still is) quite difficult to keep track of all of them. We find it sad and somewhat frustrating that some awesome projects slipped past us without so much as a whisper.

HOWEVER, the year is not over yet! There are still fabulous projects in the pipeline not to mention some stunning ongoing project. AND of course, our very own Design Monarchy studio is still hard at work with our World Design Capital project: #WDC323 the makeover of the Acute Care Surgery Unit at Groote Schuur Hospital…

To keep the yellow design fires burning we would like to share some of our favourites WDC projects with you in the weeks to come. Today I would like to single out two official World Design Capital projects that are still in motion… and might I say, pretty awesome. Though both projects sprouted from the temporary World Design Capital platform they are said to become permanent fixtures.

#WDC344  |  Stable:Stable on Loop

“stable: A collaborative exhibition space where Designers, Artists and Artisans have the opportunity to showcase their work.”

Located on 65 Loop Street in the CBD, the purpose of stable is to create a link between talented local designers and the everyday consumer.

The concept of stable is the brainchild of designer Aidan Bennetts and the shop features a boutique collection of innovative South African design. Designers, Artists and Artisans from every corner of South Africa showcase their work alongside one another in a professional retail environment. There is a wide range of items including chairs, tables, lighting and accessories all curated under one roof for your convenience.

stable is a long term initiative, with plans to open new outlets and growing beyond 2014.

#WDC533  |  Table Mountain Frames:download

“This project celebrates nature’s beautiful design: Table Mountain. Seven frames will be erected around Cape Town that perfectly frame Table Mountain from well known & unusual views.”

I am so in love this concept – it gives folks an opportunity to “interact” with Table Mountain.

The Table Mountain Frames were designed by Porky Hefer. Each frame was optimally positioned to perfectly frame a view of Table Mountain. Visitors can travel to all 7 sites to collect an image of themselves & Table Mountain. By setting up framed views from some unusual locations, people will be reminded of the beauty of the mountain from within the city, and convey a sense that it is a mountain for everyone, not just for visitors to the “usual” tourist locations. This is a great way to celebrate Cape Town’s New7Wonder of Nature and to encourage people to share images of the different views on social media.

Frames has already been set up at the V&A Waterfront, Blouberg Beach, Signall Hill, Khayelitsha and Cape Town Station.

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“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.

Sneak Peek: Shawarminator

I know we’ve been a bit scarce here at The Tabloid the past month or two – it’s because our studio has been super hard at work on some awesome interior design projects.

In fact, our latest project is having its grand opening today! Yay! The project, Shawarminator, is a trendy Levantine shawarma take-away shop in Cape Town. We haven’t yet had a chance to have some professional snaps taken, so we thought we’d share a couple 3D model views just to get your design glands salivating.

Now we want to keep most of the juicy details in the bag until we get those photos taken, however we can divulge that the Shawarminator shawarmas are absolutely delicious. So if you are in the Durbanville area tomorrow, be sure to drive by check it out – it’s in the Sonstraal iPic Centre on the corner of Verdi Blvd & Langeberg Rd!

Oh and keep an eye out for our follow-up post!

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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.

Regent Insurance Flagship Office by Inhouse Brand Architects

One of Inhouse Brand Architects‘ latest design projects has left us with a little bit of office envy!

Regent Insurance is in the process of upgrading their corporate branding and appointed Inhouse to give their regional office interiors in KwaZulu-Natal the same transforming treatment. This innovatively designed office will serve as the blueprint for all the company’s offices going forward.

Designing a corporate office can be quite tricky – great importance is usually placed on functionality, branding, and the bottom line (ka-ching) which can very easily leave the space feeling cold and soulless. This is however not the case with the new Regent Insurance offices. Inhouse pulled off a corporate office space that not only met the client’s practical needs but also featured a variety of creative and playful elements to stimulate and impress staff and visiting clients alike.

One of these eye-grabbing elements is the suspended slatted timber ceiling feature in the reception waiting area. Lighting is cleverly incorporated into the solid wood bulkhead slats and the structure follows through to create a floor-to-ceiling “planted wall” which features potted succulents.

We love the bold pops of red introduced into this otherwise neutral space. The red has been used throughout to highlight and frame the glass walls of the individual offices as well as the dividing wall demarcating the pause area. Speaking of the frameless glass walls – they have integrated white boards panels which can be used on both sides of the glass – how clever!

Inhouse also created areas they refer to as “camp sites” – zones that allow staff to breakaway and meet informally. This kind of space creation is really the way to go in contemporary open plan offices.

So what do you guys and gals think? Isn’t this office cool?!

Images & info via Inhouse Brand Architects

Studio Tour: Zana, Woodstock

Earlier this week while I was sniffing around the web for some awesome local product to include into my Scatter Cushion Addiction post I spotted these lovely shots on Zana‘s blog of their gorgeous studio in Woodstock, Cape Town.

Zana is a talented design brand with a fabulous boutique range of fabrics and products including some deliciously quirky scatter cushions. I simply adore the bright loft-like space that now form their main base of operations. The studio is a complete creative station – from here they design, screen print, sew, and package their stunning products to be shipped right across the globe. They have even recently incorporated some retail space into the studio, so if you are in the Woodstock are be sure to check it out.

The studio space, like their product, features a fresh white minimalist backdrop with pops of bold colour and fun pattern. Interior designer, Melissa Louise, who assisted with the overall look of the space has since joined the Zana ranks! The gorgeous snaps below were taken by photographer, Lindie Meyer. Be sure to pop onto Zana’s website to view some more images of their beautiful studio and to check out their awesome product. Oh, and their blog features some fun and easy DIY ideas too…

Images via the Zana Products website: here