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March 01, 2010

Cape Town attractions inspire local designers

Cape Town Design Indaba

Green inspiration. Photo: Bronwen d’Oliveira

I visited the Design Indaba on Friday March 26 and found that the attractions that bring visitors to our city also inspire those in the creative industry. 

2010 FIFA World Cup™ inspires soccer fever
The buzz and excitement about this event, starting in just 101 days, could be felt in many of the designs on show. My favourite was the vuvuzela and soccer ball light displayed at the Cape Craft and Design Institute stand. This stand displayed work by emerging and well-know creatives supported by the institute.

I also really liked the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ official art posters. There is a great selection of posters by established and emerging artists from around the world. They include posters by South African artists William Kentridge, Robert Slingsby, Kay Hassan, Cameron Platter and Marlene Dumas.

Environmental sustainability impels responsible design
Responsible tourism is on the rise in Cape Town and many people travelling here want to reduce their carbon footprint. There were many examples of items being recycled at the indaba. I really liked Heath Nash’s beautiful lights made from plastic bottles.

Table Mountain at the heart of Design Indaba
Our iconic mountain has attracted more than 19-million visitors to travel the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway and it has clearly inspired many stands at the expo. I loved the cardboard mountain created by the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

Indigenous fynbos makes for fine design
From flower arrangements to fabric, and handbags to light fittings, the indigenous fynbos flowers appeared in so many designs. Even the bright green of many fynbos plants inspired many stands.

The Mother City clearly provides a wealth of inspiration for the creative arts industry.

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