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April 16, 2014

World Design Capital Wednesday:  The Live Design Woodstock Lifestyle Tour in Cape Town

The Live Design Woodstock Lifestyle Tour introduces you to creative hubs like Salt Circle, a great space for small business owners and creative talent.

We’re immensely proud that Cape Town, our creative Mother City, is the World Design Capital 2014, so we’re bringing you a new blog series, World Design Capital Wednesdays, highlighting just what makes our quirky, innovative hometown worthy of this title.

Interested? Read on for our first World Design Capital Wednesday adventure…

The Live Design Woodstock Lifestyle Tour

It isn’t everyday our team gets to explore the inventive side of Cape Town so when local tour operator, Africa Travel Group offered us a spot on their specially created Live Design Woodstock Lifestyle tour, we just couldn’t refuse.

The Old Castle Brewery building, build in 1901 is situated on Beach Road where the people of the once fashionable seaside village of Woodstock enjoyed the charm of the beach that stretched all the way to the Castle of Good Hope.

The tour, which features many of the more than 400 recognized World Design Capital projects, offers a great insight into the Woodstock District and Design Route.  Our informative and animated tour guide highlighted the history of this bohemian neighbourhood and its restoration from former apartheid district to bustling, imaginative business hub, with antique shops, design studios and art galleries now calling it home.

It is quite the nod to the “Live Design, Transform Life” slogan of World Design Capital.

The tour brings to the fore the history of the district, focusing on design and Woodstock provides a perfect selection of top design studios and local art galleries. From  ceramic pottery, artistic furniture to textile designs, jewellery and artworks, each studio gave us an inspirational overview of their product.

One of our exciting stops on this creative tour included a visit to Bronze Age which is an art foundry that specializes in the casting of bronze sculptors, offering an interesting visit into the manufacture workshop demonstrating all the stages from mould to bronze sculptures.

Recreate in Woodstock tells the success story of founder and designer Katie Thompson who recreates a unique, recycled range of furniture, lighting and interior accessories, Integrating sustainable thought and process into everything she creates. 

Woodstock is filled with undiscovered hidden gems for all those hoarders who love recreating and revamping old items.

As Thana Nel of  the Africa Tour Group says:

”Once a suburb set into urban decay, infested with litter, crime and drugs, Woodstock has certainly made a 180 degree turnaround with a lots/loads of creative value added to its renewed urban fabric. The value and impact of design and creativity in this suburb towards social, environmental and economic development should/must not be underestimated. Woodstock presents a real experience of contrast, enticing all your senses; it’s a vibrant suburb combining a village-atmosphere with a sense of inner-city-living that still embraces traditional with contemporary trade.”

This must-do experience begins with a visit to Ruth Prowse School of Art which is housed in a national monument formerly known as the Roodebloem Estate and ends with a lovely brewery tour at Devils Peak Brewery who brews their own local beers.

We recommend the Live Design Woodstock Lifestyle tour for all your design lovers as well as visitors with a love for artistic furniture.

Keen to do the tour?

Find out more about the Live Design Tours and reserve your space at www.mapmyway.co.za/placecategory/livedesigntours or www.facebook.com/livedesigntours

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