Cape Town is the World Design Capital 2014, which gives the city an opportunity to use design for social, cultural and economic development The World Design Capital is designated biennially by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design.

Cape Town is the  2014 World Design Capital (WDC). Visit for more information. 

Live Design. Transform Life

The themes for WDC 2014 are:

African Innovation. Global Conversation

African ideas that speak to the world

Bridging The Divide

Design that reconnects our city and reconciles our communities

Today For Tomorrow

Sustainable solutions for people and planet

Beautiful Spaces. Beautiful Things

Inspiring architecture, interiors, food, fashion, jewellery, craft, art and creativity

Read more about these themes on the WDC website.

A fantastic achievement

Cape Town has an extraordinary way of getting under people’s skin. What makes this city so spectacular is its potent blend of natural beauty, diverse heritage, urban edginess and its contagious creative atmosphere – from craft stalls, designer boutiques, fashion and food, to more serious design such as infrastructural systems and low-cost housing programs.

The year 2014 is a big year on Cape Town’s calendar as the country celebrates twenty years of democracy and the city showcases Cape Town’s design talents to the rest of the world.

World Design Capital 2014 marks the starting point of a longer journey as Cape Town commits to a focus on design-led transformation through the World Design Capital motto; “Live Design, Transform Life”. Already a city of creativity and innovation, our attention to socially responsive design is aimed specifically at correcting the imbalances of the past and crafting a people-centred, liveable future. It is also an opportunity to explore the city through the eyes of its creators and designers. We look forward to hosting curious observers and design adventurers as we open up the innovation and possibility that is World Design Capital 2014.