Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

3 March 2014

South Africa: World Design Capital 2014 - Cape Town Pulls in Design Buffs

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This past week Cape Town saw a flood of design buffs pouring in and marvelling at the Mother City's abundance. And this in the wake of what insiders deemed a rather haphazard start to a year of design celebrations (albeit commencing with a flashy street party outside the City Hall on New Year's Eve).

While Cape Town, as the global World Design Capital 2014, had become a point of some tension between design cognoscenti, needy citizens, and the global title-holders, the organisers of the eponymous event must have been grateful for the 20th anniversary of the Design Indaba and its spin-offs this past week. Cape Town citizens and visitors were racing across the Waterfront from the 20-year-old Design Indaba (and Expo and Film and Music and Food Fest); to the Cape Town Art Fair and on to the magnificent Guild Exhibition which served to launch the year with the flair deserving of a Design Capital.

And naturally, in this election year, politicians took full advantage of the moment and rolled out pithy sound bytes to anyone concerned enough to stop nibbling on canapés and marveling at colour combos (mayor Patricia de Lille did a walkabout at the...

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