With Cape Town’s Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa just opened – that being the Thomas Heatherwick-designed centre that’s been pegged as Africa’s answer to the Tate Modern – the V&A Waterfront’s Silo district is geared up for its inauguration as a global design destination. 

Not one to miss out on a celebration, Wallpaper* has marked the occasion with the opening of the first South African WallpaperSTORE* pop-up in the The Guild Group’s new V&A Waterfront flagship space.

WallpaperSTORE’s GUILD store pop-up brings together a selection of exclusive pieces from the Guild Gallery collections by young talent and designers from the South African scene.


WallpaperSTORE*'s Cape Town pop-up inside GUILD

The South African capsule collection, which is available exclusively in the Cape Town store and online, includes exclusive work by renowned ceramist Clementina van der Walt, customised Converse sneakers by local artist Dada Khanyisa and hand-crafted wooden Bluetooth speakers by Shibby Beats.

‘We selected only collections that boast traditional African handmade craftsmanship mixed with a twist of contemporary design,’ explains WallpaperSTORE* project manager Gilles Massé. ‘We wanted to bring Wallpaper* magazine’s 20 years of experience in the creative world to South Africa for the first time, and keep it accessible to the local scene.’

In addition to the capsule collection, visitors will also be able to purchase some of the WallpaperSTORE’s most popular products, including pieces by Fornasetti, Artek, Bitossi, Tom Dixon, Georg Jensen, Hay, L’Objet and Vitra

A giant Wallpaper* cover installed outside the store welcomes visitors in, where local and international pieces are displayed across white floor-to-ceiling shelves in an international design dialogue.

‘South Africa has a lot to offer in terms of materials, techniques, creativity and handmade craft traditions,’ says Massé. ‘Local artists and designers have a clear vision of their creativity and are able to express themselves in an international landscape, supported by a flourishing art scene, galleries and fairs.’

The new pop-up follows on from WallpaperSTORE’s fourth international pop-up shop, located in Brussels’ MAD museum of decorative arts. Coinciding with the city’s Design September events, the Brussels store will run until Sunday 1 October, while the Cape Town outpost will run until December. 

Other planned WallpaperSTORE* pop-up destinations for 2017 include New York, London, and Miami, with more details to follow soon.

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