The SABS Design Institute is proud to be an Industry Associate with the GUILD International Design Fair. Southern Guild puts the design spotlight on the continent with GUILD, Africa’s only international design fair, in Cape Town from 25 February to 1 March at the Lookout, V&A Waterfront, sponsored by Absa Private Banking. Following last year’s inaugural edition, which represented 17 countries and was attended by more than 8 500 visitors, GUILD 2015 is putting the focus on global design collaboration and the rich opportunities that exist for working with African studios.
Producing bespoke, limited edition design that will premiere at GUILD, African and international design heavyweights have linked up exclusively for the fair. The ‘epitome of cool’, Los Angeles-based The Haas Brothers have been travelling back and forth to South Africa producing an important new collection, ‘Afreaks’, in collaboration with South Africa’s Monkeybiz beading studio and Bronze Age Foundry. Peter Mabeo from Botswana will exhibit human nests, in collaboration with South African conceptual designer Porky Hefer, and the Massoud siblings, presented by Carwan Gallery in Lebanon, explore the theme of fertility with Cape Town-based ceramicist Andile Dyalvane from Imiso Ceramics.
GUILD is hosting some of the most recognised names in the world. The prestigious Carpenters Workshop Gallery, from Paris and London, is showcasing design pieces by Kendell Geers, the South African fine artist living in Belgium, for the first time on home ground. Esteemed UK-based journalist Helen Chislett launches her gallery London Connoisseur, presenting work from Thomas Heatherwick and Studio Swine, among others. South Africa’s Conrad Botes will have a solo show of large-scale sculptural works.
‘GUILD has opened the flood gates for South African and African designers to work alongside the best in the world,’ says Trevyn McGowan, who co-founded Southern Guild and GUILD with her husband Julian. ‘Seeing the work presented side by side highlights just how far we have come.’
Carpenter’s Workshop Gallery (London & Paris), R & Company (New York), London Connoisseur (London), Carwan Gallery (Beirut), Stephen Burks (New York), Mabeo (Gaborone), Sipho Mabona (Lucerne), Design Network Africa (African Continent), Conrad Botes presented by Bronze Age and Bennett Contemporary (Cape Town), Southern Guild (Cape Town), Artisan by Watershed (Cape Town)
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