Cape Town is The World Design Capital 2014.
The World Design Capital project recognises innovative cities for the use of design as an effective tool for social, cultural, environmental and economic development.
For those of you following our Facebook page ‘AuraDecor Designs’ you will be aware that we have recently returned from a sourcing trip to southern Africa. (ps … If you are not following us yet then hop over to our facebook page here and ‘like’ to receive notifications of our product launches, promotions and other news).
One of my favourite views in the world …
I landed in Cape Town on a windy Saturday afternoon. My feet had barely touched the ground and I was whisked off to a family celebration, with mum’s delicious homemade cake taking me right back to my childhood days. Catching up with my family gave my spirit such an incredible lift.
So by Monday morning I was raring to meet up with Liz, other half of AuraDecor Designs. On the lookout for innovative homeware and gifting ideas, we spent the next week scouring and absorbing local creative design talents, chatting to designers, and meeting up with current and new suppliers.
The focus of our trip was to attend a Design Expo, known in the industry as a dynamic platform for designers and creative businesses to showcase their homegrown wares. As well as the showcasing, there are a number of empowerment initiatives improving the lives of communities in Southern Africa. For example, ‘Goodbye Malaria’ is a campaign raising funds to help eliminate the disease in Africa, by producing and selling shweshwe (ethnic fabric) sleepwear.
Another industrious project was the use of bicycle pedal power transformed into a power source for a knitting machine at the Mohair SA stand. Imagine the pedal power needed to produce a bedspread ?!
Once again we were bowled over by the ingenuity of this Rainbow nation.
Importantly, making time to see old friends and much loved family, I couldn’t leave Cape Town without also dipping my toes into the Atlantic Ocean … okay … so it was only up to the ankles but that sea water is numbingly icy cold, just as I always remember it!
Returning home full of inspiration from our sourcing trip, we are hard at work developing these ideas into products, to bring to launch.