#WDC008 Pop-up Space

#WDC008 Pop-up Space

In true South African style, the space takes a do-it-yourself approach to design to showcase local creativity.

A weekly round-up of South Africa’s creative community and projects by Between 10and5 includes the #WDC008 Pop-up Space.

We’ve passed the halfway mark of Cape Town’s year as World Design Capital and, as promised, the official #WDC008 Pop-up Space just opened its doors on Long Street. In true South African style, the space takes a do-it-yourself approach to design to showcase local creativity. We paid a visit to the new spot to see what the fuss is about and it turns out that the team at Studio HV, who are managing the project on behalf of World Design Capital, collaborated with a few local creatives to turn this small and slightly awkward space into something of a design wonderland.

The #WDC008 Pop-up Space is tiled with locally sourced and branded recycled cardboard and comic-style printed paper wall tiles. In the one window there’s a custom vertical hydroponic farm growing lettuce, while the other window celebrates the slightly less wholesome but equally delicious local snack, Nik Naks. Speaking of snacks, the space also hosts a Guerrilla Kitchen and a coffee bar by Department of Coffee.

The main attraction in #WDC008 is The Coop, a lock-up-and-go retail space to showcase and sell local products – everything form Lorraine Loots’ 365 Postcards for Ants to Reneé Rossouw‘s liquorice inspired ceramic vessels are for sale. There’s also a Pop-up Projects Room and an Interactive Kids Room with educational toys and a library curated by Nali’ibali. The Pop-up Office, complete with free wifi, ample seating and more than enough plug points, invites the public to come inside, hang out, get some work done and be inspired by clever local design.

WHERE: 150 Long Street, Cape Town 8001

via Mail & Guardian and MapMyWay