Africa’s Design Fair

Art & Design
Cape Town, South Africa
by Ryan Fortune 16 February 2014

The global lens zooms in on Africa as Cape Town hosts Africa’s first Limited Edition Design Fair: GUILD.

GUILD brings together limited edition design, from celebrated global galleries and institutions.

In addition to the gallery exhibits, an interactive programme of talks and workshops, educational curator tours, performance art happenings and a variety of associated functions and events.

Over the course of 11 days, GUILD transformed The Lookout at the V&A Waterfront into a vibrant hub of design activity, community and conversation – attracting both serious collectors and design lovers.

More than 10 000 visitors attended. The impressive GUILD lineup of exhibitors spans over 17 countries, 9 global voices and 4 continents.


GUILD explores the theme of ‘making’ at an elevated, collectible level.

Pioneering, hand crafted design pieces, from around the world, return to the birthplace of ‘the first man made object’ produced 100 000 years ago.

GUILD will introduce highly respected design authorities and work from Africa, USA, South America, Britain and Europe, and present these unique viewpoints to a fresh audience.”Trevyn McGowan



GUILD’s list of participating galleries and individuals includes some of the most respected names in the international design world:

  • Nacho Carbonell, Holland – GUILD Featured Designer for 2014
  • R 20th Century, New York
  • Rossana Orlandi, Italy
  • V&A Museum And The British Council, UK
  • Coletivo Amor de Madre, Brazil
  • Agents of the 3D Revolution, Global
  • Origins Centre, South Africa
  • Southern Guild, South Africa
  • Design Network Africa, African Continent
  • Artisan, Global
  • Handspring, South Africa

‘Some of the GUILD participants are commercial galleries, some are organizations, some are institutions – what they share is a desire to articulate and shape our understanding of the importance of this category of design driven by heart, skill and vision – the most human forms of expression.”Trevyn McGowan

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