Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, the South African capital of Cape Town is a vibrant hub of art and design. We bring you a selection of our favorite local creative businesses to visit, as well as our curated selection of the top three South African artists to collect.
Art and design spots to visit
Stay at Ellerman House, Cape Town’s most exclusive cliff-top boutique hotel overlooking the ocean, with terraced gardens, a large pool and one of the most important collections of South African art, rivaling works by artists such as the country’s top art museums like Irma Stern , Thomas Bowler and William Kentridge, which can be explored with art guide Talita Swarts.
With one of the largest private collections of South African art, the Cape Town institution, founded by real estate investor Louis Norval, is dedicated to researching and exhibiting from the 20th to the 20th centuryth– and 21St-Century fine art from South Africa and beyond. Set against a backdrop of mountains and vineyards, the Norval Foundation includes a sculpture garden, outdoor amphitheater, gallery spaces, and library housing the work of artists such as Joni Brenner, Angus Taylor, Brett Murray, and Yinka Shonibare.
The showroom of designer John Vogel, who makes typically South African furniture. His collectibles are available through Southern Guild, but he also has a production line of seating and tables that mix reduced, nature-inspired shapes with woven African textures.
Casamento is the place for original upholstered furniture, handcrafted with traditional craftsmanship and embellishments. Each piece has a story to tell as designer Starry Eve Collett sources rare textiles and uses sustainable fibers as much as possible.
Wolf & Maiden creative studio
As a manufacturer of exquisite, high-quality leather goods, the luggage, bags, wallets and belts from Wolf & Maiden combine the elegance of timeless leather craftsmanship with a very contemporary design.
Neighborhood Goods Market
The catalyst for the wave of creative development that has transformed the borough of Woodstock, NeighborGoods Market is the place to get a taste of the Cape, bringing together the best of local farmers, artisan producers, delicatessens, local designers and artisans.
Collectible South African artists
Working across print, installation, photography and video, Sue Williamson is part of a pioneering generation of South African artists exploring social change during apartheid. Known for her series of portraits of women involved in the country’s political struggle, her socially based work reveals hidden stories and explores themes of memory and identity formation.
Rooted in a mastery of traditional techniques of sculpture, drawing and painting, Pretoria-born artist Wim Botha’s work is at times delicate and sensitive, at other times raw and mangled as he explores materials, forms and lines through a variety of media treated beneath Wood, books, oil paint, steel, ink, bronze, paper, marble, styrofoam and acrylic paint.
Haroon Gunn Salie
Cape Town-based artist and activist Haroon Gunn-Salie, winner of the 2018 FNB Art Prize, has established a collaborative art practice that transforms community oral traditions into artistic interventions and experimental installations, exploring themes of neocolonialism, radicalism and violence at scale . reaching media.